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The Flagging TPPA: The US Election and Free Trade Politics

Opinion – Binoy Kampmark Being savaged by Donald J. Trump on one side of the electoral aisle, and modestly beaten by the Democratic presumptive candidate, Hillary Clinton, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is lying somewhere between near death and miraculous survival. … The Flagging Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: The US Election and Free Trade Politics Being savaged by Donald J. Trump on one side of the electoral aisle, and modestly beaten by the Democratic presumptive candidate, Hillary Clinton, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is lying somewhere between near death and miraculous survival. Those breathing life into that unfortunate beast remain politicians who...

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The Failed Cruz-Kasich Pact: Trump and GOP Desperation

Article – Binoy Kampmark Having Trump as a candidate for the GOP presidential run may look bad. Having a pact against him within the Republican movement designed to quash his chances to get the nomination looks even worse. It reeks of backroom deals, frustrated officials and … The Failed Cruz-Kasich Pact: Donald Trump and GOP Desperation Binoy Kampmark “As far as I am concerned it’s over.” Donald Trump, Apr 26, 2016 Having Trump as a candidate for the GOP presidential run may look bad. Having a pact against him within the Republican movement designed to quash his chances to get the nomination looks even worse. It reeks of backroom deals, frustrated officials and failed prospects. Most of all, it is the very sort of thing that might add fuel to the fire of Trump’s campaign, which was emboldened by Tuesday’s victories in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Delaware. Trump edges ever closer to the 1,237 delegates needed for a first-ballot triumph at the July convention. Other GOP contenders continued to look on with worry Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich of Ohio were clearly not thinking things through when they got together to announce the latest ploy from the GOP strategy room. For one, Cruz was never one to take Kasich too seriously, seeing himself as the naturally anointed, and feeling that Kasich’s stubbornness simply made the...

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A Trade Deal of Denial: Omissions and Sins in the TPP

Article – Binoy Kampmark After five years of secret negotiations, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has finally come up to open air.1 Kept secret, watched over carefully by delegates all too distant from their own constituencies, the TPP did not disappoint …A Trade Deal of Denial: Omissions and Sins in the TPP After five years of secret negotiations, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has finally come up to open air.1 Kept secret, watched over carefully by delegates all too distant from their own constituencies, the TPP did not disappoint in its disappointments. The statement by US Trade Representative Michael Froman on the release of the text is bound to make the citizens from anyone of the 12 signatory states cringe. He starts by first claiming that a “commitment to transparency” was an ongoing process that culminated in the release of the text, complementing “a number of additional resources that we have made available on the same website, including state-by-state fact sheets, issue briefs, and chapter summaries.” Froman has evidently been busying himself with a different diplomatic process altogether. Fact sheets barely cut the mustard, and he can hardly resort to the term transparency in this, given that Congress insisted in its Trade Priorities and Accountability Act that the President make the proposed text public for at least 60 days before signing the agreement....

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What We Always Knew: The TPP and Intellectual Property

Press Release – Binoy Kampmark This is about increasing the ability of global corporations to source wherever they can at the lowest cost. What We Always Knew: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Intellectual Property Binoy Kampmark “This is about increasing the ability of global corporations to source wherever they can at the lowest cost.” Michael Wessel, The Guardian, Oct 9, 2015 Diplomats, trade officials and delegations of the twelve negotiating countries behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement were always doing one thing even as their respective masters were doing another. As the boardroom was carving out democracy and sovereignty, the executives were selling vassalage as well worth it. As President Barack Obama, mask off, was insisting on taking the globe, as far as it he could, further into an American trade orbit, free trade was being sold in all signatory countries as an automatic godsend. Secret during the entire phase of negotiations, it has only been the workings of WikiLeaks that has enabled global citizens to get a glimpse about what exactly we are in for. The intellectual property chapter has now been released in three phases, the first in November 2013, and the final on October 9, 2015. The latter version, dated October 5, is the near, if not actual final product, one which will be sold to the twelve respective parliaments when respective ratification and domestic legislation will have...

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Binoy Kampmark: Imperilled by Unfree Trade

Article – Binoy Kampmark We have the chance to open up more markets to goods and services backed by three proud words: Made in America. Imperilled by Unfree Trade: The TPP on Environment and Labour Binoy Kampmark “We have the chance to open up more markets to goods and services backed by three proud words: Made in America.” President Barack Obama, Feb 18, 2015 The estranged political classes continued their defiance of democratic practice by signing, again without the involvement of non-trade interests, a document that has been sold as a choice between the rash and the damned. The delegates at the Atlanta round of talks for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement came from twelve states, and some of them were acutely aware that domestic matters were pressing. The election cycle in the United States is starting to gain steam. Canada faces a close election on October 19. Australia’s new prime minister is hunkering down. The TPP is a monster in design on several levels. While it has been reported that China “cautiously” welcomes the agreement, there is little doubt that it has been shaped as a form of financial weaponry against the giants of the Asia-Pacific. Towards Russia, there is the Trans Atlantic Investment Agreement, framed to incorporate the European Union. Then comes the enveloping Trade Services Agreement. The chatter in advance of the agreement has been filled...

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