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Robert Winner


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Transpacific Partnership

United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk is this week in Singapore conducting trade negoations on behalf of President Obama. These Uber secret meetings have been occuring since 2002 with US participation since 2010.

Anti-globalization advocates accuse the TPP of going far beyond the realm of tariff reduction and trade promotion, granting unprecedented power to corporations and infringing upon consumer, labor, and environmental interests

One widely republished article claims the TPP is "a wish list of the 1%" and that "of the 26 chapters under negotiation, only a few have to do directly with trade. The other chapters enshrine new rights and privileges for major corporations while weakening the power of nation states to oppose them

USTR Kirk has been challenged by many to make the details of the meeting public and accused of lack of transparency and that the US citizens should be kept informed of US trade negotiations.

Do we the citizens have a right to know what is being proposed?

What do we know ....


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    Mar 9 2013: The TPP is a grab by the multinationals, a Pacific Rim Takeover. Big Pharma who want to impose their copyrights clauses on the countries that are silly (like my country) who want to be involved.

    Your country is the Carrot that these multinationals are dangling in front of us smaller nations. I'm all for free trade and would like to see American made in our shops, just to break the monotony but not at the cost of the medicine we source far more cheaply than what Big Pharma wants us to use or adhering to another countries copyright and patent laws.

    The TPP will affect everyone and it will affect the net as well, it's a bad deal, a very bad deal. Only a small few will benefit, not the overall business community of the 21 countries involved, there will be no trickle down effect at all.
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      Mar 9 2013: I suspect your right as far as I can see it will eliminate traiffs and impose intellectual property clauses that favor big businesses.

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