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TPP: Not Only Agricultural And Auto Products, "Irrational Demands" And More
From The Financial Times: The biggest hold-up remains
the inability of the US and Japan to conclude their increasingly
tense bilateral negotiations over agricultural and auto products. But
big gaps still remain on issues such as intellectual property and in the
labour and environmental chapters of the TPP,
say negotiators. “The mood of the negotiators going to
Canberra and then on to Sydney is not necessarily very optimistic,” says
one Japanese official. “We don’t have any indication that the US will
back down on a number of
irrational demands they are making.”
Financial Times: US trade agenda hinges on midterm elections
The debate about the Trans-Pacific Partnership just got a little bit more huffy (cool adjective I just invented) as The Huffington Post leaked links to documents that US trade negotiators have tried to keep away from the public eye that were released by Public Citizen. And of course, the same is true for every other country that joins the TPP. The international tribunal will be able to overrule any national legislation that is not in line with the TPP rules. Forget about national legislation, that is so old-school. Democracy? I don't think so.Say your country has environmental laws and consumer protection rules, that are not so much appreciated by some multinational corporation, be it chemicals, energy, cars, food, or medicines.
The Trans-Pacific deal has Intellectual Property (IP) provision rules that would prevent the development of useful new products in the
technology space, blocking the release of new products.
If national rules do not confirm with TPP negotiated terms, the for…
Activists from some 40 Japanese NGOs held events yesterday on January 26 aimed to "further the cause of proposing sustainable alternatives to the neo-liberal worldview". The World Social Forum was held in the Arakawa district of Tokyo, as part of a global day of action.
A series of workshops were held on social justice and greater economic equality. Below is the translated version of their call for action, as well as a list of the workshops. Japanese WSF website here, international WSF website here (English).
Our Call for Action - "Why Does It Have to Be in Arakawa?" At multiple venues in the Arakawa district, we will be hosting a forum centered on a series of workshops pertinent to the topic of "neo-liberalism" and its alternatives. In every January since 2001, the "World Social Forum" in which social movements from literally around the world come together to demand globalization of hope and solidarity, and reject the globalization based on war an…