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June 08 2015

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Tags: TPP
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May 05 2015

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April 08 2015

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カーター長官は…「アメリカは新時代におけるパワーバランスの手段として、投資、能力、立場、同盟と協力の4つに重点を置く」と述べました。
さらに、同盟と協力は投資よりも価値があるとして、「特定の国に対する投資は、ステルス爆撃機や対艦巡航ミサイルのようなものだが、TPP締結は、アメリカにとって空母と等しい価値を持つ」としました。
カーター長官は、「TPPが締結された場合、経済的な利益を得るのみならず、地域に対し、アメリカが責務を果たしていると示すことができ、またアメリカ的価値観が広まる要因になる」と強調しました。
また、「このような協定の締結は、アメリカ国防長官が話す内容ではないが、TPPは、私が話したいと思うというほどの重要性を持つ」と述べました。
さらに、TPP締結を急ぐよう要請し、「アメリカのライバルは以前から市場に進出している」と語りました。
日本、アメリカ、オーストラリア、カナダ、チリ、マレーシア、メキシコ、ニュージーランド、シンガポール、ペルー、ベトナム、ブルネイが、TPPの参加に向けた交渉を行っています。
これらの国々は、世界経済の40%と、世界全体の貿易額の3分の1を占めています
アメリカ国防長官、「TPPは空母と同じくらい重要だ」 (IRIB Japanese Radio 2015年4月8日)
Tags: US TPP
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Australian health experts are worried as the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are coming to a conclusion, based on the information they have read in WikiLeaks’ TPP releases. They are also seeking access to the negotiation documents, as the only information that has been released publicly is that which was published on WikiLeaks.
— from @wikileaks (Apr. 7 2015)

April 01 2015

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@wikileaks: Coverage continues of the secret TPP Investment Chapter released by WikiLeaks.

  • 26 March 2015

    Boing Boing: TPP leak: states give companies the right to repeal nations’ laws”

    Firedoglake: TPP Would Empower Thousands of US Firms to Sue Governments”

    IB Times: Despite Leak Of TPP Text, Obama Officials Say Trade Deal Will Not Let Companies Overturn US Laws”

    Stuff NZ: NZ could be sued by overseas companies – leaked TPPA docs”

    Techdirt: Corporate Sovereignty Provisions Of TPP Agreement Leaked Via WikiLeaks: Would Massively Undermine Government Sovereignty”

  • 31 March 2015

    Alfred de Zayas: Independent Expert calls for an end to secret negotiations of free trade and investment agreements”

    Public Citizen: Investor-State Attacks on Public Interest Policies: Access to Medicine”

November 11 2014

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October 26 2014

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October 12 2014

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Project Censored named WikiLeaks TPP release as #3 on their 25 Most Censored News Stories of 2013-14 due to it being largely ignored by corporate media.
— from @wikileaks (Oct. 3 2014)

March 06 2014

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February 09 2014

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If you want to know who controls the corporate media, just pay close attention to the issues that they refuse to talk about. A new study by Media Matters shows that over the last six months, there has been almost no coverage of the Trans Pacific Partnership on the major networks. Last week, hundreds of organizations – which represent tens of millions of members - signed a letter to Congress calling on them to stop the TPP. Yet, that letter was ignored by the corporate news media.
We're Being Ignored by The Corporate Media (via There Is No God)
Tags: Media US TPP

December 16 2013

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December 11 2013

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doctorswithoutborders.tumblr.com (Nov. 19 2013):

Damaging intellectual property rules in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) would give pharmaceutical companies longer monopolies over brand name drugs. Companies would be able to charge high prices for longer periods of time. And it would be much harder for generic companies to produce cheaper drugs that are vital to people’s health. We need your help: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/take-action/tpp/
Tags: TPP Campaign US

December 10 2013

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One of the most controversial provisions in the talks includes new corporate empowerment language insisted upon by the U.S. government, which would allow foreign companies to challenge laws or regulations in a privately run international court. Under World Trade Organization treaties, this political power to contest government law is reserved for sovereign nations. The U.S. has endorsed some corporate political powers in prior trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the scope of what laws can be challenged appears to be much broader in TPP negotiations.

‘The United States, as in previous rounds, has shown no flexibility on its proposal, being one of the most significant barriers to closing the chapter, since under the concept of Investment Agreement nearly all significant contracts that can be made between a state and a foreign investor are included,’ the memo reads. ‘Only the U.S. and Japan support the proposal.’

Under NAFTA, companies including Exxon Mobil, Dow Chemical and Eli Lilly have attempted to overrule Canadian regulations on offshore oil drilling, fracking, pesticides, drug patents and other issues. Companies could challenge an even broader array of rules under the TPP language.
Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal (The Huffington Post, Dec. 8 2013)
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Obama Faces Backlash Over New Corporate Powers In Secret Trade Deal

The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical new political powers to corporations, increase the cost of prescription medications and restrict bank regulation, according to two internal memos obtained by The Huffington Post.

The memos, which come from a government involved in the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, detail continued disputes in the talks over the deal. The documents reveal broad disagreement over a host of key positions, and general skepticism that an agreement can be reached by year-end. The Obama administration has urged countries to reach a deal by New Year's Day, though there is no technical deadline.

One memo, which was heavily redacted before being provided to HuffPost, was written ahead of a new round of talks in Singapore this week. Read the full text of what HuffPost received here. (Note: Ellipses indicate redacted text. Text in brackets has been added by a third party.) Another document, a chart outlining different country positions on the text, dates from early November, before the round of negotiations in Salt Lake City, Utah. View the chart here. HuffPost was unable to determine which of the 11 non-U.S. nations involved in the talks was responsible for the memo. ...

Tags: Bookmarks TPP PDF
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December 09 2013

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Second release of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement documents

from wikileaks.org (Dec. 9 2013):

On 13 November 2013 WikiLeaks released the draft text of the crucial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter during the lead-up to a TPP chief negotiators’ meeting in Salt Lake City on 19-24 November 2013. Today, 9 December 2013, WikiLeaks has released two more secret TPP documents that show the state of negotiations as the twelve TPP countries began supposedly final negotiations at a trade ministers’ meeting in Singapore this week.

One document describes deep divisions between the United States and other nations, and "great pressure" being exerted by the US negotiators to move other nations to their position. The other document lists, country-by-country, the many areas of disagreement remaining. It covers intellectual property and thirteen other chapters of the draft agreement. This suggests that the TPP negotiations can only be concluded if the Asia-Pacific countries back down on key national interest issues, otherwise the treaty will fail altogether.

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Tags: WikiLeaks TPP US
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December 06 2013

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Top Secret Trade Deal WikiLeaked: It Is What We Expected

WikiLeaks once again provided a valuable public service, releasing a working draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) chapter on intellectual property. The chapter has many of the provisions that critics had feared.

Specifically, there are several provisions that will increase protectionism in the prescription drug market, pushing up prices in the countries that sign the agreement. There are also provisions that would strengthen copyright protection, increasing the responsibility of third parties to assist copyright holders in enforcing their copyrights. ...

November 24 2013

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The main problem with the TPP is that trade delegates are negotiating this agreement behind closed doors under the undue influence of major entertainment companies and other corporate interests. Most of the 700 members on Trade Advisory Committees are corporate lawyers, and they have almost unlimited access to see and comment on draft texts. Meanwhile, civil society groups have only leaked documents to know what is being proposed in the TPP.

Wikileaks' publication of the ‘Intellectual Property’ chapter is an opportunity for public interest advocates to make these threats known to the public. But it's important to note that there are other chapters on investor rights and e-commerce that are also deeply worrisome. We still do not know how negotiations over those chapters are proceeding and we may not even have a chance to see their text until the agreement is finished and can’t be changed.

The public has a right to know when their government representatives are proposing regulations in their name, especially when it deals with non-trade issues like digital copyright enforcement that will distort or prevent reforms to domestic law. We want to see the drafts of TPP, and the U.S. government’s negotiating position, released after every round of negotiation. Leaks are far from a sufficient substitute for true transparency and a participatory public process.
Civil Society Groups Demand Transparency and User Protections in TPP (Electronic Frontier Foundation, Nov. 22 2013)
Tags: EFF TPP
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