News on TTIP, May 3, 2016

TPP, TTIP: Obama’s secret trade deals vs. Trump and Bernie, by Jon Rappoport, May 2, 2016

The press refuses to state the obvious: two US Presidential candidates who couldn’t be more different are on the same page when it comes to Globalist trade treaties.

Trump and Bernie—the gunslinger fast–talking cowboy and the programmatic socialist.

If the press did connect the dots, it would be admitting that millions of Americans from both candidates’ camps recognize the danger of these treaties—and pumping up that revelation would bring a major threat to the Globalist water-boy in the White House.

TTIP risks to health & environment, ‘US pressure on EU’ revealed in secret docs leaked by Greenpeace. . .  if the financial collapse had occurred as many thought and even hoped, we wouldn’t be privy to this info . . .it all has to come out first, as much as possible . .

TPP & TTIP Harmful, Economic Studies Find, by Eric Zuesse, May 2, 2016

Presently, three supposed ‘trade’ deals are being proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama, to be signed by major trading nations (except Russia, China, and the other BRICS nations): TPP with Asia, TTIP with Europe, and also (but only for financial and other services) TISA with Europe. The promised benefits in all three cases are said to be economic.

Three independent economic studies have been done, two of Obama’s TTIP treaty with Europe, and one of his TPP treaty with Asia, and all three independent economic analyses find that the publics in each participating country will suffer, and that the owners of international corporations (especially in the U.S.) will benefit, if the proposed ‘trade’ deal goes into effect.

TPP is Now Complete: Here is What You Get: KrisAnne Hall

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‘Our rules, not China’s’: Obama invokes Beijing threat in defense of Pacific trade deal

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The rules of trade in the Asia-Pacific must be written by America, not China, US President Barack Obama has argued in an opinion article that called for a swift ratification of the controversial TPP free trade deal.

“America should write the rules. America should call the shots. Other countries should play by the rules that America and our partners set, and not the other way around,” the president wrote in a piece published by the Washington Post.

Obama was defending the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade deal signed in February by 12 Pacific Rim nations. The US legislators are yet to ratify the deal, and the president said it must be done as soon as possible.

“The Asia-Pacific region will continue its economic integration, with or without the United States. We can lead that process, or we can sit on the sidelines and watch prosperity pass us by,” he warned, pointing a finger at China as a major threat to the TPP.

“As we speak, China is negotiating a trade deal that would carve up some of the fastest-growing markets in the world at our expense, putting American jobs, businesses and goods at risk.”

China is advocating an alternative treaty called Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which includes some of America’s closest allies in the region like Australia, South Korea and Japan. The RCEP does not follow the US interests the way the TPP does, Obama said, describing TPP as“a trade deal that puts American workers first and makes sure we write the rules of the road for trade in the 21st century.”

The TPP has been criticized for protecting the rights of big corporations at the expanse of nations and their citizens. Once the deal is in place, it would lead to deregulation of many areas of business, including some crucial for people’s wellbeing and human rights, such as pharmaceutics, or enforcement of digital copyrights. It would also compromise labor and environmental standards, critics say.

The signing of the deal was accompanied by mass protests in affected countries, including the US.

Similar concerns exist over other free trade deals that the Obama administration is pushing for, such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and the EU. This week Greenpeace Netherlands revealed leaked classified negotiation texts, which, the organization said, exposed the TTIP as a deal “about a huge transfer of power from people to big business.

European officials earlier complained that Washington wants the deal to provide preferable conditions for American companies and would not compromise.

Rt Op-Edge: TTIP-off? Greenpeace leaks confirm protesters weren’t kicking up a fuss over nothing

EU-US talks on TTIP will likely halt, as Europe offers more than gets in return – French minister

Washington wants the all-encompassing TTIP trade deal with Europe to go through, but is unwilling to budge on many points, jeopardizing the entire talks, France’s trade minister said a day after negotiation papers were leaked by Greenpeace.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has been discussed behind closed doors since 2013. It will affect a trade zone inhabited by 850 million people, and has received staunch criticism from many Europeans, who believe it is not in their best interest.

“In view of the United States’ state of mind today, that seems to be the most likely option,” trade secretary Matthias Fekl said on Europe 1 radio, when answering if he thought the negotiations were in danger of stopping.

“We want reciprocity. Europe offers a lot and gets very little in return. This is not acceptable,” Fekl said.  “It is an agreement which, as it would be today, would be a bad deal… “It can not be agreed without France and even less against France,” he added.

“Trade is not an end in itself, it is a tool,” Fekl said, adding that “It would make no sense to have held the COP in December in Paris, this superb deal for the environment, and sign a few months after an agreement that would unravel it.”

TTIP risks to health & environment, ‘US pressure on EU’ revealed in secret docs leaked by Greenpeace

“Trade is not an end in itself, it is a tool,” Fekl said, adding that “It would make no sense to have held the COP in December in Paris, this superb deal for the environment, and sign a few months after an agreement that would unravel it.”

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