Daily Archives: October 5, 2015

In size and stakes, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a big deal


PBS NewsHour

Published on Oct 5, 2015

The U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim nations have struck the largest trade deal in a generation. The wide-ranging Trans-Pacific Partnership sets new rules for labor and environmental standards and reduces and phases out thousands of tariffs on American producers, among other provisions. But there’s substantial opposition to the accord. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Greg Ip of The Wall Street Journal.

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Pacific Rim Countries Reach Landmark Trade Agreement


VOA News

Published on Oct 5, 2015

The United States and 11 other countries reached agreement Monday on a massive free trade deal that will lower trading barriers and set common standards among Pacific Rim countries that together account for nearly half of the world’s global output. News of the landmark trade agreement was announced Monday in Atlanta. Now it’s up to lawmakers in all of the countries to determine if the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is in their country’s best interests. Mil Arcega has more.

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‘Some things in presidential race are orchestrated by mainstream media’ – Ron Paul


RT America

Published on Oct 1, 2015

Ameera David sits down with Ron Paul – a former US congressman and founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity – to talk about the 2016 presidential race.

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TPP could hurt consumers and medical research – Thom Hartmann


RT America

Published on Oct 5, 2015

While proponents of the recently agreed upon Trans-Pacific Partnership say it will benefit consumers in the Pacific Rim, critics like The Big Picture’s Thom Hartmann say the trade deal will have more of a negative impact across the board. He talks to Manila Chan about what we know so far.

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South Carolina Reels Under Worst-ever Flooding


VOA News

Published on Oct 5, 2015

South Carolina is reeling from the worst flooding in recorded history that forced residents from their homes and left thousands without drinking water and electricity. Parts of the state, including the capital, Columbia, received about 60 centimeters of rain in just a couple of days. Authorities warn that the end of rain does not mean the end of danger, as it will take days for the water to recede. Zlatica Hoke reports.

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US and 11 Pacific Rim countries ink disputed trade deal


Al Jazeera English

Published on Oct 5, 2015

Twelve countries have agreed to the largest trade deal in history, signing up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership after years of secret negotiations. It aims to counter the might of China and will cut trade barriers affecting everything from the price of cheese to the cost of cancer treatments.But the deal is highly controversial, as Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane explains.

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TPP WILL KILL THE INTERNET, ALLOW SECRET FOREIGN TRIBUNALS


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Published on Oct 5, 2015

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Why has the Obama administration kept the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement text secret from Congress and the American people? A newly leaked TPP chapter reveals at least one huge reason: The TPP text proposes creating tribunals (courts) that could overrule the decisions of our state and federal courts, as well as our local, state and federal laws — and our state and national constitutions.

The tribunals would be presided over by arbitrators (judges) appointed by the secretary-general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), an institution of the World Bank Group. The ICSID is housed at the World Bank’s headquarters complex in Washington, D.C. The ICSID receives its funding from the World Bank, and the ICSID’s governing Council is chaired by the president of the World Bank. So the proposed TPP tribunals are, in essence, a means for transferring judicial authority over vast areas of domestic law to “arbitrators” picked by the World Bank — and the central bankers and the giant commercial/investment bankers that run the World Bank.

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