So New Zealand, quickly followed by the US, have finally put the full text of this notorious trade agreement in the public gaze. I have set out below a number of websites giving coverage of the deal for you to pick and choose, over and above whatever you have already looked at and hope they are of help.
What jumped out of the page for me, following my piece yesterday on the New World Order http://www.globalmagnacarta.org/2015/new-world-order-which-one/ was President Obama’s summing up of the deal, which seemed to say everything:
“The TPP means America will write the rules of the road in the 21st Century. When it comes to Asia, one of the world’s fastest growing regions, the rulebook is up for grabs. And if we don’t pass this agreement – if America doesn’t write those rules – then countries like China will. And that would only threaten American jobs and workers and undermine American leadership around the world.”
Given the state the world is now in, with Wall Street debt crippling most countries, I am sceptical about what the future could hold, with a Trade Agreement like this simply giving more power to the US.
The fact that it has had a gestation period of 7 years in absolute secrecy, with US senators only recently allowed to look at certain aspects of the agreement, under strict legal conditions that they do not speak out on what they have read, goes against the very grain of democracy. In the age of the internet secrecy is in direct opposition to this new era and speaks volumes on how the powerful view it.
The document itself is over 2000 pages long and in complex legal jargon that the simple minded, like myself, would find not only difficult to understand but also lose the will to live long before getting to the halfway page!
As we have seen with the gradual usurping of national power by the EU, stealth and secrecy are the stock in trade of the powerful, as they seek greater domination of this beautiful Planet and TPP is a ringing endorsement of this sordid practice.
Democracy is being systematically repressed. Nowhere in this public offering of the agreement are the people being asked for their contribution and opinion. We are simply being railroaded into something that appears, to all intense and purposes, to be irreversible once implemented.
The discussion phase is long past and we are given a full view of what is now proposed at a time when agreement has been reached and implementation is being scheduled for 2016/2017. What is blatantly apparent is the press coverage which will put its full efforts behind a propaganda campaign to play up the needs and merits of this odious agreement.
It is up to us to work our way beyond this media smoke screen and find unsponsored comment from our independent media on the reality of these 2000 pages. Only then can we bring even more pressure to bear on like-minded politicians and other powerful players who seek to safeguard our interests, as well as their own.
Our rising anger is the glue that will bring us together and demand the re-emergence of democracy, either peacefully or otherwise!
Until the next time