In less than two weeks, the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations will meet in New Zealand to sign the final agreement. And once it’s signed, there are no changes, and no going back.
If TPP countries sign, we will enter the final phase before the agreement becomes law, and locks us into an extreme Internet censorship pact that will overwrite our national laws and restrict how we innovate and share culture online.
If you weren’t suspicious of the TPP’s sketchy process already, media outlets are reporting that Japan’s chief TPP negotiator has been accused of taking a bribe of over $100,000 while he was negotiating this secretive agreement.
If these allegations are true, it not only calls the whole process into question, but also underlines the dangers of agreeing to something negotiated under such a cloak of extreme secrecy.
AND DON’T FORGET, EUROPEAN FRIENDS – The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is much the same and it’s on its way. Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, is the European equivalent of ‘Japan’s chief TPP negotiator’. After over three million signatures were collected for initiative opposing TTIP, plus massive demonstrations opposing TTIP, Malmström claimed that the “silent majority [of Europeans]” were in favour of the treaty. She’s a clairvoyant too, then? How the HELL can she even think about justifying saying that?
In an interview with John Hilary, the executive director of War on Want, in which Malmström reportedly acknowledged “that a trade deal has never inspired such passionate and widespread opposition”, she is reported to have commented: “I do not take my mandate from the European people.” So she takes her ‘mandate’ from who instead? Or perhaps from WHAT might be more to the point. The multinationals? Which begs the question – what ELSE might she be taking from them…?