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Obama given fast-track authority to wrap up TPP | TODAYonline
Summary: Senior lawmakers in the US have given Obama the authority to fast-track TPP
TPP  TTIP  indie  indieroundup  tradeagreement  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Sony Emails Show Industry Execs Pushing for Trade Deal - The Intercept
“Finally, in regard to trade,” Fabrizio wrote, “the MPAA/MPA with the strong support of your studios, continue to advocate to governments around the world about the pressing need for strong pro-IP trade policies such as TPP and the proposed EU/US trade agreement (TTIP).”

Sony, and other studios, are pro TPP and TTIP because they help reinforce their grip on intellectual property, and give them rights to sue whoever they want in the name of protecting their content.
TTIP  TPP  tradeagreement  copyright  drm  piracy  eu  US  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
TTIP won't stop public services being run for ordinary people? Tell that to Argentina - The Ecologist
“No matter that the company time and again failed to meet its performance targets. In the world of corporate courts, nothing matters except an investor's 'right' to profit.”

Summary: Argentina is being sued for $405 million for undoing the privatisation of their water supply. “No matter that the company time and again failed to meet its performance targets. In the world of corporate courts, nothing matters except an investor's 'right' to profit.”
TTIP  privatisation  argentina  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Don’t Keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Secret - NYTimes.com
As it considers fast track here, Congress must address the secrecy, and the views of the privileged advisers, that shaped the agreement. Otherwise, “fast” will be little more than a euphemism for “avoid the public, and benefit the fortunate few.”
tpp  TTIP  indie  indieroundup  transparency  us  government  tradeagreement  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
TTIP: Europe's food, farms and animals at risk from EuroParl backroom deal - The Ecologist
As Europeans we have refused to sacrifice higher standards for the sake of a competitive 'race to the bottom' on animal welfare and food quality for the sake of price.

Another serious threat from TTIP comes in the form of the process known as 'cross bargaining'. This is where it is accepted that rule changes that have detrimental impacts for certain sectors will be compensated for by ensuring other sectors are protected or boosted.
TTIP  tpp  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  MEP  europe  agriculture  food  standards 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
We need a voice: Oppose ‘fast track’ for the TPP | TheHill
The TPP would be the largest trade pact in our history. It includes 12 nations; nearly 40 percent of the global economy. Despite its huge economic consequences, many of its details are secrets. The details that have been revealed go against many of the moral values we have been fighting for from international human rights to gay and lesbian rights to public health to environmental justice. 
fasttracking  TTIP  TPP  indie  roundup  notincluded  corporate  law 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Leaked TPP Investment Chapter Reveals Serious Threat to User Safeguards | Electronic Frontier Foundation
A newly leaked chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement from Wikileaks has confirmed some of our worst fears about the agreement. The latest provisions would enable multinational corporations to undermine public interest rules through an international tribunal process called investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).
TPP  TTIP  indie  indieroundup  10apr14 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Is democracy threatened if companies can sue countries?
“Those protesting against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the proposed new trade treaty between the European Union and the United States, are part of a growing international opposition to pacts that allow multinational companies to sue governments whose policies damage their interests.” By Michael Robinson on BBC News
TTIP  tradeagreement  eu  us  sue  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Beware the TTIP charm offensive
“When 92% of those involved in consultations have been corporate lobbyists, citizens are right to suspect that TTIP will benefit corporations at the expense of democracy. MEPs must sign an agreement banning us from sharing any of the contents of “secret” papers with those we represent. There are many reasons to oppose this deal, but be aware of the pro-TTIP hype while we continue to keep up the pressure to have it dropped.” Letter in The Guardian signed by a group of Green Party MEPs
TTIP  eu  europe  policy  greenparty  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag

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