Uganda RisingMindset Media, Colonialism, in the traditional sense, ended as European countries started fighting over themselves over the world the World Wars and in effect, weakened themselves in the process allowing the United States and Soviet Union to eventually gain in immense power. They would spend another 50 years continuing that fight. Colonized people, the world over, saw their chance to break free as they realized that Europe was not invincible or as civilized as they claimed. Britain could no longer hold on to India, for example.
Earlier this year, in "Please Don't Notice the Global Corporate Coup"we explained how, via the TPP, giant multinational corporations through a secret negotiation process that they, not we, the people, have access to were working with the U. State Department and it's trade partners to supplant the sovereignty of participating nation-states with a privately-controlled, all encompassing, corporate, global "investor state".
That "investor-state" is embodied in the deal through the creation of arbitration tribunals, which are granted the power to negate the effectiveness of laws passed by individual nation-states that are parties to the treaty.
The Obama Administration has taken extraordinary measures to hide the content of the TPP negotiation texts from the public as negotiations have proceeded in secret, but for the access granted to hundreds of corporate lobbyists.
The second half finds its embodiment in the equally secretive TAFTA, which may prove a greater threat to our nation's sovereignty than the TPP in light of the fact that, as Public Citizen notes"European-based corporations own more than 24, subsidiaries in the United States. In essence, those provisions would allow corporations to supplant the basic police powers of nation states.
Instead of exercising the power to protect the health and safety of citizens and the environment in which they live, the tribunals would allow for the imposition of monetary damages that make the cost of laws that shield citizens from corporate harm prohibitive.
Despite a growing body of scientific evidence about the dangers posed by hydraulic fracturing, and a ban on the practice as democratically enacted by the people, Lone Pine described the ban in their arbitration complaint as "arbitrary, capricious and illegal.
Via TAFTA, according to Public Citizen, major corporations are not only seeking to prevent reinstatement of significant financial reforms, like the Glass-Steagall Actbut to roll back more modest reforms so as to bring back the "toxic derivatives" that played a central role in the collapse of the Wall Street casino.
So called "free trade", they report, is being used as a cover for rolling back regulations on food, milk and dangerous toys, as well as to blunt the movement for the transparent labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs. TAFTA would impose a "ban" on tax credits for alternative energy designed to reduce carbon emissions.
It seeks to prevent "Buy Local" policies and to prevent governments from negotiating bulk rates on pharmaceuticals.
In sum, under the TPP and TAFTA, "free trade" provides but an Orwellian label to mask an effort to ensure that corporate profits will supplant the accountability that, theoretically, accompanies democratic governance.ALPHA TEAM WRITERS: Dennis Schlais California State University Chico Richard Davis, California State University Chico Kristi Schlais, Association Global View.
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