Now a top UN expert on human rights has criticised the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Alfred de Zayas has said he, “is concerned that notwithstanding an enormous opposition by civil society worldwide, twelve countries are about to sign an agreement, which is the product of secret negotiations without multi-stakeholder democratic consultation.”
It makes one wonder why would big corporations and governments come up with this deal without letting the people see it. The Australian government (the citizens of Australia) has had a lawsuit against them dropped because the big tobacco manufacturer Phillip Morris was suing. They tried to sue because the plain packaging on cigarette packets with graphic images introduced by Australia were causing loss of business. Phillip Morris sued by using the Australia-Honk Kong investment treaty signed in 1993. This didn’t work as Australia didn’t have jurisdiction in the case.
Australian Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said ‘Australia had “dodged a bullet” because of the jurisdiction ruling, but kept signing trade deals that gave corporations “the right to sue us for making laws that might impinge on a foreign corporations profits.”
He’s dead right. Now it us as citizens of the twelve countries, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, USA, and Vietnam to make a fuss and do some protesting or whatever it is to make your fellow citizens wake up to the corporations ruling the world and telling us what to do and to think. Citizens need to come together and lobby just as corporations lobby the government.
This article from Paul Craig Roberts titled “THERE IS NO FREEDOM WITHOUT TRUTH” touches on, among other matters, the Military Industrial Complex that pushes for more and more sales. It is a good read and helps with understanding the TPP more.