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The Looming Trans-Pacific Partnership

By James Donahue

It was probably inevitable that our ever-shrinking world would drift into the global partnership long described by the prophets of old as a "one world government." This emerging global enterprise is not like anything we ever imagined, however. That’s because it is being designed by the people now in financial and political power who are primarily interested in creating a corporate plan to seize even more of the planet’s resources, latch onto the world’s wealth and further enslave the masses.

The idea, drafted secretly behind closed doors, is unveiling under the name Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. This is a proposed trade pack that Japan is negotiating with the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The idea is to expand the World Trade Organization to virtually include all of the major industrialized nations bordering the Pacific Rim. Organizers want liberalization of economies through the abolition of tariffs on trade. The United States, which joined the talks in 2008, is promoting a hard-core free trade policy. The United States and Japan together represent nearly 40 percent of the world’s economy.

If the TPP gets international ratification and becomes a reality, the effect on the general population may make us all feel as if someone clamped chains around our necks. The freedoms we have enjoyed as corporate workers, members of a democratic society governed by elected officers, world communicators via the World Wide Web, and shoppers able to choose the products we eat and use based upon the belief that they are safe, will be snatched away from us.

At last report the TPP could allow for millions more American jobs to be lost to offshore employers, free corporate "banksters" from government oversight, ban the "buy American" promotions designed to help create green jobs and rebuild the U.S. economy, control our access to medicine, flood our grocery stores with unsafe food and products, and allow corporations to actually avoid American environmental laws and safeguards for public health.

The agreement goes beyond affecting trade issues. Among the other issues are:

--It gives foreign corporations the right to override domestic U.S. laws governing trade and non-trade issues and actually sue governments in international tribunals to overrule national sovereignty. This could include things like environmental regulations on air, ground and water pollution, fracking for natural gas, offshore oil well drilling and control of nuclear energy.

--FPP would lift regulations on banks, power companies, insurance companies and stock market trading making it easier for corrupt banksters to swindle the people out of their hard-earned money.

--It would lower food safety inspections, prohibit mandatory labeling of genetically modified products and even the prohibition of the butchering and sale of meat from livestock stricken with serious disease.

--Through government procurement it would block people from buying locally produced farm products or possibly even growing their own food.

--It would allow for an international policing and monitoring of Internet user activities.

--There would be a regulation on public welfare, a halt to workplace safety standards and allow corporations to move more domestic jobs overseas.

--The agreement would increase patent and copyright protection, thus eliminating the freedom of Internet writers to quote from published documents and eliminating generic medicines that can be bought at affordable prices.

--There even is a potential restriction on essential services like public access to water, gas and electric services because of new investment rules.

There are but a few of the possible impacts TPP may bring if adopted by our elected representatives in Washington. And the action, which has been in planning now for several years, has not been brought to public attention by our corporate owned media.

We are hoping the reports that have been slipping out from between the cracks in the closed doors are wrong. If not, TPP may be poised to change our lives forever, and do it with no less than an iron fist.