Lori Wallach: Signing of TPP Marks Only Beginning of the Fight, Trade Deal Could Still Be Stopped
Published on Feb 4, 2016
http://democracynow.org – One of the world’s biggest multinational trade deals, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been signed by 12 member nations in New Zealand and will now undergo a two-year ratification period in which at least six countries must approve the final text for the deal to be implemented. The Trans-Pacific Partnership encompasses 12 Pacific Rim nations, including the United States, and 40 percent of the world’s economy. Opponents say it will benefit corporations at the expense of health, the environment, free speech and labor rights. Activists have kicked off a worldwide series of protests around the signing of the trade pact, including a nonviolent blockade of the convention center in Auckland where the signing took place. A Maori tribe refused a request to perform at a welcome ceremony for trade ministers, saying the TPP threatens sovereignty. Meanwhile, the White House has warned Congress that a delay in ratifying the deal will cost the U.S. economy. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the Obama administration is doing everything in its power to move it forward. But our guest, Lori Wallach of Public Citizen, argues, “We have to make sure every member of Congress says there’s no way, we’re not meant to do this.” The deal has also become a campaign issue, and Wallach notes, “There’s no presidential candidate in any state polling over 5 percent who supports the TPP.”
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Full Text of TPP Trade Deal Revealed — and Critics Say It’s Even Worse Than They Thought
Published on Nov 6, 2015
The details are out on the the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and critics say the trade deal is worse than they feared. The TPP’s full text was released Thursday, weeks after the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations—a group representing 40 percent of the world’s economy—reached an agreement. Activists around the world have opposed the TPP, warning it will benefit corporations at the expense of health, the environment, free speech and labor rights. Congress now has 90 days to review the TPP before President Obama can ask for an up-or-down vote. We are joined by Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch and a leading TPP critic.
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Why do they call these crooked deals “free trade”
Lori Wallach explains: “Free Trade” is really an international corporate coup
Published on Dec 4, 2014
Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach explains in clear and engaging detail why so-called “Free Trade” is really an international corporate coup. From an interview with Ralph Nader, along with David Feldman and Steve Skrovan which originally aired on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour on November 28, 2014. Be sure to visit http://tradewatch.org where you can find documentation to back up the things mentioned by Lori Wallach in this interview and also access and print out local data (by zip code) for your area.
For more details about the problems with the TPP and what to do about it, please see the following Q&A sessions by Lori Wallach about TPP and Fast Track:
Lori Wallach: Trans-Pacific Partnership Threats Internet Freedom
Published on May 12, 2012
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, explains the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s threat to Internet freedom in Addison, Texas, where 600 international negotiators met in secret to hash out the deal. For more info, visit, www.tpp2012.com and www.publicknowledge.org.