This is a very detailed account of the TPP Agreement – educate yourself on this one folks!-A.M.

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(THRIVE) A lot of people have been asking me about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the past year wading through the veil of promises to what I think it really means. Once again, a nice-sounding, vast initiative appears to be a dangerous elite power grab at the expense of people and eco-systems worldwide.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is being couched as a liberating set of international trade accords — a “viable pathway for realizing the vision of a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific.”

Many who have looked behind the smoke screen on this one are describing it differently. Global Trade Watch calls it “a stealthy policy being pressed by corporate America. (It’s) a dream of the 1%.” David Icke says it “sets out to devastate freedom and impose rule by deception.” WikiLeaks’ Editor-in-Chief, Julian Assange writes, “If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons. If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”

What are they referring to? Here are a few facts about the TPP. It:

  • Empowers multinational corporations to sue foreign or domestic governments in a special court if their profits are deemed to be impeded by concerns such as the protection of eco-systems.
  • Extends patents to further benefit pharmaceutical companies to the detriment of generics and consumers.
  • Forces Internet providers to “filter” all communications in search of copyright infringements with the power to censor sites that are alleged to be involved. This would be the next attempt (after CISPA, SOPA and PIPA) to put the Internet under corporate rule.
  • Creates Supra-national powers that override national laws and constitutions.
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