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Neeraj Maurya , May, 14 2016

Will or Won’t the Trans-Pacific Partnership Protect the Wildlife?


On the first Monday in October, the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries announced they’d reached an agreement on a sweeping free-trade deal that’s been in the works since President Barack Obama’s first term. On Thursday, the final text became public. The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s goal is to make trade among these countries easier. But there’s one type of trade the countries are expected to restrict: the illegal wildlife trade. The Obama Administration is using these wildlife and environmental provisions as a selling point to try to boost Americans’ support for the agreement.
On the first Monday in October, the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries announced they’d reached an agreement on a sweeping free-trade deal that’s been in the works since President Barack Obama’s first term. On Thursday, the final text became public. The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s goal is to make trade among these countries easier. But there’s one type of trade the countries are expected to restrict: the illegal wildlife trade. The Obama Administration is using these wildlife and environmental provisions as a selling point to try to boost Americans’ support for the agreement.

Payal , Nov, 23 2016


First day and Trump plans to get off the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Maybe he needs to realise that US cannot function in an anti-globalisation manner

Trump to withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership on first day in office | US news | The Guardian


Tanya , Almost there! Nov, 23 2016


I know! It seems like anything that involved potential benefit of any other country, Trump will make sure that doesn't happen. USA considered TPP to be a means of diversifying its interests towards Asia bypassing the Europe and putting a check on China's trade advancement.


Murray Low , May, 14 2016


TPP and TTIP are the largest trade deals ever in the history of the world. At the centre of the agreements is the US, which becomes the focal point and common centre for global trade under these deals. Just like the EU first began as a trade deal, the European Coal and Steel Community, we can see that these trade deals are the next stage in establishing global governance structures. Those "New World Order" conspiracy theorists dont sound so stupid now, when are people going to wake up to this? Our politicians who engage with these deals are traitors through and through. They must be held accountable.
TPP and TTIP are the largest trade deals ever in the history of the world. At the centre of the agreements is the US, which becomes the focal point and common centre for global trade under these deals. Just like the EU first began as a trade deal, the European Coal and Steel Community, we can see th


Charles Palmer , May, 14 2016


It is a negotiation at the moment and has been for years. There is no TTIP at the moment - there are draft chapters which are still under discussion and thus will change. The full document s will be released when they are actually done, at which point people can and should consider them. Also the EC publish loads about TTIP on their website if people bothered to read it rather than jumping to conclusions. There are no laws which allow big companies to sue governments if they try to improve environmental or other standards. That is just nonsense and plainly a lie. The purpose of the arbitration court is where a country applies different rules to US business than EU businesses (and vice versa) which impacts negatively on them. It is to stop discrimination and favouritism and allow a level playing field. Every single EU member state has to approve this deal before it comes into play. Every single one. If even one country doesnt think it benefits their citizens then t doesnt happen. And if your government representative does vote for it then you have only yourself to blame for voting them in.
It is a negotiation at the moment and has been for years. There is no TTIP at the moment - there are draft chapters which are still under discussion and thus will change. The full document s will be released when they are actually done, at which point people can and should consider them. Also the EC


Felipe , An educational environmentalist May, 14 2016


I am all for genuine free trade, so long as it benefits the respective societies involved in such agreements. Mostly, however, in this globalised, race-to-the-bottom world that has been purposely shaped around our ears by the wealthy and the powerful, such agreements only benefit rich corporations and financiers, to the detriment of the rest of us. They represent a threat to jobs, a threat to democracy, a threat to living standards, a threat to food standards and a threat to the environment. That these agreements are negotiated in secret, behind locked doors, and by corporate lackey lawyers says it all.The ISDS system is an outrage, which gives the final say on what a democracy is permitted to do to corporations. ISDS is used to prevent governments from implementing reforms and legislation related to public health, environmental protection and human rights, if those reforms and legislation threaten investor profits.
I am all for genuine free trade, so long as it benefits the respective societies involved in such agreements. Mostly, however, in this globalised, race-to-the-bottom world that has been purposely shaped around our ears by the wealthy and the powerful, such agreements only benefit rich corporations a


Vikram Sethi , May, 14 2016


TPP is aimed at china actually to reimpose American Hegemony & Imperialism.The American plan is to shrink the territory which china can operate.However TPP will be used as a Political tool by china calling the Hypocrisy of American regime by saying look you exclude african nations,russia & CIS states,India & SAARC countries,Iran & its shia network.You want to keep the world poor through your containment strategy. If America steps in to give a TPP deal to say Bangladesh then the trade unions/american public will will oppose that.So basically china will increasingly brand america as a elitist nation while securing for itself the growing middle around the world. TPP gives lot of political,strategic opening to china & its allies.They can brand America ideas as generally Imperialist in thinking.However chinas other institution like BRICS & AIIB which do not have imperialist ambitions will grow strength by strength. The cold war between Imperialist America & China will get very interesting in the next decade.America has no experience in fighting a cold war with a hugely capable power like China & most analysts are saying American regime will be forced to make more concessions to china after they put the TPP deal.
TPP is aimed at china actually to reimpose American Hegemony & Imperialism.The American plan is to shrink the territory which china can operate.However TPP will be used as a Political tool by china calling the Hypocrisy of American regime by saying look you exclude african nations,russia & CIS state


Richard Perkins , May, 14 2016


The most optimistic assessment of the impact of TPP on US trade and GDP is little more than zero and the same applies for many of the other countries signing up to them. They will also cause losses potentially for countries not involved. Corporations will undoubtedly gain a great deal from them so its very difficult to understand why Obama is pushing them so hard except as part of foreign policy and military strategy. Thats what I would most like to see them be honest about. Both TPP and TTIP should be indefinitely stalled and the same should apply to the CETA between the EU and Canada which grants the same corporate powers. We should remember that these arent a new part of trade deals, however, many cases have been brought against governments but, as the like all arbitration, the hearings are held in secret, we didnt hear about them. Now you can very easily go online and find all the details. There have been two against the UK, both unsuccessful (one regarding the Channel Tunnel to demonstrate how long they have been around).
The most optimistic assessment of the impact of TPP on US trade and GDP is little more than zero and the same applies for many of the other countries signing up to them. They will also cause losses potentially for countries not involved. Corporations will undoubtedly gain a great deal from them so i


vivian fernandes , May, 14 2016


One of the largest barriers to international trade are tariff barriers. that is the duty rate applied on imported goods. These become a real problem for example if one country imposes higher rates on your goods that your country does on theirs. This usually means you will import their goods because they can compete with your locally produced goods, but they wont be buying from your country because of the high duty rates prices your goods out of their market. This will produce a trade deficit (bad) on your side where you import more than you export, and a trade surplus (good) on their side. The TPP is a plan where all signing countries will drop duty rates to zero on each others goods creating one large free market. Of course there is still a problem when there is a huge difference in the cost of producing the same goods due to wages differences etc. But that is only a consideration if you are looking at identical goods. A trade agreement can benefit both (or all) sides if not everybody is producing the same goods. Or to give another hypothetical example if Japan bought no U.S. made cars because a 40% duty rate put them out of the consumers price range.
One of the largest barriers to international trade are tariff barriers. that is the duty rate applied on imported goods. These become a real problem for example if one country imposes higher rates on your goods that your country does on theirs. This usually means you will import their goods because


Riccardo , Teaching faculty May, 14 2016


TTP and TTIP have been going on behind closed doors for years. I am glad to see it is now being discussed in the traditional media. ISDS part of TTIP is also part of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Once NAFTA came into force Canada became one of the 5 most sued countries on the planet. It has led them to remove environmental and health protections to avoid future law suits. NAFTA, despite being hailed by Clinton I as an economic miracle was an unmitigated disaster for everyone but the transnationals which these agreements serve. The worst part of TTIP is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, which allows foreign investors to sue states under investment treaties where they think they have been disadvantaged by new, stricter HS&E laws, etc. For example, between 1995 and 1997 the Canadian government banned the export of toxic PCB waste, in order to comply with its obligations under the Basel Convention, of which the United States is not a party. Waste treatment company S.D.
TTP and TTIP have been going on behind closed doors for years. I am glad to see it is now being discussed in the traditional media. ISDS part of TTIP is also part of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). Once NAFTA came into force Canada became one of the 5 most sued countries on the planet.