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Wednesday, November 19, 6pm EST: Due to the profound importance of a what is called a trade agreement being negotiated in secrecy by heads of state of some 11 countries world-wide and the political, economic and jurisdictional implications of this, I am convening another Round Table this week on the subject of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, (TPP).
Most people, even educated and politically attentive, don’t know about the TPP or what it’s about or its implications, which is why we’re doing a third show on this.
In short, what is being called a ‘trade agreement’ such as NAFTA and others, is more accurately a political coup d’etat through which a corporate advisory counsel’s decision-making would have authority over sovereign nation’s democratically elected officials, e.g., Congresses, Parliaments, Prime Ministers and Presidents. Sovereign nations could be sued for profits which were projected by a given company’s accounting departments but not realized (for any number of reasons, including inferior product, service or not finding the assumed presence of natural resources in a given location).
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Joining in discussion with Mitchell is Arthur Stamoulis, Director of the Citizen’s Trade Campaign, and another of his colleagues.
In December 2012, Mitchell interviewed Mitch Jones of Food & Water Watch on the TPP.
Our guests today: Elizabeth Warren is a Regional Organizer for MoveOn.org, based in Southern California. As coordinator for MoveOn's national TPP team she connects allies with a network of MoveOn councils working to educate the public about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement. The group's aim is to make sure details of proposed trade agreements get a public hearing and debate, by urging Congress to say no to the president's request for fast track, aka trade promotion authority. Liz began her career as a journalist and came to political activism late, after stints as a newspaper columnist, magazine editor, and advertising copywriter. She did a 12-year stretch as a corporate publicist, and still has the BS decoder-ring, which comes in handy during interactions with politicians. When not organizing, she does online editing, often blogs, and still writes for magazines, occasionally about politics, but usually about other subjects. Liz was born in New York and educated in the Midwest. In 1997 she moved to California, where she married and conveniently ended up with a memorable name. Andrea Miller was the 2008 Congressional Candidate for the 4th District. Currently she is Deputy Field Director for PDA and Co-State Coordinator for PDA Virginia. Since 2008 Andrea has been very active on the ERA both in Virginia and nationally. Andrea is one of the leaders of PDA's ERA 3 State Strategy team
The Trans Pacific Partnership is a secret trade deal that will among other things, nullify national laws regarding food safety and GMO labeling laws and bans. While the US Congress wastes time arguing over health care websites, our demcracy and sovereignty as a nation is being negotiated away. Listen and learn what you can do to protect your access to good, clean and fair foo
Wednesday, Dec 25, 6pm EST: Today’s show will focus on an incredibly important international agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty, which, according to those who have seen the few parts that have become known, is just about everything but a treaty on trade but largely one about jurisdic-tion over existing governments and their bodies of law.
To discuss this in some depth for A Better World’s audience, is Mitchell’s guest today, Mitch Jones, Director of the Common Resources Program at Food & Water Watch.
Mitch manages the organization’s campaigns on nutrient trading regimes, water markets and pricing, municipal water infrastructure funding, catch share fisheries management programs, and open ocean aquaculture. He was previously the Director of the Fish Program at Food & Water Watch.
Mitch also worked as the Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst for Food & Water Watch‘s Water Program. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch, he worked at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, focusing on issues related to food safety and renewable fuel policy. He has appeared on CNBC, Al Jazeera English, and various radio stations across America. He holds a B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a M.A.L.A. from St. John’s College, Santa Fe.
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Tonight the Waco Tea Party Welcomes Michael Stumo and Ken Mayo from the Coalition for a Prosperous America. We will be discussing the Trans Pacific Partnership, a free trade agreement.
You can learn more about this topic and the Coalition for a Prosperous America at www.prosperousamerica.org.
Our guests today:
Elizabeth Warren is a Regional Organizer for MoveOn.org, based in Southern California. As coordinator for MoveOn's national TPP team she connects allies with a network of MoveOn councils working to educate the public about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement. The group's aim is to make sure details of proposed trade agreements get a public hearing and debate, by urging Congress to say no to the president's request for fast track, aka trade promotion authority.
Liz began her career as a journalist and came to political activism late, after stints as a newspaper columnist, magazine editor, and advertising copywriter. She did a 12-year stretch as a corporate publicist, and still has the BS decoder-ring, which comes in handy during interactions with politicians. When not organizing, she does online editing, often blogs, and still writes for magazines, occasionally about politics, but usually about other subjects.
Liz was born in New York and educated in the Midwest. In 1997 she moved to California, where she married and conveniently ended up with a memorable name.
Andrea Miller was the 2008 Congressional Candidate for the 4th District. Currently she is Deputy Field Director for PDA and Co-State Coordinator for PDA Virginia. Since 2008 Andrea has been very active on the ERA both in Virginia and nationally. Andrea is one of the leaders of PDA's ERA 3 State Strategy team
Wednesday, November 12, 6pm EST: On tonight’s show, Mitchell will hold a Round Table on the latest trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership which may be getting signed imminently and which has menacing implications for the sovereignty of all nations including the U.S. yet the subject is minimally discussed in the media. When it is, the discussion is highly partial and omits key points, which will be discussed in the Round Table by Rocky Anderson, Gerald Celente and Kali Katt. In December 2012, Mitchell interviewed Mitch Jones of Food & Water Watch on the TPP, and it’s clearly time to do so again in light of its potentially imminent signing.
Rocky Anderson, former Mayor of Salt Lake City from 2000-2008, during his tenure, reduced the carbon footprint in the city by about 33%. He an American lawyer and politician. Rocky has practiced law for 21 years in Salt Lake City.
Gerald Celente is publisher of the world-renowned Trends Journal, has been interviewed on numerous national and international media for decades as a trends forecaster in the fields of economics and politics.
Kali Katt is a free-lance journalist and activist with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She has been conducting on-the-ground educational actions in regard to the TPP for a few years now, to a public who, until meeting Kali, had no idea what it was or that it existed.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership stands as probably the most threatening, so-called "trade agreement", or document of any sort, to our Democracy and sovereignty as a nation. The TPP would legally oblige all nations who are signatories to be subject to a corporate-formed body which would have jurisdiction over any statutes in the U.S., including its Constitution.
The U.S.Corporation Once Again Sells Out the American People We Must Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-nation trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property laws across the globe. 600 secret corporate “official US advisors” wrote themselves a beautiful deal in the TPP or Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement. The final nail in the coffin for the United States as a sovereign nation. If you were proud to be an American, you can kiss your country goodbye when this becomes international law. It effectively supercedes the highest court in our land, because the TPP gives corporations the right to sue governments, and gives them the upper hand if it can be shown that our country’s laws threatened their profit-making agenda. TPP is bad on so many levels, that one wonders who would ever vote for this sort of thing. Yet, whenever trade agreements didn’t work for us Americans, like GATT, or NAFTA, or the FTAA, our congress and president passed those without any difficulty, and against public opinion. Obama has reaffirmed his commitment to the TPP, and Romney would sign it because he would argue that it represents “free trade.” TPP Agreements are so secretive even members of congress have a hard time getting their hands on them. According to a Zach Carter, Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness, was stonewalled by the Office of U.S Trade Representatives (USTR) when he attempted to see any of the draft documents related to the governance of the TPP. www.writeindependent.org/blog/?p=1088
What started as a trade agreement between 4 small market nations in the early 21st century has morphed and lurched and disguised itself into the 12 nation (and counting) behemoth that is causing record setting protest, dissent and demands from citizenry and elected officials alike around the Pacific Rim.
The Trans Pacific Partnership promises a new standard for trade agreements. Indeed. Of the 26 chapters in the framework yet to be released to the public, only a scant two have direct relation to international trade in the traditional sense. The other 24 deal with corporate entitlement, copyright terms, patent length, internet governance, environmental laws, personal information sharing and the ever-present tribunal mechanism for corporations to sue Governments secretly. Because laws that limit profit are simply "bad business".
Many things Canadians take for granted will be altered or abandoned altogether if this trojan horse is allowed inside the walls as it is now. As far as anyone can tell, that is. The secrecy surrounding these marathon negotiations are unlike anything ever seen before. Wikileaks having posted the only known leaked portions of the deal, there is no way to even know what the current text is. Apparently, the billions of people involved have no need to know. No better example than the Harper junta changing venue from Vancouver to Ottawa to avoid demonstrations. Nothing to hide here, move along.
David Christopher of OpenMedia.ca will join me to try and decipher what this monster of a treaty will do to the signatory nations, specifically Canada. Who wins and who loses. So called "free" trade has never delivered on its promises despite the spin from industries and governments alike.
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We have a panel of guess on the show today like Dr. Margaret Flowers from popular resistance.org and itsoureconomy.us. As well Kevin Zeese an American political activist and a leader in drug policy refrom. From Canada we have Brenda Sayers from Hapacasath First Nation and Barbara Berger from Council of Canadians. The panel will discuss the secret agreement between our governements and the corporate interest.. How the ratification of this agreement will change our lives forever, creating a slave workforce and the elimination of our rights. What are our options and what actions can we take to stop this illegal process.
As we discussed on Monday and Tuesday with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we are going to relate it to the Trans Pacific Partnership. The TPP is a massively intrusive regulation and we would do well to understand what it portends for the USA. Please join us for ANOTHER dose of common sense at 8 PM Pacific Standard Time! Remember, God gives us the government we deserve. If you want to see what that TRULY means drop on in!!
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