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Merkel’s Mobile Phone


 Global trade war. Energy poor €U can’t (s)care.

Right now, behind closed doors, bureaucrats backed by corporate interests are putting together a new free trade agreement that would slap regulations on everything from our internet to land usage to health and environmental regulations.

TRADE WARS
A document leaked in June 2012 suggested that the TTP trade agreement would grant radical new political powers to multinational corporations. It is known that tobacco, oil and pharmaceutical companies have joined Wal-Mart and almost 600 other corporate lobbyists to take part in the talks, pushing through a pact that would be enforced through an international tribunal. This body would have the power to overrule domestic laws and even impose trade sanctions on governments that fail to abide by its rulings.

This is the Trans Pacific Partnership. If that is where the United States of America are heading for with €urope, all reasons there to see American spying activities on a global scale in total other perspectives. The €U –not even being a state, but with extensive legislative power on trading issues, might argue that this trade agreement is not entirely their cup of tea. But the consequences poses ‘Union in Diversity’ with enormous dillemmas by lack of some sort of a common Far East trading strategy and alternatives. Simply because of highly questionable TTP repercussions on a global scale. As was the case with NAFTA on a continental scale.

UPPERHAND
Anyone who can explain how the NSA and 16 other American secret services fit in in global trade wars, be a guest. But, irrespective of who’s filling the post of Chief Commander in the United States of America with the dollar as the world trading currency, with Wall Street, with worldwide 700 army bases and with seemingly well organized secret services with some false trumpcards in their sleeves, he or she has clearly the upperhand in this global trade war. Notwithstanding the impact of Edward Snowden, Angela Merkel’s mobile phone and “Ströbele’s”.

INGENUOUS PIGGYBACK GAME PLAYING
“All we need is a mobile phone”, sings German born Lou Bega in Baby keep smiling, you know the sun is shining “, with backstage voices whispering  “Bullshit”.

For the German Member of Parliament Hans-Christian Ströbele, who used this time Edward Snowden for his own self interests, click here to press the emergency button.

At the end it is the old adagium. Welcome friends! Adagio! Adagio!, own interests first.

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Cyberwar, Best Friends Forever. Historisch!


 

Cicero: O TEMPORA, O MORES !

Speel ondertussen dit liedje af uit de BBC-Serie The Singing Detective van Dennis Potter, terwijl je verder leest over  geheime afspraakjes tijdens  een ‘onderonsje’ van Obama en Xi Jinping.

Bijzonder, de lichaamshouding van de twee machtigste mannen ter wereld die elkaar troffen in Californie, komt tot in detail verrassend overeen met Winnih The Pooh and Tigger onderweg naar een nieuw avontuur. Historisch!

Blogger ‘Nicaragua Rabbit‘ plaatste de twee plaatjes op de Chinese variant van Twitter, Sina Weibo, Chinese autoriteiten verwijderden de plaatjes. ‘Nicaragua Rabbit‘ reageert: “Little secretary (webmaster) is stingy and lacks of sense of humor”.

Liefde is chemie. Wetenschappers bewezen dit. Sinds kort een pilletje voor. Dat zou ons leven kunnen revolutioneren, de vrede redden, ons voortbestaan redden. Uiteindelijk is heden ten dage bijna alles revolutionair, een mijlpaal of tenminste historisch. Zoals de recente redding van de euro. Meer dan historisch zelfs, want deze redding was gedurende drie jaar bijna iedere week historisch.

Historische doorbraken kwamen vaker voor. Stalin, Churchill en Roosevelt op Jalta -De Gaulle en Bilderberger Bernhard waren er niet bij, dijkdoorbraken, de Val van de Berlijnse Muur, vijf Nederlandse regeringen in tien jaar, zonnepanelen die geen biogas voor energie nodig hebben en de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede voor de EU. Sinds meer dan 100 jaar weer een Koning met mislukt Koningslied. Alles inmiddels ook alweer zó historisch…

Naar nieuwe historische doorbraken wordt driftig verder gezocht. Een doorbraak van de Cyprische Muur en de Syrische impasse. Een handelsverdrag tussen de Europese Unie en de Verenigde Staten. Een historisch supernovum!

Zo ook Barack Obama en Xi Jinping, de twee machtigste mannen ter aarde, BFF, Best Friends Forever, geen codex maar chemie. Gemeenschappelijke interesses hebben ze; internet. Cyberspionage hier, cyberwar daar. Noord Korea wil uit het niets plotseling onderhandelen met de VS. Historisch!

Stiekeme afspraakjes, ze worden niet vergeten, geldig tot wanneer? Zó historisch…

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TTP, the pact will grant radical new political powers to multinational corporations. Teken de petitie!


THE PACT, YOU NEVER HEARD OF

” Right now, behind closed doors, bureaucrats backed by corporate interests are putting together a new free trade agreement that would slap regulations on everything from our internet to land usage to health and environmental regulations.

The specifics of the deal, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), are largely unknown thanks to the veil of secrecy surrounding the negotiations. But details on what is being called the biggest free trade pact since the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) are leaking – and a people-powered movement is stepping up to challenge it.

The original ‘free’ trade agreement

TPP has been labeled “Nafta on steroids”. The original Nafta agreement, which took effect in 1994, established the world’s largest free trade zone between Canada, Mexico and the US. Billed as a way to eliminate barriers to trade and investment and promote economic growth, Nafta gave corporations powers comparable to those of sovereign nations for the first time – allowing companies to sue governments to protect their own interests.

Critics argued that Nafta would destroy jobs and farming practices, damage the environment and lower the real value of wages. Citizens across all three countries stepped up to challenge it with massive protests. Public outcry stretched from Seattle to Mexico City, where hundreds of thousands of farmers stopped traffic with their tractors to protest cheap corn imports streaming into Mexico.

Although this outcry ultimately did not stop the treaty, many of those fears turned out to be correct – and decades later citizens are not fooled. Today, over half of Americans believe that Nafta’s economic costs have outweighed its benefits.

The deal behind the curtain

Nevertheless, governments and corporations are still trying to push the free trade march forward. Talks on the TPP – Nafta’s twin treaty – started in 2008 and are now in their 14th round of negotiations.

America, focused on doubling its exports by 2014, is leading the charge, and representatives from Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam are all taking part. Next month, Mexico and Canada are expected to join and many expect Japan will follow close behind.

Once an agreement is reached, TPP would remain open for any country to join – making its reach virtually limitless.

The problem is this: very little is actually known about the top-secret negotiations. Most of the information available comes from leaks that have escaped the tightly locked doors of the discussions.

So what do we know?

It doesn’t look good. A document leaked in June suggested that the pact would grant radical new political powers to multinational corporations. We know that tobacco, oil and pharmaceutical companies have joined Wal-Mart and almost 600 other corporate lobbyists to take part in the talks, pushing through a pact that would be enforced through an international tribunal. This body would have the power to overrule domestic laws and even impose trade sanctions on governments that fail to abide by its rulings.

The fear is that this could block proper regulation of the financial industry, limit our access to medicines and even empower companies to challenge environmental and healthcare regulations.

Protests mount

Like Nafta, TPP is sparking protests from San Diego to Tokyo. But it’s not just activists who oppose it: over 130 members of the US Congress have released a letter calling for an end to the secrecy. It cannot be right, they point out, that corporations have had more information about this deal than elected officials.

Despite these demands for transparency, the talks continued this week behind locked doors. But  the timeline for the conclusion of the talks – originally slated for the end of this year – was just extended indefinitely. This gives corporate interests more time to lobby – and citizens more time to organise.

Right now, the talks are so secretive that global citizens simply don’t have the information necessary to draw their own conclusions. But if we apply enough pressure, we can change this. Get involved: take action below and stop another secret corporate sellout.”

Sources: Huffington Post, BBC, CNN, Gallup, Bloomberg, Nation, Techdirt, Daily Yomiuri

Teken de petitie hier: http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_corporate_death_star/?bejRsbb&v=17866

En deel dit, s.v.p. Op je werk, op school, bij de verenigingen, in de kroeg en in het Godshuis, tijdens een babbel, op de ‘sociale’ media.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Strategic_Economic_Partnership. Daar blijft het niet bij. Dit pact wordt mondiaal uitgerold.

Overgenomen van: Avaaz.