Signing of TPP Marks Only Beginning of the Fight

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.”


  1. Calum MacKenzie February 5, 2016 10:52 pm 

    Once more the corporate lobby will dictate to our elected representatives and spell out conditions to further their ends to our detriment.
    Not only is privacy under attack, sovereignty, national independence, and remedies to make life better for the common man will be a thing of the past.
    The culture of unfettered greed is on the rise. It is long past time to reverse such unfair trade deals

  2. Russ Wells February 5, 2016 10:16 pm 

    Bernie is right. It is an egregious blow against democratic rights in the countries implement this deal that is not about trade but locks locks in sweeping intellectual and monopoly rights and severely restrict the ability of of member countries to make and administer their own laws.

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