Thursday, 20 June 2013

Trans-Pacific partnership: Neoliberal arm of Obama’s Asia-pivot

Washington’s secrecy on everything from the drone program to its Prism-style wire-tapping is seen again in an upcoming US trade deal with several Pacific Rim countries. And it’s not just secretive - it’s probably the scariest thing you’ve never heard.

So what makes the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal (TPP) so unsavory? To start, a few hundred representatives of major multinational corporations have designed the substance of the draft text, and most media outlets have imposed a near-total blackout on coverage of the successive rounds of negotiations that take place every few months in different parts of the world.

Members of the US Congress that should rightfully have jurisdiction over the draft text have so far been denied access to it, prompting Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon to introduce a bill calling for the US Trade Representative’s office to disclose its TPP text to Congress.

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Nile Bowie is a Malaysia-based political analyst and a columnist with Russia Today. He also contributes to PressTV, Global Research, and CounterPunch. He can be reached at