Monday, May 02, 2016

Leaked Papers: White House Resorts to Blackmail To Save TTIP Trade Treaty

Most of this article is lifted from Sputnik News and republished under Fair Use terms in the public interest (see end)

The Obama administration has threatened to block all European car exports to the USA if EU member nations do not accept America’s genetically-modified and hormone-enhanced produce and suurender sovereign rights of nation to US Corporate Lawyers.

German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that 240 pages of text from the secret transatlantic trade deal (TTIP) obtained and leaked by Greenpeace Netherlands show that the US government is blackmailing the EU to force through the trade deal, despite vigourous resistance from EU nations.

US negotiators have specifically threatened to block European car exports if the European Union refuses to lift its ban on genetically engineered fruits and vegetables from the US a move that opponents to the deal point out will compromise consumer health and negatively affect Europe’s agricultural industry.

Greenpeace announced that it would release the smuggled text of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Monday, undermining unusual efforts by the EU and US to keep the details secret.

The authenticity of the documents has been confirmed by German DPA news agency sources. The documents demonstrate that the White House sought to pressure the EU to replace its precautionary consumer safety principle with the US approach of permitting food products to be sold until risks are proven.

What are the Safety Concerns Associated With the Consumption of Genetically Modified Crops?

The impact of genetically engineered foods, often associated with US agricultural multinationals including Monsanto, remain unknown in the long term, as these products are relatively recent. Often criticized, genetically-engineered produce allows for a greater yield and reduced product spoilage, as well as pest resistance, leading to lower prices at the store and some hope of alleviating world hunger.

Nonetheless, after the release of these products the US witnessed a spike in autoimmune diseases, and complaints of wheat sensitivity, or Celiac disease. Medium-term tests show no association between consumption of genetically engineered products and these ailments, leading the concerns to be dismissed as a fad among hypochondriacs.

More concerning, however, has been the large-scale die-off of US bee colonies that serve the vital natural function for pollinating crops. It remains to be seen whether the recent die-offs are related to genetically modified crops or to the potent glyphosate-based pesticides, including Monsanto’s Round-Up, that are routinely used on these crops.

Finally, Monsanto’s patenting of genetically-modified seeds has led to their litigation and seizure of small farms for intellectual property theft when natural cross-pollination led non-genetically modified crops to bear strains that included elements of the genetically modified 'Round-Up Ready' seeds.

Earlier this year we reported EU officials were trying to push through TTIP in the face of threats by several member nations to veto it because if the threat posed to democracy, and in defiance of huge public opposition to this power grab by corporate business.

During the 2016 US presidential cycle, Republicans and Democrats have come together to decry trade deals, citing a litany of economic and environmental concerns. Likely Republican nominee Donald Trump frequently cites NAFTA and CAFTA as examples that trade deals expand the US trade imbalance and destroy the middle class. Democratic insurgent Bernie Sanders similarly critiques international trade deals but also includes concerns about worker’s wages and rights as well as environmental degradation.

The odds-on favorite to become the next US President, Hillary Clinton, has long supported global trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA, passed under her husband’s administration in the 1990s. She lobbied for the Panama trade deal as Secretary of State, and referred to the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal as the “gold standard” over 45 times. Facing swelling frustration among younger and working class voters, Secretary Clinton now vows to oppose TPP and presumably TTIP.

With corporate supported trade agreements growing in unpopularity, the Obama administration is pushing ever more aggressively to advance the TTIP and TPP trade agreements prior to his departure in January 2017. The TPP trade agreement is expected to be passed without the full and proper consent of Congress during the post-election 'lame-duck' session of Congress. Similarly, it seems the White House seeks to prepare the TTIP for an expedited backdoor passage this year.

On Friday in New York, the lead US and EU negotiators – US Trade Representative Daniel Mullaney and the European Commission’s Ignacio Garcia Bercera – said they planned to reach a deal before Obama leaves office in January apparently out of awareness that free trade arrangements have become politically toxic.

Will the political legacy of the failed president Barack Obama and his disastrously incompetent administration be that he, the self styled peacemaker, joybringer and harmoniser, only succeeded in advancing a worldwide system of corporate fascism against the will of the public in the United States and worldwide, by blackmailing allies into acquiescence? That appears to be the plan?

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The Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was teetering on the brink of failure before Greenpeace Netherlands obtained a massive swathe of leaked documents that prove the treaty is, as many people feared, a corporate power grab rather than a free trade arrangement. This exposure will not stop the fascist regimes of the European Union and the United States trying to push it through against massive public opposition. The ruling elites have only contempt for democracy and the people.
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Obama's Economy Is Bad; Clinton's Would Be Worse

It is the policy of this blog to give the personal opinions and perspectives og our contributors mixed with news reports from various press agency news feeds. The extract below breaks with that policy because it is from an official of the US Republican Party. We draw attention to it because Mr. Priebus echoes the warnings our contributers have been giving about the likely economic consequences of electing Hillary Clinton, which would be the same as we correctly anticipated of Obama's Presidency eight years ago, but mulitplied by ten.

And we feel qualified to comment although we are not American, because whoever is driving the US economy affects the whole world.

from Real Clear Politics

By Reince Priebus
May 02, 2016

On Thursday we learned the American economy expanded at an anemic rate of just 0.5 percent in the first three months of the year. It was the worst showing in two years and the third straight quarterly decline in economic growth.

The millions of Americans who continue to struggle in the Obama economy have been held hostage by this persistently weak growth. In fact, not only is the so-called “recovery” the weakest since the 1930s, Obama is on pace to become the first U.S. president in history to have never presided over a full year of growth averaging at least 3 percent. Add in the fact that the middle class continues to shrink while wages continue to stagnate, and Obama will likely leave office with one of the worst economic records of any president.

Despite all of this, Hillary Clinton doesn’t think he’s been given enough credit and even gives the president an “A” for his performance. That’s troubling, but what should concern Americans even more is what she is proposing to do.

Take Clinton’s plan to raise tax, for example. According to a recent study by the Tax Foundation, it would reduce economic growth by 1 percent, eliminate the equivalent of 311,000 full-time jobs, and lead to 0.8 percent lower wages.

That means if Hillary Clinton were president today and her tax plan was on the books, Thursday’s GDP report would have shown that the economy actually contracted. Today’s stagnant wages would be even smaller and fewer Americans would be able to find full-time work. She isn’t just offering the status quo of failed liberal economics, she’s promising to put it on steroids with potentially damaging consequences.

Read full article at Real Clear Politics


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