- Published on Friday, 17 January 2014 10:32
"Fast track" is specific to the US where Presidential power is (theoretically) held in check by Congress. Fast Track will allow President Obama to negotiate trade agreements in secret and without reference to Congress.
Leaked TPP Document Reveals No Regard for Environment in Trade Agreement (video and transcript)
President Obama's fast track process for TPP gets dealt another blow by leaked environment chapter
Hat tip to David for this
Clearly Fast Track is anti-democratic and indicative of the kleptocracy which runs the world. In Europe, no specific Fast Track authority is needed because the EU Commission, aided and abetted by its corporate "benefactors", has the permanent ability to fast track trade agreements for the benefit of the City of London and the banks.
The City, the banks and the EU – all in it together By Tom Lines
Civil Society usually refers to non-commercial and non-governmental bodies. However, the EU has stretched the definition of Civil Society to cover corporate lobbyist entities to squeeze out opposition from bona fide Civil Society groups.
EU Commission Redefines Corporate Lobbyists As 'Civil Society' To Pretend To Be Transparent In TAFTA/TTIP from the bare-faced-cheek dept
Hat tip to Glyn for this
So what is the purpose of these secret, anti-democratic negotiations? To lever open economies to corporate exploitation, attacking healthcare, social and environmental protection. In short, TTIP and TPP are weapons of oppression and wealth extraction.
Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Hat tip to Linda for this
Hat tip to Bob for this