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Meet TiSA, TTIP’s Ugly Sister

ChbmgsIW0AINXhEWikileaks expose new secret corporate takeover plans.

Wikileaks have released massive new information about the secret trade deals that support TTIP.

These revelations from Wikileaks brought to you by Real News and Paul Zeese about the rapid strengthening of corporate power through three new trade agreements put into context the domestic elections here and te EU referendum and where true power lies. The ‘fast track’ battle on Capitol Hill could decide the fate of not TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact), TTP (Trans Pacific Partership) and TiSA (Trade In Services Agreement). This has consequences way beyond America.

The documents expose the largest trade deal in history, which is currently being negotiated by 52 nations, providing further evidence of how “a self-selected group of mainly rich countries” plans to “bypass other governments in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and rewrite its services agreement in the interests of their corporations.”

Wilikleaks stated: “Together the three treaties form not only a new legal order shaped for transnational corporations but a new economic ‘grand enclosure’ which excludes China and all other BRICS countries.”

The three treaties, the “Three Big T’s”, aim to create a new international legal regime that will allow transnational corporations to bypass domestic courts, evade environmental protections, police the internet on behalf of the content industry, limit the availability of affordable generic medicines, and drastically curtail each country’s legislative sovereignty.

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  • JohnEdgar 6 months ago

    We await a Vow from Gordon.

  • Peter Thomson 6 months ago

    Watch this, it is excellent.

    • Maureen drennan 6 months ago

      I've been twice!! The year 2010 and 2015 so thank you for this as it comes with no surprise and we were told just this corporate lobbyists thousands of them working away and infiltrating the EU parliament!!! Bless us all The mean machine and Global monopoly....

  • Astragael 6 months ago

    I asked a Conservative candidate in next Thursday's election where he stands on TTPI. His response, which has a certain "official" quality, is pretty disingenuous. Here it is in full:

    Many thanks for getting in touch about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

    TTIP, the EU-US free trade agreement, provides the opportunity to add £10 billion to our economy every year – almost £400 per household. TTIP is looking to reduce the cost of meeting different regulations and standards, create a more integrated transatlantic marketplace and bring real benefits to consumers, including more choice, cheaper goods and increased job opportunities.
    The EU and USA account for one third of global trade flows and the USA is the largest export market for British goods and services outside the EU, so there is much potential for our economy to benefit from closer trade.

    Accusations of NHS privatisation are unfounded as TTIP does not require the USA or any other country to open up their national health systems to private providers. UK Governments ultimately decide how public services, including the NHS are run and this agreement does not change UK laws or lower consumer, labour or environmental standards.

    I am aware of claims that investors could sue a government for losses and win if a government takes a decision in the wider public interest, but this is a misconception. Although it is important that businesses investing abroad are protected from unfair treatment and discrimination, there is nothing in the agreement to allow companies to undermine public policy making.

    Many documents relating to the TTIP agreement are publicly available. For example there is a wealth of material on the European Commission’s website and more documents will be available to MSPs as the process continues.

    Overall, I think that TTIP could be beneficial in ensuring that we continue to be an open, trading country with a healthier, more balanced economy.


    Edward Mountain
    Conservative Candidate for Inverness and Nairn

    I, for one, believe nothing that Mr Mountain chooses to tell me and I'm struck by what he chooses not to tell me..

  • Allan Thomson 6 months ago

    Interesting figure £400 per household. Less inquiring minds might interpret it as a future net income gain, but I'm sure he wouldn't have meant that - would he? Others have estimated the hypothetical figure at £16 per household but without the cascade effect i.e. it all gets soaked up at a higher level anyway.
    The hollow ring of greater consumer choice, reduced prices and increased job opportunities will no doubt have resonance in some quarters. Others may think it is but a competitive cocktail for lower wages.
    If TTIP requires no country to open up their National Health Service to private providers and UK governments ultimately decide how public services are run, the requirement for an Investor State Dispute mechanism is not immediately obvious.
    He informs us " It is important that businesses investing abroad are protected from unfair treatment and discrimination" which by his own logic means the Dispute mechanism can only apply to the private sector. Why therefore it is entitled Investor STATE dispute settlement is something worthy of further investigation.
    Whatever you do please file this letter safely for future reference. Methinks Mr Mountain has a steep climb in front of him peddling this line.

  • Strategist 6 months ago

    Spot the difference between Wikileaks and the Mossack Fonseca leak to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.


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