"CORPORATE TROJAN HORSE"..."NAFTA ON STEROIDS"... "A GLOBAL CORPORATE COUP"....
What in the world is exciting such headlines? An apt question, since the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a global trade agreement that leaves all previous agreements in the dust -- or the dustbin of history, littered with gifts to corporations, each more sumptuous than the last.
If you haven't heard of the TPP, it's because the negotiations have been under wraps for over three years, except for some 600 corporate lobbyists and a select few sworn-to-secrecy members of Congress. Remember "fast track authority" for previous trade agreements like NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994? The TPP special will roar by unless enough people lobby to derail it.
The TPP is a sweeping trade deal that would establish a free trade zone stretching from Vietnam to Chile, Canada to Australia, encompassing 12 countries, 40% of the world’s population and 60% of global GDP.