…sub rosa? not so rosy, partner…Posted: 2013-11-13
Ah, but for the blogs, social media and newer media…
The NY Times as the voice of the exceptionals, of the corporate-state, had come out in full support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in its editorial, A Pacific Trade Deal. And this is a deal that is being negotiated in secret with inputs from major corporate interests, little to none from legislators, and none from the citizens, including specialists from academia. The idea, for even the US, is to have a ‘done deal’ where its Congress can vote only on yea or nay, the new interpretation of ‘Fast Tracking’ now meaning no collaboration in the process with the people’s representatives – the subservience of other peoples is assumed. In other words, the NYT seems in possession of information that those who should, do not.
And things were moving along in such splendid secrecy until one zealous representative of the disadvantaged people of the world stepped forward with a ‘Not so fast!’ WikiLeaks has released, for now, an excerpt, the Intellectual Property Rights chapter of a draft agreement, of those top secret negotiations. And, well, the excerpt does validate suspicions and concerns that citizens of the signatory country itself are in great danger of being more subject to the corporate class.
That release has been covered by RT with TPP Unrcovered: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal, over at firedoglake, WikiLeaks Reveals Provisions of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Where Countries Oppose United States. Over at naked capitalism, Yves Smith in some detailed analysis also covered the lethargy being shaken among some members of the US Congress with, House Pushing Back on Trade Deal; More Detail on How Secret Arbitration Panels Undermine Laws and Regulations, as some alert and engaged commenters break the news of the WikiLeaks release. Of the reliable mainstream press, from the UK, The Guardian, WikiLeaks publishes secret draft chapter of Trans-Pacific Partnership. And those just a sample. And the establishment media? Silent.
From the region. Just one example of egregious misdeeds from that corporate sense of exceptionalism, of impunity. Ecuador, the country, continues to have serious, still not yet resolved problems with a delinquent US corporation, Chevron, as a consequence of the large scale pollution in an Amazon area of that country, as reported by RT, Dirty dealings: Chevron’s toxic pollution fine reduced to $9.5bn.
Then, again, for the looming corporatocracy the idea is to promote utmost secrecy in its dealings and to silence, quickly and permanently, all those who would bring to light government and corporate misfeasance and malfeasance, and to achieve final corporate control of abused citizens, now irrespective of nationality. Ah, but for the likes of WikiLeaks…