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"Stop TPP" protest in Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Jason Packman.

"Stop TPP" protest in Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan. March 14, 2013. Photo by Jason Packman.
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The TPP or Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a super-treaty which would jeopardize the sovereignty of the nations involved by giving that power to large corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Halliburton, Philip Morris, GE, GM, Apple. There are currently 11 nations involved: U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada. Japan has shown interest and is involved with the U.S. in talks about talks.

The economic power of the TPP group is more than 40% larger than the 27- nation European Union. TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment. The TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will decrease access to affordable medications. TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow the import of goods that do not meet US safe standards. TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations and Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech. TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit bans on risky financial services. TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages. TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resources in areas where indigenous people live.

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