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March 2015, TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Thousands of Foreign Firms to Challenge U.S. Policies and Demand Taxpayer Compensation

The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) Investment Chapter, leaked today, reveals how the pact would make it easier for U.S. firms to offshore American jobs to low-wage countries while newly empowering thousands of foreign firms to seek cash compensation from U.S. taxpayers by challenging U.S. government actions, laws and court rulings before unaccountable foreign tribunals.

After five years of secretive TPP negotiations, the text – leaked by WikiLeaks – proves that growing concerns about the controversial “investor-state dispute settlement” (ISDS) system that the TPP would extend are well justified, Public Citizen said. 

Enactment of the leaked chapter would increase U.S. ISDS liability to an unprecedented degree by newly empowering about 9,000 foreign-owned firms from Japan and other TPP nations operating in the United States to launch cases against the government over policies that apply equally to domestic and foreign firms.

To date, the United States has faced few ISDS attacks because past ISDS-enforced pacts have almost exclusively been with developing nations whose firms have few investments here.

“With the veil of secrecy ripped back, finally everyone can see for themselves that the TPP would give multinational corporations extraordinary new powers that undermine our sovereignty, expose U.S. taxpayers to billions in new liability and privilege foreign firms operating here with special rights not available to U.S. firms under U.S. law,” said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade
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https://www.citizen.org/documents/tpp-investment-leak-2015-release.pdf

https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/press.html

Actual leaked text at this link:
https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/WikiLeaks-TPP-Investment-Chapter/page-1.html
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Elizabeth Warren tells Conan: The government should not be profiting from student loan debt http://ow.ly/2X5rgF
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What lies behind NATO’s activity near Russia’s borders?

Plans to add around 160 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles to 60 existing ones for an indefinite period of time run counter to the Russia-NATO Founding Act.

Adopted in 1997, the Act obliges NATO to refrain from deploying substantial combat forces on the territory of new members, including Eastern European countries.

Eventual permanent deployment of US armored vehicles in Eastern Europe on this scale raises serious doubts about the alliance’s compliance with its commitments

http://rt.com/op-edge/247513-nato-troops-eastern-europe-russia/
Plans to add around 160 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles to 60 existing ones for an indefinite period of time run counter to the Russia-NATO Founding Act. Adopted in 1997, the Act obliges…
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In headlines today, we report that the United States is expediting weapons shipments to aid Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen. Yesterday, we discussed a new study that finds the Obama administration has approved more weapon sales than any other president since World War II. Sixty percent of these weapons are sent to the Persian Gulf and Middle East.
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Same Surveillance State, Different War
How government justification for mass surveillance during the war on drugs turned into rationalization for spying on citizens in the war on terror

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/04/same-surveillance-state-different-war/389988/?utm_source=SFG%2B
How government justification for mass surveillance during the war on drugs turned into rationalization for spying on citizens in the war on terror
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"Obviously the video shows that the police lied ... We’ve got to go beyond talking about police reforming themselves. We’ve got to get serious about independent review boards."

#NorthCharleston #PoliceShooting #Police #Video  
A white South Carolina police officer has been charged with murder after a video showed him shooting an apparently unarmed African-American man who was running away. The killing happened Saturday morning after North Charleston police officer Michael Slager stopped Walter Scott for a broken brake light. On the video, Slager is seen shooting at Scott eight times as he tries to flee. The North Charleston Police Department had initially defended Slag...
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The Big Chill: How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/the-big-chill-how-big-mon_b_7013730.html?
Philanthropy is noble. But when it's mostly in the hands of a few super-rich and giant corporations, and is the only game available, it can easily be abused. Our democracy is directly threatened when the rich buy off politicians....
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Don't let senior US officials get away with #torture. Join the Human Rights Watch campaign to demand justice. Sign the petition today: 
http://action.hrw.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1908&ea.campaign.id=36677&ea.tracking.id=ES2015L1gp2
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The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record' http://trib.al/ipsYqPd
Police-worn body cameras may be necessary, but we still need citizens who are brave enough to capture video of conflict.
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NASA promises 'definitive evidence' of alien life by 2025

But (LOL) I think the aliens have already landed! They are occupying seats of power in multiple governments.
(Surely that must be one of the reasons so many seem like clones!)

http://rt.com/usa/247733-nasa-space-alien-life/
We are on the cusp of discovering alien civilizations, NASA’s top scientists have said. They predict we’re one generation away from finding something in our Milky Way neighborhood, which is bustling…
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In case you missed it—a horrific scene in South Carolina.
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Iran sends warships to monitor Yemen's coast

The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr logistics vessel are on a patrol mission in the Gulf of Aden, south of Yemen, and the Red Sea, according to Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari. He says the ships will "provide [safety for] Iran’s shipping lines and protect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s interests in the high seas".

The fierce bombing campaign has led to over 560 deaths in just two weeks, according to the latest World Health Organization estimates. It describes the situation in Yemen as a rapidly-unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, with over 1,700 people wounded and 100,000 displaced.

An international evacuation effort is under way, with India alone rescuing some 4,000 of its citizens from the war zone. Russia is also taking part. So far, it has sent five airplanes to Yemen, rescuing its nationals, as well citizens of 11 other countries.

http://rt.com/news/247909-iran-yemen-coast-warships/
Two Iranian vessels have arrived in the Gulf of Aden, off the coast of Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is on a bombing campaign against anti-government Houthi rebels.
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Truth, Lies, Deception, Secrecy and Coverups - Democracy under Fire
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Truth, Lies, Deception, Secrecy and Coverups - Democracy under Fire

Like many others, I've only recently awakened to the assault on democracy and civil liberties the world over.

The Blogs I post are for educational purposes - to inform the public of relevant details regarding the truth of what is happening in governments the world over - and to encourage positive peaceful change. 

An informed public is powerful. But authoritarian rulers do not want the public to be informed. They lie, deceive, mislead and operate in secrecy to hide actions that would alarm or disgust the public and/or are not to the benefit of the public. 

Informing the public of the truth has become a battle between right versus might; truth versus lies and deception; transparency versus secrecy and coverups.

Democracy and civil liberties are under fire from within in many countries - by some of our own elected representatives, as well as some powerful government administrators and those in power in the military-industrial-surveillance complex - who want to consolidate and grow their power base nationally and internationally. 

Mass surveillance, propaganda, censorship and entrenched government secrecy are being used to disempower the public and provide the power elite with unwarranted authority and control over the public. 

Democracy and civil liberties are also under threat from the masterminds behind the financial sector - whose deliberate, calculated wheeling and dealing has likely resulted in the rise and fall of economies. These money monarchs likely also have substantial control over governments the world over because of what they can do that would influence the value of investments or level of loans of various countries. 

The political whipping system is another major threat to the democratic process - that should be seriously curtailed or abolished. 

The consequence of these factors has been evolution of so-called democratic governments run by administrations who dance to the tune of the rich and powerful and ignore the consequences of policies and law changes on the general public. 

We are being more and more ruled by an elite group who would lie to and deceive the public without blinking an eye, turn a blind eye to wrong-doing, and who are lacking in trustworthiness and integrity. Knowledge based on truth brings power. This Blog is about raising awareness of the true consequences of government policies, actions and law changes - and to encourage a focus on policies actions and law respectful of democracy, civil liberties and human rights.

All that is required for evil to take hold and grow is to: close your eyes, block your ears, shut your mouth - and do nothing.

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My eyes have been opened - and I want to help others see.
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  • University of Life
    Current Course of Study - Survival of the human species, present
    Courses: 101 - Reality - Sorting truth from fiction - tips on identifying spin and propaganda. 102 - Democracy - Why government on behalf of the people, rather than focused on the wants of the wealthy powerful corporate elite is essential for peace and general prosperity. 103 - Transparency - The art and science (and importance) of removing the cloak of secrecy from government, industry, global corporates, the financial industry and the elite. 104 - Peace - The importance of combatting the propaganda of war-mongers, weapons dealers, the military-industrial-surveillance complex and vested commercial interests (in particular the oil industry) - in favour of peace and cooperation. 105 - Human Rights and Civil Liberty - Why they matter and must be honoured. 106 - Justice - Is justice blind and even handed, or does it blindly favour government and the elite? 107 - Puppet Meisters I - How to pull the strings of government without being elected. 108 - The Money Men - How to screw the public and get away with it. 109 - Main Stream Media & Entertainment - How censorship and propaganda through main stream media and entertainment are being used to manipulate the public. 110 - Forbidden Fruit (Applied Science Without Conscience) - The perils of opening Pandora's Box
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