Thanks to Diaspora debate on deals such as TTIP is open and lots of information can be presented and IS presented. The TTIP is aparently a GOOD thing, so good in fact , all information about it seems to be spread over the internet, it is being negotiated in secret and not many people seem to actually know about it.
This is what I managed to put together from two recent diaspora posts.
What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a series of trade negotiations being carried out mostly in secret between the EU and US. As a bi-lateral trade agreement, TTIP is about reducing the regulatory barriers to trade for big business, ...
What is TTIP? And six reasons why the answer should scare you "TTIP’s ‘regulatory convergence’ agenda will seek to bring EU standards on food safety and the environment closer to those of the US. But US regulations are much less strict, with 70 per cent of all processed foods sold in US supermarkets now containing genetically modified ingredients. By contrast, the EU allows virtually no GM foods" "In Europe a company has to prove a substance is safe before it can be used; in the US the opposite is true: any substance can be used until it is proven unsafe. As an example, the EU currently bans 1,200 substances from use in cosmetics; the US just 12." "The EU has admitted that TTIP will probably cause unemployment as jobs switch to the US, where labour standards and trade union rights are lower. It has even advised EU members to draw on European support funds to compensate for the expected unemployment." "TTIP’s biggest threat to society is its inherent assault on democracy. One of the main aims of TTIP is the introduction of Investor-State Dispute Settlements (ISDS), which allow companies to sue governments if those governments’ policies cause a loss of profits. In effect it means unelected transnational corporations can dictate the policies of democratically elected governments. ISDSs are already in place in other bi-lateral trade agreements around the world and have led to such injustices as in Germany where Swedish energy company Vattenfall is suing the German government for billions of dollars over its decision to phase out nuclear power plants in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. "
So there you have it. I will let you pass judgement on what you make of it. I then STRONGLY encourage you you to write to your MP / MEP and let them know.
It costs nothing to write to them. it may cost YOU if you don’t.
Debate further on Diaspora. You can find and join your local POD from the information presented here.
Some more information again from Diaspora
Though ordinary Internet users were almost never consulted or invited into the negotiations, OpenMedia and our coalition partners have been diligent all along about continuing to influence the process. We’ve crashed the negotiations with petitions, streamed your comments on an iPad and a wall projection, shone a huge spotlight on the talks, and hand delivered letters to the negotiators.
As a result, all is far from lost for free expression online – the tide is turning on the TPP at just the right moment. Leading Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have joined economists like Jeffrey Sachs and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz in speaking out against the TPP.
Ask your representative to join them below!
Over in the USA the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) is again being planned and negotiated in secret.
Trade in Services Agreement (TISP)
Never heard of it, of course you haven’t corrupt corporates are suppressing this.