(Pfffffft on Grayson; he was allowed to read TPP chapters, raised money on the fact, and never told what he saw. “They’d prosecute little ol’ me!!!”) Let him be the Liberal Hero, I guess. Democrats need a few.
Here are the chapters and ‘annexes’, with brief analyses; pdf longer analyses are clikcable.
“The whistleblower and transparency website WikiLeaks published on Thursday the secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, a controversial global trade agreement promoted by the United States and European Union that covers 50 countries and is opposed by global trade unions and anti-globalization activists.
Activists expect the TISA deal to promote privatization of public services in countries across the globe, and WikiLeaks said the secrecy surrounding the trade negotiations exceeds that of even the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that has made headlines in the past year.
Demonstrations erupted in Geneva in April as diplomats met in secret for the sixth round of negotiations over TISA, which would cover international trade in a wide range of service industries ranging from finance and telecommunications to transportation and even local utilities such as water. Protesters demanded that the draft text be released, but it has remained secret until now.
Public Services International (PSI), a global trade union federating public service workers in 150 countries, has reported that TISA threatens to allow multinational corporations to permanently privatize vital public services such as healthcare and transportation in countries across the world.
“This agreement is all about making it easier for corporations to make profits and operate with impunity across borders,” said PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli in response to the leak. “The aim of public services should not be to make profits for large multinational corporations. Ensuring that failed privatizations can never be reversed is free-market ideology gone mad.”
From Common Dreams:
“Under secret negotiation by 50 countries for roughly two years, the pact includes the United States, European Union, and 23 other countries—including Israel, Turkey, and Colombia. Notably, the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—are excluded from the talks.
Along with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, which are also currently being negotiated, TISA is part of what WikiLeaks calls the “T-treaty trinity.” Like the TTP and TTIP, it would fall “under consideration for collective ‘Fast-Track’ authority in Congress this month,” WikiLeaks noted in a statement issued Wednesday.
However, TISA stands out from this trio as being the most secretive and least understood of all, with its negotiating sessions not even announced to the public.” [snip]
Analysts note that the leak underscores the intense secretiveness of the talks, whose texts are supposed to be kept completely secret for five years following the reaching of a deal or abandonment of the process.
“That the negotiating texts say they are supposed to stay secret for five years is quite shocking, and therefore it is really important that the text is made public,” Melinda St. Louis, international campaigns director for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, told Common Dreams.”
“It’s a dark day for democracy when we are dependent on leaks like this for the general public to be informed of the radical restructuring of regulatory frameworks that our governments are proposing.”
—Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
Via the New Zealand Herald: ‘WikiLeaks reveals NZ’s extreme position in trade discussions’
“U.S. trade press secretary Andrew Bates told the Guardian that the U.S. doesn’t comment on alleged leaks, but added that “it is important to underscore that American services exports are at all-time high of $710.6bn, and those exports support 4.6m well-paying jobs all over the country.
“That is why President Obama has made opening markets for US services exporters a chief priority of his middle-class economics agenda,” he said.”
And because: BRICS (especially China).
Australia’s the Age.com (with video commentary by the co-deputy of the Greens):
“Trade Minister Andrew Robb insists TiSA will “strengthen job-creating services.” According to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the most recent round of TiSA negotiations, chaired by the European Union in April, made “good progress” issues relating to domestic regulation and financial services.”
Bless your heart/s, Wikileaks. ♥ ♥ ♥
For the global corporate plutocrats: