The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What “Free Trade” Actually Means

http://truth-out.org/news/item/13082-the-trans-pacific-partnership-what-free-trade-actually-means

(Photo: Dayna Bateman / Flickr)The Trans-Pacific Partnership advances corporate monopolistic protections through intellectual property rights; undermines labor protections, putting the working class of 11 different nations in direct competition with one another; dismantles environmental protections and financial regulations; and expands corporate rights and privileges to allow undemocratic corporate institutions to challenge national laws through an unaccountable international tribunal of corporate lawyers who are given powers to overturn national laws or demand immense compensation from any nations that hinder those corporations' “potential profits,” thus further increasing the heavy cost of “free trade.”

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