Two weeks after Greenpeace released 280 pages on the TTIP trade agreement, Noam Chomsky spoke with Channel 4 about why he believes the new agreement has nothing to do with reducing tariffs, calling it “pretty extreme.”
According to Greenpeace: “Whether you care about environmental issues, animal welfare, labor rights or internet privacy, you should be concerned about what is in these leaked documents. They underline the strong objections civil society and millions of people around the world have voiced: TTIP is about a huge transfer of power from people to big business.”
“From an environmental and consumer protection point of view four aspects are of serious concern,” said Sylvia Borren, executive director of Greenpeace Netherlands, “including the dropping of long-standing environmental protections; increased difficulty in taking climate action; ending of the ‘precautionary principle’ that allows regulators to take preventive measures to safeguard public health; and opening the door for corporate takeover.”
Chomsky points out that “the so-called free-trade agreements are not free-trade agreements. To a larger extend they’re not even trade agreements. These are investor rights agreements.” He continued:
There’s a reason why they’re kept secret from the public and as soon as you look at them you see why. They’re not secret to the corporate lawyers and lobbyists who are writing the detailed regulation – of course in the interest of their constituents. The investors are given the right to sue governments for their potentially future profits They go to private trade adjudiction groups made of largely corporate representatives. They’re already going on with NAFTA and we can expect more of them. The major trading partners already have agreements that have reduced tariffs substantially with few exceptions—not many.
Chomsky also noted that the phrase “climate change” does not appear once in these 280 pages.
Ghislaine Maxwell loses court battle to keep her Jeffrey Epstein testimony sealed: report
Ghislaine Maxwell lost in court two different ways on Monday, the Miami Herald reports.
"A federal appeals court dealt Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, twin blows late Monday by declining to consolidate her appeals in numerous overlapping cases and striking down her effort to thwart release of a controversial deposition she gave in a now-settled civil lawsuit," the newspaper reported. "The three-judge Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held more than two hours of oral arguments last week, and issued a succinct Monday afternoon order holding that a lower court judge did not err in order the release of a 418-page deposition from April 2016 that could shed new light on the Epstein empire."
Senator Kelly Loeffler flops trying to clean up her attacks on Black Lives Matter
As Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) continues to fall in the polls, she's trying to clean up her attacks on Black Lives Matter.
"There's an organization different from the saying, an organization called Black Lives Matter founded on Marxist principles. Marxism supports socialism," she said.
Trump can’t stop talking about losing to someone he says is the worst candidate in history: analysis
As Election Day draws closer, some polls are showing President Trump trailing Joe Biden by double digits, and according to the Washington Post's Aaron Blake, Trump increasingly has "losing on the brain" as a result.
"At numerous junctures in recent weeks and especially over the past 10 days, Trump has referred to what it would mean if he lost, pre-blamed certain things for his potential loss, and expressed apoplexy that he could be losing to this particular opponent, Joe Biden," Blake writes.
Blake cites numerous comments from Trump where he speculates about scenarios where he loses.