In my time tonight, I want to do three things: first, to debunk this myth of the TPP as a “gold standard” treaty for workers’
The RCEP is being negotiated in secret by 16 countries* and a leaked copy of its investment chapter includes proposals to allow foreign investors to sue governments at an international tribunal.
Like FDR, who was able to overcome the complete weakness of US federal government over private banks and financial sector in general, when dealing with the Great Depression. Or Lincoln, who held the bipartisan country together with a grip of a mountain grizzly bear.
The Investor State Disputes Settlement (ISDS) system has become an icon of the shameless extent to which governments have pandered to corporate interests by giving foreign corporations rights that citizens do not have.