imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

US-Style Free Trade in Good Hands with Michael Froman

by Stephen Lendman Sunday, May. 05, 2013 at 4:27 AM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

corporatism

US-Style Free Trade in Good Hands with Michael Froman

by Stephen Lendman

On May 2, Obama named Froman his new US trade representative. He's a former Harvard law school classmate. He's currently a key adviser. More on him below.

He replaces Ron Kirk. He served from March 2009 - March 2013. He's joining Gibson Dunn. It's a prominent US law firm. It advises global clients. It's ranked among the top 20 doing it. It's prominent attorneys and alumni include Theodore Olson and Ken Starr.

Kirk said he wants to stay "engaged in global commerce." He wants the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement completed by yearend. It's a trade deal from hell.

Public Citizen's Lori Wallach heads its Global Trade Watch division. It monitors destructive trade deals like TPP. She calls it "NAFTA on steroids." It's been cleverly misbranded.

It's being secretly negotiated. Most people never heard of it. Media scoundrels ignore it. Whatever corporations want they support.

According to Wallach, TPP's "a stealthy delivery mechanism for policies that could not survive public scrutiny."

It provides Trojan horse cover for "grandiose new rights and privileges for corporations and permanent constraints on government regulation."

It favors investors at the expense of public health, food safety, clean air and water, sovereign control of resources, land use, energy, and virtually everything else that smells money, power and privileges afforded both.

"The stakes are extremely high because TPP may well be the last 'trade' agreement Washington negotiates." If enacted, other countries can join. If enough do, it'll be a global "NAFTA on steroids."

Member countries will sacrifice national sovereignty. Their laws, regulations and rights will be subordinated to TPP rules. Their use of tax revenues will also be restricted.

Rule-breakers face TPP tribunal lawsuits and sanctions. Corporations will be empowered to sue countries outside their domestic courts. Private sector attorneys will become judges and juries.

TPP is unfair trade by any standard. Trade is its least important feature. Washington has plenty of deals with other countries. TPP reflects raw, unchallenged, supranational corporate power.

Kirk was Obama's point man to advance it. He represents entrenched power at its worst. Froman will pick up where he left off.

He served on Obama's campaign transition team. He's been Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Economic Affairs. He was responsible for coordinating policies on international trade, investment, energy, climate and development issues.

He was White House liaison to the G7, G8, G20, and APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summits. He heads the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. He co-chairs Washington's Transatlantic Economic Council. He's CEO of the US-India and US-Brazil Forums.

He helped negotiate South Korea, Colombia and Panama trade deals. Like NAFTA and other bilateral deals, they cost America tens of thousands of jobs. Expect more of the same ahead.

Under Clinton, Froman was Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin's chief of staff. He also served as deputy assistant Eurasia and Middle East secretary. His responsibilities included post-Soviet Russia and Eastern Europe economic policies.

He was involved in implementing economic components of the Dayton Accords. Washington and key European allies partitioned and colonized Bosnia. A sovereign country was destroyed.

Former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt was appointed High Representative. He was given "final authority in theater regarding interpretation of the agreements."

From 1999 - 2009, Froman was Citigroup Management Corp. managing director. He managed infrastructure and sustainable development investments. He was CitiInsurance president and CEO. He headed the bank's Emerging Markets Strategy.

He's a Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow and German Marshall Fund of the United States resident fellow.

He was the American Bar Association's Central and East Europe liaison. He's been a member of the European Commission's Forward Studies Unit.

As US Trade Representative (USTR), he'll continue working on TPP and ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement). It threatens Net Neutrality and free expression.

He'll also begin negotiating the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). On February 13, Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barros announced its official launch.

It's also called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). It's not new. Trans-Atlantic free trade was discussed earlier. Informal discussions went no further.

America and EU nations partnered in global agreements. They never before finalized one with each other. BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, South Africa, and China) are excluded.

They're some of the world's fastest growing economies. Their combined GDP matches America and EU nations. Both blocks may vie for economic and political supremacy.

According to EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, at stake is "the weight of the western, free world in world economic and political affairs."

Europe and America must reconcile longstanding differences. Replicating the worst of TPP matters most. Investor interests come first.

According to a joint US/EU announcement, negotiations will focus mainly on "regulatory and other non-tariff barriers." Expect secrecy to prevent public disclosure. Otherwise unpopular terms won't likely survive.

Earlier transparent negotiations failed. In 2001, Free Trade Area of the America (FTAA) details were released. Legislators, civil society groups, academics and others analyzed them. Alternative provisions were proposed.

The deal wasn't concluded. Washington learned a lesson. Secrecy became policy. Negotiations now skirt public oversight. Back room dealmaking defines TPP. Expect TAFTA to proceed the same way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs Fridays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/us-style-free-trade-in-good-hands-with-michael-froman/

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
While Obushma Promotes NAFTA Slave Trade, Bangladesh Black Cloud Rises over Horizion Obushma, NAFTA, and Bangladesh Monday, May. 06, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A13 12:39AM

lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Celebrates 25 Years with the House of Hope Gala S24 7:10PM

Against the Rent Madness and For a Nonprofit Orientation! S24 11:56AM

Cybermonde, cyberguerre, cyberespace, cyberterrorisme S24 6:35AM

Paraphysique de psychosomatique S22 6:58AM

Chuck Grassley: Women Abusing, Animal Murdering, Illegal War Supporting Criminal S22 2:58AM

Finance Capitalism and the Digital Economy S21 4:45PM

Muselières syndicales, muselières patronales S21 7:19AM

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, The Washington Post, Whole Foods, Etc S21 2:50AM

Why Choose Nut Milk Over Cows' Milk S21 1:01AM

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy