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TPP is dead, but its legacy lives on

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was dead long before Donald Trump signed his executive order. But its damaging aspects, like stringent IP provisions, have just migrated to other agreements

Feb 10, 2017
The Trans-Pacific Partnership was dead long before Donald Trump signed his executive order. But its damaging aspects, like stringent IP provisions, have just migrated to other agreements
 
U.S. President Donald Trump’s first week in office was, to put it mildly, tumultuous. In the midst of the complete upending of normal politics, reflected by developments like the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and the promotion of ‘alternative facts’, it is easy to forget that one of his first acts as President was to veto U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal among 12 Pacific economies that was a decade in the making.
 
Ostensibly a ‘free trade’ deal, the TPP was opposed extensively by progressives for the last two years because of its far-reaching provisions that increased corporate power over trade at the expense of workers and consumers. The agreement’s damaging ambitions were most evident in the proposed provisions concerning intellectual property.
 
Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/TPP-is-dead-but-its-legacy-lives-on/article17278665.ece
 
The Hindu, February 9, 2017

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