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Greens demand publication of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact drafts

p TPP why so secretFrom Green Party US:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States called for publication of the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after leaked portions indicated that the trade agreement will weaken democratically enacted laws protecting the environment, public health, and labor rights in signatory nations, including the U.S.

Representatives from the 12 nations are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week for the next round of talks on the TPP, which if enacted will affect more than 40% of the world’s GDP.

Greens expressed support for activists and protesters, in the U.S. and other countries, who are speaking out against the secretly negotiated pact, which has stalled in the U.S. after Congress rejected President Obama’s request for Fast Track approval. Greens also support Wikileaks’ publication of the secret drafts. Continue Reading

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Green Party calls for halt on Trans-Pacific Partnership after leaked secret documents from trade deal

green party earthflowerCongress should reject President Obama’s request for fast-track authority on the secretly negotiated pact, say Greens

The Green Party today called for an immediate halt in the Obama Administration’s closed-door negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), following the publication by Wikileaks of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter on Nov. 13.

Greens also demanded that Congress reject President Obama’s request for fast-track authority to implement the TPP, a proposed commercial pact between the U.S. and 11 Asian and Latin American countries.

The leaked intellectual-property documents reveal that President Obama is seeking terms in the pact that would impose limits on Internet freedom and allow increases in the price of life-saving medicines in the U.S. and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 28 more TPP documents remain unavailable to the public. Continue Reading

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New Zealand Greens respond to Stuff.co.nz reporting on Wikileaks allegations

Green Party of New ZealandAs reported here earlier by Ross Levin, Stuff.co.nz reported on cables released by Wikileaks which they claim shows the US government making inroads with the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand by bringing some of their representatives to DC and showing them a “good time”.

In a low key response at Frog Blog the party shows that the reporting at stuff.co.nz may be about less than meets the eye. The entire text can be seen at the link above, or below the fold on this post. Continue Reading

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Wikileaks cables reveal American diplomats courting moderate Greens, critical of party’s left

From Stuff.Co.NZ (although not corroborated by another source, admittedly):

A discrete diplomatic lunch, a free trip to Washington and assurance of “assistance” from the US Embassy in Wellington have been used to blunt the Green Party’s “radical positions on many issues”, a leaked American diplomatic cable reveals.

The Americans seduced Green co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman, the latter with a free trip to Washington, and managed, over a lunch, to get a commitment from list MP Kennedy Graham “to turn (to the embassy) for any assistance he made need in the future…”

On the July 15, 2009, lunch between Graham and US mission head David Keegan, the cable said:

“The overarching purpose of the July 15 lunch was to establish the beginnings of a warm and respectful relationship with Graham,” Keegan cabled home.

“By lunch’s end, an open dialogue and a mature relationship with Graham going forward were highly probable.”

He said Graham displayed an “extensive knowledge and understanding of global affairs”, was “an evident multi-lateralist” and a “moderating influence on his frequently radical party.”

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Greens: Attacks on Wikileaks threaten freedom of the press

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders called the attacks on Wikileaks by the US government a direct and deliberate assault on the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press.

“The war on Wikileaks may set a precedent for the treatment of journalists who expose government wrong-doing,” said Carl Romanelli of the Pennsylvania Green Party. “While the US government has increasingly operated outside of US constitutional and international law, Wikileaks’ actions would not be called a crime in a free and open society.”

Greens expressed dismay and outrage over the decision of companies like Amazon, Pay Pal, MasterCard, and Visa, as well as several Internet hosting companies, to cooperate with US government demands for censorship.

Greens listed several reasons to defend Wikileaks:

• There is no proof that Wikileaks has broken the law, and no criminal charges have been filed.

• Reporters and media organizations like Wikileaks that expose ‘top secret’ documents showing evidence of criminality deserve praise and support, not condemnation. The Wikileaks cables revealed secret US military operations in Yemen that killed dozens of Yemenis (previously denied by Obama officials), orders from the US State Department for personnel to steal personal information from UN officials and human rights groups, manipulation of Britain’s Iraq inquiry to protect US interests, pressure from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah for the US to launch an attack on Iran, and many other examples of information that the American public and the world deserve to know.

• Despite warnings that Wikileaks has endangered military personnel and individuals in Afghanistan working with the US, publication of the cables has resulted in no known deaths. On the other hand, US operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, and Yemen have caused the deaths of countless civilians.

• The demand by politicians in the US and abroad for Julian Assange to be hunted down and executed, without due process, demonstrates why media organizations like Wikileaks are vitally necessary. The Bush Administration authorized prolonged detention without due process, denial of habeas corpus, extraordinary rendition and torture, warrantless surveillance of US citizens, harassment of whistleblowers, and false justifications for war. The Obama White House has maintained most of these policies and refuses to prosecute Bush officials who approved torture, including President Bush himself. The Green Party supports the rule of constitutional law — as should every American — and therefore welcomes the Wikileaks revelations detailing official abuses of power.

• The calls for legal action against Wikileaks, a small media organization, are cowardly and hypocritical, since no such calls have been made for legal action against The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, and other major corporate media that have published the cables. Furthermore, the published cables were redacted by Wikileaks to to protect innocent individuals.

• In the context of recent attempts in Congress to undermine net neutrality and impose corporate and/or government control in the US over access to the Internet, the attempts to block public access to the Wikipedia logs represents a dangerous step towards censorship.