Geopolitics of the TPP / TTIP/ TISA: How Will Australia Be Affected ?

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The Transpacific Partnership (TPP),  a Template for World Corporate Rule.

Part 4 – Geopolitics of the TPP / TTIP/ TISA: How Will Australia Be Affected ?

Des Pensable copyright 2015.

Geopolitics is a game played by countries to give them and their people an economic or military advantage over other countries. As you have probably guessed the three secret “trade “ treaties TTP/ TTIP and TISA are all part of a political game and the latest strategy of the USA to maintain its position as the world hegemon. If you’re not familiar with the word hegemon it means a leader that has the political, economic, or military predominance or control over all the others.

Cultural Hegemony is the geopolitical method of indirect imperial dominance, with which the hegemon (leader state) rules subordinate states, by the threat of intervention, an implied means of power, rather than by direct military force (that is, invasion, occupation, and annexation). This is the preferred way that the USA operates in the world today and it’s not uncommon in US political circles to hear discussions about the state of the US Empire.

The rapid economic rise of China has surprised the USA and it is worried that China might at some stage in the near future become strong enough to challenge USA hegemony. As expected there are two viewpoints a liberal (Democrat) and neoconservative (Republican). The current prevailing (neoconservative) opinion in the USA is that there can only be one hegemon and it will be the USA.

If you guessed it was all about money and neoliberal ideology you would be correct. According Ashley J. Tellis (2014) in “The geopolitics of the TTIP and the TPP”(note: this document seems to have disappeared from the US government site for some reason, I have a copy if you are interested) , excluding war, the USA has four strategies that it could use.

The first grand strategy can be labelled, ‘Leave Well Alone’. This liberal approach would be based on the premise that China’s rise is a natural phenomenon. It should be welcomed as a positive influence by the world. It says its intensions are peaceful and the USA should work in harmony with it. The neoconservative view is that this unacceptable because when its economy surpasses the USA it is likely to challenge the USA for hegemony (and there can only be one).

The second liberal strategy is to accept that China will eventually become economically more powerful than the USA so the USA should get in early and create the set of rules allowing it to become an equal partner in a world duopoly. This is likely to be favoured by Australia as China is its biggest trading partner. Of course this is unacceptable to the neoconservatives as China is likely to want equal control or more control in Asia and that would not be in the USA’s best interests.

The third strategy is one of containment like they used on Soviet Russia. That is doing everything short of war to stop China growing and having undue economic or military influence in the Asian region. The USA relies heavily on cheap labour goods from Asia and wants to maintain its economic control there. The problem is that all the countries in the region have trade agreements with China and they are unlikely to want to assist the USA in any programs of containment.

The fourth strategy is to get in first and change all the trading rules around the world so that they will heavily favour the USA and disadvantage China. The strategy is to cement into place the capitalist neoliberal ideology that has made the USA the world hegemon by getting as many countries to realign their legal, commercial, labour, educational and cultural systems with the USA thus giving the USA the advantage over any changes that China might like to make. That is what the TPP / TTIP/ TISA agreements are all about.

So how does Australia fare in this game? Unfortunately, very poorly. The problem is that Australia is naturally rich in minerals, fossil fuels and agricultural land but geographically remote from the USA/Europe.

Australians are a conservative, racist, bigoted predominately white European society that sits in the Chinese hemisphere of influence. Given a preference most Australians have been conditioned through the US owned Australian mass media to live in an American Hollywood dream fantasy rather than ever contemplating being truly a part of Asia.

There has been little discussion anywhere about how the massive TTIP trade agreement will affect Australia. That is perhaps because it will affect us adversely and the politicians and US aligned media are keeping quiet about it. One German study was quite candid about the TTIP. There will be winners and losers. The biggest winners will be the USA and the UK (what a surprise) and the biggest losers will be Australia and Canada. I’ll bet that’s a surprise!

Australia will lose the equivalent of 7.41% of its GNP growth which roughly equates to about $106 billion per year. Canada will lose about 9.48% of its GDP or about $153 billion /year in 2012 US dollars. I’ll bet the Canadians don’t know that.

All the members of the BRICS alliance lose out of course. In fact BRICS is all about trying to offset the TTIP losses.  Perhaps Australia and Canada would be better off joining the BRICS alliance? The German study suggested countries outside the TTIP would lose 250,000 jobs. Presumably Australia and Canada will be hard hit losing tens of thousands of jobs.  Remember the TTIP is all about maintaining the USA hegemony.

The TPP has two roles to play in the Pacific rim. Firstly it is a sop to Australia, Canada and Mexico, all losers from the TTIP to try and offset their trade losses caused by the TTIP and secondly it is to reduce Chinese influence in the region.

In a study of three possible scenarios comparing the outcomes for the 12 TPP counties with the current ASEAN trade plan and a future combined ASEAN + TPP trade plan from 2020, the TPP shows Australia will benefit by about $US 8.6 billion a year (0.2% GDP) and Canada $US 9.8 billion. This a far cry from what both countries will lose from the TTIP. In fact the BIGGEST winner with the TPP will be (surprise, surprise) the USA and ALL the Asian economies will LOSE.

The best scenario is if we all (including the USA and Canada) join in an Asian Free Trade zone (without the USA rules). Everyone gains from this except it might mean the USA loses some of its coercive hegemonic power. However, this is unlikely while the neoconservatives have power.

So the TPP will give Australia a very small increase of about 0.2 % GDP in 2020 but there are very significant other factors involved in the TPP. The TPP has 29 chapters and only the contents of 3 have been leaked by WikiLeaks, see here and here, the rest are so secret that members of the USA parliament have been threatened with prosecution if they reveal the contents. Remember it’s all about maintaining USA hegemony!

What we know about the TPP from the leaked chapters is that it WILL affect every aspect of Australian life as we know it. It WILL affect our laws. We WILL NOT be allowed to make any laws that override the TPP laws. This takes away most of our independence and sovereignty. We truly become a dependant state of the USA hegemony as will all the other countries that sign the TPP.

Note that the people of the USA are also losers in the TPP deal. The TPP is about the US corporate POWER especially the multinationals gaining power over governments. The US people will LOSE jobs like when they signed the NAFTA agreement which is a similar trade agreement to the TPP between US, Canada and Mexico. It’s believed they lost 700,000 jobs offshore.

This is what has been said about TISA “This massive trade deal will put public health care, child care, postal, broadcasting, water, power, transport and other services at risk. The TISA will lock in the privatisations of services-even in cases where private service delivery has failed-meaning governments can never return water, energy, health, education or other services to public hands. The TISA will also restrict a government’s right to regulate stronger standards in the public’s interest.

With TPP and TISA Australia WILL lose control over our economy, commerce, banking, military, working conditions, education and environment. We become a true vassal state of the USA for a potential gain of 0.2% GDP which may or may not eventuate as economic models use very rubbery figures.

There is another factor that will substantially change all economic scenarios including the TTIP/ TPP / TISA. None of these trade agreements mention Global Warming. This is said to be the biggest threat to our civilisation the world has ever known yet it is not mentioned in these treaties. Why?

All trade depends on transport. More trade means more use of transport and more Global Warming. The TPP specifically states that trade has precedence over everything else including health or the environment. The neoconservative Republicans are currently trying to FORCE the US President Obama to choose US trade hegemony over Global Warming.

If it comes to a choice of Global Warming or hegemony it’s most likely that the USA congress will choose hegemony and go down with the ship taking us all with it choosing death rather than the ignominy of relegation to second position in a Chinese hegemony.

Australia SHOULD NOT sign the TPP without a REFERENDUM to decide whether our fear of China is great enough to scare us into become a MAJOR LOSER to the USA conservatives’ FEAR of losing its position as world hegemon.

Australia’s best option is to refuse to sign the TPP and join an ASEAN free trade region and keep our laws and culture Australian for as long as possible.

Of course the LNP and Labor politicians who have mostly sold their souls to the foreign owned mining industry will sign the TPP using the philosophy that if you’re being raped you might as well lie back and enjoy it. Only the Greens are fighting against it.

The USA owned Australian mass media will give us only one choice “slavery is freedom”. Such is our sad predicament in what we used to call the lucky country.

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CHINA AND THE TPP Asia-Pacific Integration or Disintegration?

Global Warming, Over Population and Ecocide – Urgent Problems to Fix

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Des Pensable (c) 2015

The majority of people around the world live in urban environments such as cities, towns and villages. Ever wondered about that? It’s all about survival. All creatures and plants need to reproduce to survive. To reproduce they need a safe environment, water and food. Urban environments for humans provide those requirements so humans thrive and multiply. They also isolate us from nature.

It’s different for all the millions of other species of animals and plants that are all Earthlings like us. Their requirements are normally met by the habitat in which the live which is largely created by the terrain, climate and weather that in turn set the wind, rainfall and temperature patterns.

On the land the plants can’t move so they rely on the moist soil and sunlight for nutrition, temperature and length of sunlight exposure to regulate their reproductive cycles. The land based herbivorous animals rely on the plant cycles, the availability of water, the temperature and length of day light to regulate their reproduction. The predators rely on the numbers of herbivores to supply them their food and this regulates their reproduction.

If the climate or weather changes the plants adjust or die, if the plants die the herbivores move elsewhere and are followed by the carnivores. It’s similar in the oceans with one exception. Almost every sea creature has its body at equilibrium with the water temperature and pH which is a measure of acidity.

The body metabolisms of the sea creatures are finely tuned to a narrow range of temperature and pH. If either the temperature or pH of the water changes beyond that narrow area the plants die, the herbivorous sea creatures move and their predators follow. If the herbivores all die, so too do the predators. That’s the web of life on the Earth.  What would the Earth say about it all?

All humans rely on the web of life continuing as normal. But human activity is damaging and in many places destroying the web of life and the prime cause is the growing numbers of humans. Are there already too many humans?  More humans need more food, water, material goods and energy.

To supply more food and water the land is cleared, forests destroyed, (what would the forests say), oceans fished and rivers dammed. All the species of animals and plants that lived on the land before it was cleared are made homeless and most die. To preserve some of the animal and plant species we have created zoos, national parks and wilderness areas but as the population of people has increased so these areas have decreased.

To supply the material goods and fuel for commerce and industry humans are burning fossil fuels for energy and the gas resulting from the combustion, predominantly carbon dioxide (CO2), is going into the atmosphere causing the planet to retain more heat than usual causing Global Warming.

The second and more recent way humans are destroying the web of life is by changing the climate. The habitats of all the millions of other species animals and plants are sensitive to climate and weather.

The Global Warming in turn changes the climate increasing the average daily temperatures which changes the water cycle causing more frequent and more severe drought and storms. The changes in temperature and water cycle put stress on the plants making them more susceptible to diseases, changing the reproductive cycles and causing their death.

When the plants die the herbivores and carnivores are stressed and must move or die. But what happens when they are all trapped in a small national park or similar restricted area. They can’t move as they are surrounded by human cultivated areas. If they move into the human areas they are killed, if the stay they suffer from starvation, disease and die.

The Oceans are affected as well. Most of the Global Warming heat (93%) is going into the oceans causing them to warm. The greenhouse gas, CO2 is dissolving into the oceans causing them to be more acid. The acidity is affecting the ability of the corals and shell fish to grow their protective shells and the temperature is causing the web of life in the oceans to change.

Global warming is changing the habitats of animals and plants on both land and in the oceans. When the habitat is changed sufficiently it can cause ecocide, the death of all that lived there. Humans are causing ecocide all over the planet. Why? Is it that they are unaware, are they stupid, are they selfish, don’t they wish to share the world with all the other species, are they greedy or are they just a malevolent curse upon the world.

I haven’t got room in this article to examine all the human reasons but I have got room to examine whether the world wide destruction of habitats is causing ecocide is real enough.

Ecocide causes mass deaths among the animals and plants. Most of us hear of droughts causing mass deaths of plants crops and farm animals. We see the evidence in pictures of bare earth on farms. We hear about the mass deaths of farm animals from poor animal husbandry, overcrowding and disease.

The farmers tell of their despair at losing their crops and animals. In the cities and towns we don’t see the evidence of all the other species of wildlife dying. It’s there if you want to look.

This year 2015 from the 1st January to 30th May there have been at least 380 examples of mass death around the world. Each mass death resulted in from hundreds, or thousands to often millions of dead creatures. I’ve listed the media reports below for May, to prove it. Read it and be shocked!

Humans are currently using more of the Earth’s resources than the Earth can provide each year creating an ecological debt. We are consuming the Earth and every other living plant and animal is paying the cost.

The scientists are really scared that unless humans fix Global Warming urgently which means limiting our population growth, keeping 80% of all know fossil fuels in the ground, changing our ways to a more sustainable life style, and truly looking after the environment we will soon be hearing of mass deaths of humans as well as other species.

We have no planet B. We either make our home safe for all the species of Earthlings or we all become extinct. Think about it carefully, make a deliberate choice soon to help fight against Global Warming, to move toward sustainability, to limit population growth or there won’t be a choice to make. We’ll simply be another failure of evolution and the Earth will move on without us.

The Earth is our HOME movie. Watch it and think of whether you want your family and friends to have a future or not!

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(Note – I don’t agree or believe in the biblical hysteria in the above reference but have listed it here as the source of the list of mass deaths. The articles listed below are from the world’s media and cover the period May, 2015. You can find the full list for 2015 and earlier years in the reference above.)


MASS ANIMAL DEATH LIST                                  380 Known MASS Death Events in 65 Countries (or Territory) from 1st January to end of May 2015,

30th May 2015 – Tens of thousands of dead fish found washed up along Flanders bayin New York, AmericaLink

mass death of whales in USA

29th May 2015 – 300 TONS of fish ‘die suddenly’ in Ogan Ilir Regency, IndonesiaLink

29th May 2015 – 10 dead dolphins wash ashore in Mumbai, IndiaLink

29th May 2015 – 50,000 birds to be killed due to another outbreak of avian flu in South Dakota, AmericaLink

28th May 2015 – 270 TONS of salmon are dead due to storms in Tasmania, Australia.Link

28th May 2015 – Thousands of dead fish wash up in various locations in Connecticut, AmericaLink

28th May 2015 – Masses of shellfish found dead ‘is a mystery’ on the coast of Ngunguru, New ZealandLink

28th May 2015 – 3 Million hens to be killed due to another outbreak of avian flu in Nebraska, AmericaLink

28th May 2015 – Fish kill found in a river in Alandi, IndiaLink

28th May 2015 – 35,000+ chickens killed due to avian flu in Accra, GhanaLink

27th May 2015 – 120,000+ antelope dead in a ‘sudden die off’ in Northern Kazakhstan.Link

27th May 2015 – Thousands of fish have died in a river in southern MexicoLink

27th May 2015 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a river in Darlington, EnglandLink

27th May 2015 – 12 dead whales have washed up during past couple months in California,AmericaLink

27th May 2015 – Large amount of dead fish found in a river in Gandevi, IndiaLink

26th May 2015 – Thousands of sheep dying from ‘unknown disease’ in Uplistsikhe, GeorgiaLink

26th May 2015 – Thousands of dead lobsters wash up on the coast of Baja California, MexicoLink

26th May 2015 – 975,000 hens to be killed due to new outbreak of avian flu in Iowa, AmericaLink

26th May 2015 – Mass die off of fish in a pond in Dongxing, ChinaLink

24th May 2015 – Hundreds of dead fish found floating in a dam in Evora, PortugalLink

23rd May 2015 – 4 MILLION birds now to be killed due to new outbreaks of bird flu in Nebraska, AmericaLink also video here

22nd May 2015 – Massive die off of fish in a lake in Haikou, ChinaLink

22nd May 2015 – 2,000 dead fish found floating in a lake in Georgia, AmericaLink

21st May 2015 – Hundreds of fish die suddenly in a lake in Florida, AmericaLink

21st May 2015 – Thousands of dead fish wash ashore in Isla Mujeres, MexicoLink

21st May 2015 – Large die off of fish in a river in Nakhon Nayok Province, ThailandLink

20th May 2015 – Tens of thousands of fish have died in a canal in Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamLink

19th May 2015 – Hundreds of thousands of oysters dead due to storm in New South Wales, AustraliaLink

19th May 2015 – 1.3 MILLION birds to be killed due to avian flu in South Dakota, AmericaLink

19th May 2015 – Hundreds of dead fish appear in a stream in Montemorelos, MexicoLink

18th May 2015 – Tens of thousands of fish have died in Xiangcheng District, ChinaLink

18th May 2015 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a lake in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, AmericaLink

18th May 2015 – 1300+ sea birds found dead on beaches in Hualpen, ChileLink

16th May 2015 – Dozens, maybe HUNDREDS of turtles washing up dead along Flanders bay in New York, AmericaLink

16th May 2015 – 2 MILLION birds to be killed due to avian flu in Minnesota, AmericaLink

15th May 2015 – Thousands of dead fish found in a lake in Sakha Republic, RussiaLink

mass death of fish in Russia

15th May 2015 – Hundreds of dead fish found in a canal in Aiea, Hawaii, AmericaLink

15th May 2015 – Mass die off of fish washes ashore in Canakkale, TurkeyLink

14th May 2015 – Hundreds of dead fish found floating in a river in Macao, PortugalLink

14th May 2015 – Thousands of fish dead from disease in Cayuga Lake, New York, AmericaLink

13th May 2015 – 115,000 birds to be killed due to avian flu in South Dakota, AmericaLink

13th May 2015 – Thousands of dead fish found washed up on a beach in Lorento, MexicoLink

12th May 2015 – 200+ Camels dead, hundreds others sick from ‘mystery disease’ in Punjab,PakistanLink

12th May 2015 – 1.7 MILLION birds to be killed due to avian flu in Nebraska, AmericaLink

12th May 2015 – 1,000 birds dead, 12,000 killed due to avian flu in Betzet, IsraelLink

12th May 2015 – 20 TONS of dead fish found floating in a lagoon in Ursulo Galvan, MexicoLink

12th May 2015 – Large amount of dead fish found in a river in Shenzhen, ChinaLink

12th May 2015 – 3 TONS of dead fish found in the waters in Lonate Pozzolo, ItalyLink

11th May 2015 – UPDATE5.7 MILLION birds now killed (or to be), after new outbreak in Minnesota, AmericaLink

11th May 2015 – Hundreds of dead fish washing up in Hamilton, BermudaLink

11th May 2015 – Mass die off of fish in fish farms in Xingbin District, ChinaLink

10th May 2015 – Thousands of dead fish wash up in the fjords of More og Romsdal, NorwayLink

10th May 2015 – 37 dead whales found washed ashore near the Gulf of Penas, ChileLink

mass death of whales in Chile

9th May 2015 – 2 TONS of fish have died in the Vam Co Dong River in VietnamLink

8th May 2015 – 100,000 dead fish found in a canal in Nagoya, JapanLink also see Video

8th May 2015 – 4 MILLION birds to be killed in new outbreak of avian flu in Iowa, America.Link

8th May 2015 – 600,000 birds killed due to avian flu in BelizeLink

8th May 2015 – Dozens of dead waterbirds found washed ashore, ‘never seen before’ in Tonawanda, New York, AmericaLink

7th May 2015 – 400,000 birds killed since January due to avain flu in Plateau State, NigeriaLink

7th May 2015 – 500+ cattle dead due to flooding in New South Wales, AustraliaLink

7th May 2015 – Die off of ducks ’causes concern’ on a lake, ‘never seen before’ in St Petersburg, Florida, AmericaLink

6th May 2015 – Hundreds of turtles continuing to die due to mysterious illness along the Bellinger River in NSW, AustraliaLink

6th May 2015 – Mass die off of fish in a river in Zhangzhou, ChinaLink

5th May 2015 – Millions more birds infected with avian flu, 20 MILLION total, in Iowa, AmericaLink

5th May 2015 – Large amount of dead fish wash ashore again on San Roque Lake, ArgentinaLink

5th May 2015 – Dozens of dead sea birds found at the mouth of a lagoon in Naples, ItalyLink

4th May 2015 – 152 dead or dying Penguins found along the coast during past 2 months, ‘all malnourished’ in Tres Arroyos, ArgentinaLink

3rd May 2015 – 70,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Balikesir, TurkeyLink

3rd May 2015 – Large die off of fish in a river in Qingdao, ChinaLink

1st May 2015 – 23 Whales beached, 16 dead in Murdeira, Cape VerdeLink alsoVideo Here

1st May 2015 – 16 MILLION birds to be killed from outbreak of avian flu, ‘state of emergency’ in Iowa, AmericaLink

1st May 2015 – Thousands of dead fish found in Krishna river in IndiaLink