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Washington, D.C. – As Americans were focused on the spectacle of racial depravity and stark brutality, seen at the church shooting in Charleston, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted to grant President Obama fast-track authority on numerous international trade deals.

The suspected gunman in the church killings, Dylann Storm Roof, entered the church and sat with parishioners before allegedly opening fire. Police officials have indicated that they believe there is a racial motive behind the deranged acts. Coverage of the killings, and ensuing 13-hour manhunt, which resulted in the capture of Roof, was relentless, with little room in the 24-hr news cycle for any other news, much to the delight of the power elite in Washington.

While the American public was been riveted with coverage of the tragic killing of 9 churchgoers during a prayer meeting at the historic black church, located in downtown Charleston, the U.S. House was voting in favor of granting President Obama fast-track authority on international trade pacts, 219-211.

Fast-track authority would make it easier for Obama to complete a sweeping trans-Pacific trade deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which is currently being negotiated secretly. The bill now moves onto the U.S. Senate, which if passed will ensure the future of the many secretly negotiated trade deals currently being proposed.

Much of what the public knows about these secretive trade pacts comes from leaks provided by the whistleblower organization Wikileaks. If not for the information Wikileaks has provided, the public would be even more in the dark than they currently are, as to the details included within these trade deals.

This senseless tragedy is deserving of people’s thoughts, prayer and mourning. However, the coverage on mainstream corporate media has drowned out critical information about the future of America, relating to controversial trade pacts being pushed, much to the peril of U.S. consumers and liberty as a whole.

Check out the video below to see why the proposed trade deals (TPP, TTIP, etc.) aren’t good for people.


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has previously been published on BenSwann.com and WeAreChange.org. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.


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Jay Syrmopoulos is a geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay's writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media - and has been viewed tens of millions of times. You can follow him on Twitter @SirMetropolis and on Facebook at SirMetropolis.