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Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Two Democratic Parties Meet At Philadelphia Convention. Can They Unite To Beat Trump?

Roger Hickey | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Because Hillary needs to win the general election support of Sanders voters, the Clinton team allowed the Bernie supporters to write much of the Democratic Platform.  The result was a progressive victory. 

Snakes, Beavers, Donald Trump And Trade In Maine

Cynthia Dill | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

This election will be a realignment of people. The teams will trade players. Trump will pick up the extremes on the right and the left, while Clinton will get the people in the middle.

My Message to the DNC's Platform Drafting Committee

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The goal for all working families remains a secure, sustainable job and a real improvement in our standard of living. Here's how we get there.

So Let's Actually Compare Clinton and Trump on Foreign Policy

Kicker | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Kicker

Where do Clinton and Trump actually stand on foreign policy? Who would make a better commander-in-chief? (wuestenigel/Flickr) Hillary Clinton has mad...

Tackling the Complexities of Trade

Byron Williams | Posted 05.23.2016 | Business
Byron Williams

There are justifiable concerns with trade agreements going forward. As with NAFTA, in addition to the economic concerns, the environment, labor standards and the devaluation of the currencies that the U.S. has entered into agreements are also problematic.

New Data Show U.S. Trade Deficit Doubled, More Jobs Lost Under Obama Trade Deal That Was Template for the TPP

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The policy and political bottom line of today's grim trade data: Americans' election-year trade revolt is spot on and we need a new American trade policy. If any more evidence was needed, the actual outcomes of the pact that served as the TPP's blueprint makes the case in a depressingly stark way.

Leveraging TPP to Raise Environmental Standards Across the Globe

Glenn Prickett | Posted 04.21.2016 | Green
Glenn Prickett

The 12-nation agreement also contains the strongest environmental standards of any trade agreement in history, raising the bar across a region representing forty percent of the world's GDP.

Trading Fast Fashion for Fair Fashion! A Fashion Revolution!

Dana Geffner | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business
Dana Geffner

I love clothing. Choosing what to wear is my creative outlet. But I also have dedicated my life to fighting injustices, working on building a more jus...

The Peru Trade Deal Turns 10: The Consequences of Irresponsible Trade Past, Present, and Future

Ilana Solomon | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

April 12th marks the 10-year anniversary of the signing of a trade pact between the U.S. and Peru. This agreement was the first, and only, U.S. trade agreement that the Sierra Club did not oppose, as it was the first-ever to have a legally binding environment chapter.

Want to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground? Stop These Trade Deals

Ben Beachy | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

Did you know that two looming trade deals, if passed by Congress, would newly empower 45 of the world's 50 largest corporate climate polluters to "sue" governments in private tribunals over policies that keep fossil fuels in the ground?

How the World Looks From the Russian Perspective

Sergey Karaganov | Posted 02.15.2016 | World
Sergey Karaganov

MOSCOW -- The era that began with the end of the Second World War is now over. That period was characterized by a relatively orderly and stable system of confrontation. In fact, the end of the Cold War did not mean the emergence of a new order. There was a hope that the main centers of power would establish relations based largely on cooperation. Instead, an attempt was made to build a unipolar world, which predictably failed. To all appearances, the world is now being swept by a wave of turbulence and fierce competition, if not a struggle of all against all.

TPP: Helping Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in the 21st Century

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Arun M. Kumar

Enterprising entrepreneurs and small businesses have been part of the fabric of America from its earliest days. The historic Trans-Pacific Partnershi...

Getting Change Wrong

Bill McKibben | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Bill McKibben

If you think that we need a leader who will push to change the way we see the world then it makes perfect sense to imagine Bernie as the realistic candidate, the one who will get things done.

Hillary Clinton Turns Stand-Up Comic: "I'm a Progressive Who Gets Things Done."

Jeff Cohen | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

In her speech claiming victory after the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself "a progressive who gets things done." I had to laugh. And it wasn't just because former President Bill Clinton -- the centrist Triangulator-in-Chief -- was standing behind her, beaming and clapping.

New Vietnamese Leadership Must Urgently Rehabilitate Country's Appalling Human Rights Record

John Coughlan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
John Coughlan

With the news that incumbent Nguyễn Phú Trong is poised to continue as General Secretary of the Viet Nam Communist Party, following a secretive leadership race with outgoing Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, he must urgently move to rehabilitate the country's longstanding appalling human rights record.

Japanese-Korean Relations and the American National Interest

Bernard Rowan | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Bernard Rowan

A noted scholar of Islamic civilization, Marshall G. S. Hodgson, said something important about history through his work. The things of this world, i...

Expanding Foreign Investment in 2016: Creating Jobs and Supporting the U.S. Economy

Stefan M. Selig | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Stefan M. Selig

Our country's singular ability to attract FDI has delivered growth, prosperity, and jobs coming out of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. And our continuing ability to ensure that the U.S. remains the top-global destination for FDI will be critical to furthering our future economic success and our ongoing global leadership.

WTO Orders Sanctions Unless US Cuts Consumer Labels, Disproving Obama TPP Claims

Lori Wallach | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The ruling is a nightmare for the Obama administration's uphill battle to build support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It makes clear that trade agreements can -- and do -- threaten even the most favored U.S. public interest safeguards.

It's Time to Take a Stand for Workers on TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

While those promoting the TPP trade deal said it would advance workers in member nations and allow the formation of unions, the actual language in the agreement offers only false promises of progress. That, in turn, would negatively impact domestic manufacturing.

Why the TPP Is Too Flawed for a 'Yes' Vote in Congress

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

The Obama administration surely negotiated the TPP in good faith, and the accord would likely add to global and U.S. economic growth. This is not a pernicious accord, the fruits of a secret cabal as some have feared. Nor is globalization an evil to be fought tooth and nail. The sad truth, however, is that while the administration promised a 21st-century agreement, we have yet another late 20th-century agreement.

WATCH: Wall Street Reacts to TPP Agreement

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 10.06.2015 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS sketch, Wall Street responds to news that a deal has been made for the TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership.

TPP Threatens Access to Affordable Medications for People Around the World

Ralph Neas | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Ralph Neas

Rather than continuing the forward momentum toward greater access to affordable medications for all, the TPP threatens to take a significant step backward by including a number of provisions that solely benefit the brand name drug industry. As drafted, the TPP will result in hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary spending.

GOP Economics: Export American Jobs Rather Than American Products

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

While quite a bit has changed in the 81 years since Franklin Roosevelt launched the Export-Import Bank, one fact remains the same: America needs a coherent national economic strategy focused on raising wages and living standards.

What's Taking Over America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If America is to be ruled by whoever commands the most money, it will be the corporate system, far more than individual billionaires, that calls the shots.

Can Free Trade Agreements Be Consistent With Climate Change Mitigation?

Bob Brecha | Posted 06.25.2016 | Green
Bob Brecha

Protecting society against the worst impacts of climate change necessarily means making difficult decisions for the future.