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Trans Pacific Partnership

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.

Environmental Group Assails 'Polluter-Friendly' Obama Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club on Wednesday released a report on the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, concluding that the landmark trade d...

The WTO Just Dealt A Blow To U.S. Consumers And Dolphins

Ben Beachy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Green
Ben Beachy

The U.S. government should not give into pressure from a corporate-friendly trade organization to weaken or eliminate our dolphin-saving label. Instead, it should stand up for consumers and wildlife by negotiating a solution with Mexico that keeps the "dolphin-safe" label intact.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal and the Five Global Strategies You Need to Win It

Ellevate | Posted 11.18.2015 | Business

The new winners will stand out from the losers in their explicit recognition of the new competitive landscape created by the TPP, and in their ability to reevaluate and revise their strategies for this new reality. While the scope of strategic reconsideration is vast, five strategic choices require special attention.

Five Years Later, Free Trade Still Doesn't Work

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

On the trade issue, there's an enormous amount of editorial chatter, but almost no actual economic analysis. People argue the political aspects, and throw around vague generalizations about globalization. They don't talk about actual quantities of production, consumption and wealth.

President Obama's Forum: High Theater on High Drug Prices

Dean Baker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The Obama administration is sponsoring a forum this week on the problem of high drug prices. The purpose is presumably to express concern about a rapidly growing problem for both people in the United States and around the world. But the reasons for skepticism are obvious.

Free Trade: The Hidden Costs to Our Oceans and Climate

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Shopping at your local supermarket is like touring the world without leaving your neighborhood. There's seafood netted in the South China Sea, wine from Chile, licorice from Australia, produce from India, and store-brand products from who knows where. Cheap labor abroad plus modern shipping equals yummy, affordable groceries in our baskets.

TPP Unsurprisingly Values Corporations' Rights Over Workers' Needs

Judy Gearhart | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Judy Gearhart

The text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) finally became accessible to the public. The result predictably values the rights of corporations over the needs of workers and fails to address the the utter failure of the parties to uphold their commitments to respect workers' rights.

The TPP's Children's Table: Labor Rights and Currency

Dean Baker | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are hoping that the rest of us will be happy that we got seats at the children's table. We will be hearing much about this table as they push to have the deal approved. But it's long past time that the rest of us be treated like adults.

The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, the regulations for international commerce, for so-called free trade, have lined the pockets of the already wealthy and emptied those of workers thrown out of their jobs.

After Text Release, Environmental Groups Speak Out on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Yesterday, the U.S. finally unveiled the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. After seeing the text, more than a dozen conservation, ...

Domestic Manufacturers Call Full Text of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement a "Very Bad Deal for America."

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

U.S. Business & Industry Council (USBIC) President Kevin L. Kearns says that the the full agreement, which runs to 1,121 pages and 30 chapters, is full of special deals for various U.S. trading partners, foreign corporations, and multinational U.S. businesses, with little to promote domestic job growth in the United States.

Waiting for the TPP

David Coates | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
David Coates

The emptiness of past promises stands as a stark warning of the likely emptiness of the promises now to come. We know the trade deal that America needs. If the TPP is not do that, it does not deserve our support: and if it does not deserve our support, that support should not be given.

U.S. Finally Reveals Specifics Of Massive Trade Deal

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON/SYDNEY, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The long-awaited text of a landmark U.S.-backed Pacific trade deal was released on Thursday, revealing the detai...

What To Look For When The Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Is Released

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

How does TPP increase the number of jobs and the pay for regular working people in the U.S. and elsewhere, and by how much?

Text Still Secret One Month After TPP Deal

Lori Wallach | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12 nation agreement seven years in the making, were finally concluded a month ago. Yet the Obama administration still has not released the text of the agreement. Not even to Congress, much less the public.

Bernie Sanders Points To Clinton's Shifts On Issues In Iowa Speech

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.25.2015 | Politics

  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders sharpened the contrast with Hillary Rodham Clinton on a bevy of liberal causes on Saturday, casti...

Sentence First -- Verdict Afterwards

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Does anyone else find it curious that politicians, from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, are prepared to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty before the text has been made public?

Friday Talking Points -- Debate Talking Point Rundown

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Because of the importance of the first debate of the season for Democrats, we're devoting the entire column today to scrutinizing the various talking points (good and bad) delivered by the candidates.

Lessons from NAFTA for the TPP

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 10.22.2015 | World
Mark Weisbrot

There are many lessons from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that are relevant to the current debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). First, like the TPP, NAFTA was never mostly about trade, and even less about free trade.

Why Hillary Clinton Is Right on the TPP

David Singh Grewal | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
David Singh Grewal

It would be foolish to think that because Hillary Clinton had once supported the TPP in principle, she should remain committed to it unconditionally. Furthermore, Clinton's longer record shows an increasing reluctance to support the free trade agenda that characterized her husband's administration twenty years ago.

13 Things You're Going to Like About the New Trans-Pacific Partnership

Gene Marks | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

There's some really good stuff in this agreement, particularly if you're a business owner looking to profit in Asia.

TPP: Foie Gras For Corporations; Dead Rats For Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There's no reason for the US to swallow a trade deal filled with rotten rodent terms. American workers know for sure that if the scheme contains any foie gras, it'll be served on silver platters to corporations while workers are force-fed rats. America should withdraw. Congress should reject the TPP.

theSkimm's Guide to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

theSkimm | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

Lower tariffs so that it's cheaper for the 12 countries to buy each other's goods. It also sets new environmental and labor standards, and makes it easier for service industries (think: finance) to do business across borders.

Hillary's Record: Pretending to Oppose Trade Agreements

Ian Fletcher | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

I don't believe Hillary Clinton's recent announcement that she opposes the awful Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is sincere. She hasn't just done this once. She did it before, on NAFTA. She has, in fact, a long record of verbally criticizing free-trade agreements, but then supporting them when in office.