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Trans Pacific Partnership

Not So Fast, Congress

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of the plodding turtle he's normally satirized as, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is all cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof about Trade Promotion Authority, better known as Fast Track.

Selectively Catholic? Climate Change, Social Justice & the Pope

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Jacob Devaney

Is it possible to be selectively Catholic? Some lawmakers seem to think so. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the separation of church and state yet that does not stop elected officials from bringing their faith to office.

What You Need to Know When Obama Talks Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.15.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

President Obama is likely to use the State of the Union to push for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the rigged "fast track" trade promotion authority. Here are some facts to counter the expected public relations campaign.

Our Trade Policy Is Insane

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

We're in a deep, deep hole. And there's a simple rule about holes: When you're in a hole, stop digging. Stop digging!

Growing Chorus of Diverse Voices Rejects TPP

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

I don't think there are very many Americans who want unelected, foreign corporations to dictate what we can and can't do in our country. It is great to finally have something we can all agree on.

Michael McAuliff

Mitch McConnell Pledges Fast Action For Secretive Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) pledged Wednesday to move full speed ahead to give President Barack Obama so-called f...

A Year of Great Opportunity for Progressives

Mike Lux | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

My advice to my fellow progressives: Don't feel sorry for yourselves as the Republicans bask in their victories this week, and stop focusing 100 percent of the time on playing defense. We can win some important fights in the next two years, we just need to craft a strong strategy and go execute it.

Japan's New Reforms Must Include More Women in the Workplace

Shinzō Abe | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Shinzō Abe

We must adapt Japan's labor regulations to the norms of modern life almost everywhere, which means allowing every individual to strike a beneficial balance between life and work. We Japanese will always work hard -- I have no doubt about that. But we also need to enable and encourage more Japanese women to participate in the workforce, whether at the beginning of their careers, or after choosing to have and raise children.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is a Pending Disaster

Robert Reich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The administration says the trade deal will boost U.S. exports in the fast-growing Pacific basin where the United States faces growing economic competition from China. The TPP is part of Obama's strategy to contain China's economic and strategic prowess. Fine. But the deal will also allow American corporations to outsource even more jobs abroad. In other words, the TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big corporations and Wall Street banks a way to eliminate any and all laws and regulations that get in the way of their profits.

Zach Carter

Bernie Sanders' Brutal Letter On Obama's Trade Pact Foreshadows 2016 Democratic Clash

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive unrest over free trade policies is shaping up to be a major issue in the contest for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomina...

Obama Jilts Dems For GOP-Approved Trade Pact

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics

President Obama is preparing a major push on trade that seeks to enlist Republicans as partners and test his premise that Washington can still find co...

15 Predictions for Asia in 2015

Tom Nagorski | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
Tom Nagorski

We have no shortage of people in the Asia Society network with ideas and suggestions about what the next year will bring. The other night we hosted a panel on "Asia 2015," a whirlwind tour of the continent's near future.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren: Obama Trade Deal Could Undermine Wall Street Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday warned that a major trade deal being negotiated by the Obama administration could hamstring Wall Stre...

How 'Citibank Budget' Push Foreshadows "Fast Track" for Trade Deals

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

It is worth examining how the process was rigged to push that budget deal through Congress over the weekend that contained Citibank-written derivative deregulation and all kinds of other goodies for the rich and powerful

With Trade Deal, Will Obama Be Wall Street's Errand Boy?

Lauren Windsor | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

I spoke with Ben Beachy, Research Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, and Erich Pica, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, about the dangers of the trade deal many are calling 'NAFTA on Steroids.'

TPP Negotiators Hit With Protests That Media Don't Cover

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Shouldn't it be a trade violation to threaten to move someone's job to another country? Shouldn't we negotiate trade agreements that increase people's wages on both sides of a trade border? Unfortunately that is not the kind of trade agreements that our current trade negotiation process produces.

Conservatives and Liberals Agree, TPP Hates Your Freedom

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

No matter where you stand on environmental issues or GMOs, you should be alarmed at the idea of large corporate interests overturning the vote of citizens in a democratic society. That is exactly what is happening now.

Election Results Indicate Huge Mandate for New Trade Pacts

Dean Baker | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

TPP and TTIP are everything that people hate about Washington. They are deals being crafted in secret by business interests for business interests. They are never going to be subject to any serious political debate involving the public at large.

Progress But No Deal In Trans-Pacific Trade Talks

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed world leaders Monday to break stubborn logjams that have held up an agreement on a trans-Pacific trade...

Fast Track Is the Wrong Path

Ilana Solomon | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

While the Obama administration and congressional supporters of the pacts have rekindled timeworn talking points that describe these deals as "21st century" trade agreements, in reality, they strongly resemble the failed NAFTA that went into effect more than two decades ago.

Zach Carter

McConnell And Obama Are Already Planning To Undercut Liberal Democrats In Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he and President Barack Obama are already discussing plans to cut corporate tax rates a...

The Mid-Terms, the Republicans, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

While gaining control of Congress sounds good to the Republicans on paper, I suspect that 24 months from now, when the presidential election is upon us, they'll be regretting having taken the helm on foreign policy.

Separating Fact from Fiction in the TPP

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2014 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Some important issues remain to be decided within the TPP that could substantially affect its ultimate positive impact. Chief among these is an ongoing debate surrounding intellectual property (IP) rights.

Viewpoint From Honduras: CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections

Larry Cohen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Let's end Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which allows multinationals to sue for lost future profits. This means that if Honduras passes new legislation to safeguard the environment from African palm or a higher minimum wage, multinationals that lose profits can sue the government for billions of dollars.

New Cases Show Risks of Corporate Empowerment in Trade Deals

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Courtenay Lewis

Neither domestic nor international courts determine the outcomes of investor state dispute settlement cases. They take place before three attorneys in private trade tribunals. These cases give a taste of the consequences that the TPP and the TTIP could have both abroad and in the U.S.