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Tobacco: Symbol of Corrupt Trade Policy

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Ellen R. Shaffer

The predominant business of agreements like the TPP is actually reducing "technical barriers" to trade -- that is, democratically adopted laws and regulations that protect the public's health, environment, labor standards, and financial transactions.

Stop TPP Protections for Big Tobacco

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

Malaysia's chief negotiator last week proposed the only effective solution: Carve out tobacco control regulations and laws, and also remove tobacco products, from being covered by the TPP.

A 21st Century Trade Deal For Public Health and Jobs

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

You mean you haven't heard about the new 21st century trade agreement being negotiated this week in Chicago? Might be because the federal U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) didn't even announce the 2-week meeting on its website. Or anywhere else.