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Trans Pacific Partnership

Report from Berlin: Global Trade Deals Can No Longer Include Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Larry Cohen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

As negotiations move forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a wide range of German elected and civic leaders are in disbelief that the U.S. remains serious about including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

Pacific Day and Night

Connie Lawn | Posted 06.23.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

The New Zealand Embassy in Washington D.C. always hosts interesting programs, but this year's annual Pacific Day and Night was the best ever!

No to 'Boehner' Trade, No to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Larry Cohen | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For the third time this year, three-fourths of the members of House Democratic Caucus have written to the president, rejecting the current framework of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Dangers of Keyboard Activism

Rose McGowan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Rose McGowan

While I applaud those who are raising their voices against the Sultan of Brunei and his country's implementation of Sharia Law, I think there's an opportunity being missed. I'd love for those boycotting to be lions that roar at Brunei, not little mice that squeak at a hotel chain.

11 Million Jobs Supported by Trade in the United States

Rep. Henry Cuellar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Rep. Henry Cuellar

With May being World Trade Month, it is important to emphasize the role that international trade has on our economy. We have an opportunity to expand upon that economic productivity with the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Why MH370 Will Not Change Chinese/Malaysia Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of the bilateral tension created by MH370, China is likely to remain cautious about taking actions that could jeopardize its partnership with Malaysia, given the country's importance in the region's geopolitical landscape and its warming relations with Washington.

Brunei's Sharia Law Will Be Rewarded by Obama's Fast-Track Trade Deal

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Rewarding Brunei, the first East Asian nation to follow in the footsteps of Taliban-era Afghanistan by stoning gays to death, will send a grotesque message to the world.

The WTO vs. the TPP

Simon Lester | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Simon Lester

One of the reasons for the recent push for new trade initiatives such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a feeling that the WTO system is not working.

Senators Dish Out Reality Check To Obama Optimism Over Asia Trade Deal

AP | MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties provided a reality check Thursday to the Obama administration's optimism overs its trade agenda followi...

Zach Carter

Top Obama Official Admits He Hasn't Pursued This Democratic Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rift between the Obama administration and congressional Democrats over a major free trade pact has only deepened since the president...

Asia-Pacific Pivot: Obama Trip So Far As Important for What Hasn't Happened As for What Has Happened

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the shouting but, notably, not shooting continues in the Ukraine crisis, and the Middle East peace process collapses, President Barack Obama is in the middle of his four-nation Asia-Pacific tour. How's it going, amidst very predictable distractions from Russia and Israel? Fair to middling.

Stalemate: U.S. and Japan Fail to Advance Trade Talks

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Ilana Solomon

Obama and Abe have been in negotiations over Japan's treatment of sensitive agricultural products, including rice, beef, pork, wheat, and dairy products, and over trade in automobiles -- but a breakthrough is still out of reach. This lack of progress is just one of several indicators that the TPP is faltering, if not failing.

How Congressional Inaction Could Kill a Peaceful Iran Deal

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

Unless Congress gives the president the authority to lift sanctions, the president will be limited to extending temporary waivers for the sanctions for successive four-to-six month periods ad infinitum.

A Good Trade Deal Is Well Worth the Wait

Scott Paul | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

Obama might be a little disappointed to be leaving negotiations in Japan without a finalized Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. But lost in this rush to secure a pact is what the TPP should actually accomplish: A more balanced U.S. trade account that ultimately benefits the American middle class.

Zach Carter

Why Corporations Are Freaking Out About Obama's Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Steve Biegun is not exactly a left-wing radical. During the Bush years, he served as an adviser to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice an...

Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment?

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whether or not any real deal is made, some sort of "breakthrough" almost certainly will be announced because the U.S.-Japan summit is viewed as a do-or-die moment to inject momentum into the TPP process. Familiarity with kabuki theatre may be useful in interpreting the summit outcomes on the TPP.

Obama Seeks To Ease Asian Allies' Doubts

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

* Obama seeking to underline U.S. commitment to region * U.S. needs to balance Japanese and Chinese concerns (Adds Japanese media r...

Obama, Japanese Prime Minister To Battle Negative Images

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

* Worries over U.S. commitment, Japan's less apologetic tone on war * Increasingly assertive China in dispute with Japan over territo...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

The TPP is a bad deal for taxpayers, for doctors and for everyone who believes in corporate transparency. If rammed through Congress via fast-track trade authority, which doesn't allow Congress to offer any amendments, it will lead to lost jobs and lost lives.

The Distributional Games

Robert Reich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

If America's distributional game continues to create a few big winners and many who consider themselves losers by comparison, the losers will try to stop the game -- not out of envy but out of a deep-seated sense of unfairness and a fear of unchecked power and privilege. Then we all lose.

The Empress of China Inaugurated the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Patrick Mendis | Posted 05.21.2014 | World
Patrick Mendis

On George Washington's birthday in 1784, a ship called the Empress of China linked the United States to China. After 230 years later, could President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) be a natural follow-up? After Canada and Mexico, America's third largest export market is China. With his TPP, Obama envisions greater access for the U.S. to the Pacific Rim region -- with the strategic goal of eventually integrating China into the pact, just as President Bill Clinton brought China into the World Trade Organization.

Korea-US Free Trade Agreement Two Years Out: Promise vs. Reality

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We know that trade deals matter. They matter to working families, they matter to U.S. communities, and they matter to those of us who believe that U.S. trade policy should work for everyone, not just multinational corporations.

Trade Pact Used as TPP Template Leads to Decrease in U.S. Exports -- Seriously!

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Lori Wallach

In the two years since implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Agreement (FTA), U.S. exports to Korea have declined 11 percent according to recently-released government data.

Ending the Era of Giveaway Trade

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Two years ago today, a little-noticed, but profoundly important, trade agreement between the United States and South Korea took effect.

The US and Australia Propose an End to Free Speech on the Internet

Bea Edwards | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

The pending ISP liability now being negotiated is only one example of the heavy-handed approach the US and Australia have taken to drafting the TPP and making it stick.