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Trans Pacific Partnership

Conservatives and Liberals Agree, TPP Hates Your Freedom

Jacob Devaney | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.17.2014 | 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 09.29.2014 | 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.

Congress' Smackdown of Fast Track: Sweet 16 Bday

Lori Wallach | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

As we recall the sweet-sixteen anniversary of Fast Track's 1998 House-floor trouncing, let's toast to Congress doing the right thing again. Fast Track needs to be boxed and buried for good.

Kerry Reaffirms 'Ambitious Agenda' of U.S. Engagement in Asia and the Pacific

East-West Center | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
East-West Center

In terms of economic growth, Kerry focused on negotiations over the sweeping, 12-nation Tans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. Negotiators had hoped to conclude a TPP agreement a number of months ago, but progress on the complex pact has slowed since then.

America's Alliance With Australia Is a Boon for Asia

John Kerry | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
John Kerry

Since the dawn of the 20th century, Australia and the US have stood together with a shared vision for a free, peaceful and prosperous world. Today we reaffirm our confidence that the relationship will continue to be a force for good in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, and the world.

Predators, Prey, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

It is particularly worrying that a previously leaked chapter of the TPP includes only very vague references to shark finning -- not the full ban on shark finning and associated trade that we need.

Lame Duck Hunt and the Fast Track Flush, Installment #1

Lori Wallach | Posted 10.05.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

Yet more secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are underway today in Washington. Thanks to some hearty protestors braving the heat and humidity to hold a location pointer out in front of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the word got out.

Australians Are Deeply Concerned About U.S. Proposals For The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Hector Sharp | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Hector Sharp

The TTP is an issue hot on the lips of many in the health profession who are worried about its potential effects on their industry.

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

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.14.2014 | 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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.17.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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...