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Trans Pacific Partnership

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A 'Neoliberal Assault' To Further Corporate 'Domination'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," accordi...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Warn Obama They'll Kill His Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's international trade agenda is dead in the water if he doesn't do a better job engaging with Democrats in Congre...

Zach Carter

House Democrats Leave Pacific Trade Deal Twisting In The Wind

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats balked Thursday at a bill designed to clear congressional hurdles for President Barack Obama's controversial Trans-Pacif...

We Must Stop Fast Track Trade Authority from Being Granted!

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

If Fast Track Authority is approved, it would allow President Obama to essentially have dictatorial control over the country in many respects. Fast Track Authority gives the executive branch legislative powers, something expressly forbidden by the Constitution.

NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Higher Income Inequality

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

Given NAFTA's devastating outcomes, few of the corporations or think tanks that sold it as a boon for all of us in the 1990s like to talk about it, but the reality is that their promises failed as millions of people were severely harmed.

NAFTA Shows the Damage Fast Track Could Bring

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Congress will kick off 2014 by likely considering legislation that would allow bum trade deals to speed through Capitol Hill with little debate and no amendments. The Teamsters and others have been vocal on what a bad idea that would be. And it isn't hard to prove why.

The Asia Rebalance Is Here to Stay

Daniel R. Russel | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. Russel

The United States enters 2014 positioned to capitalize on a year of intense engagement and investment in a region -- the Asia-Pacific -- that is increasingly critical to our future and to global growth.

5 Problems With the Trans Pacific Partnership

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

If approved by Congress, this pact between the U.S. and 11 or 12 of America's Pacific Rim trade-partners would govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports. So far, the negotiations are being conducted under tight security; for good reason, as there are big problems with TPP.

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.

Free Trade Deal May Undermine The Internet, Environment And Public Health All At Once

Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reacted angrily Monday to disclosures that the Obama administration is b...

Deal or No Deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Congress Weighs in

Ilana Solomon | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is about to be finalized. Or is it?

Is New China the Old Germany?

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Patrick Stephenson

As I await my new toy, fighter jets from Japan, South Korea, China and the United States track each other warily over the very same sea. Trade between our economies has not created true trust between our governments.

Three Reasons You Should Oppose the TPP

John Glaser | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
John Glaser

The TPP has predictably been labeled an international "free trade" deal, but it has less to do with free trade than it does with giving more power and wealth to the government and its corporate cronies.

Why USTR Should Not Put MPAA and PhRMA Ahead of Other Industries (and Consumers) in Trade Negotiations, including TPP

James Love | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
James Love

This week in Singapore, the Obama administration has a different focus -- providing "more" for the MPAA and big pharma lobby. That should change, before this huge trade deal is concluded.

The Democrats' 'Third Way' Quarrel Could Change Your Future

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Wall Street deregulation shattered the economy. You can't stand with them, support corporate-friendly tax and trade policies, push for "entitlement" cuts with cynical and misleading arguments -- and still claim to be a "progressive" who opposes wealth inequality.

Zach Carter

Obama Faces Backlash Over Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical ...

Zach Carter

How Rachel Maddow Helped Force Bill Clinton's Support For Mandela's AIDS Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow played a supporting role in pressuring former President Bill Clinton into abandoning his administration's hostility to Nelson...

House And Senate Near Deal To Green-Light Trade Pact

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A sweeping trade agreement between the United States and a dozen Pacific nations could be approved by Congress as early as next week, a ...

Conservation Needs Strong International Trade Laws

Ted Danson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green
Ted Danson

The United States is a world leader in ocean conservation and fisheries reform. The ongoing TPP negotiations are an irreplaceable opportunity for us to enact sweeping, trans-oceanic change.

For Free Trade's Sake, Get IP Out of the TPP

Bill Watson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Bill Watson

The prospects for timely completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement are looking increasingly bleak.

Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.

Blah-humbug: Leaked Trade Agreement Shows (Surprise!) U.S. Looking Out for Its Interests

Michelle Wein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michelle Wein

It is important to note that the differences are much more nuanced than many of the alarmists would lead you to believe -- each country is trying to get the agreement to align best with its existing policies.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Runs Into Serious Resistance Due to Public Scrutiny

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

It is quite amazing a treaty like the TPP can still be promoted as a "free trade" agreement when its most economically important provisions are the exact opposite of "free trade" -- the expansion of protectionism.

WikiLeaks and the Drone Strike Transparency Bill

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Where we are now with the drone strike policy is where we were with the NSA before Snowden's revelations: insiders know what's going on, but the broad public doesn't.

Two Principles to Guide American Foreign Policy

Ali Wyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ali Wyne

Voltaire's 1764 book Dictionnaire Philosophique quotes an Italian proverb, "Le meglio è l'inimico del bene," which translates to "The best is the enemy of the good." Two variants of this maxim can contribute to the conduct of American foreign policy.