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January 20 2014

08:00

Maybe you’ve received this warning, too? (TPP)

The Moderate Voice - By Prairie Weather - Jan. 20 (Opinion) - A Pacific Nafta is about to hit us. This time it’s the TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is an expansive, highly secretive international free trade agreement. It’s being negotiated by delegates from twelve Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, along with hundreds of industry leaders. Elected officials, civil society, and the press have [...]

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January 06 2014

08:00

Lessons from 20 Years of NAFTA

Huffington Post - By Stan Sorscher - Jan. 06 (Special Report) - everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards at home and abroad. The question is not trade versus protectionism. It's good trade policy versus bad trade policy. NAFTA and numerous subsequent trade deals perform very well for investors and global businesses, while leaving most workers and communities at a disadvantage. Since NAFTA, our trade deficits totaled over $8 trillion. We've lost millions of good manufacturing jobs and de-industrialized our economy.

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January 03 2014

08:00

NAFTA at 20: Lori Wallach on U.S. Job Losses, Record Income Inequality, Mass Displacement in Mexico

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Jan. 03 (Special Report) - The North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada went into effect 20 years ago this week on January 1, 1994. The massive trade pact was signed into law by President Bill Clinton amidst great promise that it would raise wages, create jobs and even improve health and environmental safety standards. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs have vanished as companies sought lower wage workers in Mexico. Meanwhile, NAFTA has generated more poverty in Mexico, forcing millions of citizens to migrate to the United States in search of work. We speak to Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and author of the new report, "NAFTA at 20."

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December 26 2013

08:00

Massive Inequality Didn't Just Happen—It Was Engineered by Conservative Government Policies

AlterNet - By Dean Baker - Dec. 26 (Opinion) - Trade is probably the best place to start just because it is so obvious. Trade deals like NAFTA were quite explicitly designed to place our manufacturing workers in direct competition with the lowest paid workers in the world. The text was written after consulting with top executives at major companies like General Electric. Our negotiators asked these executives what changes in Mexico's law would make it easier for them to set up factories in Mexico. The text was written accordingly. When we saw factory workers losing their jobs to imports from Mexico and other developing countries, this was not an accident.

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December 05 2013

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Inside the Fight to Prevent Billions in International Money Laundering and Tax Shelters

AlterNet - By Micael Hudson - Dec. 05 (Special Report) - Britain has vowed to lift the secrecy covering the Cayman Islands and other financial sanctuaries operating under its flag. Dozens of rich nations have agreed — in an unprecedented example of global cooperation on offshore issues — to begin swapping information about assets stashed in foreign accounts. Another French president — François Hollande — has promised to “eradicate” tax havens. “Looks like the offshore party is over,” the Chicago Tribune said recently. Will this time be different? Many financial crime fighters are skeptical.

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December 04 2013

08:00

The Lies Behind This Transatlantic Trade Deal

readersupportednews.org - By George Monbiot - Dec. 04 (News Report) - All over Europe people are asking why this is happening; why we were not consulted; for whom it is being done. They have good reason to ask. The commission insists that its Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership should include a toxic mechanism called investor-state dispute settlement. Where this has been forced into other trade agreements, it has allowed big corporations to sue governments before secretive arbitration panels composed of corporate lawyers, which bypass domestic courts and override the will of parliaments.

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November 16 2013

08:00

Plutocrats Plan to Dominate the Planet: But the People of Chile Are Fighting for All of Us

AlterNet - By William K. Black - Nov. 16 (News Analysis) - Corporate CEOs view government and democracy as their gravest threats and are constantly seeking to discredit and hamstring both. CEOs are particularly eager to discredit, destroy, or capture regulation and they have enlisted enormous support in both major U.S. parties and many of the world’s dominant parties for these efforts.

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November 15 2013

08:00

Why Do We the People Have to Read TPP on Wikileaks?

nationofchange.org - By Dave Johnson - Nov. 15 (News Report) - We the People finally get to read one chapter of the 29-chapter Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement. If this agreement becomes law it will fundamentally alter the relationship between our government, other governments and giant multinational corporations, so you’d think America’s citizens would want to have a say in the negotiations. But the only reason We the People get to even read it at all is because it was leaked to Wikileaks.

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November 14 2013

08:00

TPP Exposed

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Julian Assange - Nov. 14 (News Report) - WikiLeaks has published the secret text to part of the biggest U.S. trade deal in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For the past several years, the United States and 12 Pacific Rim nations have been negotiating behind closed doors on the sweeping agreement. A 95-page draft of a TPP chapter released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday details agreements relating to patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial design — showing their wide-reaching implications for Internet services, civil liberties, publishing rights and medicine accessibility.

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08:00

Papantonio: Tell Obama To Kill The TPP (VIDEO)

ringoffireradio.com - By Mike Papantonio - Nov. 14 (News Analysis) - (video)

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November 13 2013

08:00

Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Stir House Bipartisan Opposition

Huffington Post - By Zach Carter - Nov. 13 (News Report) - Separate groups of House Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday condemned the Obama administration's proposed sweeping free trade agreement with 11 Pacific nations, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Strongly worded letters to President Barack Obama Tuesday were signed by hardline tea partiers, true-blue progressives, and moderate, corporate-friendly lawmakers in both parties, indicating political trouble for a trade deal the administration had hoped to seal by year end.

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November 08 2013

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How Can the New York Times Endorse an Agreement the Public Can't Read?

eff.org - By Maira Sutton - Nov. 08 (News Analysis) - The New York Times' editorial board has made a disappointing endorsement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even as the actual text of the agreement remains secret. That raises two distressing possibilities: either in an act of extraordinary subservience, the Times has endorsed an agreement that neither the public nor its editors have the ability to read. Or, in an act of extraordinary cowardice, it has obtained a copy of the secret text and hasn't yet fulfilled its duty to the public interest to publish it.

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November 07 2013

08:00

Trans-Pacific Partnership: "We Will Not Obey"; Building a Global Resistance Movement

truth-out.org - By Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers - Nov. 07 (Opinion) - We are in a time of transformational change. The opportunity is here to reverse the destruction wrought by rigged corporate trade agreements and to demand trade that is fair and promotes sustainable practices. There is no reason trade cannot improve the lives of workers and people around the world, as well as protect the planet from the rapacious destruction of corporate greed. We need to insist that people and the planet come before profits.

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November 01 2013

07:00

Pacific Ocean Warming at Fastest Rate in 10,000 Years

Huffington Post - By Michael E. Mann - Nov. 01 (News Report) - Just how rapid is the current rate of warming of the ocean? There is an interesting new article by Rosenthal and collaborators in the latest issue of the journal Science entitled "Pacific Ocean Heat Content During the Past 10,000 Years" that attempts to address this question.

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October 30 2013

07:00

The Number of Billionaires Is Growing Across the Planet, as Global Inequality Spreads

AlterNet - By Robin Broad, John Cavanagh - Oct. 30 (Special Report) - surging list of billionaires is tribute to the growing inequality in almost all nations on earth. The richest man in the world, for example, is Carlos Slim of Mexico—with a net worth of $73 billion, comparable to a whopping 6.2% of Mexico’s GDP. The world’s third richest person is Spain’s retail king, Amancio Ortega, who has accumulated a net worth of $57 billion in a country where over a quarter of the people are now unemployed.

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07:00

Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050

Huffington Post - By | Stan Sorscher - Oct. 30 (Opinion) - I am 100 percent in favor of trade. Everyone I know wants good trade policies that raise living standards around the world. Equally, I oppose bad trade policies that weaken civil society and harm communities. In simple terms, trade agreements are about trade -- exports and imports. However, these trade agreements also serve as political, social, cultural and moral documents, which set political and social standards for countries and communities.

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October 04 2013

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"A Corporate Trojan Horse": Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws | Democracy Now!

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez - Oct. 04 (News Report) - As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as "NAFTA on steroids," and would establish a free trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompassing 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and, until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisers reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton and Monsanto.

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September 13 2013

07:00

Inequality for All: Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Is Undermining Our Democracy

Democracy Now - By Robert Reich, Amy Goodman - Sep. 13 (Interview) - Five years ago this weekend, the Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers collapsed triggering the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Today, the divide between the 1 percent and the 99 percent is as great as ever. According to one recent study, the top 1 percent has captured about 95 percent of the income gains since the recession ended. “Since the recovery, almost all of the gains have gone to the very, very top. People who are in the top 1 percent are doing even better than they did before the Great Recession, better than they have done since 1928,” says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. “Most Americans are on a downward escalator. Median wage in the United States, adjusted for inflation, keeps on dropping.” Reich is the focus of the new film, “Inequality for All.” In this interview, he also talks about Syria, the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street on September 17, Obama’s healthcare plan and Milton Friedman’s connection to the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.

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August 25 2013

07:00

Congress, Public Waking Up to Trans-Pacific Partnership Threat

nationofchange.org - By Dave Johnson - Aug. 25 (News Analysis) - Not surprisingly, it appears that the agreement will promote the interests of giant, multinational corporations over the interests of labor, environmental, consumer, human rights, or other stakeholders in democracy.

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August 23 2013

07:00

Walmart's Latest Scheme to Replace the Middle Class With an Underclass Forced to Buy its Shoddy Goods

AlterNet - By Stacy Mitchell - Aug. 23 (Special Report) - Almost 30 years ago, as the U.S. was bleeding jobs, Walmart launched a "Buy America" program and started hanging "Made in America" signs in its 750 stores. It was a marketing success, cementing the retailer's popularity in the country's struggling, blue-collar heartland. A few years later, NBC's Dateline revealed the program to be a sham .

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