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Is Obama Playing Right Into the Hands of America’s Elite With a Trade Pact That Could Exacerbate Problems in Impoverished Communities?

Is Obama Playing Right Into the Hands of America’s Elite With a Trade Pact That Could Exacerbate Problems in Impoverished Communities?
Ever since the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama assured voters that middle class economics were one of the key pillars to his political platform. So now the public has been left scratching its head in confusion as the president’s controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) bill seems to be blatantly pandering to America’s wealthy and elite. By Taylor Gordon in AtlantaBlackStar Of all the national demonstrations that have erupted ... Read more

Berkeley Says No To Corporate Trade Takeover

Berkeley Says No To Corporate Trade Takeover
Above photo: TPP protest in San Francisco, February, 2014. SFBayview.com. Photo by Carol Harvey. By Phoebe Anne Sorgen and Ruth Caplan Originally posted in PopularResistance.org If you would like to pass a similar resolution in your community, here are helpful tools: Pointers for getting TPP-Free Zone laws passed. TPP Free Zone model legislation. In an almost unanimous vote by the Berkeley City Council Tuesday evening, the city went on ... Read more

The Dangers of Helping Corporations Sue Governments

The Dangers of Helping Corporations Sue Governments
As the Obama administration negotiates new trade agreements with European and Pacific nations, a battle has emerged over the agreements’ egregious rules that grant giant corporations unreasonable powers to subvert democracy. These rules, dubbed “investor rights” by the corporations, allow firms to sue governments over actions—including public interest regulations—that reduce the value of their investments. Oxfam, the Institute for Policy ... Read more

Obama’s Trade Deal Would Deepen Income Divide

Obama’s Trade Deal Would Deepen Income Divide
“Those at the top have never done better,” President Obama ruefully acknowledged in his January 28 State of the Union speech. “But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened.” Yet, moments later, Obama heartily endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which as drafted directly reflects the demands of “those at the top” and would, if passed, severely intensify the very inequality spotlighted by the president. The TPP would ... Read more

Japan Trading Liquiefied Natural Grass for Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Q: What’s Fracking Got to Do with Free Trade? A: Japan By Mitch Jones Food and Water Watch, March 15, 2013 Back in September I wrote a blog post on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new “free trade” agreement being negotiated by the U.S. and 10 other Pacific Rim countries. The TPP started under George W. Bush, but it is being pushed hard by President Obama. As I said then, the TPP is a permanent power grab by corporations and financial ... Read more