Joseph Stiglitz discusses tensions between globalization and democracy, and what the euro experiment tells us about the need to resist bad trade deals like the TPP and bad tax deals that favor big corporations like Apple.
Wall Street, the multinational corporations and President Obama are pushing for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election. Wednesday, September 14, is a national call-in day to Congress to stop this.
More than 200 prominent legal and economic scholars warned about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership would empower multinational corporations to challenge U.S. laws through a corporate tribunal.
The organizations are opposing TPP in part because of its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, which allow corporations to sue governments in "corporate courts."
Trump says we need to fix our trade policies. That's correct. But Trump also advocates driving US wages down so low that companies won't want to move factories to find lower wages.
Existing “trade” agreements allow corporations to sue governments for passing laws and regulations that limit their profits. They set up special “corporate courts” in which corporate attorneys decide the cases.
The EU decided that Ireland's tax deal with Apple, based on Apple demanding a tax break to "bring jobs" to Ireland instead of somewhere else, is "state aid" to the company.
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has provisions similar to the those in the Trans-Pacific Partnership that would allow multinationals to sue governments in a special trade court.
"Your continued leadership is sadly necessary as President Obama refuses to abandon this unpopular deal," says a letter signed by leading grassroots organizations.
Do you remember the old Elvis hit "Return to Sender"? That’s the message that 2,000 postal workers from across the nation delivered at a rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Tuesday at Disney World’s Dolphin Hotel, outside Orlando.
Calling the TPP a “trade” deal (it isn’t) the corporate community and the Obama administration are now trying to sell it as important for national security. Recent op-eds make a strong case that this is just wrong.
Awareness of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) drives opposition, and Rock Against the TPP is doing its part to drive awareness.
How much is President Obama willing to harm the Democratic Party in order to win approval for the deeply unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” agreement? We may soon find out.
Here are the 28 Democrats who voted for fast track trade authority last year. Let's get them on the record before the election about whether they will vote for the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election.
Someone needs to ask Ken Salazar and Hillary Clinton to explain what his appointment as transition team leader says about Clinton's position on a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and future job-killing trade deals.
Which do you think will be more fun? The administration's month-long "blitz" to promote a lame-duck Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) vote in Congress, or Rock Against TPP's concert tour to raise public awareness about TPP's implications?
It is not enough for Hillary Clinton to say she opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership; that doesn't stop it. She has to put herself on the front line, twisting arms and making deals to persuade members of Congress to vote against it.
This is the new Democratic party -- recognizing reality, and starting to listen to the voices of working people again.
Having used opposition to our country's bad trade policies to secure the Republican nomination, Donald Trump appears to be snuggling up to the very establishment and Wall Street elites he pretended to be running against.
Democratic candidates need to align the Democratic platform and publicly declare themselves opposed to TPP, as Hillary has done -- again. Make sure that what people are saying about TPP having no chance of passing is true.
The draft of the Republican Party platform at first glance sounds pretty good when it comes to trade. But what would Republicans actually do if elected? Watch what they do, not what they say.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have said they oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Democratic Party platform deliberations in Orlando this weekend should reflect this by going on the record against a rigged "lame-duck" vote.
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Yet President Obama insists that the party platform take no position on the TPP. This weekend Democrats will decide who speaks for the future.
President Obama’s pushing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is recklessly irresponsible politics that benefits Donald Trump. He must be made to realize that every time he pushes TPP, he might as well be campaigning for Trump.
Donald Trump is a fraud, but Democrats will have to prove that they oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership and will fix previous trade deals. They can start by opposing TPP in the party platform.
The lesson here is that we must do everything we can to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and demand our government renegotiate the rest of the "trade" agreements the corporations got us into.
The Democratic platform writing committee has voted not to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The problem is, this hands powerful ammunition to Donald Trump.
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, offers a quick explanation of the opposition to the Trade-Pacific Partnership, and insight into what a good trade deal would look like, in this Burning Issues video.
Voters oppose free trade agreements. Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton on free trade policies. Clinton's super PAC responds by defending free trade. This doesn't help Democrats win the general election.
Leaders should care deeply about the will of the public, not scheme to subvert it. This push for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election is an insult to democracy.
There will be a free concert in Denver, at Summit Music Hall on Saturday, July 23rd, to mobilize opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. This concert will kick off a national " Rock Against the TPP " roadshow tour.
Northern Dynasty Minerals is threatening a lawsuit against the U.S. government for not approving a permit allowing them to dig one of the world’s largest open-pit gold and copper mines in Alaska’s Bristol Bay wilderness.
After endorsing Hillary Clinton, President Obama went on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday night to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership – which Clinton, and much of the public, opposes.
The groups are concerned that the Trans-Pacific Partnership allows fossil fuel companies to sue governments that try to restrict carbon emissions.
Democrats need to persuade President Obama to not bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership before Congress in the lame duck session. If he doesn't pull back, Donald Trump can use this as a campaign issue against Hillary Clinton.
This is a must-listen segment in which Richard Eskow interviews Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch describing how TPP hijacks democracy.
More than 1,500 public interest organizations representing trade and democracy "stakeholders" sent a joint letter to Congress urging them to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to be a promise to countries in the Asian region to move production to boost their economies. American workers will pay the price.
International Trade Commission reports on pending trade agreements present best-case scenarios. Even so, its report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership shows few benefits, and even says that the trade deficit will get even worse.
A backlash against so-called free trade is evident in the groundswell of support for insurgent presidential candidates on the left and right who denounce these failed policies. The first victim of this uprising should be the proposed TPP.