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Why Trade Pacts Like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Are Scary and Anti-Democractic

There has to be a better way. Thursday's New York Times featured an exposé on the draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the latest international trade agreement under negotiation, based on a disclosure from Wikileaks. It highlights...Show More Summary

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Joe Nye: The American Century Will Survive the Rise of China ---- Evening Must-Read: Michael Strain: How to Cut Taxes and Help the Poor Kenneth Thomas: Wikileaks Releases Trans-Pacific Partnership Investment Chapter Nick Bunker: Risk-Sharing...Show More Summary

Joe Firestone: The New York Times Soft-Pedals the Dangers of the TPP

While the New York Times did a public service by joining Wikileaks in publishing a draft chapter of the TPP, the accompanying article is quite another matter. Joe Firestone has taken it upon himself to shred analyze it. The sad reality is that the Times is never going to oppose neoliberalism in a serious way.

WikiLeaks Exposes Most Controversial Part of Obama-Led Trade Agreement

``Under the agreement, corporations may challenge foreign government's laws and regulations if they interfere with "distinct, reasonable investment-backed expectations", and they can do so before tribunals under the World Bank or the United Nations. Show More Summary

Noted for Your Nighttime Procrastination for March 27, 2015

Must- and Should-Reads: Evening Must-Read: Michael Strain: [How to Cut Taxes and Help the Poor]( Kenneth Thomas: [Wikileaks Releases Trans-Pacific Partnership Investment Chapter]( More Summary

Today's Trade Agreements Are Backwards, But We Can Do Better

Thursday's Times has an exposé on the draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the latest international trade agreement under negotiation, based on a disclosure from Wikileaks. It highlights one of the scariest things about this and previous...Show More Summary

WikiLeaks Exposes Most Controversial Part of Obama-Led Trade Agreement

The leaked proposal, published on Wikileaks, comes from the ongoing secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal negotiations and outlines the intent to grant multinational corporations with the opportunity to sue foreign governments if their laws and regulations interfere with claimed future profits.

Hammering at the walls

4 days agoArts : Prospero

WITH "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God", an investigation into sex abuse in the Catholic church, and “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”, Alex Gibney’s recent film-making history is dominated by crunchy analytical documentaries. Show More Summary

Wikileaks releases Trans-Pacific Partnerhip investment chapter

Via Daily Kos, we learn that Wikileaks has released the investment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This is a critical chapter, as it was in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), because it establishes investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanisms. Despite its neutral-sounding name, ISDS is actually a radical concept. Instead of using the […]

TPP Would Empower Thousands of US Firms to Sue Governments, According to Document Published by WikiLeaks

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and eleven other nations in the Pacific Rim would empower tens of thousands of corporations or firms to sue governments through largely secret tribunal proceedings if regulations violated their expectation for profits. Show More Summary

Midday open thread: Piece of TPP pact revealed, ND to challenge fracking rule, Bolton says bomb Iran

Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Super-Fun-Pak Comix - Percival Dunwoody and more: Wikileaks releases piece of secret Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership pact expanding corporate power: The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. Show More Summary

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has for years been shrouded in mystery. But last night, WikiLeaks gave U.S. workers a real gift when it pulled back the curtain on a portion of the proposed trade deal that shows what a boondoggle...Show More Summary

Corporate Sovereignty Provisions Of TPP Agreement Leaked Via Wikileaks: Would Massively Undermine Government Sovereignty

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For years now, we've been warning about the problematic "ISDS" -- "investor state dispute settlement" mechanisms that are a large part of the big trade agreements that countries have been negotiating. As we've noted, the ISDS name is...Show More Summary

Assange Demands Full Access to Swedish Investigation Materials on Rape Case

Julian Assange, a Wikileaks founder and prominent whistleblower, agreed to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors if his defense is granted full access to all investigation materials on alleged sexual assaults.

Israel Supported Hamas to Divide Palestine's Resistance - Assange

According to WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange, Israel supported Hamas in its infancy to divide the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian resistance.

US Spent Time Trying to Reduce Russia’s Influence in Ukraine – Assange

The United States has spent a lot of time trying to reduce Russia's influence in Ukraine, WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange said Monday.

Assange To Stay in London Embassy as Long as US Pursues WikiLeaks Probe

An attorney for Julian Assange said the WikiLeaks founder is likely to remain at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as long as the United States pursues a criminal investigation of his organization.

MexicoLeaks Launches to Fight Corruption in High Places

An analog of Julian Assange’s famous WikiLeaks whistleblower can now be found also in Mexico where local journalists already seek tips from the whistleblower site to expose state corruption.

Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom?

Assange's lawyer on the latest legal developments. There is a new break in the sexual assault case involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is entering his 1,000 th day of his asylum at the Ecudoran embassy in London – as Swedish prosecutors filed a request to interview him in that city. Show More Summary

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