What US Business Wants from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

by Dr Patricia Ranald, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network {1} convener Australian Options, Issue 61 (Winter 2010) The Australian Government has started negotiations for a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with the US, Chile, Peru, Brunei, Singapore New Zealand and Vietnam to develop a multilateral agreement based on the bilateral agreements the US has … Continue reading What US Business Wants from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Beware the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement!

by Jane Kelsey http://web.me.com/jane_kelsey/Jane/TPPA.html (January 12 2012) Q: Should we be concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)? A: If negotiations for the TPPA succeed they will create a mega-treaty across nine or more countries that puts a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century and give massive … Continue reading Beware the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement!

The Downward Mobility of the American Middle Class

And Why Mitt Romney Doesn't Know by Robert Reich http://robertreich.org (February 06 2012) January’s increase in hiring is good news, but it masks a bigger and more disturbing story - the continuing downward mobility of the American middle class. Most of the new jobs being created are in the lower-wage sectors of the economy - … Continue reading The Downward Mobility of the American Middle Class

If You Write a Trade Agreement No One Will Sign?

What's the Point? {1} by Harold Feld {2} http://www.publicknowledge.org (February 14 2012) Last summer, with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations stalled for two years because of Hollywood insistence adding all kinds of regulate-the-internet crazy stuff, we gave the US Trade Representative and the industries pushing for ACTA some friendly advice: "Drop the crazy stuff" … Continue reading If You Write a Trade Agreement No One Will Sign?

Abstractions versus the “Real World”

Economic Models and the Apologetics of Greed by Professor John Kozy Global Research (February 13 2012) Economists build models by subtracting from reality the characteristics they deem unessential to the economic situations they model. The result is a bare bones description consisting of what economists deem economically essential. Everything that is discarded (not taken into … Continue reading Abstractions versus the “Real World”

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?

by Electronic Frontier Foundation (undated in 2011) Defending your rights in the digital world The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-nation trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property laws across the globe. The nine nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, and Brunei … Continue reading What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?