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Hey Millennials, Here’s What Gary Johnson Believes (Video)

For starters, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and “massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds,” writes Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE


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The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History

The 5,544-page text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership confirms that the agreement would be another step in the global capitalists’ march to enslave us. Open, sustained revolt is our only option.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE



Donald’s Trump Visit to Mexico Is Not the Real Irony—NAFTA Is

Redoing NAFTA would help stem desperate migration that is the source of much of the Republican nominee’s support.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


Did PBS Censor Jill Stein’s Comments on Hillary Clinton and the TPP?

In a recent video compilation, YouTube commentator Matt Orfalea added parts of an answer the Green Party presidential candidate recently gave on PBS’ “NewsHour,” arguing that the portions left out on the air are crucial to Stein’s arguments against Clinton.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



TTIP Has ‘De Facto Failed,’ Says German Economic Minister

“Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn’t allow ourselves to submit to American demands.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2016 READ MORE


Obama Is Pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership So Clinton Won’t Have To (Video)

The president is rushing to pass the sovereignty-crushing trade deal in the lame-duck session of Congress in order to save Hillary Clinton from revealing that she supports it, which she’ll have to do if she wins the White House, says Cenk Uygur of “The Young Turks.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Hillary Clinton’s Choice of Ken Salazar Comes Under Fire (Video)

David Sirota argues that the former interior secretary, appointed to Clinton’s transition team, holds anti-environment, pro-business ideologies that could nudge government policies in harmful directions during the next presidency.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Comments of the Week: Monsters, Inc.

From the costly—in many senses of that word—spectacle that is the Rio Olympics to the chaos unleashed by the notorious Powell memo, the Truthdig comment boards were host to a virtual phantasmagoria this week.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Provokes Progressive Outrage With All-Out TPP Push

Groups warn that President Obama will help Donald Trump in November with nationwide events promoting the unpopular trade deal.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



Why Sanders’ ‘Berners’ Kept Up the Heat

As a member of the California delegation, I could see that the Democratic convention was never going to be a harmonious melding of two campaigns. The Clintonites were fighting not a candidate but a wildfire.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie, Don’t Endorse Hillary Before the Convention!

If you stay true to the political revolution, you will get that army outside the White House supporting your proposals.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Loses on Trade but Wins Hillary Clinton’s Support on Health Care

Clinton, seeking to win over her rival’s supporters, proposes to invest more in community health care centers; Sanders fails to turn the Democratic platform against the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Organizes Grass-Roots Push Against TPP for DNC Platform Meeting

“Let’s be clear: The trade agreement is opposed by virtually the entire grass-roots base of the Democratic Party,” Sanders said.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



Comments of the Week: Reality Check Edition

Several of this week’s picks were of the straight-and-to-the-point variety.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Calls for Support of TPP; Sanders Calls TPP a ‘Disaster’

Amid the recent hubbub about the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), it’s easy to lose sight of that other international trade deal with two Ts and a P in its abbreviation that’s caused a worldwide backlash in recent months.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Panama Papers Offer More Evidence That Free Trade Isn’t Really Free

As much as President Clinton and President Obama like to talk about “free trade” deals, the truth is that the working class ends up paying.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



Why I No Longer Believe in Trade Agreements

I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



TPP Is ‘Fundamentally Flawed’ and Should Be Resisted, Says U.N. Human Rights Expert

Alfred de Zayas, the United Nation’s independent expert on the promotion of democratic and equitable international order, said the Trans-Pacific Partnership “is fundamentally flawed and should not be signed or ratified unless provision is made to guarantee the regulatory space of [s]tates.”

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Rallying for Bernie Sanders, Seminar-Style

Pundits say voter anger is what characterizes this year’s presidential race, but it was a different story at a recent Sanders campaign gathering in Beverly Hills, where the candidate’s supporters quietly sought serious answers to issues including health insurance, fracking and campaign finance.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



Finding a Cure for Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Plans

Physicians and Green Party activist/politicians Jill Stein and Margaret Flowers say the two leading Democratic presidential candidates have something in common: covering up the failures of the Affordable Care Act.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale

If you thought the political landscape couldn’t be more unsettled, think again. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest—one she could lose.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Surprise! Corporate America Is Throwing Down for the TPP

A flurry of big business endorsements is likely aimed at building congressional momentum for the mega-deal.

Posted on Jan 5, 2016 READ MORE



The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Despite what President Obama says, the TPP does indeed create a corporate end run around our laws.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE


2015 in Review: The Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth Posts

From comedic clips about Edward Snowden and Donald Trump to illuminating interviews featuring Robert Scheer, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Jimmy Carter, here are Truthdig readers’ favorite audiovisual posts from 2015.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Apocalyptic Capitalism

The Paris climate summit, dominated by the economic and political forces that are driving us toward destruction, will end with the usual empty rhetoric and a continued assault on the ecosystem.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Limit Affordable Drugs, World Health Organization Chief Says

“If these agreements open trade yet close the door to affordable medicines, we have to ask the question: Is this really progress at all?” said Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, at a health care conference in Geneva on Thursday.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



The TPP: A Time Bomb That Could Blow Up a Free Internet

The copyright provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership could curtail Internet users’ basic access to information and right of self-expression on the Web, criminalizing common online activities and enforcing widespread Internet censorship.

Posted on Nov 7, 2015 READ MORE



‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP Is a Total Corporate Power-Grab Nightmare

“President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,” says Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth. And he’s not alone in raising alarms about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Ambiguity and Distrust Reign as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Published

It’s difficult to tell what the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which was put online Thursday, actually says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Sanders Warns Voters Against Clinton: ‘I Will Govern Based on Principle, Not Poll Numbers’

The Vermont senator reminded Democrats at an Iowa fundraiser Saturday night of his opponent’s shifting stances on gay marriage, the environment and pernicious trade deals.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton

In Tuesday’s debate, the Vermont senator fell into the trap of mainstream politics when he failed to face down the front-runner on her policy positions and record.

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 READ MORE



TPP Chapter Released by WikiLeaks Would Let Governments Curtail Trials So as to Contain Information

What WikiLeaks claims to be the full intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership appears to give countries greater power to stop sensitive information from going public.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Switches Sides on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Debate

Hillary Clinton was one of the pioneers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the pivot to Asia during her time as secretary of state, but she has just come out against the pending trade agreement.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Here’s Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is Just Plain Wrong

If you haven’t heard much about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement—aka the “TPP”—that’s part of the problem right there.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: U.S. Reaches Trans-Pacific Partnership Deal With 11 Other Countries

Almost a decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal—the largest regional trade accord in history—was agreed to Monday by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Hillary Clinton Says She Didn’t Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trouble, of course, is that Clinton’s declaration does not square with the facts.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Tries to Explain 15 Subjects in One Minute, but Falls Short on the TPP

In lieu of his customary 15-minute segment on one subject, the “Last Week Tonight” host put out a Web exclusive containing short “dives” into several topics. But when he got to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a few seconds just wasn’t enough.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards’: The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ World of Secret Trade Agreements

The terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years and five years after the deals become law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



Senate Advances Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill

President Obama’s fast-track trade bill overcame an important hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, making it a safe bet that the bill will be signed into law.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Fundraises With Pro-TPP Law Firm

While Clinton has demurred over her position on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, her campaign has partnered with a pro-TPP law and lobby firm to raise money.

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Nearly Dead

How can it be that the largest pending trade deal in history—a deal backed both by a Democratic president and Republican leaders in Congress—is nearly dead?

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE



‘Fast Track’ Would Hand the Money Monopoly to Private Banks—Permanently

If successful, the rush to “fast track” a trio of controversial trade deals would nip attempts to implement public banking and other monetary reforms in the bud.

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Leaked TPP Text Reveals Increased Corporate Control Over Public Health

WikiLeaks has published another portion of the text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The text reveals that the TPP would give major pharmaceutical companies more power over public access to medicine, weaken public health care programs and prevent Congress from passing reforms to lower drug costs.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Nader’s 10 Reasons That the TPP Is Not a ‘Progressive’ Trade Agreement

“We have an opportunity to set the most progressive trade agreement in our nation’s history,” reads BarackObama.com, the website of the president’s “Organizing for Action” campaign.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Releases ‘Largest Leak of Trade Negotiations in History’

WikiLeaks has posted 17 documents about TISA—a giant, controversial global trade deal being negotiated among the U.S. and 23 other countries.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 26, 2015 ENLARGE



If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

For decades we have heard that free trade would result in prosperity for all. But in fact, the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and the planet has been thrown into peril.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


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