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Why Are My Highly Educated Friends so Ignorant About Trade?

Many young people understand next to nothing about one of the most important issues the world faces.

Posted on Feb 11, 2017 READ MORE


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People-Power Defeated the TPP

The demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a tremendous victory that should propel us forward. It shows that organized people have power, even in the U.S. oligarchy.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE



More Than 200 Scholars Decry the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s ‘Frontal Attack’ on Law and Democracy

“Today’s letter from top legal experts makes clear: ISDS [the Investor-State Dispute Settlement, part of the TPP] undermines the American judicial system and tilts the playing field further in favor of big multinational corporations,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren declares.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



In This Election, the Climate Should Trump Everything Else

No matter who becomes president, if we fail to make the environmental health of the planet the top issue, we will drive humanity over the precipice.

Posted on Sep 7, 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



The Illusion of Freedom

This deception will exist as long as we “stay in our place.” Once we call out power for what it is, once we resist, the chimera will vanish. The iron fist of history’s most sophisticated security and surveillance apparatus will assert itself with a terrifying fury.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE


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



Libertarians Love Civil Liberties—but Won’t Use Government to Protect Them From Capitalists

Truthdig followed along as Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson and running mate William Weld answered questions in a live stream forum moderated by Fusion’s Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez.

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



‘Disappointed’ in Obama, Sanders Calls on Top Democrats to Drop Lame-Duck Push for TPP

The TPP “will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs, and threaten our ability to protect public health,” Sanders said.

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 READ MORE



Betraying Progressives, Democratic Platform Panel Backs Fracking, TPP and Israel Occupation

Drafting committee members appointed by Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz resoundingly rejected numerous proposals by Bernie Sanders’ appointees.

Posted on Jun 25, 2016 READ MORE



Capitalists of the World, Unite!

You can’t be a capitalist without capital, and the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t have any.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE



Emails Show ‘Collusion’ Between Big Banks and Obama Administration on the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact

Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request show U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman discussing the controversial trade pact with Goldman Sachs lobbyists.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE



American Power Under Challenge: Masters of Mankind (Part 1)

We cannot gain a realistic understanding of who rules the world while ignoring the “masters of mankind,” as Adam Smith called them: in his day, the merchants and manufacturers of England; in ours, multinational conglomerates, huge financial institutions, retail empires and the like.

Posted on May 11, 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



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



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



Who Can Follow This Climate Leader?

President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline while backing increased production of oil, gas and coal.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Economist Joseph Stiglitz Slams Obama on TPP and Praises Bernie Sanders

Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz has a new book, “Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy: An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity.” On “Democracy Now!” he discusses the United States’ deeply troubled economy.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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



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


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


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Tells Reporters Why He Won’t Attack Clinton

After speaking to a crowd of 2,000 people in Dubuque, Iowa, in mid-August, the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters that he didn’t enter the race to play in the media’s “sport” of choice.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Little Slavery and Some Mass Graves Won’t Deter Obama From the TPP

After the Obama administration and congressional Republicans failed last month to delete from the controversial trade deal language banning trade with countries on a State Department human trafficking list, the president appears to have simply reclassified an offending nation.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE



‘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



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


VIDEO: Michael Hudson: The TPP and Europe’s Central Bank Against Syriza

Acclaimed heterodox economist Michael Hudson tells The Real News Network that if passed, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will overturn state sovereignty, and that leading International Monetary Fund economists have described the organization as captured by private bondholders.

Posted on May 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Julian Assange on NSA, TPP, British Nukes, Libyan Refugees and His Struggle for Freedom

In an hourlong discussion on “Democracy Now!” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that the NSA can continue to spy on Americans in spite of legislation coming out of Congress and that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is about corporate control.

Posted on May 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Apple, Facebook, Google Missing From Tech Lineup Against TPP

More than 250 tech companies signed a letter demanding greater transparency from Congress and denouncing regulatory language that appears in leaked parts of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jeb, Trade and Hillary

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss presumed presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s struggle to answer whether he would have gone to war in Iraq. Also, Obama and Democrats clash over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Hillary Clinton hasn’t taken a question from the press since mid-April.

Posted on May 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Sen. Warren’s Critique of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Puts Prickly Obama on Defense

The senator’s unyielding criticism of the proposed trade treaty has driven the president into uncharacteristic contortions as he defends what he alleges to be “the most progressive trade deal in history”—a deal that contains certain elements he won’t allow the public to see.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



What Nike, Obama and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Have in Common

Nike may be the perfect example of life under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but that is not a future many Americans would choose.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



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How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Just More Trickle-Down Economics

By now we should know that when big corporations, Wall Street and the wealthy get special goodies, the rest of us get shafted. Yet here comes the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

On April 22, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers.

Posted on Apr 26, 2015 READ MORE



Anti-Sovereignty Trans-Pacific Partnership Passes House Committee

An agreement that would free companies engaged in international trade from rules intended to protect labor, environmental and other interests cleared a key committee in the U.S. Congress.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks

Public banks in North Dakota, Germany and Switzerland have been shown to outperform their private counterparts. International private competitors have responded by pushing for regulations limiting the advantages of the public banking model, but public banking advocates are pushing back.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Is Huge Trade Deal Being Kept Secret?

The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy—but don’t ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE


How Google Met the CIA, Plus Other Scary Stories From ‘They Know Everything About You’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer connects the dots on surveillance, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership could break the Internet, a Super Bowl commercial embarrasses minimum-wage workers and the Republican candidates for president embarrass themselves.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE


How Google Met the CIA, Plus Other Scary Stories From ‘They Know Everything About You’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer connects the dots on surveillance, the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership could break the Internet, a Super Bowl commercial embarrasses minimum-wage workers and the Republican candidates for president embarrass themselves.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Michael Hudson: American Sanctions on Russia Backfire as Putin Partners With China

Out of the week’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings has emerged the understanding that “the center of global economic investment is shifting to Asia, leaving the United States out as well as Europe,” economist Michael Hudson says.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia?

A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE


WikiLeaks Reveals Trade Deal Pushing Global Financial Deregulation

Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, author of “The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority” and former Truthdigger of the Week, explains the meaning of a secret draft text of the Trade in Services Agreement, a proposal that would forbid signatory countries from improving financial regulation within their borders.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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