Kshama Sawant

Seattle City Council Unanimously Declares Opposition to Fast Track, TPP

“Few things counterpose the interests of multinational corporations to the interests of workers, the environment, and democracy” like the TPP, says councilmember Kshama Sawant Deirdre Fulton The Seattle City Council resoundingly approved a resolution Monday evening cementing its opposition to so-called Fast Track authority that’s needed to speed passage of corporate-friendly, rights-trampling trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The resolution (pdf), …

TPP

Obama’s Terrible Trade Pact Is a Scam That Must Be Stopped

Ed, please call home! Edward Snowden, that is: Come quickly; your country needs you. Once again, the American people are being victimized by a hush-hush blanket of official secrecy, rhetorical dodges and outright lies. This time it’s not about wholesale spying on us by our own government, but a wholesale assault on our jobs, environment, health and even our people’s …

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Free Trade Isn’t about Trade. It’s About Bureaucrats—and Guns.

Free trade isn’t about trade. Free trade is about bureaucrats. And guns. Simple stories about how one country is good at making wine, and should trade with another country that is good at making cloth, explain very little about today’s trade agreements. Instead, agreements are about which bureaucrats make decisions about markets that operate between countries. Who has the power …

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To people who still think Obama is the answer

Create new solid US jobs? End the unemployment crisis? That was never, ever Obama’s agenda. And people who think it is are being betrayed. There are several ways to show this, but perhaps the most important way is to sketch in the effects of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), which Obama is fully supporting and fronting for and defending. He wants …

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Lawmakers Say TPP Meetings Classified To Keep Americans in the Dark

Lawmakers in Congress who remain wary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement are raising further objections this week to the degree of secrecy surrounding briefings on the deal, with some arguing that the main reason at least one meeting has been registered “classified” is to help keep the American public ignorant about giveaways to corporate interests and its long-term …