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Connect The Dots – Clearing the Path to Fair Elections – 04.11.18

Clearing the Path to Fair Elections: Attorney and Law Professor Tim Canova, who challenged Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in the 2016 election joins Alison Rose Levy to discuss election anomalies, corruption in public office, the need to to secure the vote, the global trade deals, and his 2018 run against Wasserman-Schultz as an independent. Download this episode (right click and save)

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Sarah Lazare – How Big Pharma Is Arm-Twisting U.S. Foreign Policy to Keep Cancer Drugs Prohibitively Expensive

The administration of President Barack Obama has so far refused to publicly respond to new revelations that U.S. officials, at the behest of Big Pharma, may have attempted to obstruct the Colombian government’s efforts to lower the price of a life-saving cancer medication. Amid this silence, civil society organizations [3], along with some lawmakers from the House [4] and Senate [5], are demanding answers. At issue is …

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Dave Johnson – Panama Trade Agreement: Was Tax Evasion The Point All Along?

The Bush administration negotiated the Panama free trade agreement without addressing Panama’s bank and corporate secrecy. Panama has little to “trade” with the U.S., so maybe leaving secrecy out of the agreement wasn’t an accident; it was the point. It provided a stamp of legitimacy and protections for “investors” moving their money to Panama. Panama Trade Agreement The Panama–United States …

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Guy Taylor – Five Reasons Why the TTIP Talks Are Looking a Bit Wobbly

The twelfth round of negotiations for TTIP, the biggest trade deal of them all, starts today in Brussels. The impacts of TTIP are disturbing and well documented elsewhere on this site, but we are seeing signs of panic setting in on the pro-TTIP side of the fence. They’re right to panic. 1) TTIP is hugely behind schedule. It should have …

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DAN BREZNITZ – Trans-Pacific Partnership is a wonderful idea – for China

The website of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proudly describes the Trans-Pacific Partnership as “Made in America.” It does so to position this treaty, made up of a motley crew of allies, as a bulwark of free competitive markets against China. It is only fair, then, to judge the TPP on these merits: Will it lead to freer, more competitive …

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The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is Part of Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”

Following nearly eight years of negotiations, 12 Pacific Rim countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam – have agreed to take part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), a sweeping trade deal that affects some 40 percent of the global economy. The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) …

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Trans-Pacific Partnership a Disaster for Natural Health

Details of the long-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership are public at last: it will undermine the safety of our food supply, make medicine more expensive, and give power to the biotech monopoly. Action Alert! A few weeks ago, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal was finally released after many years of closed-door negotiations between officials from the US and eleven other …

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Stephen Gowans – Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Equals a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

The U.S. political elite is never entirely secretive about its aims. It spells them out, maybe not always clearly and maybe sometimes elliptically, but it is fairly open in declaring its objectives and how it intends to achieve them. When she was U.S. secretary of state, Hilary Clinton adumbrated the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a 2011 article in Foreign Affairs, the …

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Ashish Shukla – TPP plots to cripple China

Five years in the making and involving 40 percent of world’s trade, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been signed between United States and 11 other countries, namely, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Brunei, concerning over 800 million people. The deal is a thinly-disguised attempt by the United States to encircle China and …

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Dave Johnson – You Knew The TPP Was Bad. But Here’s How It Gets Even Worse

Negotiators are meeting in Atlanta, trying to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It might be wrapped up as soon as Thursday. While the agreement is secret, there are reasons for people to be very, very concerned. Here is a news article that explains why people should be alarmed about this secret “trade” agreement that the giant corporations have come …