Don’t eat that shrimp

Last year, the Guardian shed light on an uncomfortable — and unfortunate — truth about much of the shrimp sold in North America, Europe, Japan and elsewhere around the world. A six-month-long investigation revealed that torture, wage-theft, beatings and various other illegal practices were a reality in the production chain of the world’s largest supplier. [by Roberto A. Ferdman| December…

The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Last spring, President Barack Obama got downright crabby about people criticizing the mammoth Trans-Pacific Partnership he’s trying to sell to Congress and the public. [by Jim Hightower| December 29, 2015 |Other Words] More and more Americans are learning that the TPP would undermine America’s very sovereignty, giving multinational corporations direct access to secretive tribunals that…

Trade Deals and US Agriculture

In early October 2015, negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reached an agreement that they submitted to their respective governments for approval. The countries involved in addition to the US are Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, and Vietnam. The Office of the United States Trade Representative explains that the…

US 3rd Qtr Growth Rate Slowed Because of Trade Deals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 23, 2015 Contact: Paola Masman, Media Director 202-688-5145, [email protected] Washington~ Yesterday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the third quarter growth rate (at 2% annualized) was significantly slower than second quarter growth rate (3.9% annualized) in large part because of the trade deficit.  According to the report: “The deceleration in real…

Obama puts TPP trade deal at top of 2016 agenda

  President Obama expressed optimism at a Friday press conference that Congress can approve a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal. Obama called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “a big deal” and acknowledged that opponents in both parties make for “an interesting situation.” [ by Vicki Needham | December 18, 2015 | The Hill ] He said…

The GOP’s Growing Rift on Trade

The Re­pub­lic­an Party has split anew on one of its core ten­ets—free trade—and the ques­tion is how long the war will last. [Reposted from the National Journal |  December 15, 2015] While the GOP has largely sup­por­ted free trade for over three dec­ades, its top-tier pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates are split on the re­cently-struck Pa­cific trade accord, the most…