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TPP’s clauses that let Australia be sued are weapons of legal destruction, says lawyer
Leading arbitration lawyer says there are critical loopholes in the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s investment chapter that leave Australia wide open
TPP set to worsen food insecurity in Mexico
The TPP’s free trade agenda, described by some as a NAFTA on steroids, would worsen economic, food security, and agricultural challenges in Mexico.
Obama punishes South Africa over chicken row
US president Barack Obama has suspended agricultural benefits to South Africa under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) after its repeated refusal to resume imports of US chicken.
TPP is about many things, but free trade? Not so much
Let’s be clear about the just-released, negotiated-in-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership deal: it is definitely not a “free-trade” agreement. It’s much more than that.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: read the side letters not just the headlines
Australia has entered a wide range of bilateral agreements with countries around the Pacific in a web of special deals which underline the complexity of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Japan, U.S. agree to protect alcoholic drinks linked to special areas by banning knock-offs
Japan and the United States have struck a deal to ban alcoholic beverages that are not produced in the geographical area included in its brand name under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade pact.
How the Trans-Pacific Partnership will—and won’t—protect wildlife
New 12-country trade deal has protections for wildlife built in, but it’s unclear if they’ll be enforced.
The highlights of the Trans-Pacific Partnership e-commerce chapter
The E-commerce chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) sets rules that, if ratified, will shape the development of the digital economy for years to come.
Critic: TPP deal has ‘exclusions up the wazoo’
The exceptions, laid out in multiple annexes and embedded in various chapters of the 1,000-page-plus Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, range from obscure provisions to controversial measures
Reach of TPP’s SOE disciplines limited by definition, scope, exceptions
The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement reveals that the parties have agreed on groundbreaking new rules aimed at preventing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) from harming privately owned firms
TTIP offers would eliminate 87.5 percent of tariffs on entry into force
The tariff offers tabled by the United States and European Union during the 11th Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) round both eliminate duties on 87.5 percent of tariff lines immediately upon entry into force of the agreement
Switzerland’s largest city declares “Tisa-Free Zone”
Zurich joins a growing number of Swiss cities, including Lausanne and Geneva, to declare themselves TISA-free.
UAE firms sue India, desi co for Rs 5 lakh cr over Mumbai plots
Two UAE firms are claiming Rs 5 lakh crore ($85billion) as compensation, perhaps the highest arbitration demand in India’s history.
TPP caves to the tobacco industry, threatens public health
The vacuous “tobacco control” provision in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) virtually capitulates to the demands of multinational tobacco corporations, jeopardizing nations’ health and economic welfare.
Secret TPP text unveiled: it’s worse than we thought
Long-awaited text reveals gaps between Administration claims and actual TPP terms on key public concerns
TPP on registration of drugs, bans requirements to disclose or consider certain financial or pricing data
There is a paucity of information on drug prices, revenues and other relative information on the economics of the pharmaceutical market.
Release of the full TPP text after five years of secrecy confirms threats to users’ rights
Some of the more dangerous threats to the public’s rights to free expression, access to knowledge, and privacy online are contained in the copyright provisions in the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter
The gathering financial storm is just one effect of corporate power unbound
What have governments learned from the financial crisis? I could write a column spelling it out. Or I could do the same job with one word: nothing.
Ten years after the defeat of the free trade area of the Americas (FTAA) – lessons for current struggles
This month marks the tenth anniversary of the defeat of the FTAA. What can we learn from that victory and the subsequent corporate counter-offensive in Latin America for our current global struggles against free trade and corporate power?
TPP text shows some impacts from community campaigns, but still favours corporate rights over citizens and communities
Preliminary analysis of the thousands of pages of the main chapters of the TPP text show there are still devils in the detail on medicine monopolies, investor rights to sue governments and copyright monopolies.