Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Opens Eastern Front for Neoliberalism

By: Saturday November 19, 2011 9:00 am

With the U.S. economy stuck in a constant rut and Europe going into a tailspin, President Obama is looking to escape to the East. While the nations of the Asian Pacific rim face strains of their own, from massive inequality to climate change, their growth rates look positively zen compared to the stagnant economies that used to run the world.

So for the past several days President Obama has been charming Asia-Pacific officialdom, hoping these “emerging” economies can prop up the West’s sagging empires.

Labor Day Showdown: Can Advocates Stop ‘NAFTA of the Pacific’?

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 5:00 pm

At trade talks in Chicago, the Obama administration will work with other officials to develop a trade agreement that will incorporate Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Chile and Peru. Labor, environmental and human rights groups will gather in the city to warn that the structure, and guiding ideology, of the emerging trade deal could expand a model of free-marketeering that has displaced masses of workers across the globe and granted multinationals unprecedented powers to flout national and international laws.

Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Japan; Pacific Rim on Tsunami Alert

By: Friday March 11, 2011 6:00 am

A 8.9 earthquake has occurred about 80 miles off of the coast of Japan late last night. There are wide spread reports of damage including damage to a nuclear power station which has had its cooling system damaged.

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