Taxes, Walgreens, the TPP, TTIP and TISA

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 5:10 pm

Walgreens is reported to be considered emigrating from the United States, renouncing its citizenship and becoming a Swiss Citizen to cut its tax bill.

Well and good for its shareholders. If it were a person it would then have to apply for a visa to visit the United States and because it was a non-US citizen would not be permitted to be employed in the United States.

 

Is “Smart Track” the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing That Could Restart #TPP Negotiations?

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 3:01 pm

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is looking to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements after stiff opposition to “Fast Track” trade promotion authority stalled negotiations.

He is planning to introduce a new TPA bill called “Smart Track,” and while there are few details available about it, some are already worried the plan could be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

TISA: Secret Agreement Further Deregulates Wall Street

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 10:46 am

Thanks to Wikileaks the world now knows about the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). The agreement was so secret that it was not only meant to be kept from the people of the participating countries during negotiations but for five years after going into effect. TISA is perhaps the most anti-transparent trade agreement ever proposed with Professor Jane Kelsey of the University of Auckland calling the agreement a reversal of the trend for disclosure in international agreements.

Jay Leno Protests at Beverly Hills Hotel, Demands Brunei Be Excluded From TPP

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 1:45 pm

On Monday, Jay and Mavis Leno joined the Feminist Majority Foundation at a rally across the street from the hotel to demand that Brunei be excluded from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

TPP and ‘Pivot to Asia’ Facing Backlash

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 2:57 pm

For those unaware of the new US “grand strategy” it involves not just overthrowing governments in Ukraine to expand power into Eurasia but also trying to encircle East Asia’s newest power, China. Called throughout Washington policy circles as the “Pivot to Asia” the plan to encircle China involves both moving greater military forces into the region as well as an anti-democratic “trade deal” known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

Firedoglake Joins Open Media, over 50 organizations and 2.8 million people to ‘Stop the Secrecy’ Surrounding TPP

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 12:40 pm

Together, over 50 international organizations and 2.8 million people have united behind one of the largest online campaigns in history. And, make no mistake, our call to stop the secrecy of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being heard loud and clear.

Stop the Secrecy: Make the TPP Text Public

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 3:05 pm

For more than a year activists have been able to stop this pernicious free trade agreement from becoming a reality, but this new push to finalize the TPP means we need to step up our efforts once again.

Help take the first step by signing our petition demanding the full text of the TPP be released.

Alan Grayson Talks About TPP, Globalization, NAFTA and Obama

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 5:31 pm

I interviewed Alan Grayson on my radio show on March 18th.

This segment of the transcript of the interview covers our discussion of TPP and globalization trade deals. It’s not pretty.

Emulating Gabriel Heatter

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 4:00 pm

“There’s good news tonight”

Senator Durbin Joins Call To Stop TPP Fast Track

By: Monday February 17, 2014 2:27 pm

Senator Dick Durbin has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposing fast track trade authority for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Durbin’s opposition could signal the beginning of the end for the agreements as now prominent Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House are opposing giving the Obama Administration fast track trade authority for the controversial agreements.

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