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.
|By: DSWright Friday November 22, 2013 8:29 am|
When you buy something from someone you own it, right? Not if President Obama has his way on cellphones. Cellphone unlocking, which allows owners to alter the phone they purchased and use it with other carriers should they so desire, is a front line issue on the fight for rational copyright laws.
|By: DSWright Friday November 15, 2013 2:20 pm|
Opposition does seem to be mounting to TPP, the question remains as to whether it is enough to stop the deal. This is when activism matters the most.
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 12, 2013 11:53 am|
Bill Keller, the former Executive Editor of the New York Times and current columnist for the same, has some advice for President Barack Obama. In order to, as Keller puts it, “salvage his presidency” Obama must destroy accountability for corporations. This is ironically claimed to be some bizarre argument for domestic prosperity.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 7, 2013 12:57 pm|
News has slowly trickled out about the dangers of the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) to American sovereignty and democracy. What has received less attention is TPP’s Atlantic cousin, the Trans-atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The TTIP is set to annihilate what little democratic accountability remains in the European Union and the United States on corporate power.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday September 17, 2012 7:15 pm|
The Biotic Barf Brigade and petition delivery were part of a week long series of protests and activism opposing the TPP, who claim that the trade agreement would imperil access to generic drugs in Third World and developing nations, weaken food safety regulations, and destroy natural resources.
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday May 15, 2012 5:10 pm|
Despite a petition with over 44,000 signatures, as well as recommendations by NGOs, legal experts, and congressmen, the Office of the United States Trade Representative still refuses to release the text of the TransPacific Partnership.
|By: Kit OConnell Monday May 14, 2012 4:15 pm|
After a weekend of protest and controversy, it’s clear that the TransPacific Partnership, the secretive and far-reaching international trade deal negotiated in Addison, Texas is under fire. The more sunshine we let in, the less attractive this deal looks to world leaders.
From a direct action perspective, the highlight of the week was the major disruption caused by Yes Lab pranksters with support from Occupy Dallas. Their efforts, which included replacing the toilet paper in the hotel with special ‘TPP’ message paper, culminated in a major infiltration and the presentation of a fake “Corporate Power Tool” award to US Trade Representative Ron Kirk.