"Stop Fast Track rally in D.C." by AFGE on Flickr
05 Nov 2015

White House Releases Text Of Trans-Pacific Partnership

The White House has released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) online, the first time the public will see history’s largest trade deal.

Graphic included in WikiLeaks' press release on TPP intellectual property chapter
09 Oct 2015

WikiLeaks Publishes Finalized TPP Chapter Which Expands Monopoly Rights for Pharmaceutical Companies

Days after secretive negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership concluded, WikiLeaks has published the complete chapter on intellectual property. The leaked text shows the TPP would expands monopoly rights for pharmaceutical companies to help protect against competition from generic drug manufacturers. According to an analysis by Public Citizen, the text also

The Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong invites Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to join him for a "selfie" during a reception prior the opening dinner of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, May 29, 2015. Pictured at right is Senator Jack Reed. (Flickr / Department of Defense)
08 Oct 2015

How TPP Stands To Significantly Boost U.S. Military Power In Asia-Pacific Region

WikiLeaks cables reveal one hidden agenda of the Trans-Pacific Partnership: increasing the might of American empire against China’s growing power.

The TPP Handshake (Electronic Frontier Foundation via Flickr)
07 Oct 2015

TPP: Supposed Free Trade Agreement To Expand Copyrights And Patents

The TPP is being sold as a “free trade” agreement to facilitate the flow of goods and services across borders, but a big part of it does the exact opposite.

Activists hold lighted signs reading "STOP TPP" on March 5, 2015. (Flickr / Backbone Campaign)
05 Oct 2015

TPP Agreement Announced, Setting Up Battle In Congress

Congress becomes the last hope of stopping the Trans Pacific Partnership, where passage is not guaranteed despite fast track authority.

At a May 17, 2014 flashmob-style protest in Germany against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership international trade deal, two activists hold signs objecting to the TTIP's potential effects on data privacy and the deal's lack of transparency. (Flickr / campact)
27 Aug 2015

Big Tobacco TTIP Discussion Documents Censored By EU

Documents related to discussions between US, British and European officials and multinational tobacco corporations concerning the regulation of tobacco under a new trade agreement were censored by the European Commission. Activists with Corporate Europe Observatory revealed the meetings through a Freedom of Information request, but the documents were heavily edited.

A close-up photograph of two Oreo cookies. (Wikimedia Commons / Evan-Amos)
12 Aug 2015

Nabisco To Ship Jobs To Mexico

As the White House pushes for more corporate trade deals like TPP, the effects from older ones are still leaving their mark on American workers. Nabisco, now owned by Mondelez International, plans to get rid of half of the workers at the the company’s Southwest Side Chicago bakery and send the jobs to a new facility in Salinas, Mexico. The Mexican facility will now be responsible for making some of Nabisco’s most popular products, including Oreos, and Ritz crackers. In total the Chicago plant will lose 600 jobs and nine production lines.

File: An antique pair of slave manacles rests atop cobblestones. (Wikimedia Commons / Antoine Taveneaux)
06 Aug 2015

TPP: White House Responds To Malaysia’s Slavery Problem By Lowering Standards

The scramble to secure a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is leading to some serious ethical conflicts for the Obama Administration. While many initial objections to TPP were due to concerns about a lack of transparency from the White House as to the contents of the agreement and how it was negotiated, a recent decision by the State Department to change a country’s ranking in a human trafficking report has human rights groups crying foul and citing TPP as the real reason for the change.

18 May 2015

Senator Feinstein Says TPP Is Not For Corporate America, Critics Should ‘Take A Good Look’

Top Dem: Trade bill not for big business http://t.co/7CtcqHtoE5 pic.twitter.com/UJbzI655u6 — The Hill (@thehill) May 17, 2015 The rhetoric for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is hitting new levels of absurdity. Though all available evidence – including leaked portions – shows the TPP is a massive give away to corporate interests,

14 May 2015

Senate Democrats Fold, Obama To Get Fast-Track On TPP

You can't read the TPP, but huge corporations like Apple, @Nike and @Walmart can. http://t.co/zs14Mh9HbO pic.twitter.com/bixJrk6cAE — The Intercept (@the_intercept) May 13, 2015 For a brief shining moment it looked like Senate Democrats might actually stand up for their own constituents and oppose a terrible so-called “trade deal.” But now