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Eight Senators on the TPP

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February 27, 2015

Eight Senators made floor speeches yesterday raising concerns about TPP and Fast Track yesterday. Here are clips in case useful. via Melinda St Louis, International Campaigns Director, Global Trade Watch. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-OR http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529459/sen-merkley-speaks-us-trade-policy Sen. Ed Markey, D-MA  http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529460/sen-markey-speaks-us-trade-policy Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529461/sen-warren-speaks-us-trade-policy Sen. Bob Casey, D-PA  http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529462/sen-casey-speaks-us-trade-policy Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529463/sen-baldwin-speaks-us-trade-policy Sen. Bernie...
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Japan’s submission of IP in the RCEP

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February 20, 2015
Japan’s submission of IP in the RCEP

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is the China-led regional free trade agreement countering the China-exclusionary policy represented by the US-led Trans Pacific Partnership.  The reason China was excluded to begin with, had to do with China not allowing US free-market policy to undermine State control over its markets.  Early on the US thought...
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Singapore encloses the Pacific with new DSM rules

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February 13, 2015
Singapore encloses the Pacific with new DSM rules

This is about how tiny Singapore, a nation no larger than Tonga is about to enclose the Pacific with rules of mining in the Deep Seabed (DSM). Although this does not apply to areas within the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of  Pacific Island Nations, the Deep Seabed Mining Bill, when embedded...
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OAS prepares to raise the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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February 11, 2015
OAS prepares to raise the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Within the multilateral legal system, the question we might pose is what is a more favorable route towards supporting the normative advancement of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) under International Law?  The consensus process of the Organization of American States or the World Bank? From a February 5th, 2015 Press Release: 5 February...
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2016 Fiscal Fact Sheet

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February 9, 2015

I think it’s important to be clear on the latest BEA numbers which shows that the December increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the GOODS DEFICIT of $6.9 billion to $66.0 billion and an increase in the SERVICES SURPLUS of $0.1 billion to $19.5 billion. For the US, the...
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Vietnam acknowledges the TPP as pathway towards the SDGs

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February 7, 2015
Vietnam acknowledges the TPP as pathway towards the SDGs

The intersection of the TPP and the Millennium Development Goals (soon to be Sustainable Development Goals) are finally discussed publicly by trade ministers. One should consider that the TPP (and TTIP) is a path towards writing the rules for investment and trade among the developing countries.  Ever since the investment collapse in 2008, the...
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Pacific Island Climate Change “Privatization” Alliance

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February 7, 2015
Pacific Island Climate Change “Privatization” Alliance

From the SPC website: The Republic of Nauru has launched its first ever national framework aimed at increasing the Pacific nation’s resilience to climate change and disaster risk. “The Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Island States project is an SPC-European Union joint initiative, made possible with European Union funding of FJD $26.76 million...
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Facts are Facts: The 2015 National Security Strategy Fact Sheet

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February 6, 2015
Facts are Facts: The 2015 National Security Strategy Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet:  The 2015 National Security Strategy The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 06, 2015 Today, the United States is stronger and better positioned to seize the opportunities of a still new century and safeguard our interests against the risks of an insecure world.  The President’s new National...
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Market forces are a juggernaut

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January 28, 2015
Market forces are a juggernaut

One of the slippery aspects about economics as a whole, is that for a discipline that holds as much power in human life as universal laws do for nature, economics is neither a science nor a philosophy. Mostly, it is a governing practice of human activity that is guided and moved as much by...
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South Africa chairs the G77.

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January 12, 2015

Representing the “S” in BRICS, South Africa is now chairing the G77. This gives hugely important new opportunities for developing countries to collectively write the rules for trade and development for the new BRICS institutions under the kind of South-South collaborations that should lead the 21st century. “The G77 provides the means for the...
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Revaluing equity for both development and customary needs

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January 5, 2015
Revaluing equity for both development and customary needs

According to a recent article in Gulf Business, “Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar has announced that it has began construction on four new UAE-funded solar power projects in the Pacific Island countries. These solar power projects, in Kiribati, Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, are financed through the $50 million UAE-Pacific partnership Fund under the Abu...
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Economic Cooperation: Pacific Development Options towards a New Development Goal

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November 28, 2014
Economic Cooperation: Pacific Development Options towards a New Development Goal

“Economic Cooperation: Pacific Development Options towards a New Development Goal” Abstract The recent announcement of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries capitalizing a New Development Bank, as well as the 21-country MOU committing to an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), creates a much-needed alternative to the neoliberal funding/investment institutions represented by...
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