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The TPP: “Strategic Economic” Partnerships

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October 11, 2013
The TPP: “Strategic Economic” Partnerships

At present, there are two little words left dangling off the title of a free-trade agreement that the U.S. has been involved with negotiating since 2009. The Trans-Pacific “Strategic Economic” Partnership Agreement, or what we generally call the TPP, has been mostly framed as a secret free-trade agreement that is being advised by 600...
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The Nicaragua Canal: The New-Port Arms Race

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September 20, 2013
The Nicaragua Canal: The New-Port Arms Race

China has committed to investing $40 billion to begin construction for a new canal in Nicaragua, connecting the Pacific with the Caribbean and its Atlantic-American trade partners. A Chinese billionaire, Wang Jing, has reportedly attracted global investment to begin work on a six-year project slated to start in 2014. On June 13, the ruling...
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Consider Rajin-Sonbong

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February 6, 2013
Consider Rajin-Sonbong

This is an updated repost from June 8th, 2010 “The New Pacific Build-up of the Gulf of Tonkin, Redux.” Among progressive media, most of the dialogue surrounding the recent military tensions between North Korea and the U.S. has focused on the nearly 60-year ongoing militarization discourse between the US/ROK (South Korea) cooperation and the...
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Sea lanes: TPP, Globalization and Empire

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July 26, 2012
Sea lanes: TPP, Globalization and Empire

When President Obama announced the “Pacific Pivot” last November–shortly after the APEC meeting in Honolulu– he described a shift of economic and military resources to the Pacific region and reiterated the new policy for U.S. presence in the Pacific that Secretary of State Clinton proclaimed in her bullish article “America’s Pacific Century,” published last...
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A Cautionary Tale: Once upon a TPP in Hawaii (or how the 1% co-opted our Aloha)

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July 20, 2012

Sept. 8, 2012 addendum: the 14th round of TPP negotiations is taking place Sept. 9th in Leesburg, VA. More national organizations are resisting the TPP, sponsoring rallies to get the word out.  The ACLU have a new campaign, as well: The Biggest Threat to Free-Speech and Intellectual Property That You’ve Never Heard Of… and...
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Japan, Nuclear Energy and the TPP

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June 28, 2012

originally published in Foreign Policy in Focus: http://www.fpif.org/articles/japan_nuclear_energy_and_the_tpp Japan’s Energy Needs and the TPP A little over a year since the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown in Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced the shutdown of the last of its 50 usable nuclear reactors. However, as the Mainichi Daily News reports, Japan will also be...
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Reposting Panetta’s Speech

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June 2, 2012

http://www.defense.gov/Speeches/Speech.aspx?SpeechID=1681Reposting the Shangri-La Security Dialogue As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Saturday, June 02, 2012 Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor to have the opportunity to attend my first Shangri-La Conference.  I want to commend the International Institute for Strategic Studies for fostering this very important dialogue,...
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Philippines and TPPA primer

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April 2, 2012
Philippines and TPPA primer

Philippines and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free-Trade Agreement (TPPA) Primer *information presented at ProPeopleYouth KmB meeting in Long Beach, CA Currently, the Philippines are not eligible to join the TPPA. Washington and the EU are both willing to engage with the Philippines in joint initiatives like the recent US trade facilitation agreement that was signed...
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ICBM Launch Protest

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February 24, 2012
ICBM Launch Protest

El Segundo Protest of ICBM test launch form Vandenberg to Marshall Islands Protest the test launch of an unarmed ICBM Minuteman III (nuclear warhead delivery system) from Vandenberg Space Command to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Friday, Feb 24th, Noon-1PM Los Angeles Air Force Base Space and Missile Center Main Gate 400 N. Douglas...
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Regarding Economic Statecraft: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Economic Power

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February 6, 2012
Regarding Economic Statecraft: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Economic Power

From: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/plrmo/2012/184182.htm Fact Sheet Bureau of Public Affairs February 16, 2012 “…our problems have never respected dividing lines between global economics and international diplomacy. And neither can our solutions. That is why I have put what I call economic statecraft at the heart of our foreign policy agenda.” –Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton...
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APEC 2011- the Honolulu Declaration

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December 28, 2011

http://www.apec.org/Meeting-Papers/Leaders-Declarations/2011/2011_aelm.aspx The Honolulu Declaration – Toward a Seamless Regional Economy The 19th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting In 1993, when the United States hosted the first Leaders’ Meeting on Blake Island near Seattle, APEC Leaders hailed the rise of the Asia-Pacific’s voice in the global economy. Today, as we gather in Honolulu, in the heart...
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Whose Pacific Century?

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October 11, 2011
Whose Pacific Century?

The lines in the sand have been drawn, let’s hope the wave of resistance can wash them away… Haven’t done a repost in a long time– but this sets the stage. If we do not voice our opposition, that line in the sand may very well be our prison.  This is the new Pacific...
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