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Trade and Globalization

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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Promotion of a democratic and equitable international order

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November 9, 2013


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