TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the biggest trade deal in a generation and part of the same 'new generation' of trade deals as TTIP. There are 12 countries involved across the Pacific Rim, including the USA, Japan, Canada and Australia. Of particular worry is the corporate court system – the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) – that will lead to a massive increase in governments being sued by corporations. >>> Find out more

Britain: the newest ‘Pacific Island’ paradise?

In a somewhat surreal twist, UK trade minister Liam Fox has announced a consultation on whether the UK should seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) when it leaves the EU next March. Quite rightly, many think this move is ridiculous as we are nowhere near the Pacific.

The death of the toxic trade deal TPP was long overdue - but don’t praise Trump for it


25 January 2017

It’s good news that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. In fact, the toxic deal – a pacific version of US-EU deal TTIP – was already dead before Trump took office. Popular pressure from trade unions and campaign groups in the US and elsewhere had killed it. Even free-trader Hillary Clinton turned against it during her campaign.

Trans-Canada sue US government for $15 billion over tar sands pipeline cancellation


07 January 2016

In a dramatic example of the powers assumed by the corporate world through trade deals, energy infrastructure corporation TransCanada commenced legal actions yesterday against the US president for cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The WTO is not dead


10 December 2015

The last time the World Trade Organisation met was December 2013. The negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the campaign to stop it had not even started. Trade seemed to be off the agenda and after years of stalled negotiations the WTO was expected to slowly become irrelevant.

The WTO is meeting again next week for the first time in Africa, and I will be there.

The release of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) text - a giant trade and investment between 12 countries including the US and Japan - has led to claims by campaigns groups that the pact will cost jobs and represents 'a disaster for democracy.' The TPP is a parallel agreement to TTIP, the US-EU deal, which has met with serious opposition from across Europe.
 

Nine thoughts on the TPP agreement being reached today


05 October 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the biggest trade deal in a generation and part of the same 'new generation' of trade deals as TTIP. Its primary purpose is to rewrite global economic rules in favour of capital. But it’s not over and we shouldn’t lose hope.

Campaigners have reacted angrily to news that the negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)  had reached an agreement in Atlanta, USA following a dramatic, last-minute extension of the talks.

US Senators just knocked a wheel off TPP and TTIP. Now let's finish the job!

13 May 2015

Here come the bad BITS - it's not all just about TTIP

The corporate drive for free trade is once more facing critical public scrutiny, and in the rush to oppose TTIP we mustn’t lose sight of the broader context in which the deal is being negotiated.

Cleansing the souls of the international arbitration industry

“It’s alright, sarge, they’re just about to exorcise the building” mutters a policeman over his walkie-talkie.

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Britain: the newest ‘Pacific Island’ paradise?

In a somewhat surreal twist, UK trade minister Liam Fox has announced a consultation on whether the UK should seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) when it leaves the EU next March. Quite rightly, many think this move is ridiculous as we are nowhere near the Pacific.

The death of the toxic trade deal TPP was long overdue - but don’t praise Trump for it


25 January 2017

It’s good news that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. In fact, the toxic deal – a pacific version of US-EU deal TTIP – was already dead before Trump took office. Popular pressure from trade unions and campaign groups in the US and elsewhere had killed it. Even free-trader Hillary Clinton turned against it during her campaign.

Trans-Canada sue US government for $15 billion over tar sands pipeline cancellation


07 January 2016

In a dramatic example of the powers assumed by the corporate world through trade deals, energy infrastructure corporation TransCanada commenced legal actions yesterday against the US president for cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline project.

The WTO is not dead


10 December 2015

The last time the World Trade Organisation met was December 2013. The negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the campaign to stop it had not even started. Trade seemed to be off the agenda and after years of stalled negotiations the WTO was expected to slowly become irrelevant.

The WTO is meeting again next week for the first time in Africa, and I will be there.

Nine thoughts on the TPP agreement being reached today


05 October 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the biggest trade deal in a generation and part of the same 'new generation' of trade deals as TTIP. Its primary purpose is to rewrite global economic rules in favour of capital. But it’s not over and we shouldn’t lose hope.

Here come the bad BITS - it's not all just about TTIP

The corporate drive for free trade is once more facing critical public scrutiny, and in the rush to oppose TTIP we mustn’t lose sight of the broader context in which the deal is being negotiated.

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The release of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) text - a giant trade and investment between 12 countries including the US and Japan - has led to claims by campaigns groups that the pact will cost jobs and represents 'a disaster for democracy.' The TPP is a parallel agreement to TTIP, the US-EU deal, which has met with serious opposition from across Europe.
 

Campaigners have reacted angrily to news that the negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)  had reached an agreement in Atlanta, USA following a dramatic, last-minute extension of the talks.