Issue No. 303/304 (Nov/Dec 2015)

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COVER: Why we should say NO to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Reject the TPP in the public interest
Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which reflects the interests of powerful corporations from rich countries, should be rejected, especially by the developing negotiating countries.
By Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Investment and ISDS in the TPP
The TPP empowers a foreign private investor to sue a host government through an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system.
By Karina Yong

TPP = Transnational Pharmaceutical Profiteering
The TPP has enhanced the monopoly patent protection currently enjoyed by pharmaceutical corporations at the expense of ordinary consumers.
By Brook Baker

How the TPP will restrain the growth of generic medicines and access to affordable medicines
The final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement confirms the apprehensions expressed by civil society, academia and the generic industry about new barriers to access to medicines.
By DG Shah

Released TPP text confirms deadly impact on access to medicines
The case of HIV/AIDS patients in Malaysia
The following statement by the Malaysian AIDS Council explains the broadly shared concerns over the potential adverse impact of the TPP on access to essential drugs.

TPP - a threat to financial and economic stability
The TPP will increase the risk of another financial crisis like the 2007-08 global crisis, warns a US-based public interest advocacy group.

The TPP: Treaty making, parliamentary democracy, regulatory sovereignty and the rule of law
Not only has the proposed TPP made deep inroads into democratic rights and national sovereignty, but its enforcement will reflect the vastly unequal economic power of its parties.
By Jane Kelsey


The high cost of Indonesia's fires
The raging forest fires in Indonesia which have had such calamitous ecological, health and economic consequences for the region are not the product of biophysical causes but of corporate greed.
By Nithin Coca

Brazilian mine disaster releases dangerous metals
The collapse in November of a mining dam in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais was one of the country's worst environmental disasters.
By Luisa Massaran


The twisted logic of the Fed's new 'Operation Twist'
The recent decision by the US Federal Reserve to raise interest rates which had been near zero since 2008 was a response to pressure from Wall Street.
By Gerald Epstein

The forthcoming adjustment shock
Many countries have been pursuing policies of fiscal contraction involving steep cuts in public expenditure despite the obvious widespread distress these have caused. There is expected to be no change in these policies until at least 2020, with developing countries being hardest hit.
By Isabel Ortiz

Developing countries facing huge losses from illicit financial flows, says new report
A new report has revealed that there has been a phenomenal jump in the scale of illicit financial flows from developing and emerging economies in recent years.
By Bassey Udo

Latin America to push for food security laws as a bloc
Legislators from 17 Latin American nations meeting in Lima in November have resolved to harmonise the region's laws to safeguard food security for their peoples.
By Milagros Salazar and Aramis Castro


'I helped create ISIS'
A former US Marine who served in Iraq explains how much ISIS is the product of the accumulated wrongs and horrific crimes committed by the US against the Iraqi people.
By Vincent Emanuele

NATO is harbouring the Islamic State
While the NATO countries profess to wage an uncompromising war against ISIS, one of this military pact's key members and some of its major Arab allies have been providing material assistance to the terrorist group.
By Nafeez Ahmed

The new contours of Latin America's right
Recent electoral successes by right-wing parties in Argentina and Venezuela have raised the question of whether the decade-long ascendancy of left-leaning parties in Latin America is coming to an end.
By Gustavo Fuchs

Myanmar: The morning after
After leading the National League for Democracy to a resounding victory in Myanmar's historic November elections, Aung San Suu Kyi is now confronted with the more formidable challenge of negotiating the treacherous terrain to civilian rule.
By Tom Fawthrop


UK government breaking the law supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, say leading lawyers
A group of legal experts have warned that Britain's continuous supply of weapons and related items to Saudi Arabia for the Arab kingdom’s murderous military campaign against Yemen is in breach of national, EU and international law.


Time stands still for the mothers of Mexico's disappeared
The mothers of Mexico's disappeared have become some of the most important voices denouncing the Mexican state's role in perpetuating femicide and other forms of violence in the country.
By Nidia Bautista


Seizing public space
Politically relevant street art has increasingly become mainstream in Latin America. Its great strength is that it triggers public debate, which is precisely the intention of the artist creating it.
By Sebastian Vargas


Why the world can't stand by as Burundi becomes a failed state
As Burundi descends into a whirlpool of violence, a full-scale civil war seems likely in the absence of intervention by the international communit.
By Patrick Muthengi Maluki


I come from there
As the world agonises over the plight of the refugees who are now streaming into Europe, the following poem by Palestine's poet laureate reminds us that Palestinians are still refugees.
By Mahmoud Darwish

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