Issue No. 303/304 (Nov/Dec 2015)
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Why we should say NO to the Trans-Pacific Partnership
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
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
= 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
the TPP will restrain the growth of generic medicines and access to
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
TPP text confirms deadly impact on access to medicines
case of HIV/AIDS patients in Malaysia
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.
- a threat to financial and economic stability
TPP will increase the risk of another financial crisis like the 2007-08
global crisis, warns a US-based public interest advocacy group.
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
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
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
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
By Gerald Epstein
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
countries facing huge losses from illicit financial flows, says new
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.
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.
Salazar and Aramis Castro
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
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
By Nafeez Ahmed
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
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
government breaking the law supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, say leading
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.
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
ARTS & CULTURE
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.
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
Patrick Muthengi Maluki
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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