Issue No. 314/315 (Oct/Nov 2016)

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COVER: After the TPP… Whither the RCEP?

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
An assessment of the negotiations
The RCEP - the world's largest trading bloc - can constitute the building block for a truly viable East Asian Community provided the parties break out from the straitjacket of trade liberalisation.
By Biswajit Dhar

The TPP is dead. How will the RCEP shape up?
How is the future of the RCEP in the context of the impending demise of the TPP, the other Asia-Pacific trade treaty?
By Kavaljit Singh

Will the RCEP morph into another TPP?
The RCEP may end up as a replica of the TPP.
By Sanya Reid Smith

Civil society opposes stricter medicine monopolies at RCEP negotiations
Civil society groups, treatment providers and academics have concerns regarding not only the intellectual property proposals but also the continuing lack of transparency in the RCEP negotiation process.
By Belinda Townsend, Shailly Gupta, Patricia Ranald and Leena Menghaney

The RCEP, IPRs and the threat to traditional farming
The stringent intellectual property rules being pushed for adoption by some RCEP members will have an adverse effect on the livelihoods of small and traditional farmers in poorer member states.
By Shalini Bhutani

The RCEP and the shrinking of public policy space
How the RCEP services chapter will erode the regulatory capacity of the governments of developing and least developed countries.
By Jane Kelsey

Jettison ISDS from the RCEP!
The controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in the TPP provoked a huge outcry; there is no justification for its inclusion in the RCEP.

TPP rules in the RCEP must be rejected
On the eve of the latest round of the RCEP talks, over 300 civil society groups from the Asia-Pacific region wrote an open letter to the governments negotiating the RCEP.


To keep a river running
Deep in the Amazon's central basin, one tribe is holding back the seemingly inexorable march of development.
By Robert Walker


Modi's surgical strike on the Indian people
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's drastic action to combat 'black money' in India has caused needless misery to the poor without really effectively tackling the problem.
By Jayati Ghosh

Robots could cause massive job losses in developing countries
Nearly two-thirds of all jobs in developing countries could be lost as a result of automation, says a UN report.

By Chee Yoke Heong


Empire of chaos
With the 2016 US elections, the disorder that the US has engendered abroad in its pursuit of empire has at last come home.
By Tom Engelhardt

The de facto US-Al Qaeda alliance in Syria
Buried deep inside the 29 October edition of The New York Times was a grudging acknowledgement that the US-armed 'moderate' rebels in Syria are using their US firepower to back an Al Qaeda offensive.
By Robert Parry

Venezuela on the brink?: A look beyond the spin
While there is no denying that Venezuela is going through a difficult economic phase and its people are having a hard time accessing food, the media coverage of the current situation is extremely distorted.
By Christina Schiavoni and William Camacaro

South Africa's deprivations and depravations
South Africa is currently experiencing a period of political turbulence. The writer explains what is behind it.
By Patrick Bond


Pursuit of profit undermining workers' rights worldwide - UN expert
A UN rights rapporteur has reminded governments that 'Labour rights are human rights'
By Kanaga Raja

Canadian indigenous injustice - a colonial problem?
A legacy of colonial injustice persists today for indigenous people in Canada subjected to unspeakable abuse, violence and prejudice daily.
By Rose Delaney


#NiUnaMenos: Not one woman less, not one more death!
Recent protests against femicide in Argentina reveal the deep roots and spreading branches of feminist activism in Latin America.
By Elisabeth Jay Friedman and Constanza Tabbush


The voice of the Third World
Fidel Castro (1926-2016)’s speech at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) could very well be his epitaph.
By Vijay Prashad


Linus Suryadi AG (1951-1999), who died tragically at the age of 48, was a promising poet and prose writer. He belonged to a literary generation which made Indonesian regional settings the focus of its writing.
By Linus Suryadi AG

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