After years of negotiating, the Trans Pacific Partnership, a 30 chapter, 12 country trade agreement that’s been in the works for years, was signed yesterday by participating countries. Trade negotiators from the US, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam resolved long-standing differences on tariffs, dispute procedures, labor and environmental rights, intellectual property/patents, and much… Read more
My CBPP colleague Bryann DaSilva (not a typo–just a bit of ‘n’ inflation at the end of his first name) makes a smart connection I missed between some of my recent scribblings. In the TPP debate I had with USTR Mike Froman in the journal Democracy, I point out concerns regarding extended patents on pharmaceuticals,… Read more
Mike Froman, a fellow traveler and guy I’ve long respected, is the US Trade Rep running the admin’s TPP operation. He wrote a long piece in the journal Democracy singing the TPPs praises from a progressive perspective. Thankfully, Democracy asked me to respond. While Mike convinced me that there’s some better stuff in there than… Read more
Over at PostEverything. Maybe it’s me, but it seems that mistake of action and inaction, ranging from costly to deadly, are both occurring more frequently and reverberating more widely.
Many interesting aspects to this, including its presence on the front pages! Over at PostEverything.