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How Fire Ants Killed the TPP Dragon

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  • Literally thousands of civil society groups coalesced to combat the TPP.
  • There’s high hope in concerted action.

Leo Gerard, AlterNet

 

 

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November 22, 2016 | The defeat of the TPP is a tale of ants slaying a dragon.

 

It seemed a fearsome task, challenging the powerful behemoth that is Wall Street, Big Pharma, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Big Ag, Big Oil, all their lobbyists, and all the Congress critters they’d “campaign-financed” to support their money-grubbing 12-country trade scheme.

 

Leo Gerard is president of the United Steelworkers union. President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.

 

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The US Government Is Literally Arming the World, and Nobody's Even Talking About It

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Why do other major US exports—from Hollywood movies to Midwestern grain shipments to Boeing airliners—garner regular coverage while trends in weapons exports remain in relative obscurity? Are we ashamed of standing essentially alone as the world's No. 1 arms dealer, or is our Weapons "R" Us role so commonplace that we take it for granted, like death or taxes?

William D. Hartung, TomDispatch / Mother Jones 

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http://www.motherjones.com/files/hartung_0.jpg Jul. 30, 2016 | When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you'd expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade. It's good for one or two stories a year in the mainstream media, usually when the annual statistics on the state of the business come out.

It's not that no one writes about aspects of the arms trade. There are occasional pieces that, for example, take note of the impact of US weapons transfers, including cluster bombs, to Saudi Arabia, or of the disastrous dispensation of weaponry to US allies in Syria, or of foreign sales of the costly, controversial F-35 combat aircraft. And once in a while, if a foreign leader meets with the president, US arms sales to his or her country might generate an article or two. But the sheer size of the American arms trade, the politics that drive it, the companies that profit from it, and its devastating global impacts are rarely discussed, much less analyzed in any depth.

William D. Hartung, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and a senior advisor to the Security Assistance Monitor. He is the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.

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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 3: How to Break the Power of Money

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We can refuse to accept the pervasive, but false, claims that money is wealth and a growing GDP improves the lives of all.

David Korten, Yes! Magazine 

http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/how-to-break-the-power-of-money-20160810/power-of-money.gif/image Aug 10, 2016 | Our current political chaos has a simple explanation. The economic system is driving environmental collapse, economic desperation, political corruption, and financial instability. And it isn’t working for the vast majority of people.

It serves mainly the interests of a financial oligarchy that in the United States dominates the establishment wings of both the Republican and Democratic parties. So voters are rebelling against those wings of both parties—and for good reason.

As a society we confront a simple truth. An economic system based on the false idea that money is wealth—and the false promise that maximizing financial returns to the holders of financial assets will maximize the well-being of all—inevitably does exactly what it is designed to do:

David Korten wrote this article for YES! Magazine as part of his new series of biweekly columns on “A Living Earth Economy.” David is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth. His work builds on lessons from the 21 years he and his wife, Fran, lived and worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on a quest to end global poverty.

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Part 2: We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

Part 1: The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing

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One in five CEOs are psychopaths, new study finds

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  • Proportion of psychopath corporate executives 'similar to prison population'
  • How much of a psychopath is Donald Trump? Worse than Hitler, apparently.

Harriet Agerholm, Independent

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Tuesday 13 September 2016 | Around one in five corporate bosses are psychopaths - a proportion similar to that among prisoners - according to a new study.

Research conducted by forensic psychologist Nathan Brooks from Bond University found 21 per cent of 261 corporated professionals had clinically significant psychopathic traits.

Characteristics such as an inability to empathise, superficiality and insincerity are all associated with the condition.

Harriet Agerholm: Freelance journalist, writes for @Independent, @Guardian, @Dazed and others.

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The TPP is Dead: The People Defeat Transnational Corporate Power

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The defeat of the TPP is a tremendous victory that should propel us forward. It shows organized people have power even in the US oligarchy. We need to build on this power, continue our unity as a movement of movements and demand that the people's agenda becomes the political agenda, not the agenda of big business and the wealthy oligarchs. It is time for people power to rule. We still have a lot of work to do, but we should celebrate this great victory and move to set a people's agenda for the United States.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers,  OpEdNews <http://www.opednews.com>


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11/11/2016 | The Obama administration faced reality on Friday when they recognized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would not be ratified by this Congress. The TPP is dead.

How did people power win?

We have worked to stop the TPP and other Obama trade agreements for more than five years. We were part of the 'movement of movements', the largest coalition ever opposing a corporate trade agreement, which stopped it. It included all sorts of activists who work on human rights, worker rights, the environment, climate change, Internet freedom, health care, food safety and more.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance <PopularResistance.org>, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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A Region That Sees Racism as a Threat to Its Economy

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Downtown Minneapolis, MN Jim Mone / AP

  • If cities and states don’t start implementing policies with these racial barriers in mind, the fears of the Twin Cities’ regional planners—higher rates of poverty and lower rates of homeownership—could persist across the country.
  • Related: City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage

Alexia Fernandez Campbell, the Atlantic

Oct 26, 2016 | For decades, Minneapolis has been heralded as an American success story: The Twin Cities area is home to one of the largest concentrations of Fortune-500-company headquarters, and, relative to other large American cities, has low unemployment, little poverty, and plenty of affordable housing. Much of the prosperity, which has been called “The Minnesota Miracle,” has been attributed an unusual approach to sharing tax revenues between rich and poor communities in the region.

But two years ago, an uncomfortable reality came to light: The Metropolitan Council, a regional planning council, began analyzing Census data and discovered that the Twin Cities metro area is hardly a land of opportunity for everyone. The area had the largest wealth gap, employment gap, and homeownership gap between white residents and people of color among the country’s 25 largest metro areas. Two years after the council’s original report, little has improved, though the employment gap has narrowed a bit.

Alexia Fernandez Campbell is a staff writer at the Atlantic, where she covers immigration and business. She was previously a reporter at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Spanish-language newspaper of The Palm Beach Post.

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  • “You have to not only talk about it, you have to be about it,” she said, “and be willing to go out there and stand and take action.” --lifelong resident, Angela Avent, 36
  • City's failures on North Side are the overlooked outrage
  • Minneapolis Grapples With a Community Being Left Behind

 

What We Need to Understand to Reform Corporate America

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  • It is time to step outside of the establishment. This means organizing groups, including political parties, that are independent of the corporate political machines that control the Republicans and Democrats.
  • It means carrying out acts of sustained civil disobedience. It means disruption.
  • An investment-banker-turned-law-professor and corporate transparency advocate shares his thoughts on what has to happen during the next four years.
  • Related: What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages 
  • Part 1: Part 1: We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It
  • Part 2: What Voters Need to Know About Reforming Corporate America

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: We Must Understand Corporate Power to Fight It

  • It is time to step outside of the establishment. This means organizing groups, including political parties, that are independent of the corporate political machines that control the Republicans and Democrats.
  • It means carrying out acts of sustained civil disobedience. It means disruption.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig / OpEdNews

6/12/2016 | In the winter of 1941, a Jewish gravedigger from Chelmo, the western province of Poland, appeared in Warsaw and desperately sought a meeting with Jewish leaders.

He told them the Nazis were rounding up Jews, including the old, women and children, and forcing them into what looked like tightly sealed buses. The buses had the exhaust pipes redirected into the cabins. The Jews were killed with carbon monoxide. He had helped dig the mass graves for thousands of corpses until he escaped.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society. 

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Part 2: What Voters Need to Know About Reforming Corporate America

  • An investment-banker-turned-law-professor and corporate transparency advocate shares his thoughts on what has to happen during the next four years.
  • Related: What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages 

Kathy Kiely, Moyers & Company 

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Robert J. Jackson Jr. is something of a double agent.

On one hand, with his multiple Ivy League degrees, stints at Oxford, the US Treasury, the now-defunct investment bank Bear Stearns and the blue-chip corporate law firm Wachtell Lipton, it would be hard to find a more perfectly pedigreed member of the nation’s financial elite.

But there is another part Jackson’s curriculum vitae. It’s the part that makes him apologize, more than once in the course of an hour-long conversation, for his “cushy job” as a professor at Columbia University’s law school, where he heads the program on corporate law and policy.

Kathy Kiely, a Washington, DC-based journalist and teacher, has reported and edited national politics for a number of news organizations, including USA TODAY, National Journal, The New York Daily News and The Houston Post. She been involved in the coverage of every presidential campaign since 1980.

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What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages, Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost

  • For Punch co-owners Soranno and John Puckett, however, the decision to raise pay wasn't political. It was simply a strategy to attract and retain quality workers who would, in turn, create a better experience for customers.
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

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