Posts under ‘US & Canada’

China to overtake US economy by 2015: trying to learn from what works

by Michael Burke.

Facts can be a very severe judge. Either economic structures, the models used to explain them and economic policies work, or they don’t. The factual verdict alone can determine who was right, what was successful, what economic system works best. The chart below is reproduced from The Economist. It shows the change in the IMF’s […]

Why is Labour not opposing TTIP which enables multinationals to override democratic laws?

by Michael Meacher.

Last week Parliament debated the Transatlantic Trade and investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated – in secret – between the EU and USA. It was almost universally approved on both sides of the House, with only one Labour and one Tory MP expressing scepticism or opposition. It was argued that it will stimulate trade by […]

The conflict between workers’ rights and “free trade”

by Adrian Weir.

:In his ‘State of the Union’ address in February 2013 President Obama announced that he was opening talks with the European Union with the aim of signing a Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP), in other words a free trade agreement covering two of the world’s largest trading blocs. Although many of the aspects of such […]

Has no one noticed the US-EU trade deal allows multi-nationals to override governments?

by Michael Meacher.

Suppose the fight to win plain-packaged cigarette packets were finally trumped at the last hurdle by British American Tobacco deciding to take the government to court for undermining its tobacco sales, and winning, surely all hell would break loose. But that is exactly what could well happen if the mooted Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership […]

There are big lessons to be learnt from the Iran deal

by Michael Meacher.

The US-Iran agreement, albeit temporary, may well be the diplomatic coup of the decade, or indeed the biggest peaceful shifting of the tectonic plates since the last World War in the most dangerous area on the planet. But it is as well, for future reference, to identify the specific mechanisms which allowed this breakthrough to […]

Why is Blair given a veto over disclosure of his dealings with Bush before Iraq war?

by Michael Meacher.

It is now more than 2 years that the Chilcot inquiry into the origins and management of the Iraq war have been stalled in Whitehall, and it has now emerged that this is because the Chilcot panel has been told they cannot disclose 25 notes which Blair wrote to Bush, plus more than 130 records […]

Watch: Kshama Sawant on why the USA needs socialism

by Newsdesk.

Here, Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant, all but declared the victor in her race for a powerful city council position in Seattle, in her first appearance on US national television. Expect to hear more!

Red scare: could a socialist break through in Seattle?

by Tom King.

Much of the UK coverage of America’s off-year elections has focused on the results coming from the East Coast. The election of a Democrat Mayor of New York (and a pretty left wing one at that) for the first time since 1993. The re-election of New Jersey Governor, and potential GOP presidential candidate, Chris Christie. […]

US-EU deal is next stage of neoliberalism, but not discussed in Parliament

by Michael Meacher.

It says a lot about democratic accountability that the most profound and far-reaching issues are not discussed in Parliament. It was true of the decision in the UK to build the first atomic bomb, it was true of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment in the 2000s which aimed to give the world’s rich countries the […]

Ted Cruz and rational actor theory

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Putting ‘rationality’ and ‘Ted Cruz’ together in the same sentence feels like I’m violating a law of nature. But now the USA has stepped back from the precipice … again, it’s worth looking at “abnormal” and “irrational” forms of social behaviour But I would like to do so through the prism of rational actor theory. On the […]

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