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The Ironies of Opposing TPA, TPP, TTIP and Other Trade Agreements
 
By Bill Reinsch - April 13, 2015

Normally, I'm a big fan of irony. Having spent 20 years on the Hill and nearly eight in the Executive Branch, I've run into a lot and have generally found something to chuckle about each time I've been confronted with one. Currently, however, we are experiencing three ironies which have their amusing aspects but nonetheless threaten our efforts to enact Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and, ultimately, to secure approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreements that are being negotiated.
 
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The Latest in the Parade of the Horribles: ISDS
 
By Bill Reinsch - March 23, 2015

Trade skeptics have recently set their sights on yet another ‘horrible’ in the trade debate – investor-state dispute settlement or ISDS. From politicians to anti-trade activists, there has been much scrutiny of ISDS – a chapter that exists in many bilateral trade and investment agreements to protect investors from unjust action by foreign governments. A good example of the trade opponent’s premise for attacking ISDS is the argument made by Melissa Parke, an Australian Labor politician. It is evident upon examination that Parke is writing a web of half-truths supported by weak evidence. And that’s putting it nicely.
 
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The New Status Quo and U.S.-Cuba Relations
 
By Richard Sawaya, Vice President, USA*Engage - March 11, 2015

 The position of those in high dudgeon about President Obama’s negotiated change of policy with the Cuban regime can be summed up by former Texas governor Rick Perry’s declaration: “We got a bad deal. This administration basically empowered the Castro regime with no thought of the Cuban people.” While this may work as an applause-seeking sound bite, does it stand up to reason?
 
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