Philip Morris : TTIP: Civil Society Protests Expand Against ‘Undemocratic’ Trade Pact

The European Commission agreed earlier this year to launch a process of public consultation on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). And, since early May, after demonstrations by numerous consumer, environmental protection and labor groups, the TTIP has become a theme debated across society, and criticism of the way the EC and the U.S. government, in close cooperation with corporate lobbyist groups, have managed the secret negotiations is now general. Here is a case when lacking government transparency meet with misunderstanding for trade liberalization. More education needed to inform the public of benefits of trade liberalization. Read more: 

Hacking Case Belies U.S., China’s Love-hate Relationship

The Justice Departments indictment last week of five Chinese military officials charged them with trying to pilfer confidential information from American companies. But even some of the alleged U.S. corporate victims of the hackers have little incentive to cheer any trade rupture with China. China may be trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. businesses, as federal prosecutors allege. Yet for many U.S. companies, China’s vast market remains an irresistible source of business. Read more: 

International Talks Hold Promise on Trade for Iran

Interest in Iran as a destination for business is growing ahead of the latest international talks this month aimed at resolving a deadlock about Tehran’s nuclear programme. If the discussions between the six world powers and Iran progress smoothly, there is potential for sanctions against the country being eased and commercial routes being revived. A comprehensive deal between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, the UK, Germany and France would help to unleash what some observers believe has the potential to become one of the world’s most promising emerging markets. Read more: