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  1. All Rights Reserved: Now We Know the Final TTP is Everything We Feared
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement.
  2. Bypassing Dystopia
    Hope-Filled Challenges to Corporate Rule

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    Joyce Nelson explores global examples of active and creative resistance to the iron grip of corporatism on our economies and imaginations.
  3. 'City of Surveillance': Google-backed smart city sounds like a dystopian nightmare
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    A Google-backed project to build the interconnected, data-driven ‘city of the future’ sounds like all George Orwell’s nightmares come true, and is now in the spotlight after a privacy expert resigned from the project in protest. Toronto’s Waterfront district used to be an industrial wasteland, but Sidewalk Labs – a sister company of Google – wants to turn that wasteland into a prototype ‘city of the future,’ where data helps planners micromanage every aspect of urban life.
  4. Confronting Injustice
    Social Activism in the Age of Individualism

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2016
    Confronting Injustice is a call for collective action against the social causes of poverty and climate change, written by a socialist organizer for activists.
  5. Connexions Library: Imperialism and Colonialism Focus Page
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
  6. Corporate Coercion and the Drive to Eliminate Buying with Cash
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    Consumer freedom and privacy are examined as coercive commercialism quickly moves toward a cashless economy, when all consumers are forced into corporate payment systems from credit/debit cards, mobile phones and perhaps even through facial recognition technology.
  7. Corporate Crime
    Introduction to the April 9, 2016 issue of Other Voices

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Corporations have increasingly become legally unaccountable for their behaviour. All too often corporations break the law and engage in criminal acts which would be severely punished if they were committed by ordinary individuals. These illegal acts range from deliberate health and safety violations that cost lives, to land seizures, to environmental negligence that contaminates lands and waters. Most of these illegal acts are never prosecuted, and those that are, are usually dealt with by a fine that corporations can treat as a cost of doing business.
  8. The Corporation
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2004
    The Corporation explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time.
  9. From an Open Internet, Back to the Dark Ages
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Can anyone still doubt that access to a relatively free and open internet is rapidly coming to an end in the west? In China and other autocratic regimes, leaders have simply bent the internet to their will, censoring content that threatens their rule. But in the "democratic" west, it is being done differently. The state does not have to interfere directly -- it outsources its dirty work to corporations.
  10. Google Is So Big, It Is Now Shaping Policy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic. And It's Screwing It Up.
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    A snap decision by Google has begun to reshape the drug treatment industry, tilting the playing field toward large conglomerates-- the precise opposite outcome Google had hoped to achieve.
  11. Google wants to run cities without being elected. Don't let it
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    A new initiative will see Alphabet – the parent company of Google – take charge of redeveloping a waterfront district in Toronto. Here's why that's troubling.
  12. JournalismSources.com
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2017
    A portal featuring news, articles, and resources about journalism, press freedom, free speech, censorship and related topics. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make it possible to find additional resources and information.
  13. Leaked TTIP papers reveal 100% corporate sellout
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Secret documents leaked to Greenpeace from the EU-US TTIP negotiations show that environmental protection, climate change mitigation, consumer protection, public health and sustainability are sacrificed throughout to corporate profit and commercial interests.
  14. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - January 30, 2016
    Conflict of interest

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2016
    This issue of Other Voices shines a light on the murky world of conflict of interest, the hidden reality that often underlies appearances of neutrality, objectivity, and due process. Conflicts of interest are inherent in capitalism, a system founded on the premise that the state and society should be subordinated to economic self-interest and the accumulation of private wealth. Scientists who are supposed to be studying the effects of GMOs are funded by agribusiness corporations. Doctors who receive money from pharmaceutical companies write articles promoting the drugs produced by those companies. Decisions about pipelines are made by regulators who have spent years working in the oil industry, and who will be heading back to jobs in the industry after their stint 'regulating' it. Politicians receive campaign funds from corporate lobbyists.
  15. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 1, 2017
    April 1 issue

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2017
    Other Voices always strives to present you with alternative views on important topics. This issue offers some really alternative perspectives and even some "alternative facts." As always, read critically - and enjoy.
  16. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 21, 2018
    Their Interent or Ours?

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2018
    The Internet, which was at one time a free and open space for sharing information and ideas, has been privatized and twisted to serve the profit-making agenda of huge corporations, working hand-in-glove with governments which want to suppress opposition and alternatives. What can we do about it? Is it our Internet or theirs?
  17. Secrecy and Power
    Introduction to the July 22, 2017 issue of Other Voices

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    It is one of the essential attributes of power that it insists on secrecy. Or, more precisely, those who wield power over others routinely claim that the details of what they do, and why they do it, are far too sensitive to be revealed to the public.
  18. Sports and Politics
    Introduction to the August 13, 2016 issue of Other Voices

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Sports in general, and the Olympics in particular, have never been free of politics. Allegations of bribery and cheating had already been part of the Olympics for centuries before that noteworthy day in 67 AD when the judges proclaimed the Emperor Nero winner of the Olympic chariot race even though he had been thrown from his chariot and failed to complete the race.
  19. Their Internet or Ours?
    Introduction to the April 21, 2018 issue of Other Voices

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    What happened to the Internet? The Internet, which was at one time a free and open space for sharing information and ideas, has been privatized and twisted to serve the profit-making agenda of huge corporations, working hand-in-glove with governments which want to suppress opposition and alternatives. What can we do about it? Is it our Internet or theirs?
  20. Third World Minerals and Global Pricing
    A New Theory

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1989
    This study examines the distribution of the enormous wealth inherent in the Third World's mineral resources. Dr. Nwoke criticizes the bargaining model usually used to explain relations between global corporations and Third World governments. Instead, he develops the theory of ground rent to argue that today's mineral crisis lies in the struggle between Western mining companies and the Third World over which side can appropriate the most "rent" from international mining.
  21. TPP Trade Pact Would Give Wall Street a Trump Card to Block Regulations
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Banks and other financial institutions would be able to use provisions in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership to block new regulations that cut into their profits, according to the text of the trade pact released this week.
  22. Trade agreements and the corporate war on democracy
    Introduction to the November 7, 2015 issue of Other Voices

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiated in secret, and now scheduled to be rubber-stamped by national governments on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, is best understood as a major milestone in the long-term war waged by the corporate elite against any form of democracy. It gives corporations the power to block any environmental protections or health and safety legislation that could be interpreted as interfering with a corporation's 'right' to make a profit by doing whatever it wants.
  23. We're not having it! $15bn KXL lawsuit shows what's wrong with 'trade deals'
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    TransCanada has just made a big mistake by bringing its $15 billion lawsuit against the US government for refusing the Keystone XL pipeline, writes Sam Cossar-Gilbert. The move has exposed the real nature of 'trade deals' like TTIP and TPP - and why all democrats must rally to defeat them.
  24. 'Worse Than We Thought': TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    On issues ranging from climate change to food safety, from open Internet to access to medicines, the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) is a disaster.
  25. Yes Men punk TPP and US Trade Ambassador with fake "Corporate Power Tool Award"
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    US Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk was in Dallas to kick off a corporate power-event to drum up support for the foundering, secretive Transpacific Partnership, a secret treaty that builds on the work of ACTA to establishing punishing copyright laws that include mandatory surveillance and censorship. The Yes Men crashed the gala, taking the podium to present Kirk with a "Corporate Power Tool Award."

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