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North America Free Trade Agreement


How drug prices could derail new trade pact to replace NAFTA
Democrats in Congress contend that the new pact would force Americans to pay more for prescription drugs, and their argument has dimmed the outlook for one of Trump’s signature causes.
Agribusiness’s secretive plans to unravel food safety and worker protections
Little-known council linked to NAFTA subverts public safety to free trade.
Provision that could raise drug costs emerges as key obstacle to NAFTA approval
Some Democrats in the US, like Canada’s generic drug industry, warn that the new biologics rule would keep drug prices high by requiring citizens to wait longer before they can get their hands on lower-cost similar drugs known as biosimilars.
Eating NAFTA: Trade, food policies, and the destruction of Mexico
In her new book, Alyshia Gálvez exposes how changes in policy following implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have fundamentally altered one of the most basic elements of life in Mexico—food.
More than 70 US health, consumer and other groups demand elimination of NAFTA 2.0 terms that would lock in high US medicine prices
In a letter to Congress, the groups demand that the pact’s giveaways to Big Pharma that would keep medicines unaffordable be removed before the pact is sent to Congress.
NAFTA 2.0: Nothing for workers
A failure to seriously resist NAFTA 2.0’s passage into law in Canada, the US and Mexico will amount to capitulation and the acceptance of an agreement that by design, like the original NAFTA, intrinsically serves the interests of Capital.
Bold farm plans in Mexico offer a ray of hope in 2019
Mexican farmers are on the verge of bold, new plans to completely transform their food and farm system. Will NAFTA 2.0 challenge them?
Our changing food trade landscape
How do new technologies and renegotiated supply management rules affect our food system? And, how do we move past the black/white, good/bad binaries that so often frame debates about trade-related issues?
We can’t afford to let the new NAFTA drive up drug prices
NAFTA 2.0 would effectively tie the US Congress’ hands in the struggle against rising drug prices.
The IP implications of the USMCA: Who needs to do what
The USMCA most closely reflects US IP laws, subjecting the US to almost no revisions of its current domestic intellectual property laws.
An historic opportunity to transform trade when we stop NAFTA II
We can stop NAFTA II and replace corporate trade with a new model that raises working conditions and protects the environment.
A no-go for the US: What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership and why did it fail?
With the US as the centerpiece, the TPP would have given the country a more significant stake in Asia and the Pacific in much the same way as NAFTA did in America.
NAFTA renewed. Now what?
The outcome of the “Trump moment” is likely, for all its protectionist rhetoric, to end up further legitimating free trade.
There’s a hidden cost in Trump’s new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico
Investment treaties with ISDS provisions make it hard to tax foreign firms and worsen human rights and labor practices.
The fossil fuel era is coming to an end, but the lawsuits are just beginning
Westmoreland Coal is suing Canada because it did not receive a transition payment following Alberta’s coal phaseout plan. For the province, coal mining companies have no role to play in the energy transition.
The new NAFTA: A license to discriminate on the basis of sex
Final text weakens and nullifies protections against work discrimination.
Canada looks to sidestep USMCA tripwire in trade talks with China
Sector agreements signed between China and Canada could be rolled into a broader free trade agreement down the road — meaning that sectoral negotiations could lay the groundwork for comprehensive talks.
NAFTA 2.0: US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Chapter 20: pharmaceutical related patent provisions
The Intellectual Property Chapter of the revised NAFTA, rebranded by the Trump Administration USMCA, includes provisions that threaten to undermine critical efforts to­wards affordable health care and medicine.
Trump to notify Congress in ’near future’ he will terminate NAFTA
US President said on he will give formal notice to the US Congress in the near future to terminate NAFTA, giving six months for lawmakers to approve the revamped trade deal.
Future of USMCA could turn on labour rights
It is unrealistic to expect even the most gold-plated labour provisions in FTAs to redress the vast power imbalance between workers and gigantic, internationally mobile corporations.