Tag: World – Americas

Identity and change themes in Latin American forum

Press Release – Massey University Latin Americas colonial legacies and the impact of neoliberalism as well as food, football, film and feminism are among topics at conference of Latin American scholarship at Massey Universitys Auckland campus next week.Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Identity and change themes in Latin American forum Latin America’s colonial legacies and the impact of neoliberalism as well as food, football, film and feminism are among topics at conference of Latin American scholarship at Massey University’s Auckland campus next week. Topics close to home include the effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, indigenous tourism comparisons between Māori and the Mapuche people of Chile and how Spanish-speaking families in New Zealand nurture their language. Titled Transforming Legacies, the July 3-5 conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA), organised by Massey’s Spanish Language Programme and supported by the embassies of Spain, Argentina and Mexico, covers a diverse range of critical contemporary research on Latin America issues and influences. Scholars from across Latin America, the United States, Australia and New Zealand will attend. ‘Melting pot’ or ‘coat of many colours’ in Latin America? Keynote speaker Professor Saul Sosnowski, Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland, will discuss whether a ‘melting pot’ or ‘a coat of many colours’ best defines the diversity of modern societies in his talk Balancing...

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The Failed Cruz-Kasich Pact: Trump and GOP Desperation

Article – Binoy Kampmark Having Trump as a candidate for the GOP presidential run may look bad. Having a pact against him within the Republican movement designed to quash his chances to get the nomination looks even worse. It reeks of backroom deals, frustrated officials and … The Failed Cruz-Kasich Pact: Donald Trump and GOP Desperation Binoy Kampmark “As far as I am concerned it’s over.” Donald Trump, Apr 26, 2016 Having Trump as a candidate for the GOP presidential run may look bad. Having a pact against him within the Republican movement designed to quash his chances to get the nomination looks even worse. It reeks of backroom deals, frustrated officials and failed prospects. Most of all, it is the very sort of thing that might add fuel to the fire of Trump’s campaign, which was emboldened by Tuesday’s victories in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland and Delaware. Trump edges ever closer to the 1,237 delegates needed for a first-ballot triumph at the July convention. Other GOP contenders continued to look on with worry Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich of Ohio were clearly not thinking things through when they got together to announce the latest ploy from the GOP strategy room. For one, Cruz was never one to take Kasich too seriously, seeing himself as the naturally anointed, and feeling that Kasich’s stubbornness simply made the...

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Peru signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in NZ

Press Release – Government of Peru Thursday 4 February 2016 Press Release Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva has signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in New Zealand’s city of Auckland today along with her counterparts from 11 Pacific countries. The …Peru signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in NZ Thursday 4 February 2016 Press Release Peru’s Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva has signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in New Zealand’s city of Auckland today along with her counterparts from 11 Pacific countries. The agreement is set to benefit the export sector and contribute to turning Peru into an important investment market for the Asia-Pacific area, being allowed to export goods with all the TPP advantages Peruvian Minister Magali Silva said “This is the first time a treaty of this magnitude is putting special emphasis in social policies, which will multiply the opportunities for small and medium companies and therefore improve people’s lives”. The Minister added that “through the TPP alliance we are getting access to five new countries and this will generate stronger economic growth and create more jobs for Peruvians”. The countries participating in the agreement are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, United States, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam and Peru. Now that the agreement was signed, there is a stance of ratification, in most cases through the Parliament like Peru. There...

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TPP casino signing gambles with our future

Press Release – Council of Canadians OTTAWA Trade ministers from 12 nations have chosen a casino and convention centre for the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), leading to criticism from fair trade advocates like the Council of Canadians that governments are gambling …TPP casino signing gambles with our future OTTAWA – Trade ministers from 12 nations have chosen a casino and convention centre for the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), leading to criticism from fair trade advocates like the Council of Canadians that governments are gambling with their citizens’ futures. “By signing the TPP, our governments are playing roulette with our environmental protections and social standards,” said Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. “In Canada, we will be doing our part to stop the high rollers behind these deals, the billionaires, from rigging the rules in the interests of a small group of corporations.” The Council of Canadians points out that the TPP is more concerned with protecting corporate rights than with lowering trade barriers. Out of the 30 chapters in the TPP, only two focus on tariff elimination and six deal with traditional trade issues. Further concerns with the TPP include: • The TPP is a bad bet on jobs: According to a study by Tufts University, the TPP could result in 58,000 jobs lost in Canada. The auto industry has also been...

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Desperate Key trying to redefine TPPA as law & order issue

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey News that police have been visiting opponents of the TPPA ahead of next weeks signing is the latest step in an orchestrated move by the Prime Minister to try to redefine the signing of the hugely unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement …28 January 2016 Desperate Key govt trying to redefine TPPA as law and order issue ‘News that police have been visiting opponents of the TPPA ahead of next week’s signing is the latest step in an orchestrated move by the Prime Minister to try to redefine the signing of the hugely unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) as a law and order issue’, said long-time TPPA critic Professor Jane Kelsey. ‘Presumably the National Party’s polling shows they can claw back some of their support base if they can demonise the opposition to the TPPA and divert attention from the substantive issues of affordable medicines, privileged rights for foreign investors, democracy and sovereignty.’ Professor Kelsey observed the parallels to Muldoon’s strategy during the 1981 Springbok tour. ‘The choice of Sky City as the venue was the first step. Then the media ran a conveniently planted story that police were doing riot training using the TPPA signing as their scenario. Now we have police visits to people labelled as anti-TPPA activists. By the time of the signing, National will hope the law and order threat is...

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