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Services Trade and the Uruguay Round: An Issue Overview (December 5, 1995 CRS 95-1169)

"The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which went into effect on January 1, 1995, is a significant achievement, but only a first step on the road to liberalization of services barriers. For the first time, legally enforceable multilateral rules and principles for services trade are part of the international trading system. At the same time, the immediate elimination or reduction of barriers to services transactions was much less than desired by many. The GATS, however, includes provisions for future negotiations to liberalize trade. The Congress will have an important consultation role in these negotiations. If agreements are achieved, legislation may be necessary to implement them."

A/RES/44/232. Trends in the transfer of resources to and from the developing countries and their impact on the economic growth and sustained development of those countries

Note Paragraph F, which refers to the meeting in Punta Del Este, Uruguay that established the process that led to the creation of the WTO and begun a "standstill" during which time Member nations were to stop making regulations of any kind which impeded this goal (thats how they frame the expansion or especially creation of what we call public services.) So after that point, we were legally bound not to create a public healthcare system, a problem that continues to this day. So, all around the world, often politicians promising changes that are blocked by these treaties. Instead, a great many countries including (especially) the US and the other countries that made commitments in those areas are bound.

GATS and Congress

These are the services that are regulated by GATS. "Health insurance" and many more. "These are the hot button issues of our time".

PharmaMyths.net

The drug pricing policy web site of pricing expert Donald W. Light.

What is FastTrack

by Maine Fair Trade Campaign - What Fast Track is is DANGER, because IMHO these deals are a scam, that no legislator or member of the electorate in their right mind would ever vote for.

Opposition in International Law – Alternativity and Revisibility as Elements of a Legitimacy Concept for Public International Law - by ISABELLE LEY

As international law is widening in regulatory scope and intensity, it arguably suffers from a legitimacy deficit. This article conceives of this deficit as a deficit in possibilities to politicize, criticize, and contest international law-making proposals in the way a loyal opposition does in a domestic constitutional context: through the representation of relevant societal interests, the voicing of critique, and the safeguarding of alternative proposals for the future. The author of this article tries to bring together the current debate in political theory on the value of legitimate disagreement and dissent in political institutions and the ongoing discussion on the legitimacy of international law. Therefore, a concept of an institutionalized opposition for international law-making processes is developed, referencing authors such as Hannah Arendt and Claude Lefort. Next, the author analyses whether one can already find instances of an institutionalized opposition in international law – in parliamentary assemblies and in international agreements which are designed to present a legal–political counterweight to specific legal concepts and institutions.

The Good Cop, Bad Cop Negotiation Strategy

The good cop, bad cop negotiation strategy is common in sales negotiations and other competitive contexts. Learn to identify and defuse this persuasion ploy when it’s tried on you.

Good cop/bad cop

"Good cop/bad cop" routine, also called joint questioning or friend and foe, is a psychological tactic used in negotiation and interrogation. "Good cop/bad cop" tactics involve a team of two interrogators who take apparently opposing approaches to the subject. The interrogators may interview the subject alternately or may confront the subject at the same time.

US involvement in India demonetization - Big US companies behind the Indian "cashless cities " movement.

One worry I have though is, what happens if there is a strong solar storm, which could wipe out the energy grid and also, telecommunications for some time. (possibly years, as transformers that carry electricity are expensive, manufacturing capacity is limited, and they are difficult to replace) Another risk is multiple nuclear meltdowns due to loss of the ultimate heatsink. Cashless could mean no way to purchase food for an extended period of time.