European election observers criticized that millions of voters are excluded from the process and that local laws help suppress the vote. The election itself, however, was run cleanly with just some glitches.
Just a few weeks ago, the two massive trade deals President Barack Obama wants to complete before leaving office looked to be in trouble. But in politics, never count out anything on the wish list of multinational corporations.
Former Senator Bob Graham has spent 15 years searching for the real story behind 9/11. Both the Bush and Obama administrations have done everything to block him.
The US offers safe havens to criminals using secret shell companies. Recent scandals are pushing Congress to act, but reforms are opposed by lawyers and by the states that profit from selling secrecy.
While trade negotiators insist TTIP talks will continue as planned, critics of the deal are pushing for a change in direction.
TTIP’s fate remains unclear, but the EU continues to press for changes that could harm local governments and drug safety in the US.
Can one of the Administration’s top officials — the person who defends its trade secrets — also serve as its “Transparency Officer?” Openness advocates don’t think so.
Leaked trade document alarms public health, consumer and environmental activists on both sides of the Atlantic. Document shocks the conscience, says one.