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2013 Annual Report of the Government of the United States of America for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights Initiative

Categories: Business/Economics,Civil/Human Rights,Foreign Affairs,Geology/Mining,Treaties

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/vprpt/2013/224673.htm

Describes U.S. activities over the past year to implement the principles created to minimize human rights risks associated with extractive minerals activities by a group of countries, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.  The voluntary principles are considered a benchmark for responsible business practice in the most challenging environments.  From the State Department

 

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/148/18136.pdf

 

Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice

 

U.S.-Vietnam Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress

Categories: Arms Control,Civil/Human Rights,Energy,Nuclear Energy,Treaties,Vietnam

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R43433.pdf

Describes the provisions of the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement, signed by the two countries in December 2013, and the issues of potential controversy when Congress reviews the treaty including nonproliferation and human rights. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2014 Trade Policy Agenda and 2013 Annual Report

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Statistics,Treaties

http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/reports-and-publications/2014-0

Describes how the administration plans to use policy tools to expand trade and support economic growth.  Also covers the World Trade Organization initiatives, bilateral and regional negotiations/agreements, and trade enforcement activities.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R43387.pdf

Reviews the progress made since announcement of the plans to negotiate a U.S.-EU free trade agreement in February 2013, and the controversial issues that remain to be settled.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

EU – U.S. Economic Ties: Framework, Scope, and Magnitude

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL30608.pdf

Discusses the magnitude of current economic ties between the U.S. and the European Union and the prospects of closer ties through approval of a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S.-Japan Economic Relations: Significance, Prospects, and Policy Options

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Japan,Treaties

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RL32649.pdf

Includes an overview of U.S. – Japanese economic trends, bilateral trade issues between the two countries, and prospects for strengthening economic ties. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Issues in the U.S. Ratification Debate

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Civil/Human Rights,Disability,Marriage/Family,Treaties,United Nations

http://mspbwatcharchive.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/20131031_the-united-nations-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-issues-in-the-u-s-ratification-debate.pdf

Discusses areas of debate over whether the U.S. should join 138 other countries in ratifying the UN CRPD treaty.  Areas of debate include alleged loss of U.S. sovereignty, parental rights, and the issue of abortion.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Merit Systems Protection Board

 

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