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NAFTA Partners Meet to Negotiate TPP Deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is like NAFTA on steroids, so it makes some sense that Canada, the United States and Mexico hope to fix the old, ostensibly bad trade deal with another, bigger one.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



People Pressure Is Making Fast Tracking the TPP Politically Toxic

After four years of secret negotiations with more than 600 corporate advisers, the once seemingly invincible trade bill—the largest in history, covering 40% of the world’s economy—looks very much like it can be defeated.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Ivan Pierre Aguirre

After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico’s Economy in Ruins

Twenty years ago, on Jan. 1, 1994, a trade deal championed by Democratic President Bill Clinton went into effect. The North American Free Trade Agreement was meant to integrate the economies of the United States, Canada and Mexico by breaking down trade barriers among them, creating jobs and closing the wage gap between the U.S. and Mexico.

Posted on Jan 9, 2014 READ MORE



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As NAFTA Nears 20 and the TPP Nears Birth, the Middle Class Nears Death

As a look at NAFTA’s track record shows, the only beneficiaries from the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership are global corporations. So why is a former community organizer like Barack Obama so hot for trade deals that destroy communities? Easy: He’s living in a new neighborhood now.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Quebec Fracking Ban Lawsuit Shows Perils of Free Trade Deals

If you read our latest Truthdigger column, you know that certain existing and potential future international trade deals allow private corporations to sue governments for profits they claim to have lost as a result of a nation’s laws. Here’s an example of such a suit currently filed against Canada.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



Democracy Now!

Truthdigger of the Week: Lori Wallach

This critic of globalization is one of the few voices trying to alert the public to a secretive, ongoing effort to create a legal means for corporations to attack and subvert government.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE


Democracy: The Only Threat to the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an international trade agreement that would allow corporations operating in any country to appeal to a global tribunal to sue governments for financial “damages” wrought by laws that regulate the firms’ activities.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women make less than men (still), and a jury convicts the Irvine 11.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE


Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women still earn less than men, and a jury convicts the Irvine 11. Pictured above, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE


U.S. & Latin America

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AP / Mark Lennihan

The Tea Party and Goldman Sachs: A Love Story

Face it. We live in two nations, sharply divided by an enormous economic chasm between the super-rich and everyone else. This should be an obvious fact of life for most Americans.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Some Factory Jobs Return, Paying a Whole Lot Less

Unemployed American workers are glad to see factory jobs returning, but they’re finding that the pay is drastically lower now, the result of a global race to the bottom for cheap labor. (more)

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE



Scott Tucker

May Day: A Festival of Solidarity

This year, the May Day march in Los Angeles was notably smaller than in recent years, but still lively and militant. The year-by-year count of May Day marchers can never be an exact science, but the history of labor is full of surprises.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE



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U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Spells Continued Job Loss, Study Predicts

An Economic Policy Institute report released Tuesday confirms that a ballooning U.S.-Mexico trade deficit has cost hundreds of thousands of American jobs, and predicts more of the same when the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement comes into force.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
AP / David J. Phillip

Clinton Trotted Out to Back Tax Deal

Former President Bill Clinton, the Democrat who brought you such miracles as welfare reform, NAFTA and “don’t ask, don’t tell,”  has jumped into the fray over the tax cut deal, adding his support to the compromise worked out by President Obama with the Republicans. “I don’t believe there is a better deal out there,” Clinton said.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 READ MORE


Bill Clinton
Flickr / Chris Denbow (CC-BY)

Clinton’s Contrition

Whereas former presidents typically devote their retirements to history-revising legacy preservation, Bill Clinton is laudably doing the opposite—and the nation will, hopefully, benefit.

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


We Are What We Trade and How We Trade It

The rules governing what we buy and sell are now playing such a decisive role in almost every major policy that we ignore them at our peril.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Mexican Truckz
washingtontimes.com

Bill Puts Brakes on Mexican Trucks

President Obama’s $410 billion spending bill may paradoxically end funding for a cross-border trucking program between Mexico and the U.S. Critics of the program cite safety issues around Mexican trucks, while Mexican officials decry protectionism as policies surrounding the NAFTA trade agreement continue to fall apart.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


Mexico Security
nytimes.com / Adriana Zehbrauskas

Mexican Drug Wars Claim 5,000 Lives in 2008

It’s been a creeping tragedy that has escaped serious attention by many major media outlets, but the recurring waves of drug violence in Mexico have taken the lives of about 5,000 people in 2008. In response, the Mexican government has deployed more than 40,000 troops, though corruption within the state’s security forces remains a grave problem.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


Countering Race With Class

In our us-versus-them culture, every political campaign is a battle to define who exactly the “us” and “them” are. At their most effective, Democrats parry by defining the “us” as the majority of working people, and the “them” as the tiny group of plutocrats who control the country.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
nara.gov

Clinton Documents Land With a Thud

Journalists have been poring over the 11,000 or so pages of Hillary Clinton’s White House public schedules, just released by the National Archives and the Clinton Library. So far, they haven’t found much worth reporting.

Posted on Mar 20, 2008 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘Lay Off Nader’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in the Philadelphia Inquirer that Ralph Nader may not win, but “[h]e is the only candidate who has not lined his pockets with tens of millions of dollars of corporate campaign money, [not] talked out of both sides of his mouth about the war in Iraq, NAFTA and health care, and has dedicated his life to battling the corporations who make war on working men and women.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Hope in the Time of NAFTA

Reading articles about Hillary Clinton attacking NAFTA can lead you to believe The Onion has taken over America’s news bureaus.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Obama in Texas
AP photo / Rick Bowmer

Obama Gets Grilled

Perhaps responding to accusations made by pundits and politicians that Barack Obama has been given kid-glove treatment by the media, reporters at a San Antonio, Texas, press conference made sure they didn’t invite similar criticism Monday night.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


hillary and barack
thepage.time.com

Twenty Debates Later

There have been 20 debates between the Democratic candidates, three featuring only Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and if this final confrontation had any game-changing potential, the opportunity has come and passed. There were a few tense moments, to be sure, but no gaffes, no inappropriate sighs to puzzle over, just two people who claim to like each other and largely agree on everything.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE



factcheck.org

The Mail War

Hillary Clinton was so irked by a couple of Barack Obama campaign mailers that a few days ago she publicly scolded him and said “every Democrat should be outraged.” Clinton herself has been accused of sending misleading mailers to voters, including one that went out shortly after her now infamous “shame on you” news conference. For inundated Ohioans, it’s a question of whom to trust. Updated.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


A Trade Transformation

When it came to sex, Bill Clinton made us debate the definition of “is.” Now, when it comes to economics, Hillary Clinton wants to debate the definition of “long,” claiming this week in Ohio that “I’ve long been a critic of the shortcomings of NAFTA.”

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Was Ross Perot Right?

“Ross Perot was fiercely against NAFTA. Knowing what we know now, was Ross Perot right?” It was a straightforward query about a Clinton administration trade policy that polls show the public now hates, and it was appropriately directed to a candidate who has previously praised NAFTA.

Posted on Nov 22, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush and Bill Clinton
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

‘Giving’ and Taking

Bill Clinton has written a new book about charity, a fitting subject for a president who betrayed the poor and led his party into the arms of corporate America.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Trading Secrets

The Democratic Party leadership is stabbing its base in the back with secret “free trade” deals made behind closed doors with the White House. Now congressional Democrats may be on the verge of a significant split.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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