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White House/Pete Souza

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



Switzerland Votes to Narrow Immigration Pipeline From EU Countries

That old saw about Swiss independence could in part explain Switzerland’s vote, held Sunday, in favor of tightening restrictions on immigration into the country from European Union member nations.

Posted on Feb 9, 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



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Three Reasons the TPP Is Bad for the Environment

The Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Wildlife Fund have examined the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement leaked by WikiLeaks and determined that the draft could have some devastating environmental consequences.

Posted on Jan 15, 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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U.S. Pushing New Treaties at Expense of National Sovereignty

Being negotiated right now are American-sponsored corporate efforts to alter trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific international trade relations through new agreements that undermine or effectively nullify many countries’ existing national legislation on health, environment, pricing, food safety and other issues.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



Raymond Larose (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe

Some 8,000 bridges around the country are “structurally deficient,” and a battered federal budget, sequestration and Washington gridlock make it unlikely they’ll be repaired soon.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE


Free-Trade Valentine

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Posted on Feb 15, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Welcome to the Club: Russia Joins the WTO

For motives that are not entirely clear, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has overcome stiff opposition at home and in the United States to take its place in the World Trade Organization.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Shannon Stapleton

Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



Jonathan Kos-Read (CC-BY-ND)

Cheering for the Chinese

Even the briefest acquaintance with this smoggy, sprawling capital is basis enough to conclude that much of the campaign rhetoric we’re hearing about China is unrealistic, dishonest or just dumb.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Lars Christopher Nøttaasen (CC-BY)

How China Has Benefited From America’s Hostility to Iran

Truthdig contributor and former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando argues that China has cleverly exploited poor relations between Tehran and Washington, to the point that the Middle Kingdom now imports more oil and gas from Iran than the U.S. does from Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / washington_area_spark

Unions and Inequality by the Numbers

The precise effects of the broad deunionization of the American workforce since the 1970s are difficult to quantify, but a recent paper from the American Sociological Review has made an effort anyway. The study found that in addition to raising the income of union laborers ... (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Vahid Salemi

Swiss Cheese Sanctions

Like a piece of Swiss cheese, U.S. sanction policy is riddled with holes, according to reports. A former Treasury official claims licenses to trade with blacklisted countries such as Iran have been doled out to the tune of billions of dollars in profits, all at the behest of lobbying groups.

Posted on Dec 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Vinoth Chandar (CC-BY)

China vs. the House of Representatives

Although the measure has almost no chance of passing the Senate, the House voted 348-79 to give President Obama the power to put tariffs on all Chinese imports. The legislative hissy fit is clearly intended to sate economically vulnerable voters who view China as a jobs threat.

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Food Prices Skyrocket in Beleaguered Kyrgyzstan

It’s been a rough year for Kyrgyzstan. There was the uprising in April that saw a new government take charge, followed by violent ethnic clashes in June, then by a mass flight of refugees. And now it culminates with food scarcity and soaring prices that affect a quarter of the population amid a broken trade and supply network.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


The Neoliberal Bait and Switch

Thirty years into the neoliberal experiment, the Great Recession is exposing the flaws of the Washington Consensus.

Posted on Sep 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hasan Sarbakhshian

And Now, Even More Sanctions Against Iran

The Iranian government is apparently of the opinion that sanctions are not “an effective tool,” particularly when those sanctions are imposed against Iran from elsewhere in the world, such as the more stringent ones that the European Union just adopted, for example.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE


China and Taiwan
AP

The Chinese Aren’t Coming

Peace has descended on the most contentious point of conflict between East and West for the past six decades—but don’t expect the folks at the Pentagon or their military contractors to celebrate.

Posted on Jun 29, 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


Why We Fight the Tire War With China

We are warned it is dangerously protectionist to enforce existing trade laws against China’s cheap tire surge, but Obama is obligated to do so—and for good reason.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
.everythingcuba.com

U.S. Opening More Commerce Channels With Cuba

The Obama administration is relaxing some of the restrictions on travel to and business with Cuba, launching a new initiative that will allow American telecom companies to set up cell phone and other services on the island nation.

Posted on Apr 13, 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


Gary Locke
seattlepi.nwsource.com

Obama Takes Another Crack at Commerce

Fourth time’s the charm? Barack Obama’s two official picks to serve as commerce secretary both had to drop out. Another candidate withdrew her name before it was ever announced. Now the president is reported to have offered the job to former Washington Gov. Gary Locke. So who is he?

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza Flowers
European Pressphoto Agency / Abed Rahim Khatib

Israel Opens Gaza Border ... for Flowers

In probably the least appropriate metaphor for relations between Israel and Palestine, Israel has allowed, for the first time in a year, Gazan flower companies to export 25,000 carnations to Europe in time for Valentine’s Day, though the volume pales in comparison to previous annual exports of 60 million flowers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / José Cruz / ABr

WTO Chief: ‘Peace in Danger’

The global economic meltdown reminds World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy of the 1930s, but, he says, “The crisis today is spreading even faster ... and affects more countries at the same time.” That could lead to political unrest of the scale that produces world wars.

Posted on Feb 8, 2009 READ MORE



amazon.com

Andrew Nagorski on the Bolsheviks’ Crimes

There was a time when Russia was an economic power on the rise. Sean McMeekin’s new book, “History’s Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks,” explains what nipped that growth in the bud.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 READ MORE


Our Cuba Policy: A Failure at 50

President-elect Obama will have more urgent matters to deal with after he takes the oath of office. But somewhere on his long to-do list, he should make a note to finally bring five decades of counterproductive American policy toward Cuba to a definitive end.

Posted on Jan 1, 2009 READ MORE


Our Dear Leader

Judging by the proliferation of capital letters in the e-mail correspondence I receive, many seem worried that Barack Obama may not deliver the promised “change we can believe in.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE


Will Obama Wave Bayh-Bye to the White House?

If you believe the chatter, Barack Obama is desperately seeking a white guy—any white guy—to be his running mate. Hopefully, he doesn’t choose Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, whose only major accomplishment is helping to bend his party to the will of corporations.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008 READ MORE


Hong Kong Protest WTO
flickr.com

Second Wind for WTO Talks?

While supporters of the much troubled Doha Round of the World Trade Organization believe talks may have found their second wind, only the world’s largest economies seem to be breathing. The form of capitalism supported by these countries is resisted by poorer nations, which rightly fear WTO deregulations would disproportionately benefit the wealthy.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


Haitian Children At Well
picasaweb / gohaitimission

U.S. Withholds Loans in Water-Starved Haiti

The U.S. is under heavy criticism by human rights groups for withholding funds for clean water projects in Haiti as leverage for U.S.-led political reform in the country. A total of $54 million in loans to Haitians—70 percent of whom already lack daily access to potable water—is being delayed.

Posted on Jun 25, 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


homes for sale
Flickr / caswell_tom

Democratic Voters Agree: Bail Us Out

According to a new L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll, the vast majority of Democratic voters in the next three primary battlegrounds want the government to bail out struggling homeowners. Most don’t seem to care that the Fed rescued Bear Stearns; they just want the same treatment.

Posted on Apr 16, 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


Monopoly Money

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Posted on Nov 11, 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


Powell: We’ve Got ‘Em by the Tail

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Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


Why Fight It?

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Posted on Dec 30, 2006 READ MORE


Bush and Singh
npr.org

Bush OKs Nuke Deal With India

At a time when the U.S. is desperate to contain nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran, President Bush has signed off on legislation that allows for nuclear trade with India, a nation that refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The deal squares with this administration’s nuclear policy, which has been at its best inconsistent and at its worst catastrophically negligent.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


911 collage

9/11 Video Tribute

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we have assembled a collection of the most memorable and compelling footage related to that day—some of it iconic and unforgettable, like the images of the planes crashing into the towers, some of it more below the radar, like Jon Stewart’s first show after the attacks.

Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


911 collage

9/11 Video Tribute

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we have assembled a collection of the most memorable and compelling footage related to that day—some of it iconic and unforgettable, like the images of the planes crashing into the towers, some of it more below the radar, like Jon Stewart’s first show after the attacks.

Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: The Smoldering Legacy of the World Trade Center

After five years, we must ask: How did the path from Ground Zero somehow lead us to Abu Ghraib? Where did the elemental goodness that inspired us in those first days and weeks after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon go?

Posted on Sep 6, 2006 READ MORE


Europe Is Called Lax in Fight Against Child Trafficking

A report by UNICEF and Terre des Hommes says Europe is not doing enough to address child trafficking, with thousands of children smuggled into Western Europe annually to become sex workers and slaves.

Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


Cage in World Trade Center
imdb.com

?World Trade Center? Shuns Politics, Controversy

The N.Y. Times says “World Trade Center” marks a departure for filmmaker Oliver Stone in that the movie has no hint of a political agenda. It’s a “harrowing return to a singular, disastrous episode in the recent past and a refuge from the ugly, depressing realities of its aftermath.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


DeLay and Abramoff’s ‘Made in the USA’: Shame, Shame, Shame

Listen to an excellent NPR Weekend Edition story revisiting the Jack Abramoff-Tom DeLay connection to the slave trade, forced abortions, forced prostitution happening in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. DeLay called industry on the islands a “shining light of the Republican Party” during one of many “fact-finding missions” to the region.

Posted on Jun 17, 2006 READ MORE


Zacarias Moussaoui
From terrorismcentral.com

Moussaoui Gets Life for 9/11 Role

The so-called 12th hijacker escaped the death penalty and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


Chris Abani
Zuade Kaufman

In Conversation with author Chris Abani

The acclaimed novelist and poet, who escaped from imprisonment and torture in his native Nigeria, discusses his new novella about child prostitution and sex trafficking.

Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Gives a Thumbs Up
From CNN.com

Stop the Presses! Bush Reads a Newspaper!

The famously anti-intellectual president tells reporters: ” ... I read the front page and I know the speculation. But I’m the decider and I decide what’s best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.” (Via Huff Po.)
“I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best”... someone call Jacob Weisberg to update his “Bushisms” book.

Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


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