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Trade Enforcement Failure

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

President after president has promised that the U.S. will compel foreign nations to meet labor standards established in free-trade agreements. They haven't. They probably can't. And American workers and politicians should stop buying it. The U.S. can sign trade agreements with countries after they stop murdering trade unionists and countenancing child labor.

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Pushes Back Against Environmentalist Trade Critics | Zach Carter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Wednesday released a report documenting its efforts to protect the environment through trade enforcement, th...

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Concealing potentially job-killing trade schemes from the American public thwarts democracy. Rushing unpopular legislation through Congress before American citizens have an opportunity to review it and tell their elected representatives how they feel about it obstructs democracy.

Fighting Fast Track: Is It Really China or Us?

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

This is not what democracy looks like -- secret trade deals rammed through in record time that guarantee fat corporate profits, but likely result in net job loss and wage competition that leads to pay stagnation in the U.S. for years to come.

Viewpoint From Honduras: CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections

Larry Cohen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Let's end Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which allows multinationals to sue for lost future profits. This means that if Honduras passes new legislation to safeguard the environment from African palm or a higher minimum wage, multinationals that lose profits can sue the government for billions of dollars.

Trade Deals Set Their Sights on Public Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

For much of this decade, Tea Party-backed lawmakers have been at war with public sector employees across the country. They've tried, and in a few cases succeeded, in taking away public servants' ability to collectively bargain. But now the battle is going abroad.

Apparel Industry Profiteers Must Fund Relief for Free Trade Refugees

Francis Calpotura | Posted 11.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Francis Calpotura

Free-trade laws do not hold corporations accountable for negative local impacts, but people are suffering because of CAFTA-DR. The apparel industry, which has profited above all other sectors, has a moral duty to respond.

It Takes Two to Trade

Nelson W. Cunningham | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nelson W. Cunningham

The next four years provide dramatic opportunities for trade liberalization across the Pacific and the Atlantic. Barack Obama will use those opportunities to build a durable bipartisan consensus on trade. Mitt Romney won't.

A Strategic Approach to Hemispheric Trade

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Eric Farnsworth

The real gains from trade for the United States would come from more fully integrating economies, which produce things together in a seamless supply chain for each other and for third countries.

Mining Firm Doubles Up On Law Firms in Quest for Pot of Gold

Sarah Anderson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Business
Sarah Anderson

A Canadian mining company has cleared a major legal hurdle in their quest to exploit gold in El Salvador.

Free Trade Run Amok: The 'TPP'

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Bilateral and thoughtfully constructed 'smallish' regional agreements are always preferable to massive multilateral agreements among widely disparate trading partners.

Banana Republic Legacy Thrives in Today's Latin America

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

The term "banana republic" has become a cliche to describe economic imperialism throughout history, but the legacy of colonialism persists in Latin America today.

Mining Ban: Good for the Grand Canyon, but Not for El Salvador?

Sarah Anderson | Posted 03.12.2012 | Green
Sarah Anderson

We should urge the Obama administration to take an important stand in support of social and environmental stewardship by rewriting our trade rules to put people and the planet first.

Mining for Profits

Sarah Anderson | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Sarah Anderson

The small country of El Salvador has dared to stand up against powerful international gold mining companies. And now they're dealing with the blowback.

Is Herman Cain Any Good on Trade? You Try Figuring It Out

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Maybe Herman Cain, the latest boomlet in the GOP presidential race, will be elected president. Or maybe his 15 minutes of fame have just arrived. Either way, it behooves us to see what he thinks about America's trade mess.

Weekly Diaspora: How Bad U.S.-Latin American Policy Fuels Unauthorized Immigration

The Media Consortium | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Too often, the immigration debate in this country ignores the role U.S. foreign policy plays in fue...

Oh Well, What's a Poor Canadian Corporation to Do?

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

After allowing foreign mining, logging, and agribusiness companies to devastate its landscape for decades, the Salvadorean government has finally put its foot down.

Colombia's Anti-Union Violence Rules out Free Trade Agreement

Ross Eisenbrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ross Eisenbrey

Obama is currently being pressed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and corporate interests to advance a free trade agreement with Colombia that he campaigned against when he ran for president.

Drug War Trumps Free Trade in Colombia

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act is critical if the Obama administration is to maintain its strategic alliance with the world's largest grower of coca leaves.

Let's Have a Red-White-and-Blue Friday

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Something to think about if you're out shopping on Black Friday is that many of the products sold at retail stores were made in China.

Corporate Rewards: Controlling U.S. Trade Policy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that the proposed U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement would cost America 159,000 jobs and enlarge its trade deficit by $16.7 billion in its first seven years.

Melissa Bean, Corporate Voice, Instead of Elizabeth Warren? No Way.

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Tasini

War is peace. Lies are truth. And, now, Melissa Bean is like Elizabeth Warren. That is the instant thought I had when reading about the rumors that th...

Big Insurance, Pharma, Wall Street and John Boehner

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

The man Wall Street wants to make speaker of the House supports raising the retirement age for Social Security. This is just one of the extreme positions John Boehner holds.

CAFTA Attack on Green Policy: Did Obama Need More Reasons to Renegotiate Bush's NAFTA-Style Trade Deals?

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lori Wallach

Wait, weren't we told that those outrageous NAFTA-style foreign investor special privileges had been fixed in CAFTA? So, what's up with the Obama folks now?

A Progressive Candidate Ignored By the Democratic Party

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps it is quixotic to pursue a seat in Congress these days if you are a progressive. I think not. Candidate Dr. David Gill has been chasing that d...