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Free Trade Agreements

As Latin America Changes, Will the U.S. Policy Debate?

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

Latin America is at its most divided, ideologically and in its economic trajectories. Do we have the intellectual tools and framework to deal with it?

Free Trade Doesn't Work: Interview With Economist Ian Fletcher

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Hughes

Free trade doesn't work, the global economy is a myth and the U.S. has been duped during trade negotiations for the past 40 years according to Ian Fletcher, author of Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace It and Why.

Obama's Choice: Military Quagmires or Economic Opportunities

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

It will take a major effort to reduce American commitments in the Middle East to ensure that the U.S. will succeed in exerting its influence in Asia, where huge economic opportunities await.

Will "Free Trade" Save Obama in 2012?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Despite the tireless efforts of the nation's editorialists, the American people don't believe in free trade agreements, and their failure to take instruction on this point is greater among Republican voters and independents.

Take This Job and... Transform It

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

If we don't transform military jobs into green manufacturing jobs, the US won't simply lose its ranking in the global economy. We will be dragged down by a self-defeating policy: peddling weapons that perpetuate the itch they are meant to scratch.

Jobs & Exports: New Report Highlights Obama Peril with Bush Trade Pacts

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lori Wallach

The growth rate of U.S. exports to the countries with whom we do NOT have Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) has been over double that to U.S. FTA partners....

Economics vs. Fakeonomics

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

We skeptics of free trade are used to being told, "You don't understand economics." But I've noticed something. We are often not really struggling against real economics at all.

U.S. Files Historic Labor Complaint Against Guatemala

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Akito Yoshikane

The United States filed a complaint against Guatemala for failure to enforce labor agreements outlined in a free trade deal with Central American countries, making it the first time the U.S. has brought a case against a trade partner.

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?

Hope for Obama's "Summer of Jobs"

Susan Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Segal

Why are labor groups, decision makers, and Congress stalling on trade agreements that would put Americans back to work, boost our exports, and increase our competitiveness in Latin America and Asia?

Savings Are a Lousy Excuse for America's Trade Deficit

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

It is time for America's ruling circles to stop their endless game of seeking ever more sophisticated ways of pretending that America's trade crisis is something other than what it is: a trade crisis.

Stalled Trade Agreements: Obama Vows To Push Ahead | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Obama, who vowed in his State of the Union address to double American exports over the next five years, said on Wednesday that he would rene...

The Myth of the Global Economy

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Globalization is a catchphrase that doesn't describe current economic or political reality. That the phrase has so many unthinking users -- especially among America's political elite -- is disturbing.

Colombia Retains Position as the Most Dangerous Country in Latin America

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

Colombia was ranked the most violent country in Latin America, and the top 11th most violent country in the world in the 2010.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Could America Repeal NAFTA?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Unbeknownst to most Americans inside and outside the Washington Beltway, free trade is inexorably losing its base of support on Capitol Hill. A new bill to repeal NAFTA is the latest hint.

U.S. Human Rights Group Threatened By Colombian Death Squads

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

On May 13, 2010, staff from the Washington Office on Latin America ("WOLA"), a D.C.-based human rights organization, met with long-time Colombian Amba...

Message to President Obama: Why Trade Will Not Save Rural America

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

In Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's op-ed this week in the Des Moines Register, he recognized that hunger could not be solved by raising product...

Creating American Jobs Through Global Trade

Tom Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Donohue

A major surge of exports is our best path out of recession, double-digit unemployment, and exploding deficits. We should set a national goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years.

Specter-Sestak Attack Each Other From The Left on Free Trade

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Manufacturing is essential to rebuilding our economy and moving away from the debt-driven boom bust cycles of the past.

Obama Drinks Friedman's Kool-Aid

Thom Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thom Hartmann

If President Obama and our Congress don't soon learn the lessons Alexander Hamilton taught us in 1791, we'll continue to see American industry slowly die.

Colombia Commits "Crimes Against Humanity" as Free Trade Pacts Are Debated

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

Despite the claims of the Colombian government and those in the U.S. eager to consummate "free trade" pacts, the human rights situation in that country is deteriorating fast.

Arthur Delaney

Intern Sets Up Offshore Tax Haven In Panama (VIDEO) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's so easy for U.S. corporations to set up an offshore tax haven in Panama, an intern could do it. Really! To make this point, Public Citizen's Glob...

Advice to Obama at G-20 Summit: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

I don't know precisely when progressives in this country gave up on free trade. Because when they did, without perhaps even realizing it, they turned their backs on the developing world.

Migrants R Us

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

This is the inaugural post of a new series. We hope that this will broaden into a forum where people can share insights about international movements of people and the economic, social and political issues surrounding them.

On Canada Trip, Obama Floats a Discredited NAFTA Canard

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Obama looks like he's starting to prioritize the Washington status quo on trade over real change.