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Baloney About Free Trade and Terrorism

Ian Fletcher | Posted 11.21.2015 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Lie number one is that an open-borders world, which obviously has considerable connection to terrorists being able to move internationally and do what they do, is somehow the sine qua non of our prosperity and something we must not give up at any price.

Five Years Later, Free Trade Still Doesn't Work

Ian Fletcher | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

On the trade issue, there's an enormous amount of editorial chatter, but almost no actual economic analysis. People argue the political aspects, and throw around vague generalizations about globalization. They don't talk about actual quantities of production, consumption and wealth.

Free Trade: The Hidden Costs to Our Oceans and Climate

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Shopping at your local supermarket is like touring the world without leaving your neighborhood. There's seafood netted in the South China Sea, wine from Chile, licorice from Australia, produce from India, and store-brand products from who knows where. Cheap labor abroad plus modern shipping equals yummy, affordable groceries in our baskets.

The Terrible Legacy of Unenforced Trade Laws

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Over the past several weeks, as Alcoa and Century cut aluminum production nationwide, James Markus, a 23-year-veteran aluminum worker, acutely felt the pain of those laid off.

TPP Unsurprisingly Values Corporations' Rights Over Workers' Needs

Judy Gearhart | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Judy Gearhart

The text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) finally became accessible to the public. The result predictably values the rights of corporations over the needs of workers and fails to address the the utter failure of the parties to uphold their commitments to respect workers' rights.

The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, the regulations for international commerce, for so-called free trade, have lined the pockets of the already wealthy and emptied those of workers thrown out of their jobs.

Direct Trade Is Fair Trade (Without the Other Eight Principles)

Dana Geffner | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Dana Geffner

Any number of roasters may pay a decent price for coffee, visit a farm, or offer a good cup. But no matter how much direct trade coffee you buy, or fair trade coffee for that matter, we won't transform the current system that puts corporate profits first and marginalizes small-scale farmers until we become politically engaged and start supporting the democratic organizations that advocate and agitate for change from the grassroots up.

Waiting for the TPP

David Coates | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
David Coates

The emptiness of past promises stands as a stark warning of the likely emptiness of the promises now to come. We know the trade deal that America needs. If the TPP is not do that, it does not deserve our support: and if it does not deserve our support, that support should not be given.

Text Still Secret One Month After TPP Deal

Lori Wallach | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12 nation agreement seven years in the making, were finally concluded a month ago. Yet the Obama administration still has not released the text of the agreement. Not even to Congress, much less the public.

Trump vs. Free Trade

Mark J. Perry and Robert Dell | Posted 10.28.2015 | Entertainment
Mark J. Perry and Robert Dell

So far Trump has squandered his great talent for big deal thinking and execution. Instead the Wharton graduate offers us demagoguery and willful ignorance of the basic economics of major policy issues.

Why China's Belt and Road Plan Is the Best Way to Lift the Global Economy

He Yafei | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
He Yafei

BEIJING -- It is clear that China will be one of the major economic engines in the first half of 21st century with projected outward investments of 500 billion dollars and outbound tourists of over 500 million for the next five years. "Made in China," Chinese capital, China's market and Chinese consumers will be hallmarks in the new round of economic growth of the world.

TPP: Foie Gras For Corporations; Dead Rats For Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There's no reason for the US to swallow a trade deal filled with rotten rodent terms. American workers know for sure that if the scheme contains any foie gras, it'll be served on silver platters to corporations while workers are force-fed rats. America should withdraw. Congress should reject the TPP.

Democratic Debate Preview

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Next Tuesday, we will finally get some degree of parity in the world of televised presidential debates, as the Democrats come together for the first time to make their case to the American public.

More Than A Dozen Environmental Organizations Warn Of TPP Risks

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.07.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Over the last year, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), desperate to reach a deal, has glossed over these concerns and attempted to paint the deal as progressive and environmentally friendly.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Disaster

Ian Fletcher | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The TPP is also a profoundly anti-democratic agreement which signs away our right to govern our own economy. Despite being nominally a "trade" agreement, it contains provisions which interfere with areas well beyond the bounds of trade.

Trump and the Meaning of Egoism

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Schwartz

Something becomes true for him only when others believe that it's true. That is not the mark of a self-confident, self-respecting individual. Donald Trump may well be described as a narcissist, a braggart or a windbag. But an egoist? Definitely not.

EC's Transparency Spin Falls Flat as TTIP Made Even More Secretive

Mark Dearn | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Mark Dearn

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the biggest trade deal ever negotiated. Yet all British MPs know about it is what little the European Commission (EC) decides to tell them -- and that's about to become a lot less.

Looking For The Safest, Healthiest Pet Food? Good Luck With That.

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

Eight years ago, thousands of dogs and cats died after being poisoned by tainted food. The world's biggest pet food companies pulled more than 100 di...

Whose Sovereignty? Gabriel Resources v. Romania

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Adam Cernea Clark

Two weeks ago, a little-known Canadian gold mining company that has developed or operated exactly zero mines over 17 years announced to its investors that it had initiated international arbitration proceedings against the government of Romania for failing to permit what would be the largest open-pit gold and silver mine in Europe.

When the Real World Confronts Trade Theories, the Real World Wins

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

TPP covers a whole lot more than what we would think of as "trade." Regardless, let's look here at the idea that expanding trade is always good.

Donald Trump: Can't Make It in America

Scott Paul | Posted 08.05.2015 | Entertainment
Scott Paul

Maybe, on second thought, Donald Trump isn't a gross hypocrite for buying all of that Trump stuff from China; just grossly cynical, and not a candidate who will lead by example. Still, it's not a good look, and it's one of the million reasons he doesn't look very presidential.

Obama Political Staff Overruled Human Rights Experts On Slavery Report

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top diplomats at the State Department repeatedly overruled human rights experts in the crafting of a recent report on human trafficking...

Obama Shrugs Off Global Slavery To Protect Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration outraged human rights advocates on Monday by removing Malaysia from its list of the world's worst human traffi...

Senators Press Kerry On Slavery About-Face

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

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Keeping Up With the Times and the Democratic Party

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Here's the real message behind the congressional votes on fast-track authority and trade-adjustment assistance: Democrats will no longer support major trade agreements that cost American jobs and create further downward pressure on wages, especially as inequality continues to accelerate.