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Trans-Pacific Partnership Being Sold With Bogus Economic Models

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.06.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

As documented at length in my book Free Trade Doesn't Work, most of the economics used to justify free trade and free-trade agreements makes sense if you grant its intellectual premises, which tend to be buried. Feretting out these hidden assumptions -- I identified the eight big ones in my book -- is thus the master key to understanding how we're being snowed.

Bernie Sanders And Big Business Find Something They Can Actually Agree On

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

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Island of Hope -- Sri Lanka's Last Chance for Equality

Aritha Wickramasinghe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aritha Wickramasinghe

As an out gay teenager in Sri Lanka, I witnessed the fear that everyone like me lived in: the fear of a system that was never going to be on your side because your mere existence is treated with contempt. In 2016, we have the opportunity to change this.

When Christians Fall In Love With Caesar: Obama and the State of the Union

Ellin Jimmerson | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Ellin Jimmerson

When I review Obama's presidency, with the major exception of his stance on LGBTQ issues and his endorsement of same-sex marriages, I don't find that he has stood up for the weak and vulnerable.

Unlike Clinton, Sanders Really Does Oppose Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Unlike her, he has a consistent record of opposing free trade, not a long series of zig-zags for political expediency. He would probably oppose free trade for real if elected. Let's take a look at their records.

Jewish Mother Stands Up Against the Trans Pacific Partnership

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Judy Frankel

After I gave a few examples of how the TPP can ruin the lives of Americans, (which I recorded), I admonished the young man from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his dereliction of duty in laying out the whole truth.

3 Million New Jobs in the US

Jerry McLaughlin | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Jerry McLaughlin

Listening to me make a problem harder than it had to be my Dad once said "You are your own worst enemy." I don't think he invented that line or that ...

TPP, Public Comment Period Open!

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

Last spring and summer we saw an unprecedented social outrage over the fast-tracking of Trans Pacific Partnership legislation. Activists from all sectors converged and spoke with a loud voice against this dangerous "trade" deal.

Gdansk: The Gate to Central Europe

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 01.05.2016 | Travel
Pawel Adamowicz

Gdansk, the city on the sea, has always benefited from its location. In its history of over 1000 years it was Poland's gate for trading grain and othe...

2015: A Year in Review on Trade and the Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Let's review 2015's trade-and-environment highlight reel -- which demonstrates why 2016 must be the year to stop harmful trade pacts and build a new model of trade that supports communities, our environment and climate.

No, Free Trade Didn't Lift Millions Out of Poverty

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

One of the biggest myths one hears about free trade is that it has "lifted millions out of poverty." This thoughtless piece of happy-talk is a favorite boast of Thomas Friedman types and those who never woke up from the late-1990s dream of uncontrolled globalization.

Environmental Group Assails 'Polluter-Friendly' Obama Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club on Wednesday released a report on the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, concluding that the landmark trade d...

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 02.05.2016 | 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.