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NAFTA on Steroids: What It Could Mean for the Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 09.15.2012 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Because of the direct link between trade and the environment, it's essential that our trade agreements enhance our standards for environmental protection.

Zach Carter

Obama's Global Health Policy Undercuts Reform At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A few hours after the Supreme Court upheld his signature health care legislation last week, President Barack Obama approached a White Ho...

Sharon Carty

Most American Car Is A Toyota?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sharon Carty | Posted 07.05.2012 | Business

President Barack Obama said Thursday he's asked the World Trade Organization to force the Chinese to stop imposing roughly $3 billion in tariffs on a...

Zach Carter

Trade Policy Could Clarify Copyright Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday received cautious praise from open Internet advocates, after it released an outline for key proposal...

Myanmar: Potential To Prosper

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Myanmar's prolonged isolation and economic stagnation left a mark on almost every sector the country needs to prosper -- from energy and transport to agriculture, education and health. So where to begin?

Free Markets, Libertarians, Trade Deficits, Economic Decline: Joseph Cotto Interviews Ian Fletcher

Ian Fletcher | Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The single biggest thing we can do to restore the strength of American manufacturing is cut the trade deficit. And yes, we can restore American manufacturing.

Congress Calls for Transparency, Improvements to 21st Century Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green
Ilana Solomon

There's been a scuttle of Congressional activity surrounding what one paper purported "may be one of the most important stories ever ignored by the media."

Backdoor Talks on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Aim to Globalize Corporatocracy

Michelle Chen | Posted 08.25.2012 | Business
Michelle Chen

You might think corporate money corrupts our political system, but the international trade system is where money really talks. The White House is touting the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a "21st century" trade deal, but many activists see it as a regression into economic imperialism.

Zach Carter

Senators Demand Access To Controversial Trade Docs After Leak

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four senators sent a letter to the Obama administration on Monday asking for greater congressional access to negotiations on the Trans-P...

Obama Campaign Attacks Romney's Bain Outsourcing - But Support for Outsourcing Is Bipartisan Corruption

Zaid Jilani | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics
Zaid Jilani

The overall narrative being created by the Obama campaign is clear: Romney has through his business practices supported outsourcing in the past, and is likely to in the future -- unlike President Obama. Unfortunately, the story is not that simple.

Zach Carter

Obama Trade Invitation Raises Fresh Suspicions About Secret Corporate Giveaway

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration on Monday formally invited Mexico to join controversial free trade negotiations known as the Tra...

So-Called Free Trade -- Bad Policy and Wrong Debate

Stan Sorscher | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Free speech, free press and labor standards are notoriously weak in China. China has a rich history and amazing culture. However, they lack the institutions of civil society for democratic debate about serious policy issues. This harms workers and producers in America.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Romney Attacks Obama's Trade Record Despite Approval From Republican Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney repeated a message he's pushed since early on in his campaign this Thursday: President Barack Obama hasn't negotiated any trade agreements...

It's A Deal: Bridge Agreement Between Michigan, Canada Released

AP | JEFF KAROUB | Posted 08.15.2012 | Detroit

WINDSOR, Ontario — A second international bridge will span the Detroit River at no cost to Michigan, U.S. and Canadian leaders announced Friday,...

Leak Cracks Open Trans-Pacific Partnership Scandal

Ian Fletcher | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

The text of the treaty had been kept from the public during two years of closed-door negotiations, and now we know why: It does not reflect any of the changes that Obama promised as a candidate. It's more Bush-era same-old, same-old.

Zach Carter

Obama Trade Document Leaked, Reveals New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A critical document from President Barack Obama's free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday m...

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Deal Secrecy Insulting: Key Democrat

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has loosened some of its most stringent secrecy policies surrounding a controversial set of free trade negotiat...

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.

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Position Panned By U.N. For Protecting High Drug Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two major United Nations organizations warned world leaders on Thursday to avoid restrictive free trade agreements that may threaten pub...

Democracy Improves Lives in China -- and Here, Too

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Where democracy is weak, so is the economy for regular people. And when regular people are not doing well there isn't much of a "market." Democracy is the only economics that works.

A New "American System"

Fred Bauer | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Fred Bauer

The "American System" has the following insight: The American economy cannot flourish over the long term with merely the financial and resource extraction sectors. American prosperity was built upon the nurturing of human capital.

Top Democrats Push Obama on Capital Controls

Sarah Anderson | Posted 07.25.2012 | Business
Sarah Anderson

Despite their proven effectiveness in many cases, these policy tools are prohibited by U.S. trade and investment policies. Particularly in the wake of the worst financial crisis in 80 years, it's an embarrassingly outmoded position.

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Says 'No' To Global Health Fund For Developing Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has alarmed global health experts by opposing a new international fund that would fight disease in the developi...

'Today We Have The Power': A Spiritually Radical Documentary

Chris Fici | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

In his debut documentary feature, filmmaker Christopher Timm deftly presents a vital meditation on the bridge between spirituality and social justice, through the prism of the seminal demonstrations at the 1999 World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings in Seattle.

Zach Carter

Trade Revolt Against Obama Intensifies

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation late Wednesday to protest the Obama administration's refusal to share information about c...