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Issa Leaks Secret Document To Pressure Obama On Trade Deal | Zach Carter | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has taken the unprecedented step of leaking a secret U.S. trade document, in ...

Why Is the TPP Such a Big Secret?

Tim Robertson | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Tim Robertson

The only way the corporate shopping list that is the TPP can get past public scrutiny is if no one ever hears about it. Fortunately, activists are fighting back.

Labor Action and Inaction in Colombia Free Trade Deal

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.30.2012 | Home
Michelle Chen

While officials convened at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena earlier this month, the White House put the finishing touches on another free trade agreement. The deal has faced vocal resistance from labor and human rights groups in both countries.

Jeb Bush Leads Effort By Romney Campaign To Hit Obama On Trade

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 04.13.2012 | Politics

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the biggest voice Mitt Romney's campaign is deploying to prebut President Barack Obama's Friday afternoon speech in Ta...

Turn on the Global High Beams for American Jobs

Trooper Sanders | Posted 06.12.2012 | Business
Trooper Sanders

While America does not have a royal family to promote its brand, people and products around the world, it does have an untapped resource with its own brand of royal magic: former presidents and first ladies.

Leaders at the Summit of the Americas: Protect Your Human Rights Defenders

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 06.10.2012 | Home
Lisa Haugaard

Defenders say the most important action the state can take is investigate and prosecute the attacks against them. Yet most murders of defenders, and nearly all death threats, remain in impunity.

How Can Africa Compete With China?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.04.2012 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

Africans have lots of opportunities to trade that they have not yet exploited -- opportunities that are outside of China's reach. The first of this "low-hanging fruits" is food.

End the Unilateral Trade Sanctions on Collectors

Wayne Sayles | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Wayne Sayles

While government agencies in Washington increase surcharges and restrictions for U.S. consumers of cultural artifacts, their Chinese counterparts take advantage of the unilateral sanctions.

The Supreme Scream: Obamacare After the Court Ruling

Dean Baker | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Perhaps a defeat in the Supreme Court will lead to a newly energized public that will demand that their representatives in Congress clean up the health care system and give us universal Medicare. That would be great, but it is difficult to see it happening.

American Jobs and the Never Ending Politics of the Cold War

Edward Goldberg | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
Edward Goldberg

U.S. trade policy needs to be based on what is good for the U.S. economy and U.S. job growth. And Congress needs to recognize that in an ever more globalized world, using trade as a political instrument to fight yesterday's wars is at best self defeating.

Free Trade Like Manna From Heaven for Middle East Entrepreneurs

James Doran | Posted 05.28.2012 | Home
James Doran

The free-zone model should be given equal consideration by the new governments as they forge important new ties.

Myanmar: First Steps

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 05.22.2012 | Home
Stephen P. Groff

The road ahead still looks daunting, but the opportunity for Myanmar's people is simply too great to turn back.

The China Syndrome

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

President Obama seems determined to make China's trade policies a major theme of his reelection campaign, and if so, I say bring it on. China's predatory trade policies have been a key factor in the weakness of our overall economy.

Our Muddled China Policy

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This is supposed to be a period of bitter bipartisan deadlock, in which Republicans and Democrats can agree on nothing. But when it comes to trade deals that serve corporate but not the national interest, bipartisanship is all too alive and well.

Free Trade or Democracy, Can't Have Both

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

When we allow companies to just import stuff that is made by exploited workers in countries where people do not have a say, we are granting not-having-a-say an advantage over having a say. We make democracy a competitive disadvantage.

Banana Republic Legacy Thrives in Today's Latin America

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.23.2012 | Home
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.

Carnage and Crime In Mexico Offer More Reasons to Keep Unsafe Trucks Off U.S. Roads

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
James P. Hoffa

NAFTA was supposed to eliminate trade barriers among Canada, Mexico and the U.S. But Mexico has clearly failed to do what the deal requires it to. If a violent drug war isn't an impediment to trade, I don't know what is.

Europe's ACTA Freak Out: How Hollywood Holds Back the Trade Agenda

Harold Feld | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business
Harold Feld

Whenever there is an international trade agreement negotiation, Hollywood jumps in, takes over, and starts driving the crazy train off a cliff by demanding all kinds of nonsense in the name of "stopping piracy."

Defragmenting Africa

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.15.2012 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

Africa has integrated with the rest of the world -- mostly selling commodities like oil, minerals or cocoa -- faster than with itself.

BRICs and Mortar

Nancy L. McLernon | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
Nancy L. McLernon

America can hold China -- or any other BRIC nation -- accountable for trade violations while also recognizing the vast opportunities emerging markets hold for our economy and workers.

10 Questions for Economists Who Oppose Manufacturing Subsidies

Jeff Madrick | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
Jeff Madrick

Why are mainstream economists, right and left, so determined to push back any attempt to subsidize manufacturing in America?

China-Bashing Is a Tiresome Sport in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.11.2012 | Home
Daniel Wagner

Instead of following predictable (and boring) scripts, why not turn the page on Cold War-esque rhetoric and find ways to join hands with China so as to mutually benefit from each other's comparative advantages?

Manufacturing on Planet Economus

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.10.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

The countries that are successful in today's economy have national industrial/economic policies. We do not.

A Tale of Two Ads

Seth Engel | Posted 04.09.2012 | Media
Seth Engel

Xenophobic marketing is worse than racist; it capitalizes on the American public's fear of being overtaken by other economies while blaming a nameless, borderless "Asia."

Fictional Davos Discussion Between Tim Geithner and China's He Yafei

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
Howard Steven Friedman

The following conversation did not take place... but wouldn't it have been interesting if it did? Geithner: Glad I found you. We really need to talk...