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Trucks, Drugs and NAFTA: Time for Congress to do the Right Thing

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Mexico did not take lightly to the U.S. closing our border to their trucks -- that's why they're called "trade wars."

GE Promotes Manufacturing Jobs in US, Then Ships 'em Overseas

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

Without a new American manufacturing policy there will be no economic recovery. We need to move beyond a bubble economy built on debt and financial speculation and into a real economy that actually makes products.

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.

Chevron Holds a Grudge, but the US Government Won't Budge.

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 07.09.2009 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Chevron is fighting tooth and nail to save themselves from being held accountable for 3 billion barrels of spilled oil and the nearly 1,000 open pits they left behind in Ecuador.

To Govern or to Campaign

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Obama can't perpetuate four more years of the fraud of "free trade." He can't spend trillions for bail outs to create jobs and not plug the hole of offshoring jobs.

Manufacturing and the Limits of Comparative Advantage

Ralph Gomory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ralph Gomory

Vague talk about future innovations, a post-industrial society, or an explosion of services exports is not the stuff on which to bet the prosperity of a nation.

Building a National Innovation Movement

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Will we step boldly into the new economic reality with a plan for creating jobs? Or will we look to unsustainable government protections that will force the US to take a backseat in the new era?

Chutzpah and cheaters partner to keep American tire workers unemployed

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

A group of tire importers that should be competitors banded together recently to ally themselves with China in a trade case. Doesn't sound like th...

Fear and Looting in America: Krugman Takes on Globalization?

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Les Leopold

We need to a new way to look at protectionism -- one that both protects the globe and that protects jobs.

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.

Outsourcing Top Management: The Lesson of Fiat-Chrysler

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

The economists and the media somehow failed to notice that professionals were intentionally sheltered from international competition and instead just trumpeted them as the winners in the global economy.

An Ode to Spring (of Banks We Sing)

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Larry Beinhart

It reeks of rhetoric, it sounds like malarkey/ but we're being looted by our own oligarchy./ The lesson is tragic, yet once again funny:/ rich people can't be trusted to handle their money.

May Day Fails its Promise to Workers

Bama Arethrya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bama Arethrya

We should think about commemorating May Day this year by standing in solidarity with the workers of Colombia and the Philippines, and anywhere where organizing is life-threatening.

Silent Conspiracies

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The president and Congress continue in their conspiracy of free trade in order to get the campaign contributions from Corporate America and the financial community.

The Folly of Credit Card Regulation

Alan Schram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Alan Schram

Elizabeth Warren, along with other proponents of government restrictions, should put their money where their mouths are, quit their jobs and start a credit card company.

Free Trade

Randy Charles Epping | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Randy Charles Epping

By getting our leaders to open the world's borders to trade, we not only help ourselves: we help developing countries of the world and become true partners in a renewed 21st century economy.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

I don't think we'll ever teach Afghan warlords to like democracy and grow cotton instead of poppies.

Obama In Mexico: Drug Violence To Top List Of Issues (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama travels to Mexico Thursday morning as the first stop in his Latin America trip, after which he will join other regional leaders in Tri...

It's the Global Economy (Stupid) -- or Is It?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The contemporary idea of the "global economy" is based on a misapplied analogy to the historical development of national economies.

"Free Trade"

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The president is right on health, energy and climate change. But he has the country headed in the wrong direction by continuing to get rid of our economy with "free trade."

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.

Obama's Panama Opportunity

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

President Barack Obama will soon be making his first trip to Latin America to attend the Summit of the Americas. This visit is an important opportunit...

Isolationist Policies On The Rise Threatening A Global Trade War: World Bank

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least 17 of the 20 major nations that vowed at a November summit to avoid protectionist steps that could spark a global trade war have violated tha...

Recession Economics: Store "Sells" Goods For Free

New York Post | AMBER SUTHERLAND and JEREMY OLSHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Free trade is flourishing once more in the Financial District - the hippie commune variety, that is. No money is exchanged at the Free Store, which...

President Obama Sounds Like a Free Trader, So Why Are His Actions Contradicting His Words?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

Listening to President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress, I did a double take. "The only way to fully restore Amer...