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Floored: The True Cost of Unenforced Trade Deals

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

The lack of enforcement of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement has allowed the illegal timber trade to flourish and has put our environment, climate, businesses and consumer rights at risk. And now the United States is negotiating a new free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that includes the U.S., Peru, and ten other countries.

Grassroots Power: A Key Part of Winning on Trade

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Courtenay Lewis

We can only truly win the fight to stop dangerous trade deals and rules if we don't give up, keep building on this incredible movement, and recognize that even in the face of a fast track loss, the even bigger wins are ahead.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The debate is intense, and is further confused by the lack of information available to the public, and even to many of the elected officials, who must vote to accept conditions of which they are not fully aware.

Taking On Currency Manipulation: Worse Late Than Never

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The critical reason that Congress should take a pass on this much-too-late effort to address currency manipulation is that it would likely abort our chance for a really beneficial free-trade agreement with Pacific Rim nations, which would bring us must better access to many growing markets. If there were a good time to do this, it was many years ago.

This Initiative Could Help 60,000 Poor Farmers

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact

Farmers in the developing world will soon benefit from an effort aiming to pull their communities up the economic ladder. The Enhanced Livelihoods ...

The Global Order Can Only Be Saved If New Powers Are Let In

Kofi Annan | Posted 03.31.2015 | World
Kofi Annan

GENEVA -- The Security Council must be enlarged, and developing countries should be given greater voting rights in the Bretton Woods institutions: the IMF and the World Bank. In exchange, the world's newest powers must begin to take on a greater share of responsibility for the global order upon which their success depends. They can no longer stand on the sidelines, denouncing the injustices of the past. Instead, they must join their peers in building the future.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

Does My Company Have What It Needs to Be Expanded Internationally?

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

For the export to be successful we should obtain a realistic response to the questions that will help us to assess the real situation of the company and whether if the company has a real export potential and capacity.

The High Density of Brazilian Production Chains

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

In an economy with labor shortages and aspirations of rising worker purchasing power, productive activities would be strengthened by the availability of cheaper local consumer goods and equipment, as wage and investment costs would be lower.

Congress' Smackdown of Fast Track: Sweet 16 Bday

Lori Wallach | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

As we recall the sweet-sixteen anniversary of Fast Track's 1998 House-floor trouncing, let's toast to Congress doing the right thing again. Fast Track needs to be boxed and buried for good.

Trade Deals from Hell

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The latest reports from Europe indicate that the continent is slipping back into recession. The U.S. is doing only slightly better, with positive economic growth but scant progress on the jobs front, and no growth in the earnings of the vast majority of Americans. Meanwhile, global climate change continues to worsen, producing unprecedented policy conundrums of how to reconcile the very survival of the planet with improved living standards for the world's impoverished billions and for most Americans, whose real incomes have declined since the year 2000. Amid all of these serious challenges, what common strategies are top U.S. and European leaders pursuing? Why, a new trade and investment deal modeled on NAFTA, to make it harder for governments to regulate capitalism.

Predators, Prey, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

It is particularly worrying that a previously leaked chapter of the TPP includes only very vague references to shark finning -- not the full ban on shark finning and associated trade that we need.

Joint Venture: Business Agreement for International Trade

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

You must keep in mind that a joint venture is particularly aimed at obtaining the respective commercial benefits, but does not include all business or economic activities of the participating members.

5 Ways the World Cup Resembles Global Trade

Richard Barrington | Posted 09.02.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

During the second half of June, the U.S. seemed to catch World Cup fever to an unprecedented degree. The combination of a competitive U.S. team, a gen...

Celebrate Imports

Benjamin Powell | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Benjamin Powell

Many people focus on exports because they mistakenly focus on visible jobs. When an export industry grows, we can easily see the jobs created and the people who work in them.

CHART: America Is No Longer The World's Most Connected Economy

James Manyika | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
James Manyika

America is no longer the world's most connected economy--those laurels go to Germany. Germany ranks first, and the U.S. third, with two smaller economies--Hong Kong and Singapore--coming in second and fourth. The index shows that the trade intensity of the U.S.--the value of flows relative to the size of its economy--is only one-third the intensity of Germany and half that of China.

11 Million Jobs Supported by Trade in the United States

Rep. Henry Cuellar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Rep. Henry Cuellar

With May being World Trade Month, it is important to emphasize the role that international trade has on our economy. We have an opportunity to expand upon that economic productivity with the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Twitter Won't #BringBackOurGirls

Jesse Larner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Sorry, but I have to say this: Am I the only left-leaning person who finds Michelle Obama's ‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬ tweet to be smug, opportunistic and worse than useless?

Trade: Thinking Small to Increase Growth

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

For the U.S. economy to grow more robustly, we absolutely must step up our exports -- 95 percent of consumers reside elsewhere -- and our greatest potential for increasing exports lies with our small and medium sized manufacturers.

The War on Poverty, International Trade and the State of the Union

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It is hard to see our trade policy as a place where we are having much success. We have an unceasing $700 billion trade deficit, and we have lost 5.2 million manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

Emerging Markets Need to Do More to Remain Engines of Global Growth

Min Zhu | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Min Zhu

Their growth rate dropped about three percentage points in 2013 from 2010 levels, with more than two thirds of countries seeing a decline -- Brazil, China, and India lead the pack.

Kate Sheppard

WikiLeaks Exposes What Obama's Secret Trade Deal Would Do To The Environment

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks published a leaked draft of the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday, and environmental groups ar...

Bali and Beyond: Building Momentum for Trade Deals and Global Commerce

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

We need to build on this momentum and continue to finalize deals that foster trade, increase cross-border commerce, and enhance development -- especially in emerging markets -- at a time when the global economy is still struggling to recover from a deep Great Recession.

Free Trade Deal May Undermine The Internet, Environment And Public Health All At Once

Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reacted angrily Monday to disclosures that the Obama administration is b...

Is It Finally Time for Currency Trade Legislation?

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It's time for the president to live up to the spirit of his campaign promises. He should voice his support for this bill and encourage both houses of Congress to attach it to their next major piece of budgetary or fiscal legislation.