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International Trade

Increasing Opportunities for American Business by Opening Global Markets

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Arun M. Kumar

One-quarter of U.S. GDP growth over the past 15 years is attributable to U.S. exports, and 11.5 million Americans go to work every day because our com...

5 BIG Reasons Why Britain Needs The European Union

Dominik Knoll | Posted 06.21.2016 | Business
Dominik Knoll

On June 23, the United Kingdom will hold a referendum on whether Britain should remain in or leave the European Union. In the days leading up to the election, the public seems to be evenly split on whether to stay or go, raising questions about what the European Union would look like without Britain and vice versa.

Why Mining Corporations Love Trade Deals

Ben Beachy | Posted 06.21.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

From the salmon-spawning waters of Alaska to the cloud forests of Ecuador, communities are standing up to mining projects that threaten their health, ...

International Trade, Global Digital Data Flows and Trade Shows: The New Marketplace

Diane Primo | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Diane Primo

Lust for exotic spices, opulent textiles and precious metals spurred the world's first trade routes and "international trade shows" via arcades and souks in ancient Greece, Rome and the Middle East.

Understanding Donald Trump's Disruptive Plans

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

It does not appear that Trump feels constrained by conservative principles against raising any taxes or increasing the deficit.

These Maps Show How Vast New Infrastructure Is Bringing the World Together

Parag Khanna | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
Parag Khanna

SINGAPORE -- It turns out that what most defines the emerging world is not fragmentation of countries but integration within regions. Major world regions are forging dense infrastructural connectivity and reorienting their relations around supply chains rather than borders. The same world that appears to be falling apart is actually coming together in much more concrete ways than today's political maps suggest.

Trump, Sanders and the Theory of the Race: Could It Really Be "Economic Nationalism?"

William Bradley | Posted 03.15.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The constant media frame for the shocking-to-many success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders is that both campaigns represent the rejection of elites in favor of populism, albeit contradictory populisms of the right and left. Would that it were so simplistic.

Investigating Peru's Illegal Timber Trade and the Failure of the US-Peru Trade Deal

Ilana Solomon | Posted 03.08.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

At the end of February, after years of turning a blind eye to evidence that Peru has been exporting illegally taken timber to the U.S. in clear violation of its commitments under the U.S.-Peru trade pact, the U.S. is opening its eyes -- just slightly -- to the trade violations.

SXSW Goes Global

Jake Colvin | Posted 03.03.2016 | Technology
Jake Colvin

Over the past several years, SXSW Interactive has built up an increasingly-international flavor. Global startups and foreign governments flock to Aus...

New Study Confirms: Private 'Trade' Courts Serve the Ultra-Wealthy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

A new study confirms what many activists have suspected for a long time: The private courts set up by international "trade" deals heavily favor billionaires and giant corporations, and they do so at the expense of governments and people.

A Great Achievement in Economic Diplomacy

Matt Gold | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Gold

A free trade agreement (FTA) expands economic opportunity in foreign markets for American workers and businesses, while doing the same for their foreign counterparts in our market. The increased trade improves the overall economy of each country. But, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, modern FTAs do more.

Has the Global Trade-Development Link Peaked?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries and emerging market economies have benefited from opportunities to transfer technology from abroad and to undergo domestic structural transformation via trade integration.

Sadly Sitting Out the WTO

Jake Colvin | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Jake Colvin

This week, international trade officials from around the world will gather in Nairobi to discuss improving rules governing access to the global market...

Sharks, Tigers, and Elephants: New Analysis Reveals TPP Threats to Endangered Species

Ben Beachy | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Ben Beachy

Right now sharks at risk of extinction are being killed for their fins. Rainforests that provide homes to critically endangered tigers are being slashed to make way for oil palm plantations. And at-risk elephants are being poached to feed increasing global ivory trade.

The WTO Just Dealt A Blow To U.S. Consumers And Dolphins

Ben Beachy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Green
Ben Beachy

The U.S. government should not give into pressure from a corporate-friendly trade organization to weaken or eliminate our dolphin-saving label. Instead, it should stand up for consumers and wildlife by negotiating a solution with Mexico that keeps the "dolphin-safe" label intact.

Clear-Cut: Lumber Liquidators Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Wood Products

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.08.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

In addition to pleading guilty to several charges, the company agreed to pay millions in fines and to implement a compliance plan to ensure their products are sourced legally in the future.

The China Syndrome: Bubble Trouble

Dean Baker | Posted 08.31.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The financial markets have been through some wild and crazy times over the last two weeks, although it appears that they have finally stabilized. The net effect of all the gyrations is that a serious bubble in China's market seems to have been at least partially deflated. After hugely overreacting to this correction, most other markets have largely recovered. Prices are down from recent peaks, but in nearly all cases well above year-ago levels. But the stock market is really a sideshow; after all, back in 1987 the U.S. market fell by almost 25 percent for no obvious reason, with little noticeable effect on the U.S. economy. The more serious question is what is happening with the underlying economy, and there are some real issues here.

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 07.20.2016 | 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 06.02.2016 | 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.