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Bill Clinton's Trade Legacy Is Hillary's Burden Too

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

The real advantage for any of Hillary's opponents in having Bill on the hustings is that his trade record too is not just fair game, but big game -- one that is the top priority of a great many American voters who want to see decades of trade policy failures reversed beginning in 2017.

TransCanada, This is What Democracy Looks Like

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 01.08.2017 | Green
Courtenay Lewis

It's time for new climate victories, using the same logic that defeated Keystone XL, not for paying corporations for our environmental wins or for greenlighting harmful new trade pacts.

'Green News Report' - January 7, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.07.2017 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Britain's new flood defenses already overwhelmed; Record extreme weathe...

TransCanada's Pathetic Keystone XL Lawsuit Could Galvanize Resistance to New Trade Agreements

Jamie Henn | Posted 01.06.2017 | Green
Jamie Henn

Talk about sore losers. The Canadian pipeline company TransCanada announced this afternoon that it is suing Obama Administration over its decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. The lawsuit won't do anything to help get the pipeline built, it's too late for that.

Public Interest Takes a Hit Even When Phillip Morris' Investor-State Attack on Australia Is Dismissed

Lori Wallach | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Lori Wallach

What happens when a government "wins" an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) attack provides a cautionary tale for the threats posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnerships (TPP). If enacted, the TPP would double U.S. ISDS liability overnight.

Bernie and Immigration: Reclaiming the Concept of "Open Borders"

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

It is to be hoped that in the long-term, Bernie's "political revolution" will give rise to a more inclusive and internationalist spirit, thus challenging the limited confines and debates which have so recently clouded meaningful discourse.

Burn the TPP

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Division and diversion help the one percent capture government, securing policies that further enrich the rich, like trickle-down economics under which no benefits ever actually descend, bailouts for Wall Street but not Main Street and job-destroying trade deals like NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

WTO Orders Sanctions Unless US Cuts Consumer Labels, Disproving Obama TPP Claims

Lori Wallach | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The ruling is a nightmare for the Obama administration's uphill battle to build support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It makes clear that trade agreements can -- and do -- threaten even the most favored U.S. public interest safeguards.

Does Clinton Really Oppose TPP? There Is a Test for That

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.07.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

There is one test that, if she passes it, could convince voters that Clinton is on their side. It involves what Clinton does over the next few months to prove that she meant it when she came out in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal a few weeks ago.

Is TPP a "Living" Document?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Congress is responsible for managing major government policies year-by-year, as our experience and goals evolve. How does that work in the case of huge trade deals like the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP)?

The TPP: Another Deadly Trade Deal

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

For decades, the regulations for international commerce, for so-called free trade, have lined the pockets of the already wealthy and emptied those of workers thrown out of their jobs.

Waiting for the TPP

David Coates | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
David Coates

The emptiness of past promises stands as a stark warning of the likely emptiness of the promises now to come. We know the trade deal that America needs. If the TPP is not do that, it does not deserve our support: and if it does not deserve our support, that support should not be given.

Lessons from NAFTA for the TPP

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 10.16.2016 | World
Mark Weisbrot

There are many lessons from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that are relevant to the current debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). First, like the TPP, NAFTA was never mostly about trade, and even less about free trade.

TPP: Foie Gras For Corporations; Dead Rats For Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.11.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

There's no reason for the US to swallow a trade deal filled with rotten rodent terms. American workers know for sure that if the scheme contains any foie gras, it'll be served on silver platters to corporations while workers are force-fed rats. America should withdraw. Congress should reject the TPP.

Top Three Reasons NBC Fired Donald Trump

Grant Stern | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Grant Stern

BC fired Donald Trump today. Last week Trump's Miss Universe pageant was dropped by Univision. Both networks are reacting to racist remarks by the Republican Primary contender, who is currently running second in the New Hampshire polls, ahead of Marco Rubio and only slightly trailing "Jeb!" Bush.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Obama Sides With the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons at the Wrong Time

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

President Obama not only expended his own "political capital" by pushing for fast-track but that of the Democratic Party too. He had a clear choice: either side with workers, environmentalists, consumers, and progressives -- or side with Wall Street, Big Pharma, Wal-Mart, and the Koch Brothers.

Sorely Needed: New Trade Vision

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

American workers and American manufacturers don't oppose trade. They can compete on a level playing field with anyone in the world. But the current trade regime, swept in without serious analysis on the back of Fast Track authority, has failed to provide a level playing field.

The President's Trade Deal Struggles Because It's Bad Policy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.19.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn't work, and it's bad for democracy.

A New Era for Trade Diplomacy -- With a Climate Protection Twist

Carl Pope | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

That is one of the most important political events of the past several years. Investor oriented globalization faces by far its most serious challenge -- now its up to those of us who have been left out of trade diplomacy to come forward with better ideas.

Treaties, Trade and Government By the People

David Morris | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Representative Ryan is correct that Congress is not voting on TPP. But he's wrong that if fast track fails Congress will be unable to "even consider a trade agreement." Of course it can.

Lies, Damnable Lies and Trade Lies

Pat Choate | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Pat Choate

On Friday, the House of Representatives held an extensive debate on whether Congress should adopt fast track rules for ratifying the Trans Pacific Partnership. What ensued was a jumbled debate in which advocates for fast tracking the TPP entered into a world of fantasy economics and delusional politics.

The Real Meaning Of Obama's Trade Defeat

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It's about time that the Democratic rank and file rebelled against the corporate domination of the Democratic presidential party. Last week's events should ring down the curtain on the era of "trade" deals like NAFTA and TPP.

Trade Pacts and American Jobs

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is being hotly debated in Congress, the fact is that this trade deal -- or any trade deal -- will have little impact on American jobs, or more specifically, on the decline in good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans.

The Political Stars May Be Aligning for Another Ross Perot

Rich Rubino | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

In many respects, the 1992 Independent campaign of populist insurgent H. Ross Perot could serve as an archetype for an Independent candidacy today. That year, Perot garnered 18.9 percent of the popular vote.

10 Reasons The TPP Is Not A 'Progressive' Trade Agreement

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

History shows the very opposite of progress when it comes to these democratic sovereignty-shredding and job-exporting corporate-driven trade treaties -- unless progress is referring to fulfilling the deepest wishes of runaway global corporations.