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Trade Agreements

Watch Out, Joe Camel Is Back: Big Tobacco and the TPP

Michele Goodwin | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

It is a dark secret that tobacco companies make more use of these agreements than perhaps any other industry. There have been at least thirty trade and investment cases brought on behalf of big tobacco. The TPP will spur more.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Harry Reid Says 'Hell No' To Giving Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is saying “hell no” to a bipartisan deal reached last week that would grant President Barack Obama authorit...

No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas

Medea Benjamin | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wooed the crowd with his plan to provide internet access to everyone in Latin America, more traditional speakers included the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Cargill, Boeing, Associated Petroleum Investors, AES Corporation, Citigroup Latin America and Walmart Latin America.

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

Are Mega-Trade Agreements a Threat to Brazil?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.28.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil might well review its prevailing trade negotiation strategy where efforts have focused on the multilateral track. Bilateral trade agendas with both U.S. and EU may become a way to mitigate the negative potential impacts of TTIP and TTP.

Fast Tracking Obama's Trade Agreements

Pat Choate | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Pat Choate

Why do Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker Boehner -- who won reelection on a platform of "Stop Obama" -- support weakening Senate and House legislative processes to ratify a treaty whose text was negotiated without Congressional input?

Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia?

Pepe Escobar | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Pepe Escobar

No matter how often Washington remixes its Global War on Terror, however, the tectonic plates of Eurasian geopolitics continue to shift, and they're not going to stop just because American elites refuse to accept that their historically brief "unipolar moment" is on the wane.

America's Young Need Trade Agreements

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Our labor market is certainly not on sound footing. Real wage and income growth has been dismal. Where will the markets of 2114 be? With 95 percent of the world's customers outside the U.S. borders, they certainly are not likely to be disproportionately in red or blue states.

Is 2014 the Transatlantic Trade Deal's 'Make-or-Break' Year?

Erik Brattberg | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Erik Brattberg

Almost a year after President Barack Obama presented the initiative, negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) have made steady progress. But several challenges remain unaddressed while new ones loom on the horizon.

Congress: Don't Put Harmful Trade Pacts on the Fast Track

Ilana Solomon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

If fast-track legislation were approved by Congress, the president would be able sign the TPP and then send it to Congress for straight up-or-down vote -- with no room for amendments and limited floor debate. If that sounds backwards, it's because it is.

Business Not as Usual

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

The Great Recession and the changing global economic landscape have forced U.S. leadership to reassess its relationships with foreign markets and companies.

TPP: Prescription for Galloping Corporatism

Michele Swenson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The TPP represents "The largest corporate power grab you've never heard of," concluded Rep. Keith Ellison. Ratification of the trade agreement portends disastrous economic consequences, and the death of "democracy as we know."

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them

AP | DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After years of battling each other on trade issues, U.S. and European officials are contemplating a dramatic change in direction: joinin...

NAFTA on Steroids: What It Could Mean for the Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 09.15.2012 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Because of the direct link between trade and the environment, it's essential that our trade agreements enhance our standards for environmental protection.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Romney Attacks Obama's Trade Record Despite Approval From Republican Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney repeated a message he's pushed since early on in his campaign this Thursday: President Barack Obama hasn't negotiated any trade agreements...

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."

Dan Froomkin

Auction 2012: 'NAFTA With Asia' Is Big Money's Next Goal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement ...

Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership Disaster

Ian Fletcher | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

After the failed promises of NAFTA, a job-destroying trade deficit that has burgeoned despite a long series of free-trade agreements, and ever-more-aggressive foreign mercantilism, we're plowing ahead with even more of these agreements.

Ryan Grim

Congress Somehow Figures Out How To Work

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Congress -- if you listen to pundits and Washington politicians -- is completely broken. But when multinational corporate interests are a...

Let's #Occupy to Block the Colombia Trade Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is poised to pass three Wall Street-driven trade deals written by the 1% for the benefit of the 1%, which will further impoverish and disempower the 99%, in the U.S. and abroad.

States Agree on Exports

David Adkins | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

With the president's submission of three pending trade agreements to Congress, exports might also be one of the few areas where both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue can reach agreement.

Export Drop Shows Need for New Trade Strategy

James Bacchus | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
James Bacchus

Turning up the heat a little more in this long hot summer of our national discontent is the news that American exports are declining.

We Are the United States of America, the Greatest Country on Earth -- We Don't Default

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

We are the United States of America, the greatest country on earth. We build wealth. We don't default.

Dan Froomkin

Want To Know Who Will Benefit Most From Trade Deals? Watch The Lobbyists

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The three major free trade agreements Congress will soon consider are being promoted as a big win for American workers. But take a good ...

Small, Medium-Sized Businesses Not Expecting Growth To Pick Up

Posted 09.11.2011 | Business

NEW YORK Alexandra Alper) - Small and medium-sized companies are increasingly glum about the chances of a pickup in growth in the U.S. economy ov...