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The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Growth Without Opportunity?

Sabina Dewan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

The first step to ensuring that the benefits of AGOA reach more African people is greater transparency and honesty about what AGOA has achieved and what it hasn't. Given the evidence to the contrary, it is deceitful to use GDP as a proxy for broad-based economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

A New Effort to Boost Green Tech Gets Underway in Geneva

Jake Colvin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Jake Colvin

The global business community gathered this week in Geneva to witness the launch by the United States, China, the EU and other trading partners of a p...

Capacity Building Is Critical for African Countries to Take Advantage of AGOA's Potential

Amini Kajunju | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Amini Kajunju

Building human and industrial capacity to produce goods for the U.S. marketplace is the greatest challenge for African nations in maximizing the trade benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

In Search of Crony Capitalism

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The fact that a program sends a payment to a corporation, or receives a tax payment or fee from a big business, simply cannot be prima facie evidence of crony capitalism.

Even Just to Celebrate Our Differences: Why We Still Need Sports to Make Peace

Meicen Sun | Posted 07.02.2014 | Sports
Meicen Sun

To many of my friends in the U.S., sports often entail beer on a Sunday night. To some in Africa, it might mean making and playing with a football made from plastic bags. But this is exactly how sports unite by highlighting commonality among those who are otherwise very different.

Trade Case Puts Jobs and Security in the Balance

Tom Ridge | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Tom Ridge

A principal role of government is to protect its people and the Commerce Department should not fail in its responsibility to enforce our trade laws in the interests of both our economic and national security.

The Democrats' Agenda Should Be to Fix the Trade Deficit

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.26.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

The trade deficit is a direct measure of jobs leaving the country. The trade deficit is American dollars going to other countries so people there can spend them. The trade deficit is our standard of living leaking away. And the trade deficit is a major factor driving what remains of the budget deficit.

No to 'Boehner' Trade, No to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Larry Cohen | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For the third time this year, three-fourths of the members of House Democratic Caucus have written to the president, rejecting the current framework of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Modi Should Foster Innovation Climate to Transform India

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

The election of Prime Minister Modi portends a new economic direction for the world's largest democracy and, hopefully, India will capitalize on this crucial opportunity with which it has been presented.

Prime Minister Modi and the U.S.: First a Visa. What Is in the Cards Next?

Frank Islam | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
Frank Islam

Modi's victory and his emphasis on economic development and business-like approach to governing provide an important opportunity to push the reset button and to reinvigorate this partnership.

When Life Gives Your Neighbor Lemons, Ask for Some

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
Jonathan Kim

Something my garden constantly reminds me to do is to be generous, which is an admittedly easier thing to do when it offers me more vegetables than I could eat on my own.

Celebrate Imports

Benjamin Powell | Posted 05.30.2014 | 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.

Transatlantic Trade Pact Endangers Action on Climate

Ilana Solomon | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The health of our families and our communities are indeed in danger. A newly proposed trade deal with the European Union threatens our climate and hinders the ability of governments and communities to tackle the crisis of climate change.

Great Jobs Report? Not So Fast

Curtis Ellis | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Curtis Ellis

If the American economy does not produce jobs that give our people the take home pay and confidence to build a family, we have no future, individually or as a society.

Balancing Trade -- Remember the 'Buffett Plan'

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

As Buffett warns, these huge trade deficits cannot be sustained. They are draining our economy. There has to be a reckoning. We have not faced that reckoning yet, but it is inescapable. It has to happen. We have to tackle this as a country, with a national plan.

Zach Carter

Top Obama Official Admits He Hasn't Pursued This Democratic Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rift between the Obama administration and congressional Democrats over a major free trade pact has only deepened since the president...

Talks on Liberalizing Services: Disaster in the Making

Louis Belanger | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Louis Belanger

Incredibly, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is clear that the TISA seeks to further deregulate financial markets and to make matters worst, with such high stakes for people and our planet, talks are being held behind closed doors.

Stalemate: U.S. and Japan Fail to Advance Trade Talks

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Ilana Solomon

Obama and Abe have been in negotiations over Japan's treatment of sensitive agricultural products, including rice, beef, pork, wheat, and dairy products, and over trade in automobiles -- but a breakthrough is still out of reach. This lack of progress is just one of several indicators that the TPP is faltering, if not failing.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Ask U.S. Trade Rep To Drop Complaint Over India's Solar Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of environmental organizations is calling on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to drop a complaint over India's solar ...

Behind the Veil: The Truth About Trade in 'Environmental Goods'

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

What we need for the health of the planet is not an expansion of the WTO or our current model of free trade. Instead, we need fair and responsible trade to sustainably manage natural resources and confront the climate crisis.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

The TPP is a bad deal for taxpayers, for doctors and for everyone who believes in corporate transparency. If rammed through Congress via fast-track trade authority, which doesn't allow Congress to offer any amendments, it will lead to lost jobs and lost lives.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Tries To Wreck India's Solar Industry While Pushing Fight Against Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration talks a lot about the need to develop renewable energy around the world to curb climate change. But right now, ...

The Declining Trade Deficit Is Good News

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

We have been getting significant positive economic news of late, but here is one you may have missed because for some reason it has not generated much media coverage. Our nation's current account deficit -- the trade deficit -- in the last quarter of 2013 was the lowest it has been in 14 years.

Korea-US Free Trade Agreement Two Years Out: Promise vs. Reality

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We know that trade deals matter. They matter to working families, they matter to U.S. communities, and they matter to those of us who believe that U.S. trade policy should work for everyone, not just multinational corporations.

How Hispanic Triangulation Can Help the U.S. Innovate in Foreign Policy

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Josue Lopez Calderon

As the relationship between Latin America and emerging regions such as Asia remains strong, the argument for optimally engaging America's largest diaspora, Hispanics, in U.S. foreign policy has never been more essential.