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Think Trump's 45 Percent Tariffs Are Bad? Try Obama's 10,000 Percent Tariffs

Dean Baker | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

While Trump wants to put large tariffs on imports from some of our major trading partners, President Obama is actively pushing to have far larger tariffs imposed on a wide range of goods in his trade deals, most importantly the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trade Deficits Are Not Scorecards. But Under Certain Circumstances, They're Far From Benign.

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

As long as there's been trade, there's been imbalanced trade, as countries invariably produce more than they consume, i.e., they're run a trade surplus, while others, like us, will do the opposite. To somehow insist on balanced trade for all would be a huge policy mistake.

Iran's Executions and Human Rights Abuses Hit 27-Year High

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian authorities claim that these executions are overwhelmingly related to drugs offenses. Nevertheless, many of the executions were linked to other issues. Only around 65 percent of those who were executed were charged with violating Iran's narcotics law.

Is Trump Out of Order on NATO Scale Back?

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

Is Donald Trump really naive, as Ted Cruz called him, in suggesting that the U.S. examine its relationships with NATO and other treaty allies?

The Choice Is Not Between TPP or No Trade

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

We desperately need a new American trade policy. To achieve that, first, we must do no further harm. We must not enact any more-of-the-same, job-killing, race-to-the-bottom agreements.

Want to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground? Stop These Trade Deals

Ben Beachy | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

Did you know that two looming trade deals, if passed by Congress, would newly empower 45 of the world's 50 largest corporate climate polluters to "sue" governments in private tribunals over policies that keep fossil fuels in the ground?

The Year of Trade Deals: A Sensible Debate

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Why trade and why now? Not since the establishment of the World Trade Organization in 1995 has international trade received as much public attention as we have observed over the past several months.

Fact-Check This: Arrogance of Elites Helps Drive the Trump Phenomenon

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Our elite class loves to explain to laid-off workers why their woes are their own fault. They don't have a college degree. They should have started their own companies. They're on drugs. They're too fat or lazy or dim to quickly adapt. Trump beckons... "There will be so many jobs." "It will be beautiful."

Five Simple Formulas That Capture Today's Economic Challenges and Solutions

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Contemporary economics is often criticized for being too mathematical. How can we really capture the complex dynamics of what's happening in people's economic lives with a bunch of formulas?

Campaign Demagoguery on Parade

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

It is an economic fact of life that both businesses and their employees benefit when we sell more products overseas, and consumers enjoy a wider range of products at lower prices.

TTIP and TPP -- A Threat to Latin America?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

For better or worse, TPP and TTIP could redefine global trade in the 21st century. At the moment, a Latin America perspective is largely lacking in the negotiation process; in TTIP, it is excluded by definition.

Company Shipping Illegal Timber From The Amazon Abandons Boat, Crew In Mexico

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 03.18.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Imagine you joined the crew of a cargo ship, sailing down the Amazon River from Peru into the Atlantic Ocean. After officials in several countries deny your ship entry suspecting your cargo is illegal, you dock in a Mexican port.

Global Inequality: Branko Milanovic Takes on the World

Dean Baker | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Dean Baker

Branko Milanovic is one of the world's leading experts on inequality, having spent decades at the World Bank studying patterns within and between countries. He therefore brings an enormous scope of knowledge of recent and past income trends to his new book.

The Year of the Angry Economists

Dean Baker | Posted 03.14.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The economists are really angry this year. They have cause. Leading presidential candidates in both political parties are trashing the trade agreements that many have devoted their careers to promoting. This is not supposed to happen in the America they know.

What Hamilton and Obama Have in Common

William D. Beaver | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
William D. Beaver

President Obama, who intimately understands how difficult working with the legislature can be, saw Hamilton the musical with his two daughters last July, calling it, according to his press secretary, "fabulous" and exclaiming "it lived up to the hype".

Current Debate Highlights Need For Pro-America Trade Policy

Andy Stern | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Andy Stern

Bernie Sanders' and Donald Trump's primary victories in Michigan demonstrate Americans' dissatisfaction with the TPP and other trade deals that promise good job growth for millions of Americans -- while the growth they actually deliver is that of increased economic inequality.

What's the Problem with Free Trade?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.14.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Our country's "free trade" agreements have followed a framework of trading away our democracy and middle-class prosperity in exchange for letting the biggest corporations dominate.

Iran's "Hardliners", "Moderates", "Reformists": Invasion and Intervention in Syria

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The unison among Iran's reformists, hardliners, principalists, moderates, and independent politicians will continue to last due to the above factors and their shared convergence of interests in keeping Assad in power.

Koch Funded Group: 'Bernie Sanders Is Right'

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received a nod Wednesday from an unlikely source: Freedom Partners, a political nonprofit with close ties to billionaire c...

Sanders, Trump, & Cruz -- Lessons Not Learned Beyond Tenth Grade High School

Edward Goldberg | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
Edward Goldberg

Bernie Sanders's problem with exports, "because they benefit large corporations," is more than somewhat astounding. Who does he thinks works in all the Boeing plants? Doesn't he realize that a large percent of Boeing shares are owned by various American retirement funds and individual American 401k plans?

Clinton vs. Trump

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Republican Donald Trump was the big winner in the presidential contests Tuesday in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii. But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton narrowly lost to Senator Bernie Sanders in Michigan because she underperformed with working-class, white male voters, a group Trump does well with. This portends a serious problem for Clinton should she face Trump in the November presidential election.

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.

Memoir:Islam, Quran, Muhammad, Allah (god) Hate Women and Non-Muslims?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.09.2016 | Books
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

With the rise of the Islamic State and similar groups, there exist fundamental questions, regarding the religion of Islam, that I attempt to address a...

Little known Canada trade deal a major threat to British taxpayers

Mark Dearn | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Mark Dearn

A trade deal with Canada - what's to worry about, it surely doesn't seem all that bad, does it? Yet, lurking in the text of a seemingly innocuous dea...

Trump Taps Into Economic Anxiety Resulting From 'Free Trade'

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.02.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Many people don't "get" Donald Trump's appeal, ascribing it to his racist, xenophobic talk. But there is another factor, a very strong one, and we had best pay attention: Trump is tapping into an economic anxiety.