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New Trade Deals and State-owned Companies

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 09.11.2016 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

The United States is likely to raise these concerns in future agreements such as the Bilateral Investment Treaty, which it was negotiating with China before discussions between the two countries were put on hold.

Are Climate VIPs Welcome? The Rationale of Carbon Clubs

Nicole de Paula | Posted 09.07.2016 | Green
Nicole de Paula

The fact that the debate over carbon clubs remains on the agenda suggests that they cannot be ignored. Among its plusses and minuses, one thing seems to be consensual among the carbon VIP defenders: the UN, for the moment, is not invited to the carbon club party.

What Are Sanctions, and Do They Work?

MoneyTips | Posted 09.07.2016 | Business

Sanctions have been prominently featured in the news in recent times, especially given international negotiations with Iran regarding economic sanctio...

For Sale: Wisconsin

Neal Wooten | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Neal Wooten

Scott Walker has been very vocal in the last month calling for Obama to cancel the visit, calling China a "strategic competitor" and saying "we should expect more out of China." There's only one problem with this rhetoric coming from Scott Walker. It's a tad hypocritical.

China's Stock Market Mess Belies Bigger Problems for the United States

Scott Paul | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

The recent cratering of the Chinese stock market left some scars on our 401(k) plans and dominated recent headlines. Some called it a correction. I tend to think of it as another glimpse into the crazy house-of-cards economy in China.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Best on Women's Issues

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Many people believe that electing a woman president will help. I'm not so sure. Does breaking glass ceilings constitute a real political strategy -- that's capable of improving women's lives? And does voting one's gender really translate to voting one's interest?

Trump's Tropes

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 08.27.2016 | Entertainment
Robert L. Borosage

For years, Republicans have used race bait politics to consolidate their support among white, working class voters. For years, they postured about military action for partisan advantage. For years, they have worshipped Reagan as a man on a horse who rode in to save the country. Now Trump's tropes recycle these themes, in more nationalist, bawdy and bigoted rants. And in indicting our failed trade policies, defending Social Security and Medicare, questioning mindless interventions, he strays from the Republican gospel to appeal to the concerns of working Americans. He's calling out the phonies and offering himself as a true man on the horse to make America great again. The Republican establishment may just find themselves reaping what they have sown.

The President's First Job is to Preserve the Middle Class

Gregory Floyd | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Gregory Floyd

The President's first job is to preserve the middle class. The 2016 election is crucial to the future of our country and I look forward to hearing more from each candidate on how they will protect the good, honest jobs our middle class needs to survive and thrive.

Floored: The True Cost of Unenforced Trade Deals

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 08.24.2016 | 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.

Jordan Needs to Appoint an Administrative Czar to Solve Bridge Problems

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The decades-old conflict with Israel and the aftereffects of the Israeli occupation of what was Jordanian land in the West Bank continue to be a source of hardships and problems for individuals and business people on both sides of the Jordan River.

EC's Transparency Spin Falls Flat as TTIP Made Even More Secretive

Mark Dearn | Posted 08.18.2016 | Politics
Mark Dearn

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the biggest trade deal ever negotiated. Yet all British MPs know about it is what little the European Commission (EC) decides to tell them -- and that's about to become a lot less.

China's Currency Devaluation and the Federal Reserve Board

Dean Baker | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

Discussions of economic issues in policy circles often suffer from a "which way is up?" dilemma; it's not clear what the problem is that needs to be solved. The massive fretting over China's devaluation of its currency last week is one such example.

China's Currency Manipulation Should Serve As A Warning About TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

At a time when income inequality is running rampant in the U.S., workers don't need even more "free" trade agreements that will further strip this nation's economy of middle-income jobs.

What Will It Take to Realize Pakistan's Potential?

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 08.12.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

As a former finance minister myself, I know that the logic of better policies often clashes with entrenched attitudes, vested interests and real or perceived security concerns. It takes tough decision-making and persistence to succeed.

TFTA: Africa's Crucial Inflection Point

Dante Disparte | Posted 08.10.2016 | Business
Dante Disparte

On June 10, 2015, at the 25th African Union Summit in Cairo, Egypt, African leaders signed the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA). Prior to its signing, the agreement had been in negotiations for seven years.

Why We Must Invest In Youth For A Sustainable Future

Arancha González | Posted 08.11.2016 | Impact
Arancha González

It is no coincidence that in the wake of the Arab Spring, investment in youth-related initiatives, especially related to employment, has increased sharply.

When the Real World Confronts Trade Theories, the Real World Wins

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

TPP covers a whole lot more than what we would think of as "trade." Regardless, let's look here at the idea that expanding trade is always good.

Chamber of Commerce Threatens Health of Americans

Laurent Huber | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Laurent Huber

An opinion piece published on July 30 by Al Jazeera exposes the work of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the tobacco industry in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations.

GOP Economics: Export American Jobs Rather Than American Products

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

While quite a bit has changed in the 81 years since Franklin Roosevelt launched the Export-Import Bank, one fact remains the same: America needs a coherent national economic strategy focused on raising wages and living standards.

Action -- Not Lofty Rhetoric -- Needed Out of Obama's Nairobi Summit

Charlotte Florance | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Charlotte Florance

President Obama is in Kenya for the 5th annual U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Summit. While the African continent is not a surprising choice for the Summit, given it is home to some of the most promising economies in the world.

Bury the Export-Import Bank: Reduce Federal Liabilities, Increase Economic Fairness

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Export-Import Bank died when its charter expired at the end of June. After 81 years, what is commonly known as Boeing's Bank headed toward Washington's trash bin.

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.

Business Needs Sustainable Development Goals, Too

Arancha González | Posted 07.12.2016 | Impact
Arancha González

This year, governments will make decisions that will shape sustainable development possibilities for generations to come. In September, world leaders will gather in New York to agree on a new set of international development goals.

Senators Press Kerry On Slavery About-Face

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 19 senators led by Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, urging him not to re...

Huge International Coalition Calls for a Big Change to WTO Agenda

Deborah James | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Deborah James

If we allow the WTO to expand liberalization, it would mean even more race-to-the-bottom policies would be bound by international law. Think of it as austerity but mandated legally, and just about impossible to get out of.