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America and China Face the 21st Century: Replace Confrontation with Cooperation

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Goldstein performs two critical tasks in his new book, Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging U.S.-China Rivalry (Georgetown University Press). First, he acknowledges the legitimacy of the PRC's desire for a greater international role. Second, he offers a strategy of cooperation for the two nations, which includes recognizing natural but much-reviled "spheres of influence."

Clearing the Air on Open Skies

Roger Dow | Posted 07.10.2016 | Business
Roger Dow

Preserving Open Skies is critical to thousands of businesses all across America and millions of U.S. jobs that depend on international travel. These agreements exist to benefit the entire travel industry and the broader U.S. economy, not just three airlines.

Labor Unions Will Press Hillary Clinton On Trade

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will meet privately this month with leaders of the nation's larg...

Lots of Fuzzy Numbers Behind Walmart's American Manufacturing Push

Scott Paul | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business
Scott Paul

Where Walmart goes, others follow. And that can have a profound effect on how and what our country purchases. Still, the company could do much better. And it could start by being honest about the numbers behind its purchasing pledge.

Don't Write Off Japan Yet -- Shortcomings Can Spur Its Next Burst of Innovation

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 07.08.2016 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

The recent green light in Congress for fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership marks an opportunity to put a forgotten economic heavyweight back in focus.

Who Sets the Rules of the Game in Asia?

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

It is now a commonplace to refer to the 21st century as the Asian Century. With the world economy struggling to recover from the global financial crisis, the Asia Pacific region, and especially its developing countries, has provided much of the impetus for global growth.

A Strategic Opportunity to Advance U.S.-Vietnam Relations

Antony Blinken | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Antony Blinken

This week, the United States and Vietnam will open a new chapter in our history as General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong travels to Washington, the first visit by Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary to the U.S. since our two nations established relations 20 years ago.

Just Before Round of Negotiations on the Proposed 'Trade in Services Agreement' (TISA), Wikileaks Releases Updated Secret Documents

Deborah James | Posted 07.02.2016 | World
Deborah James

The documents, along with the analysis, highlight the way that the TISA responds to major corporate lobbies' desire to deregulate services, even beyond the existing World Trade Organization rules. This leak exposes the corporate aim to use TISA to further limit the public interest regulatory capacity of democratically elected governments.

Keeping Up With the Times and the Democratic Party

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

Here's the real message behind the congressional votes on fast-track authority and trade-adjustment assistance: Democrats will no longer support major trade agreements that cost American jobs and create further downward pressure on wages, especially as inequality continues to accelerate.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

Now We Build a Fair Trade Movement

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.29.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track trade authority passed last week. So many of us fought so hard but The money won again -- this time. What do we do now? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

6 Facts You Didn't Know About Trade And How They Affect You

Michael Møller | Posted 06.27.2016 | World
Michael Møller

Trade is not always the solution to poverty or fragile economies but it can help boost local economies, increase employment and bring people together. Like ships that get loaded and unloaded, we can look at Geneva as a global trade hub that discharges old trade policies

America's Trade Agenda: Too Important To Fail

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 06.25.2016 | World
Joshua W. Walker

These issues, foreign and domestic, are far too important to leave unaddressed. Maintaining a U.S. trade policy that is at the heart of U.S. economic and foreign policy priorities is critical. In essence - it is too important to fail.

What Was Won in the Brutal Trade Battle

Sarah Anderson | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn't work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance "fast track" Trade Promotion Authority on Tuesday, June 23, it was crushing.

The Writing Was on the Wall, We Had to Pass TAA

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Let me be clear: I oppose "fast-track" legislation! Congress is empowered by the U.S. Constitution to review trade deals. I do not support ceding our authority to anyone.

Obama Sides With Republican Climate Change Deniers on Trade Deal

Jacob Devaney | Posted 06.25.2016 | Green
Jacob Devaney

If the president truly wants us to #actonclimate, then we should be calling him and our representatives every day and telling them to vote NO on TPP. If TPP is so "progressive", then why is it being kept secret?

The Fight for Fair Trade: How Far We've Come, How Much Further We Will Go

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.25.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

We must continue to build a movement so powerful that it is impossible for governments to allow trade rules to interfere with climate, environmental, and other public interest policies.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Dem Senator: Obama Has Been Pushing Foreign Policy Through Trade All Wrong | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours after it became clear that President Barack Obama's trade agenda would make it through Congress, a top Democratic voice on foreign...

TPP Is Not the Answer

Chantal Thomas | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Chantal Thomas

The most salient "add-on" feature of the TPP is its investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, which gives investors private rights of action against governments outside the court system. The problem is not so much that it violates rule of law and sovereignty, but that it shrinks the actual and potential role of the public.

Zach Carter

Senate Grants Obama Fast-Track Trade Authority After Contentious Battle | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate made it official on Wednesday, granting President Barack Obama the power to streamline passage of major trade pacts with Paci...

Obama's Strange New Love of Free Trade

Kevin Price | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Kevin Price

Many people who are watching the events unfold about Obama and trade are asking, "who is this guy?" What happened to the senator from Illinois who consistently argued that free trade was often unfair trade for average Americans everywhere.

Wall Street and Big Corporations Got What They Wanted -- This Time

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Fast track is The Money directing Congress to go utterly against what vast majorities of people actively say, what movements of people are fighting for. Is this how business will be done in the 21st century? Maybe, but maybe not. We the People came close to winning this time. We will come closer and closer, then we will start winning again.

Hillary vs. Bernie on Frankenfood

Judy Frankel | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Food is a good reason for Democrats and Republicans to abscond from their "politics as usual" party loyalties and vote for Bernie Sanders, the 38-year Independent running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic primary.

Zach Carter

Senate Gives Obama Huge Win On Trade | Zach Carter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama the biggest legislative victory of his second term, with a dramatic vote clearing th...

On TPP, Congress's Cat Burglars Are Pulling a Fast One

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

It's hardly a surprise that Republican congressional leaders and their cadre of Democratic allies spurred on by Barack Obama are resorting to a bagful of parliamentary tricks to put the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a "take it or leave it but you can't change it" fast-track to enactment by Tuesday.