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Key Democrat Offers Obama Hope On Fast Track Authority For Secretive Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most powerful House Democrats on trade offered a ray of hope to President Barack Obama on Thursday, seeking to draw attention...

What Obama Got Wrong in His State of the Union Remarks on Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

The president briefly spoke about trade in his state of the union speech. He admitted that "past trade deals haven't always lived up to the hype," but then he called for doing more of the same.

5 Priorities For The State Of The Union

Kim Glas | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Kim Glas

America's infrastructure is in dire need of repair and it is past time to modernize the systems we rely on every day for energy, water, and communications both to address climate change and to create quality, family-sustaining jobs.

SOTU Schizophrenia: Middle-Class Jobs vs. Fast Track and TPP

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Either Obama will be the president whose initiatives to address income inequality and wage stagnation helped rebuild America's middle class, or he will prioritize a trade agenda that will offshore more good-paying jobs, destroy what is left of the American manufacturing sector, increase income inequality and speed the demise of America's middle class.

The President Says Manufacturing Is Back, But Is It?

Scott Paul | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Unless the president gets trade policy right, and starts to tackle some uncomfortable truths about trading partners like China and Japan, America will be stuck with little more than a marketing campaign in place of serious manufacturing policy.

Free Trade With Cuba Now

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

With increasing global threats of terrorism and epidemics, we are increasingly in need of partners and allies on the world stage. Cuba will be a welcomed addition, as our two nations are both known for international assistance.

What You Need to Know When Obama Talks Trade

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

President Obama is likely to use the State of the Union to push for passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the rigged "fast track" trade promotion authority. Here are some facts to counter the expected public relations campaign.

Naomi Klein, Climate, and Capitalism (Pt. 2): Creating a Broad Social Movement

John J. Berger | Posted 03.15.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

The key to breaking the climate and energy policy logjam in Washington, D.C., Naomi Klein contends in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, is the building of a powerful social movement. Citizens can then put leaders into office who are willing to take decisive action to protect the climate.

Our Trade Policy Is Insane

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

We're in a deep, deep hole. And there's a simple rule about holes: When you're in a hole, stop digging. Stop digging!

Idea for Tackling Inequality #27,653: Stop Subsidizing It

Dean Baker | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

Most of the discussion assumes that inequality is something that happened. By contrast, the more obvious story is that inequality is something that was done; it was the result of policies that had the effect of redistributing income upward.

Naomi Klein, Climate and Capitalism (Pt. 1)

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Because of the dominance of free-market ideology in much of the world today, Naomi Klein admits that the full set of ideas and policies she spells out to fix the climate may seem outlandish. The role of her book, however, is to show why those ideas are necessary and to make them feasible.

Growing Chorus of Diverse Voices Rejects TPP

Jacob Devaney | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

I don't think there are very many Americans who want unelected, foreign corporations to dictate what we can and can't do in our country. It is great to finally have something we can all agree on.

Fight Back Against Fast Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Except for corporate management and their large shareholders, the rest of us will lose big if Fast Track is adopted, making TPP a certainty.

Why a Greek Exit Should Be Feared

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

A Greek exit from the Eurozone could be catastrophic. The country would be shunned from international markets, with a new/old currency that would devalue severely. Nevertheless, the bigger risk for investors is that the turmoil spreads to larger neighboring countries.

What Is Brazil Really Doing in Africa?

Robert Muggah | Posted 03.06.2015 | World
Robert Muggah

If Brazil is to make a dent in Africa, it needs to get ahead of the curve. Future economic and demographic projections indicate that African investment opportunities are changing. Foreign policy experts and investors should take note, and plan accordingly.

Make Trade Promotion Authority Into Jobs Promotion Authority

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

When Congress comes back to work early next year, Trade Promotion Authority ("TPA") is likely to be high up on the Congressional agenda, and it is something the President and Congress can work together on.

Gay Black Men, It's Time to Do Away With 'Trade' and Down-Low Brothers in 2015

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Ernest Owens

We have to encourage our gay friends and each other to value ourselves more, not to succumb to the easy temptation of quick, cheap ego boosts that will actually set us back socially, for we are not just satisfying sexual cravings when we indulge down-low men but committing self-betrayal and hypocrisy.

How 'Citibank Budget' Push Foreshadows "Fast Track" for Trade Deals

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

It is worth examining how the process was rigged to push that budget deal through Congress over the weekend that contained Citibank-written derivative deregulation and all kinds of other goodies for the rich and powerful

Colombia's twin deficits

Felipe Ángel | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Felipe Ángel

Geared towards what seems to be an uncertain landscape for the country, Colombia continues to prove to be a fragile economy, with serious structural complications in its core and what some may classify as an irresponsible fiscal policy.

Bad Trade

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 02.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

American workers aren't whining. They can compete with anyone in the world on an even playing field. But when foreign countries provide illegal subsidies, manipulate their currency, and hand no-cost land, no-interest loans and tax breaks to producers, then it's bad trade.

TPP Negotiators Hit With Protests That Media Don't Cover

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.08.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Shouldn't it be a trade violation to threaten to move someone's job to another country? Shouldn't we negotiate trade agreements that increase people's wages on both sides of a trade border? Unfortunately that is not the kind of trade agreements that our current trade negotiation process produces.

Not Just for Export: Ethiopia's Coffee Culture

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Travel
Yuliya Neyman

My first trip to a coffee-producing country was in 2008. I was traveling to Costa Rica, and right up there with surfing in Tamarindo and seeing the Volcan Arenal was what I considered a culinary must: sampling some fabled Costa Rican roast.

"Reformed" or Not, Corporate Handouts in Trade Agreements Are as Dangerous as Ever

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Courtenay Lewis

It's not too late -- the EU, U.S. and Canada should eliminate corporate-empowering rules from trade agreements rather than falsely claim that the rules have been "reformed" for the better.

Cutting Red Tape in Trade Supports Development

Mukhisa Kituyi | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Mukhisa Kituyi

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have opened the way for implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, following a welcome breakthrough between India and the United States.

An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The long-term deterioration of the middle class, accelerated by the Wall Street crash of 2008, has not been pretty. Today, we have more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth.