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Memory And Myth In Economic Policymaking

William Spriggs | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
William Spriggs

But, myth and memory also are key to economic thinking. Economics can be equally complex as history. Making sense of what role fiscal deficits play in the economy, or trade, or minimum wages are wrapped in simplifying stories--or myths.

Iran Is Leader of Executions 2016: At Least One Execution A Day

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Since January 2016, Iran has executed at least 230 people, that is at least one person a day on average. The number of executions has recently increas...

Iran Is Ready To Attack Israel

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The tension between Israel and Iran appears to be heightening.

Iran Confirms Secret Nuclear Agreement: Big Pay Off To Iran

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.06.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian authorities reacted with anger towards the leaking of the secret agreement. This shows that how maintaining the secrecy of the deal was crucia...

The Clintons Throw America's Working Class Under the Bus -- Again. Coincidence or Fate?

Riley Waggaman | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Riley Waggaman

Poor Terry McAuliffe. When he announced that Hillary Clinton was obviously in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and then immediately recanted, we knew that he had been sacrificed in order to "test the waters".

Historic International Nepalese Business Expo in New York

Rajan Thapaliya | Posted 08.03.2016 | Business
Rajan Thapaliya

President of United States has signed a treaty on Feb 25. It approves 66 Nepalese products to enter America without any taxation. It is not for a single day, but for 10 whole years. It might possibly be a great opportunity for Nepalese businessmen to prosper their business.

Trump's Trade Policy Is Not Racially Neutral "Economic Populism"

Nathan Newman | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Nathan Newman

When Sanders talked about trade, it was to talk about how corporations use trade to harm workers and democracy at home and abroad. When Trump talks about trade, he talks about other countries "stealing" jobs from "the United States"-- a zero sum image that implicitly argues for Trump taking back jobs from brown people and giving them back to his white constituency.

Hillary Clinton's Evasive, New Non-Policy On Trade.

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

We have Trump offering quite specific policies, and taking extreme heat for them. Hillary Clinton's strategy is, apparently, not to be pinned down. In other words, she has adopted a political strategy, not a substantive one.

Undercover Etiquette Of The Diamond Trade

Katerina Pitzner | Posted 07.31.2016 | Business
Katerina Pitzner

In the opaque world of diamond dealing even an elevator encounter has its unwritten rules. Sometimes I feel like I'm in a movie. Being one of the few...

Stoking Optimism in a Darkening World

Chris Kutarna | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Chris Kutarna

(This post was originally published as part of the World Economic Forum's Globalization series.) In aggregate terms, the human race has never had it ...

Obama Loses Trade War With Democrats

Bill Watson | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Bill Watson

Even as he asked Democrats to help him "pass the baton" to Clinton, the President had to avoid any mention of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, because the Democratic Party is the primary reason the President has failed to secure his administration's most ambitious trade policy project.

This video shows why we must stop TPP to keep fossil fuels in the ground

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.28.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The climate movement has achieved critical wins recently. Protecting the Atlantic coast from offshore drilling, stopping fracking in New York, and def...

Economists, Public Opinion and International Trade

Kirby Goidel | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

Among the more fascinating aspects of politics are those curious intersections where expert analysis and popular opinion collide. Perhaps nowhere is t...

Is The Trans-Pacific Partnership Obama's Vietnam?

Dean Baker | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

As a concession to President Obama, the Democratic platform does not explicitly oppose the TPP. However it does include unambiguous language opposing investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms - the extra-judicial tribunals that are an integral part of the TPP.

The Case For China Trade

Jeremy Haft | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Jeremy Haft

The fact checkers have been chirping all day about Trump's acceptance speech. But we've heard nothing about the Great Job Creator's talking points about China, its currency manipulation, and how bad trade deals have killed jobs across America.

Trump's Acceptance Speech Promises Repudiation Of Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Remaining in the political character he has had for at least five years, Donald Trump's acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention reiterated his determination to walk away from America's current policy of free trade.

Over Intransigence of Rich Countries, Developing Countries Win Mandate on Trade for Development

Deborah James | Posted 07.23.2016 | World
Deborah James

In the realm of institutions that govern the global economy, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) stands out. While the Int...

President's US Visit Reinforces Mexico's Importance to Main Street America

Jason Marczak | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Jason Marczak

For the second time in less than a month, Presidents Peña Nieto and Obama are meeting to explore how to deepen collaboration in issues ranging from s...

Mexico Must Take Action To Protect Its Democracy

Richard Trumka | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Richard Trumka

In the shadow of the U.S. presidential elections, Mexico's president Enrique Peña Nieto returns to the White House this Friday to talk trade, immigration, and security with President Obama. The two met in Canada less than a month ago, but there is indeed much unfinished business.

Trump: Pulling Down the Pillars

Matt Gold | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Matt Gold

Last week's release of the Ghostbusters reboot recalls the original's classic scene where Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) gravely warns Peter Venkman...

Live From A Contentious Convention, It's The Alliance For American Manufacturing

Scott Paul | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

Our logic for participating is simple: If there were ever a presidential contest where the issues demanded our presence at a political convention, this is the one.

Is Donald Trump Serious About Trade, Or Anything?

Dean Baker | Posted 07.19.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

While many working people would agree that recent trade deals have not benefited them, they have good cause to be skeptical about Trump's get tough promises.

Real And Phony Problems With Our Trade Deals

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

According to Mr. Trump, the United States has been had -- out-bargained and out-maneuvered by other nations. So our country gets hurt by the deals, while other nations make out like bandits. But there's no sign of that.

Attempted Hijacking: Trade for Development!

Deborah James | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Deborah James

Rich Countries Work to Undermine Mandate UN's Premier "Trade for Development" Agency at 14th Conference of the United Nations Conference on Trade and ...

Brexit: What Cometh Now?

Shohini Kundu | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Shohini Kundu

One camp believes that as the UK retreats within its domestic borders, there will be a flight of capital to larger safe-haven economies, driving down the British sterling, and thereby increasing the cost of imports.