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Setting the Record Straight on the TISA Leak

Deborah James | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Deborah James

Last week, WikiLeaks released the largest trove of secret trade documents ever: draft texts of the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).

Zach Carter

Vietnamese Labor Leaders Urge Congress To Reject Obama's Trade Agenda | Zach Carter | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Vietnamese labor leaders sent a letter to Congress on Thursday saying a major pending trade bill will destroy efforts to impr...

The Shoddy Track Record Of The TPP's ISDS Provision

Amy Kapczynski | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Amy Kapczynski

A key aspect of the TPP will be the provision of "investor-state dispute settlement" (ISDS). The name sounds innocuous, but its content puts at risk core elements of the American legal system -- America's commitment to open courts and equal treatment.

Igor Bobic

Bernie Sanders Calls Hillary Clinton Out On Trade | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says it's long past time for Hillary Clinton to make clear where she stands on a pending trade deal between ...

The EU-CELAC "Partnership" Fails Coffee Test

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

The European Union hosts the EU CELAC "Partnership" Summit in Brussels on June 10th and 11th. It brings together Presidents, Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of 61 countries and the EU institutions, that is the 28 members of the EU and 33 nations from CELAC - Community of Latin American and Caribbean States-.

Daniel Marans

Unions, Seniors Groups Urge Congress Not To Cut Medicare To Fund Trade Assistance | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

An already difficult road for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the House of Representatives got bumpier on Monday, as controversial Medicare cuts were...

The Trade Deficit and the Weak Job Market

Dean Baker | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

It is often said that the economy is too simple for economists to understand. This is clearly the story with the continuing weakness of the job market and the trade deficit. We are still down more than 3 million jobs from our trend level even with May's strong growth.

10 Reasons The TPP Is Not A 'Progressive' Trade Agreement

Ralph Nader | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

History shows the very opposite of progress when it comes to these democratic sovereignty-shredding and job-exporting corporate-driven trade treaties -- unless progress is referring to fulfilling the deepest wishes of runaway global corporations.

Will TPP Kill the Post Office?

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Will TPP enable the privatizers to declare things like our beloved U.S. Postal Service, schools and roads to be "commercial activity" that competes with private companies? How about our parks, libraries, public pensions and other public services?

World Environment Day: Trade More, Trade Greener

Arancha González | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Arancha González

Today is World Environment Day, a day that should warrant some reflection on how we relate to our surroundings. For me, working in trade, it is an occasion to think a little bit harder about how we can make international commerce greener without compromising on its potential to improve people's livelihoods.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Paul Ryan Seems Really Confident That Fast-Track Is Gonna Pass | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the go-to person on trade for Republicans and the White House alike, says he's more co...

Another Leaked Trade Agreement, Another Reason to Oppose Fast Track

David Singh Grewal | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
David Singh Grewal

Longstanding systems of public service provision in areas ranging from transport to broadcasting to utilities look likely to be come under new scrutiny under the TiSA.

Today's Global Economy? We Are All in it Together!

Dominik Knoll | Posted 06.04.2015 | Business
Dominik Knoll

Today I would like to write about the World Economy, highlighting some of the current strengths and developments on the examples of the US, Europe, China and India.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Pelosi Says Passing Trade For Obama Isn't Her Burden To Bear | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she doesn't plan on rallying Democrats to vote for legislation that would give Presid...

Michael McAuliff

Wikileaks Drops Another Damning Trove Of Secret Trade Deal Documents | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest trove of secret trade documents released by Wikileaks is offering opponents of the massive deals currently being crafted by t...

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Agenda Rewards U.S. Companies That Profit From Slavery | Zach Carter | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's effort to include Malaysia in a major pending trade pact has baffled human rights advocates, who see it as a re...

Severing the 'Gordian Knot': Defying Conventional Wisdom and Reversing Current Trade Policy

Gabriela Lemus | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Gabriela Lemus

Nobody begrudges the wealthy their wealth. The United States is an aspirational society after all. What they do begrudge is a rigged system that doesn't allow the average worker to lead a happy and healthy life -- one where their families are secure and their worries are lessened.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Menendez Urges House To Keep Malaysia Out Of Obama's Trade Deal | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Citing Malaysia’s abysmal slavery record, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) urged the House on Monday to ensure his provision blocking the...

Call These People, and Make Them Listen

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

According to public reports, the 18 Democratic Members of Congress listed below are leaning in favor of voting for "Fast Track," legislation that would prevent Congress from debating or amending whatever the Executive Branch calls a "trade bill."

Laura Barron-Lopez

Obama's Trade Deal Is Tangled In The Intricate Web Of Malaysia's Slavery Problem | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's push for legislation that would enable the U.S. to strike a major trade deal with 11 other countries has gotten...

Zach Carter

Warren Pushes White House To Keep Slavery Ban In Trade Deal | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

BOSTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Thursday decried efforts by the Obama administration to undermine an anti-slavery measure that the Senate...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Elizabeth Warren Agrees With Rush Limbaugh On Trade, And No One's More Surprised Than She Is | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) found herself searching for the right words on Thursday to capture her feelings about sharing a position...

Zach Carter

Progressive Groups Call On Obama Trade Official To Disclose Communications With Wall Street Banks | Zach Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of progressive organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama's top trade negotiator on Thursday, asking him to discl...

Why African Diasporans Should Be Engaged in Africa's Prosperity

Amini Kajunju | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

Worldwide, there are nearly 170 million Africans in the diaspora. With enormous progress taking root across the continent, Africans in the diaspora are uniquely positioned to contribute to boosting the economic growth and prosperity in Africa.

Ryan Grim

How The White House And Paul Ryan Are Making Sure Forced Labor Remains Part Of Their Trade Deal | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will quickly get down to unfinished business once it returns from the holiday recess: defending trading par...