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Iran Threatens the US and the Middle East: Stay Away from Our Redlines. Obama's Response?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There used to be a time when the Islamic Republic showed some discretion with regards to its regional hegemonic and ideological ambitions, or skirting and breaching international laws.

Bernie Sanders Says He Would Renegotiate NAFTA, Not Violate it

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

If elected president, Bernie Sanders would not simply ignore the trade deals he has called "disastrous," but would instead renegotiate them with partn...

What American Jews Need

Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Unger, Ph.D.

A faith resource rooted in eliciting positions on justice from the Hebrew canon can be a positive stepping stone for dialogue between diverse populations seeking pathways to relieve global cleavages.

Emerging Technology Enables Serious Collectors to Trade Digital Art Securely

Adam James Butcher | Posted 04.11.2016 | Arts
Adam James Butcher

Only very recently has the digital medium caught up with more traditional approaches in its ability to be valued seriously by collectors. Up until now, a digital piece of artwork could easily be downloaded copied and shared inconsiderately, making ownership a bit of a sham.

This Is A Really Dumb Way To Fix Poverty

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

Poverty is what happens when people do not have enough money to live decently. It's a difficult problem to solve if there aren't any other people who ...

The Factory Vote in the Badger State

Scott Paul | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

If you're not yet sold on a candidate, I don't blame you. We've heard the same in 2012, '08, and '04, but the trends have continued. Despite all of the campaign promises otherwise, factory jobs are still disappearing.

A Trade Deal for the 21st Century: An Alternative to the TPP

Dean Baker | Posted 04.04.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

There can be large benefits to countries from trading, and there is no doubt that the United States is enormously richer as a result of international trade. But that hardly means that everyone was benefitted by the patterns of trade over the last three decades, nor is it a reason to support the TPP.

Iran Reciprocates US's Favor by Increasing Anti-Americanism and Warmongering in the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

From the US government's perspective, the rules of the nation-state systems and existing international norms suggest that if the US does a favor for a country (in this case, the Islamic Republic), Tehran will absolutely reciprocate.

John Ratzenberger - American Made

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 04.02.2016 | Business
Stacey Alcorn

At the end of the day, John Ratzenberger says that his passion in life is simple, it's America. He wants to bring back improvisation, real fame, creators, and those who are willing to fall and get back up, because these are the roots upon which America was built.

International Trade Issues of the U.S. Election

Nake M. Kamrany | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Nake M. Kamrany

Free international trade has come under sharp attack by presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders for causing billon of dollars of unfavorable trade balance, unemployment and lower economic growth in the United States most notably by China, Japan and Mexico.

A Bipartisan, Consensus Approach to Innovation Policy

Victoria Espinel | Posted 03.29.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

In encouraging news given today's climate, Congress is making progress on legislation that will promote innovation. Even more encouraging? The legisla...

Think Trump's 45 Percent Tariffs Are Bad? Try Obama's 10,000 Percent Tariffs

Dean Baker | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

While Trump wants to put large tariffs on imports from some of our major trading partners, President Obama is actively pushing to have far larger tariffs imposed on a wide range of goods in his trade deals, most importantly the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trade Deficits Are Not Scorecards. But Under Certain Circumstances, They're Far From Benign.

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

As long as there's been trade, there's been imbalanced trade, as countries invariably produce more than they consume, i.e., they're run a trade surplus, while others, like us, will do the opposite. To somehow insist on balanced trade for all would be a huge policy mistake.

Iran's Executions and Human Rights Abuses Hit 27-Year High

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian authorities claim that these executions are overwhelmingly related to drugs offenses. Nevertheless, many of the executions were linked to other issues. Only around 65 percent of those who were executed were charged with violating Iran's narcotics law.

Is Trump Out of Order on NATO Scale Back?

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

Is Donald Trump really naive, as Ted Cruz called him, in suggesting that the U.S. examine its relationships with NATO and other treaty allies?

The Choice Is Not Between TPP or No Trade

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

We desperately need a new American trade policy. To achieve that, first, we must do no further harm. We must not enact any more-of-the-same, job-killing, race-to-the-bottom agreements.

Want to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground? Stop These Trade Deals

Ben Beachy | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

Did you know that two looming trade deals, if passed by Congress, would newly empower 45 of the world's 50 largest corporate climate polluters to "sue" governments in private tribunals over policies that keep fossil fuels in the ground?

The Year of Trade Deals: A Sensible Debate

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Why trade and why now? Not since the establishment of the World Trade Organization in 1995 has international trade received as much public attention as we have observed over the past several months.

Fact-Check This: Arrogance of Elites Helps Drive the Trump Phenomenon

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Our elite class loves to explain to laid-off workers why their woes are their own fault. They don't have a college degree. They should have started their own companies. They're on drugs. They're too fat or lazy or dim to quickly adapt. Trump beckons... "There will be so many jobs." "It will be beautiful."

Five Simple Formulas That Capture Today's Economic Challenges and Solutions

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Contemporary economics is often criticized for being too mathematical. How can we really capture the complex dynamics of what's happening in people's economic lives with a bunch of formulas?

Campaign Demagoguery on Parade

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

It is an economic fact of life that both businesses and their employees benefit when we sell more products overseas, and consumers enjoy a wider range of products at lower prices.

TTIP and TPP -- A Threat to Latin America?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

For better or worse, TPP and TTIP could redefine global trade in the 21st century. At the moment, a Latin America perspective is largely lacking in the negotiation process; in TTIP, it is excluded by definition.

Company Shipping Illegal Timber From The Amazon Abandons Boat, Crew In Mexico

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 03.18.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Imagine you joined the crew of a cargo ship, sailing down the Amazon River from Peru into the Atlantic Ocean. After officials in several countries deny your ship entry suspecting your cargo is illegal, you dock in a Mexican port.

Global Inequality: Branko Milanovic Takes on the World

Dean Baker | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Dean Baker

Branko Milanovic is one of the world's leading experts on inequality, having spent decades at the World Bank studying patterns within and between countries. He therefore brings an enormous scope of knowledge of recent and past income trends to his new book.

The Year of the Angry Economists

Dean Baker | Posted 03.14.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The economists are really angry this year. They have cause. Leading presidential candidates in both political parties are trashing the trade agreements that many have devoted their careers to promoting. This is not supposed to happen in the America they know.