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What Hamilton and Obama Have in Common

William D. Beaver | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
William D. Beaver

President Obama, who intimately understands how difficult working with the legislature can be, saw Hamilton the musical with his two daughters last July, calling it, according to his press secretary, "fabulous" and exclaiming "it lived up to the hype".

Current Debate Highlights Need For Pro-America Trade Policy

Andy Stern | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Andy Stern

Bernie Sanders' and Donald Trump's primary victories in Michigan demonstrate Americans' dissatisfaction with the TPP and other trade deals that promise good job growth for millions of Americans -- while the growth they actually deliver is that of increased economic inequality.

What's the Problem with Free Trade?

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.14.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Our country's "free trade" agreements have followed a framework of trading away our democracy and middle-class prosperity in exchange for letting the biggest corporations dominate.

Iran's "Hardliners", "Moderates", "Reformists": Invasion and Intervention in Syria

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The unison among Iran's reformists, hardliners, principalists, moderates, and independent politicians will continue to last due to the above factors and their shared convergence of interests in keeping Assad in power.

Koch Funded Group: 'Bernie Sanders Is Right'

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received a nod Wednesday from an unlikely source: Freedom Partners, a political nonprofit with close ties to billionaire c...

Sanders, Trump, & Cruz -- Lessons Not Learned Beyond Tenth Grade High School

Edward Goldberg | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
Edward Goldberg

Bernie Sanders's problem with exports, "because they benefit large corporations," is more than somewhat astounding. Who does he thinks works in all the Boeing plants? Doesn't he realize that a large percent of Boeing shares are owned by various American retirement funds and individual American 401k plans?

Clinton vs. Trump

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Republican Donald Trump was the big winner in the presidential contests Tuesday in Michigan, Mississippi and Hawaii. But former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton narrowly lost to Senator Bernie Sanders in Michigan because she underperformed with working-class, white male voters, a group Trump does well with. This portends a serious problem for Clinton should she face Trump in the November presidential election.

Investigating Peru's Illegal Timber Trade and the Failure of the US-Peru Trade Deal

Ilana Solomon | Posted 03.08.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

At the end of February, after years of turning a blind eye to evidence that Peru has been exporting illegally taken timber to the U.S. in clear violation of its commitments under the U.S.-Peru trade pact, the U.S. is opening its eyes -- just slightly -- to the trade violations.

Memoir:Islam, Quran, Muhammad, Allah (god) Hate Women and Non-Muslims?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.09.2016 | Books
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

With the rise of the Islamic State and similar groups, there exist fundamental questions, regarding the religion of Islam, that I attempt to address a...

Little known Canada trade deal a major threat to British taxpayers

Mark Dearn | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Mark Dearn

A trade deal with Canada - what's to worry about, it surely doesn't seem all that bad, does it? Yet, lurking in the text of a seemingly innocuous dea...

Trump Taps Into Economic Anxiety Resulting From 'Free Trade'

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.02.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

Many people don't "get" Donald Trump's appeal, ascribing it to his racist, xenophobic talk. But there is another factor, a very strong one, and we had best pay attention: Trump is tapping into an economic anxiety.

What a Trump Presidency Would Look Like for U.S. Foreign Policy

Roger Alford | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Roger Alford

Unfortunately Republican primary voters have made the remarkable choice to take Donald Trump seriously, and therefore we now have little choice but to contemplate the ramifications of a Trump presidency for United States foreign policy.

Iran's Elections: The Fallacy, Hype, and Oversimplification

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Democratic elections? The media, primarily the Western mainstream outlets, have been carried away with their characterization of Iran's elections. V...

The WTO Just Ruled Against India's Booming Solar Program

Ben Beachy | Posted 02.26.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

Cartoon by Courtenay Lewis On the heels of the recent global summit in Paris to tackle climate disruption, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has rul...

Amid Growing Risks, Will Leaders Protect the Poor?

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

We need global efforts to preserve and increase the gains we made in the fight against poverty. But we won't succeed without good leadership.

Here's How Donald Trump Could Become President

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

Don't laugh. Donald Trump could actually win this thing. Not just the Republican nomination -- the presidency. It would be very nice if a brand of po...

A Defiant Iran Defies the UN and International Laws Again

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.21.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the major questions to address are: What aspect of its military is Iran attempting to strengthen? Why does the UN continue to ignore the Islamic Republic when it is clearly violating its resolutions? And, why does Iran so publicly announce such actions which are violations of the UNSC resolutions?

US Elections - Impact on India, China and Russia

Elena Ulansky | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Elena Ulansky

Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting One thing is clear from the Republican and Democratic campaigns,...

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the Money

Dean Baker | Posted 02.15.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

Secretary Clinton has flipped Sanders' claim around and challenged him to show where she has reversed a position to serve the moneyed interests. This might be a useful campaign tactic, but it misrepresents the way in which money affects campaigns.

Iran Plays and Backstabs the US: Iran Dumps Dollar in Trade

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic declared that it is moving away from the US dollar for use in trades and that Tehran welcomes replacing dollar with other curren...

The Middle East Must Think Beyond the Barrel

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Sarah Elzeini

As the Gulf region experiences plunges in oil prices, new goods and services are needed to diversify the economy beyond hydrocarbon production. Now is the time for both government and corporate entrepreneurship responsibility.

Iran: Back in Business and The New Best Friends

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has been on a shopping spree in Europe to reap benefits from business deals worth billions of dollars. The red carpet was rolled out for him, and he was invited to some of the most esteemed locations on the continent to meet with business and political leaders.

Sanders Vows to Kill TPP If Elected. Will Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "free-trade" agreement was signed, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders strongly voiced his opposition and committed to doing what he can to kill the deal if he is elected president. Rival Hillary Clinton has also stated opposition to the TPP, but will she also vow to kill it if elected?

A Great Achievement in Economic Diplomacy

Matt Gold | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Gold

A free trade agreement (FTA) expands economic opportunity in foreign markets for American workers and businesses, while doing the same for their foreign counterparts in our market. The increased trade improves the overall economy of each country. But, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, modern FTAs do more.

Federal Judge Sentences Lumber Liquidators to Probation, $13 Million in Fines for Smuggling Timber

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 02.01.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Today's sentence marks the end of a multi-year investigation in which the Department of Justice found that Lumber Liquidators imported products made of wood harvested illegally in Russia, including timber cut from Siberian tiger habitat.