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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...

The TPP Is Corporate America's 'Precious,' but the House Is Mount Doom

Ben Wikler | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Ben Wikler

Thanks to a 20-year push to avoid making the NAFTA mistake twice, there is now a progressive coalition capable of tossing fast track and corporate-giveaway trade deals into the fiery depths of a congressional volcano. The House of Representatives could very well be the Trans-Pacific Partnership's Mount Doom.

Zach Carter

Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda | Zach Carter | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's trade agenda suffered a setback Friday evening during a series of last-minute maneuvers in the Senate. While th...

Winning the Competition

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

We must make certain that America remains a leader on the world stage. This will happen when we take the necessary time and money to advance our transportation system, which is an investment in our people and the future of America.

U.S. Foreign Policy for an Evolving World

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

Meanwhile, several Republican presidential hopefuls have already begun laying out their foreign policy plans, which are notable for their criticisms of Obama's handling of world affairs.

Laura Barron-Lopez

The Hidden 'Betrayal' In Obama's Trade Agenda | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress prepares to give President Barack Obama expedited powers to "fast-track" trade deals through Congress, many U.S. steel mills...

Laura Barron-Lopez

This Democratic Senator Is Doing All He Can To Kill Obama's Trade Agenda | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you didn’t know Sen. Sherrod Brown before, you probably do now. Brown (D-Ohio) has made a name for himself during the Senate fig...

Dana Liebelson

Elizabeth Warren: I Haven't Spoken With Obama About His Secretive Trade Deal | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hasn't spoken with President Barack Obama about his secretive Pacific Rim trade agreement despite the pa...

Dana Liebelson

Elizabeth Warren Wants Hillary Clinton To 'Weigh In On Trade' | Dana Liebelson | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the fight over a massive international trade agreement heats up on Capitol Hill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said on Tuesday that...

Let the Public Read the Completed Parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

Basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are under public dispute. Fast track must not be approved until this is cleared up. We the People deserve to know what is being voted on with fast track.

The Middle Class Needs Help -- Not a Fast Track to Trade Deals

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

They say timing is everything in life. Well, if that's true, the timing of this legislation to approve fast-track trade authority could not be worse for middle-class families.

Why Fast Track Is a Dangerous Gift to Corporate Lobbies

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

President Obama and the Republican Senators know what they are doing. They are handing gifts to the business lobbies out of sight of the American people, and attacking the opponents of fast track as anti-trade or ignorant, when in fact the opponents are merely pro-public interest. If the President and the Republicans believe these draft agreements are so good, and therefore merit fast track, let them make the agreements public, so that the public could say a resounding NO to ISDS and other threats to the common interest hidden within the draft agreements.