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TPP: Helping Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in the 21st Century

Arun M. Kumar | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Arun M. Kumar

Enterprising entrepreneurs and small businesses have been part of the fabric of America from its earliest days. The historic Trans-Pacific Partnershi...

Getting Change Wrong

Bill McKibben | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Bill McKibben

If you think that we need a leader who will push to change the way we see the world then it makes perfect sense to imagine Bernie as the realistic candidate, the one who will get things done.

Hillary Clinton Turns Stand-Up Comic: "I'm a Progressive Who Gets Things Done."

Jeff Cohen | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

In her speech claiming victory after the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton proclaimed herself "a progressive who gets things done." I had to laugh. And it wasn't just because former President Bill Clinton -- the centrist Triangulator-in-Chief -- was standing behind her, beaming and clapping.

New Vietnamese Leadership Must Urgently Rehabilitate Country's Appalling Human Rights Record

John Coughlan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
John Coughlan

With the news that incumbent Nguyễn Phú Trong is poised to continue as General Secretary of the Viet Nam Communist Party, following a secretive leadership race with outgoing Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, he must urgently move to rehabilitate the country's longstanding appalling human rights record.

Japanese-Korean Relations and the American National Interest

Bernard Rowan | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Bernard Rowan

A noted scholar of Islamic civilization, Marshall G. S. Hodgson, said something important about history through his work. The things of this world, i...

Expanding Foreign Investment in 2016: Creating Jobs and Supporting the U.S. Economy

Stefan M. Selig | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
Stefan M. Selig

Our country's singular ability to attract FDI has delivered growth, prosperity, and jobs coming out of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. And our continuing ability to ensure that the U.S. remains the top-global destination for FDI will be critical to furthering our future economic success and our ongoing global leadership.

WTO Orders Sanctions Unless US Cuts Consumer Labels, Disproving Obama TPP Claims

Lori Wallach | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The ruling is a nightmare for the Obama administration's uphill battle to build support for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It makes clear that trade agreements can -- and do -- threaten even the most favored U.S. public interest safeguards.

It's Time to Take a Stand for Workers on TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

While those promoting the TPP trade deal said it would advance workers in member nations and allow the formation of unions, the actual language in the agreement offers only false promises of progress. That, in turn, would negatively impact domestic manufacturing.

Why the TPP Is Too Flawed for a 'Yes' Vote in Congress

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

The Obama administration surely negotiated the TPP in good faith, and the accord would likely add to global and U.S. economic growth. This is not a pernicious accord, the fruits of a secret cabal as some have feared. Nor is globalization an evil to be fought tooth and nail. The sad truth, however, is that while the administration promised a 21st-century agreement, we have yet another late 20th-century agreement.

WATCH: Wall Street Reacts to TPP Agreement

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 10.06.2015 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS sketch, Wall Street responds to news that a deal has been made for the TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership.

TPP Threatens Access to Affordable Medications for People Around the World

Ralph Neas | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Ralph Neas

Rather than continuing the forward momentum toward greater access to affordable medications for all, the TPP threatens to take a significant step backward by including a number of provisions that solely benefit the brand name drug industry. As drafted, the TPP will result in hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary spending.

GOP Economics: Export American Jobs Rather Than American Products

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

While quite a bit has changed in the 81 years since Franklin Roosevelt launched the Export-Import Bank, one fact remains the same: America needs a coherent national economic strategy focused on raising wages and living standards.

What's Taking Over America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If America is to be ruled by whoever commands the most money, it will be the corporate system, far more than individual billionaires, that calls the shots.

Can Free Trade Agreements Be Consistent With Climate Change Mitigation?

Bob Brecha | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Bob Brecha

Protecting society against the worst impacts of climate change necessarily means making difficult decisions for the future.

Leaked Draft TPP, Foreign (But Only Foreign!) Corporate Veto (and Extortion) Power, and the Original Intent of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Adam Sulkowski | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Adam Sulkowski

Among other well-founded concerns about the process of negotiating the trade treaties, what they may include, and their impacts, is the fact that they are likely to include some form of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the nation waited in breathless anticipation for the expected announcement tomorrow that Jeb Bush is running for president. Bush, who seems more adept at raising money than votes (he hasn't gotten one since 2002, the year his brother called for "regime change" in Iraq), appears to be the Republican most capable of uniting the money wing of the party with the money wing of the party. If nothing else, Bush's extended run-up to actually running demonstrates how pointless and fake so much of campaign coverage is. And the "process journalism" doesn't stop after Election Day. On Friday, President Obama suffered a defeat on fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. But most of the coverage was over the political and procedural ins-and-outs rather than the effects of the bill itself. Too bad we can't contain the media's horse-race coverage to the exploits of American Pharoah.

That Giant Sucking Sound Is Bipartisanship

Lance Simmens | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Lance Simmens

This is and should not be presented as a vote for or against the president. It is simply an enormously complex and complicated set of global trade policies that rightfully deserve careful discussion and thoughtful debate.

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.

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.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Obama's Trade Deal Is Tangled In The Intricate Web Of Malaysia's Slavery Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Why 'Free Trade' Treaties Destroy Jobs

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

Recently, the president claimed that critics who say that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "is bad for working families ... don't know what they are talking about."

The Incredible Arrogance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Crowd

Dean Baker | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

There are few policies that show the split between elite opinion and everyone else as clearly as trade policy. On trade we see a remarkable convergence of the leadership of both parties against their base, with the elites firmly behind the leadership against what they view as the ignorance of the masses.

Why We Need to Defeat the Trade Bills

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

This is not our parents' trade bill. It is not about providing fair trade -- which we all support. Fast track is about pushing through the TPP, TTIP and future trade agreements that would massively increase the power of big corporations and affect the daily lives of Americans. The impacts go beyond job loss -- as serious as that is.

Samantha Lachman

McConnell Praises Obama's TPP Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Congress' upper chamber would give President Barack Obama expedited authority to negot...

On Trade Reform, Why Isn't Elizabeth Warren Teaming Up With the European Union?

Rafael Salazar | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Rafael Salazar

Getting 12 Asian and North American countries to agree on a massive free trade agreement that will impact their entire economy is sometimes easier than reaching across the aisle in Congress.