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There Will Be No Trade War

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

If you were going to start a trade war against the United States, it is unlikely that your first salvo would be on chicken parts, or as the Chinese rather charmingly first announced, on dorkings.

Bomb Appalachia (and Face the Music)

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Theirs is a coast-to-coast campaign to save Appalachia's mountains and streams -- and Appalachians' homes, jobs, and culture -- from the devastating coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal.

Thousands Squat For 2.5 Billion Without Proper Sanitation On World Toilet Day

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Don't be alarmed if you spot people today popping a squat in office buildings, schools and public spaces. It's all part of World Toilet Day, which is ...

Taiwan Bans U.S. Beef, Threatens Trade Relations

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The U.S. government "deeply regrets" parliament's decision to reinstate the ban over widespread fears of mad cow disease, Washington's de facto embass...

Internet Censorship Seen Liable To WTO Challenge

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

GENEVA (Reuters) - Censorship of the Internet is open to challenge at the World Trade Organization as it can restrict trade in services delivered onli...

G-20 Doesn't Offer Much Reform

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The expansion from the G-8 to the G-20 is mostly a symbolic move. Since the rich countries control the institutions with actual power, the G-20 is still mainly the G-7 with the other 13 countries sitting in.

Washington Post Spreads Myths That Trade Enforcement Will Hurt Climate Change Agreements

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Elk

If we don't enforce certain sections of trade agreements related to export, why would countries uphold their end of the deal when it comes to issues like climate change?

China: U.S. Violated WTO Rules By Raising Tire Tariffs

AP | JOE McDONALD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — As Beijing launched a case Monday against new U.S. tariffs on Chinese tires, President Barack Obama defended the duties, saying tradin...

Score One for Fair Trade

Jim Arkedis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Arkedis

The WTO's ruling late last week in a case involving Boeing and European arch-rival Airbus is a big and welcome victory that shows rule-based trade works.

The U.S. Climate Change Bill: International Trade Implications & China

Elizabeth Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Lynch

Will additions to the Climate Change Bill maintain the competitiveness of U.S. industries, or are they attempts by certain industries to protect their profits?

One-Sentence Health Insurance Reform

Mark Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Kleiman

A "Most Favored Nation" clause for health care, modeled after the WTO trade rules.

Illegal DVDs in China: Here to Stay

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

The government will do nothing to stem the flood of pirated videos washing over towns and cities across the nation.

WTO Allows Brazil $295 million In Sanctions On US Goods

AP | BRADLEY S. KLAPPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — American goods will face around $295 million in annual sanctions as a result of the United States' failure to eliminate illegal subsidi...

President Obama's Upcoming "Section 421 Tire Case" Trade Enforcement Decision

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Very soon we will have an opportunity to see where President Obama comes down on trade with China, and whether the U.S. tire industry will be granted relief.

President Hu, Tear Down This Firewall

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gilbert B. Kaplan

When Obama meets with President Hu next month, he should emulate one of his predecessors -- in fact one he has spoken of admiringly before -- and say something that could change history.

A Fashion Foreign Policy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

To protect American workers, in the luxury sector and elsewhere, our government trade negotiators should revisit outsourcing rules.

US Internet Gambling Regulations Angers EU

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAN FRANCISCO The European Union recently took a shot at the United States in little-noticed trade war over internet gambling, charging that the Unite...

The US-India Business Council Comes of Age

Sunil Chacko | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sunil Chacko

The overflow crowd at the US-India Business Council's "Synergies Summit" emphasized how positively different the Council has become from even a dozen years ago.

How Sweet It Is... Brazil's Sugar Ethanol Fuels China's Recovery

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Ethanol trade has helped make China Brazil's top trade partner, replacing Uncle Sam, who had been top dog ever since Herbert Hoover was in the White House.

Big Business Gearing Up to Defend Protectionism Against UN Climate Negotiators

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mark Weisbrot

It appears that international efforts to slow the pace of worldwide climate disruption could also run up against powerful interests who advocate a "fundamentalist" conception of intellectual property.

Worse Spokespeople Than Bristol Palin

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

1. George W. Bush for RIF (Reading Is Fundamental). He's is not just the former president, he's a client.

When the Left Went Teabagging: As You Chuckle at the Right's Newfound Activism, Don't Forget That the Left Sucked Balls for Years

Daniel Sinker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Sinker

Without two decades wandering the desert, we wouldn't have built the modern infrastructure that the left stands on now. So laugh if you want, but today's teabaggers may be tomorrow's resurgent Right.

Microsoft Roils the World with FAT Patents

Brian Kahin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Brian Kahin

Some wishful thinkers may accept Microsoft's claim that this is about TomTom rather than Linux. But this is a landmark assault into the most troubled and controversial terrain of the patent system.

Marriage Counseling for the United States and Russia

Jamie Metzl | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamie Metzl

As new leaders, Presidents Obama and Medvedev have an invaluable opportunity to reestablish trust and work toward a stronger partnership based on shared interests.

New Report Hints at Broken Promises and Trouble Ahead for World Trade

Jake Colvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Colvin

The steps countries take over the coming months to respond to the global financial crisis will help determine whether the world is destined to learn from or repeat past mistakes.