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Lame Duck Hunt and the Fast Track Flush, Installment #1

Lori Wallach | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

Yet more secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are underway today in Washington. Thanks to some hearty protestors braving the heat and humidity to hold a location pointer out in front of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the word got out.

Indian PM's Nepal Visit to Boost Energy, Infrastructure Cooperation

Samarth Pathak | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

The upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal is set to deepen relations between the two nations. India's role is crucial for Nepal as it enters a new era of democracy, change and development, while harnessing Nepal's resources can help solve India's pressing energy needs.

The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Growth Without Opportunity?

Sabina Dewan | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

The first step to ensuring that the benefits of AGOA reach more African people is greater transparency and honesty about what AGOA has achieved and what it hasn't. Given the evidence to the contrary, it is deceitful to use GDP as a proxy for broad-based economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Translation of Leaked European Union Trade Document: Climate Disaster

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The document, similar to a previously leaked EU proposal for a chapter on energy which I wrote about here, makes it clear that the EU is looking to use this secretly negotiated trade pact as a back-door channel to get automatic, unfettered access to U.S. fracked gas and oil.

Kate Sheppard

Secret Trade Doc Calls For More Exports Of U.S. Oil And Gas To Europe

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The European Union is making its desire to import more oil and natural gas from the United States very clear in the course of discussion...

In Search of Crony Capitalism

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The fact that a program sends a payment to a corporation, or receives a tax payment or fee from a big business, simply cannot be prima facie evidence of crony capitalism.

Friday Talking Points -- Meet Brian Schweitzer

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The news media showed without a shadow of a doubt that they have not learned from their coverage in the run-up to the Iraq war, as pretty much everyone who got Iraq fundamentally wrong before we invaded was invited to share their views.

India and the U.S.: Rebooting economic relations

Samarth Pathak | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

India-U.S. economic cooperation needs a lot more energy to grow and nurture. It also needs greater synergy between stakeholders on the two sides.

Why Do Coal-mining Jobs Matter So Much More Than Jobs Lost to Trade?

Dean Baker | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

When Obama announced plans to curtail the use of coal over the next 15 years, news outlets rushed to do pieces on the prospective loss of jobs in coal-mining areas. While it is good to see the media paying attention to this job loss and its implications for families and communities, this concern is a striking departure from normal practice.

Celebrate Imports

Benjamin Powell | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Benjamin Powell

Many people focus on exports because they mistakenly focus on visible jobs. When an export industry grows, we can easily see the jobs created and the people who work in them.

Leaked Memo: Trade Agreement Would Export Fracked Gas Without Restrictions From U.S. to EU

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

This leak shows that civil society groups on both sides of the Atlantic have been right all along to be suspicious about what is being negotiated behind closed doors. The expression "No news is good news" clearly does not apply to the transatlantic free trade deal. The more we learn about the ongoing negotiations, the less we like it.

Transatlantic Trade Pact Endangers Action on Climate

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The health of our families and our communities are indeed in danger. A newly proposed trade deal with the European Union threatens our climate and hinders the ability of governments and communities to tackle the crisis of climate change.

Zach Carter

Drill Baby Drill: The Secret Trade Memo

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The European Union is pressing the Obama administration to expand U.S. fracking, offshore oil drilling and natural gas exploration under...

Xi and Putin Playing Dangerous Games to Mask Domestic Problems

David Paul | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Both men are taking a turn toward nationalism as they confront internal threats to their leadership. Both countries are facing a slowdown in economic growth that has been the cornerstone of popular support over the past decade, and both are seeing increasing public anger over corruption at the highest levels of government.

Zach Carter

Top Obama Official Admits He Hasn't Pursued This Democratic Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rift between the Obama administration and congressional Democrats over a major free trade pact has only deepened since the president...

Stalemate: U.S. and Japan Fail to Advance Trade Talks

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Ilana Solomon

Obama and Abe have been in negotiations over Japan's treatment of sensitive agricultural products, including rice, beef, pork, wheat, and dairy products, and over trade in automobiles -- but a breakthrough is still out of reach. This lack of progress is just one of several indicators that the TPP is faltering, if not failing.

A Good Trade Deal Is Well Worth the Wait

Scott Paul | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

Obama might be a little disappointed to be leaving negotiations in Japan without a finalized Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. But lost in this rush to secure a pact is what the TPP should actually accomplish: A more balanced U.S. trade account that ultimately benefits the American middle class.

Obama's Asia Trip: TPP Make-or-Break Moment?

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whether or not any real deal is made, some sort of "breakthrough" almost certainly will be announced because the U.S.-Japan summit is viewed as a do-or-die moment to inject momentum into the TPP process. Familiarity with kabuki theatre may be useful in interpreting the summit outcomes on the TPP.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Ask U.S. Trade Rep To Drop Complaint Over India's Solar Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of environmental organizations is calling on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to drop a complaint over India's solar ...

Behind the Veil: The Truth About Trade in 'Environmental Goods'

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

What we need for the health of the planet is not an expansion of the WTO or our current model of free trade. Instead, we need fair and responsible trade to sustainably manage natural resources and confront the climate crisis.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Terrible for Public Health

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

The TPP is a bad deal for taxpayers, for doctors and for everyone who believes in corporate transparency. If rammed through Congress via fast-track trade authority, which doesn't allow Congress to offer any amendments, it will lead to lost jobs and lost lives.

Korea-US Free Trade Agreement Two Years Out: Promise vs. Reality

Larry Cohen | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We know that trade deals matter. They matter to working families, they matter to U.S. communities, and they matter to those of us who believe that U.S. trade policy should work for everyone, not just multinational corporations.

Trade Pact Used as TPP Template Leads to Decrease in U.S. Exports -- Seriously!

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Lori Wallach

In the two years since implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Agreement (FTA), U.S. exports to Korea have declined 11 percent according to recently-released government data.

Ending the Era of Giveaway Trade

Rep. Louise Slaughter | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Rep. Louise Slaughter

Two years ago today, a little-noticed, but profoundly important, trade agreement between the United States and South Korea took effect.

A New U.S. Global Policy in Communications

John M. Eger | Posted 05.15.2014 | Technology
John M. Eger

We have finally recognized that the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)--a U.S. based corporation with unlimited power to...