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Free Trade Agreements

The Myth of the Global Economy

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Globalization is a catchphrase that doesn't describe current economic or political reality. That the phrase has so many unthinking users -- especially among America's political elite -- is disturbing.

Colombia Retains Position as the Most Dangerous Country in Latin America

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

Colombia was ranked the most violent country in Latin America, and the top 11th most violent country in the world in the 2010.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Could America Repeal NAFTA?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Unbeknownst to most Americans inside and outside the Washington Beltway, free trade is inexorably losing its base of support on Capitol Hill. A new bill to repeal NAFTA is the latest hint.

U.S. Human Rights Group Threatened By Colombian Death Squads

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

On May 13, 2010, staff from the Washington Office on Latin America ("WOLA"), a D.C.-based human rights organization, met with long-time Colombian Amba...

Message to President Obama: Why Trade Will Not Save Rural America

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

In Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's op-ed this week in the Des Moines Register, he recognized that hunger could not be solved by raising product...

Creating American Jobs Through Global Trade

Tom Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Donohue

A major surge of exports is our best path out of recession, double-digit unemployment, and exploding deficits. We should set a national goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years.

Specter-Sestak Attack Each Other From The Left on Free Trade

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Manufacturing is essential to rebuilding our economy and moving away from the debt-driven boom bust cycles of the past.

Obama Drinks Friedman's Kool-Aid

Thom Hartmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thom Hartmann

If President Obama and our Congress don't soon learn the lessons Alexander Hamilton taught us in 1791, we'll continue to see American industry slowly die.

Arthur Delaney

Intern Sets Up Offshore Tax Haven In Panama (VIDEO) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It's so easy for U.S. corporations to set up an offshore tax haven in Panama, an intern could do it. Really! To make this point, Public Citizen's Glob...

Colombia Commits "Crimes Against Humanity" as Free Trade Pacts Are Debated

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

Despite the claims of the Colombian government and those in the U.S. eager to consummate "free trade" pacts, the human rights situation in that country is deteriorating fast.

Advice to Obama at G-20 Summit: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

I don't know precisely when progressives in this country gave up on free trade. Because when they did, without perhaps even realizing it, they turned their backs on the developing world.

Migrants R Us

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

This is the inaugural post of a new series. We hope that this will broaden into a forum where people can share insights about international movements of people and the economic, social and political issues surrounding them.

On Canada Trip, Obama Floats a Discredited NAFTA Canard

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Obama looks like he's starting to prioritize the Washington status quo on trade over real change.

Delay Consideration of Colombia Trade Deal

Kenneth Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth Roth

Congress must work with President-elect Obama to design a policy for Colombia in which "free" trade is not built on dead worker representatives.

The Obama Challenges

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

As President, Obama will need to confront two costly wars, global terrorism, an economy on the brink and a serious energy crisis. Don't expect immediate change.

Time to Take a Second Look at Our "Free Trade" Agreements

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

We also have nearly 15 years of experience with NAFTA and it clearly did not deliver on most of its promises. It was sold as a job creator, but the United States has actually lost jobs.

A Trade Proposal Even the Teamsters Can Support

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James P. Hoffa

For the past 15 years, anyone who opposed a so-called "free trade agreement" was labeled a protectionist. And that was the end of the story. The TRADE Act allows us to present an alternative.