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It's NAFTA x3 as Free Trade Deals Sweep Through Congress

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Free trade deals have always been less about creating jobs than exporting neoliberal ideology to the Global South, thereby accelerating poor nations' cascade toward low labor standards, environmental exploitation and deregulation.

Wall Street: The Kid Who Kills His Parents and Asks for Mercy Because He's an Orphan

Curtis Ellis | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

Leaf through the yellowing archives of business journals and you'll find endlessly repeated the story of a ruthless yet heroic CEO who scoured the realm for "inefficiency" and magically made share prices rise by lopping off the heads of so many superfluous employees.

Zach Carter

Why Rupert Murdoch Lobbied For Closer Ties With Panama | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate News Corp. lobbied in favor of the new Panama free trade pact, according to federal lobbying disclos...

Free Trade Agreements Mean Job Losses in the Other Country as Well

Bill Ong Hing | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Bill Ong Hing

Labor groups argue that the FTAs will result in more U.S. job losses. Obscured by the the debate, however, is the potential for negative economic effects in the partner countries as well.

Mitt Romney's Plan to Replace Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Mitt Romney has made tough statements about dealing with China which, if sincere, would not only put him beyond the other major Republican candidates on trade, but also far beyond what the Obama administration is doing.

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney's Aggressive China Rhetoric Questioned By Conservatives | Jon Ward | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama submitted three long-awaited free trade agreements to Congress this month, which were quickly ratified Wednesday, but Re...

Bipartisan Fail: Politicians Ignore the People and Double Down on Corporate "Free Trade" At Their Own Peril

Curtis Ellis | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

So much for bipartisanship. Democrats and Republicans in Congress have approved the one part of President Obama's jobs agenda voters hate the most.

Trade Policy: Countering the Walmart Effect

David Coates | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Our current trade imbalance with China will not be fixed by currency manipulation alone, because American economic vulnerability is not rooted simply in the relative strength of the dollar.

Propaganda By Deed: 99% Protesters #Occupy the Senate

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

It's striking that at this late date, Senator Kerry would still be promoting a corporate-driven trade agreement by claiming that the agreement would create jobs based on an estimate of increased exports, while ignoring the issue of imports.

Free Trade Deals Will Export American Jobs, Not American Products

Rep. Ted Deutch | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Ted Deutch

In the midst of unprecedented long-term unemployment, I cannot support trade agreements that repeat the mistakes of previous trade deals that shipped millions of American jobs overseas.

The US-Korea Free Trade Agreement: A No Win Situation for America and its Workers

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The proposed Korea FTA is a bad deal for our country and America's workers. It's time to put the American worker first and stop these trade deals.

Zach Carter

Free Trade Pact Advances Despite Rampant Murder | Zach Carter | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

This piece is a continuation of The Huffington Post's collaboration on trade issues with The Dylan Ratigan Show, called Trading Our Future. WASHING...

Colombia FTA: Blood Won't Easily Be Washed Away

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Voting for the Colombia Free Trade Agreement is a vote for violent union-busting, for driving people from their land, and setting the American working man and woman up to compete on an uneven playing field that will cost jobs and livelihoods.

Obama Pushes Huge Free Trade Deals to Wednesday Vote

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

These trade agreements achieve a rare trifecta: it's hard to imagine a single initiative that at one time could so infuriate anti-corporate activists, labor unions, and environmentalists at the very moment these disparate movements are finding solidarity and support in the streets.

Let's #Occupy to Block the Colombia Trade Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is poised to pass three Wall Street-driven trade deals written by the 1% for the benefit of the 1%, which will further impoverish and disempower the 99%, in the U.S. and abroad.

Is Herman Cain Any Good on Trade? You Try Figuring It Out

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Maybe Herman Cain, the latest boomlet in the GOP presidential race, will be elected president. Or maybe his 15 minutes of fame have just arrived. Either way, it behooves us to see what he thinks about America's trade mess.

Panama, Colombia, Korea: Obama Makes a Bad Trade Situation Worse

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

This Monday, Obama submitted the long-pending Colombia, Panama, and South Korea free trade agreements to Congress. I didn't have my hopes up, but I did harbor the vague hope that somehow Obama was going to stall on these.

Obama Seeing Bipartisanship on Trade Deals... Finally

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business
Edward J. Black

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are expected to work together next week to pass the long awaited trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.

Republican Presidential Candidate Endorses Wall Street Protests

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

I was on the phone talking trade policy with Gov. Roemer this morning, and so far, he's by far the best Republican candidate on the issue of trade and its Wall Street connection.

Africa's Emergence -- Part II

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Nobody knows how rich Africa actually is -- how much oil, gas, minerals and other resources lie beneath its surface. Less than half of the continent has been geologically surveyed.

The U.S.-Colombia FTA: Still a Bad Deal for Human Rights

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Lisa Haugaard

In Washington, Congress is nearing a vote on the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. Human rights, labor, environmental and faith-based groups agree: this agreement is a bad deal for human rights in Colombia.

Obama's Free Trade Sleight of Hand

Tim Robertson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Tim Robertson

Obama is ignoring growing opposition from his Democratic base and voters across the political spectrum to resurrect policies Congress has refused to approve for over four years. And to get his message across, he's using every trick in the book.

The Last Thing American Workers and Our Economy Needs...

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Unfortunately, the proposed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama do nothing to address the significant flaws in the free trade model that prioritize the rights of multinational companies over the rights of workers and the American economy.

Study: Colombia Anti-Union Violence Undeterred

AP | FRANK BAJAK | Posted 12.02.2011 | Latino Voices

BOGOTA, Colombia — A new study challenges claims from the administration of President Barack Obama that Colombia is making important strides in ...

Ben Bernanke: U.S. Should Learn From Emerging Economies

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday that long-term unemployment is a "national crisis" and suggested that Congress...