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An American Trapped Abroad Teaches Us What Patriotism Means

Curtis Ellis | Posted 09.01.2013 | Business
Curtis Ellis

As we celebrate the 4th of July, the story of an American citizen trapped overseas tells us a lot about the meaning of patriotism. I'm not talking ab...

Obama's Climate Plan for International Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 09.01.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

To help countries leapfrog past dirty fossil fuels, developed nations like the United States must take the lead in providing finance and clean technology to developing countries.

Sunnyside of the Doc: Cultural Exception Also Applies to Documentary

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.30.2013 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

What differentiates the annual French documentary festival Sunnyside of the Doc from other festivals and markets, is its international reach.

Two Ways Obama Could Actually Support Africa's Boom

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 08.28.2013 | World
Obadias Ndaba

We know what America wants in Africa. And we know what Europe and others want in Africa. But, what does Africa wants from its partners?

Time for Secretary Kerry to Get Tough with India

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

With $60 billion in trade revenues between the two nations, it's imperative that India-U.S. trade is based on market forces, not Indian government dictates. American jobs are at stake and our long-term competitiveness hangs in the balance.

Transatlantic Trade: What's at Stake for Communities and the Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The Sierra Club believes it is critical that governments make draft negotiating texts and country submissions publicly available. A new model of trade that benefits communities and the environment is possible, and it begins with public input and scrutiny.

U.S.-EU Trade Negotiations Must Include Financial Services

Judd A. Gregg | Posted 08.20.2013 | DC
Judd A. Gregg

This past Monday President Obama and European officials formally announced the beginning of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Par...

Zach Carter

Warren Opposing Obama's Top Trade Nominee | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Wednesday that she will vote against President Obama's top international trade nominee Michael From...

Asia's Cooperation Insufficient

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Breaking down barriers to doing business across borders in Asia -- economic integration -- continues to deepen on its own. The problem is that economic cooperation between governments has struggled to keep up.

Zach Carter

Major Trade Deal 'Punch In The Face To The Middle Class' | Zach Carter | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats in Congress are ramping up pressure on the Obama administration to release the text of Trans-Pacific Partnership, ...

"Free Trade" Was Never Really About Trade

Stan Sorscher | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We need to think differently about trade. First, let me say that I am 100% in favor of trade. Trade is when we do what we do best, they do what they do best, and we trade. Trade, done right, will raise living standards.

Immigration Reform -- The Time for Free Trade

Benjamin Powell | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Benjamin Powell

Conservatives who support free trade in goods and services, but oppose greater migration, and liberals who support immigration but oppose free trade, both need to understand that the economic case for free trade in both labor and in goods and services is essentially the same.

How Free Trade Might Be the World's Best Option

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 08.16.2013 | Business
Bjørn Lomborg

British Prime Minister David Cameron has rightly put free trade on the top of the G8 agenda. It is possibly one of the best ways we could help the world foster economic prosperity and development.

The Trade Deal Scam

Dean Baker | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

As part of its overall economic strategy, the Obama administration is rushing full speed ahead with two major trade deals. It is reasonable to say that these deals will likely be bad news for most people in the United States.

Mr. Froman: Let's Make the U.S. Trade Agenda Truly Fair

Ilana Solomon | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

What, to Mr. Froman, constitutes a "bad agreement?" And what, to Mr. Froman, is "fair" trade?

Sweet and Sour Pork

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama's personal summit with China's new president, Xi Jinping, at the well-named venue of Rancho Mirage, Calif., covered a wide range of issues, from North Korea to cyber-spying to territorial disputes with Japan and Taiwan, to global climate change. What the meetings did not engage is the fact that China's entire economic system violates the naïve American premise that free markets produce efficient and balanced outcomes. As China has demonstrated for more than a generation, "free trade" is a useful American fantasy, and state-led capitalism is not a contradiction in terms. It is a recipe for hollowing out the U.S. economy in favor of Chinese economic primacy. Nor does capitalism, Chinese-style, logically lead to increased democracy and human rights.

Court: Trade Representative Can Withhold Documents During Negotiations

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. Trade Representative can withhold a classified position paper prepared during free-trade neg...

TAFTA (Part 2): Citizens of the Food Movement, Be Prepared!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Given that around 26 states in the U.S. have moved to enact more comprehensive labeling requirements for GMOs, any trade measures that could threaten the rights of U.S. citizens to democratically determine higher standards in food labeling, should be opposed.

What Smithfield Means -- The Shape of Things to Come

Curtis Ellis | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business
Curtis Ellis

We send boatloads of money to China every day in return for the cheap consumer merchandise filling our store shelves and shopping malls.

TAFTA: Code Word 'Harmonization,' a Race to the Bottom or the Top?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The majority of binding and enforceable rulings of the WTO and those of other trade bodies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) demonstrate a consistent pattern of lowering food, environmental, labor, or consumer safety standards in behest to trade agendas.

With the Trans Pacific Partnership's Fast Track Authority, Who Needs Congress?

Renee Parsons | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Renee Parsons

Despite the Obama administration's well-known penchant for secrecy, enough information has leaked out of its closed-door negotiations on the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement to reveal there is much to oppose.

The Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement: It's About the Big Picture

András Simonyi | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
András Simonyi

There is a strong case for keeping the free trade agreement on the front burner in the media including social media, not to treat it as news in that fast paced news cycle. In the end it's about the big picture, not about the small print.

One More Scandal?

Lori Wallach | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Lori Wallach

What do a zombie, handcuffs, a steamroller and a legislative luge run for job-killing trade agreements all have in common? They're all apt metaphors of an expired, scandalously anti-democratic procedure called Fast Track.

Zach Carter

U.S. Pushing To End Cheap Drugs For Poorest Nations | Zach Carter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking to curb efforts to exempt the world's poorest countries from expansive trade rules that would substa...

'Free Trade' Agreements Won't Create Jobs But a More Competitive Dollar Would

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Mark Weisbrot

When our government tells us such an agreement will create jobs in the U.S., they are saying that the agreement will increase our exports faster than imports.