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Congress' Smackdown of Fast Track: Sweet 16 Bday

Lori Wallach | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

As we recall the sweet-sixteen anniversary of Fast Track's 1998 House-floor trouncing, let's toast to Congress doing the right thing again. Fast Track needs to be boxed and buried for good.

Trade Deals from Hell

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The latest reports from Europe indicate that the continent is slipping back into recession. The U.S. is doing only slightly better, with positive economic growth but scant progress on the jobs front, and no growth in the earnings of the vast majority of Americans. Meanwhile, global climate change continues to worsen, producing unprecedented policy conundrums of how to reconcile the very survival of the planet with improved living standards for the world's impoverished billions and for most Americans, whose real incomes have declined since the year 2000. Amid all of these serious challenges, what common strategies are top U.S. and European leaders pursuing? Why, a new trade and investment deal modeled on NAFTA, to make it harder for governments to regulate capitalism.

Predators, Prey, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

It is particularly worrying that a previously leaked chapter of the TPP includes only very vague references to shark finning -- not the full ban on shark finning and associated trade that we need.

Joint Venture: Business Agreement for International Trade

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

You must keep in mind that a joint venture is particularly aimed at obtaining the respective commercial benefits, but does not include all business or economic activities of the participating members.

5 Ways the World Cup Resembles Global Trade

Richard Barrington | Posted 09.02.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

During the second half of June, the U.S. seemed to catch World Cup fever to an unprecedented degree. The combination of a competitive U.S. team, a gen...

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.

CHART: America Is No Longer The World's Most Connected Economy

James Manyika | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
James Manyika

America is no longer the world's most connected economy--those laurels go to Germany. Germany ranks first, and the U.S. third, with two smaller economies--Hong Kong and Singapore--coming in second and fourth. The index shows that the trade intensity of the U.S.--the value of flows relative to the size of its economy--is only one-third the intensity of Germany and half that of China.

11 Million Jobs Supported by Trade in the United States

Rep. Henry Cuellar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Rep. Henry Cuellar

With May being World Trade Month, it is important to emphasize the role that international trade has on our economy. We have an opportunity to expand upon that economic productivity with the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Twitter Won't #BringBackOurGirls

Jesse Larner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Sorry, but I have to say this: Am I the only left-leaning person who finds Michelle Obama's ‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬ tweet to be smug, opportunistic and worse than useless?

Trade: Thinking Small to Increase Growth

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

For the U.S. economy to grow more robustly, we absolutely must step up our exports -- 95 percent of consumers reside elsewhere -- and our greatest potential for increasing exports lies with our small and medium sized manufacturers.

The War on Poverty, International Trade and the State of the Union

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It is hard to see our trade policy as a place where we are having much success. We have an unceasing $700 billion trade deficit, and we have lost 5.2 million manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

Emerging Markets Need to Do More to Remain Engines of Global Growth

Min Zhu | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Min Zhu

Their growth rate dropped about three percentage points in 2013 from 2010 levels, with more than two thirds of countries seeing a decline -- Brazil, China, and India lead the pack.

Kate Sheppard

WikiLeaks Exposes What Obama's Secret Trade Deal Would Do To The Environment

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks published a leaked draft of the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday, and environmental groups ar...

Bali and Beyond: Building Momentum for Trade Deals and Global Commerce

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

We need to build on this momentum and continue to finalize deals that foster trade, increase cross-border commerce, and enhance development -- especially in emerging markets -- at a time when the global economy is still struggling to recover from a deep Great Recession.

Free Trade Deal May Undermine The Internet, Environment And Public Health All At Once

Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reacted angrily Monday to disclosures that the Obama administration is b...

Is It Finally Time for Currency Trade Legislation?

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It's time for the president to live up to the spirit of his campaign promises. He should voice his support for this bill and encourage both houses of Congress to attach it to their next major piece of budgetary or fiscal legislation.

The Impact of NSA Leaks on the Global Digital Marketplace

Jake Colvin | Posted 11.07.2013 | Technology
Jake Colvin

Edward Snowden has provided the gift that keeps on giving. While his disclosures about confidential spy programs present a huge headache for the U.S. Government, they also threaten to slow the pursuit of a more open global digital marketplace.

The Russian Meeting Part II -- On to the G20

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Edward Goldberg

What makes the U.S./Russian relationship more complicated is not the lack of chemistry between Obama and Putin, but the lack of any real financial or economic links between the two countries.

The Debilitating Currency War

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 10.02.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

We haven't heard much about currency manipulation lately, but according to my friend C. Fred Bergsten of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, it was and remains a major threat to the international monetary system.

Why My Company Sued The Republic of Mozambique

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Alan W. Silberberg

"You sued a country?" Says mostly everybody to me now. Indeed, we are the plaintiff in a Federal Lawsuit against the Republic of Mozambique for fra...

Welcoming China to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Donald Gross | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Donald Gross

When officials from the U.S. and China meet this week in Washington for a new round of their Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the U.S. has an excellent opportunity to overcome a deeply divisive economic issue complicating relations with Beijing by welcoming China's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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.

Reducing the Deficit Through Foreign Aid

David Weiss | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
David Weiss

Providing foreign aid means making a long-term investment in developing our aid partners, which results in both trade and security benefits for the U.S.

Building Connections (Not More Walls) Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

Michael Dear | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Michael Dear

Mexico is already ahead of us in developing the border-zone infrastructure needed for bi-national trade and prosperity. Why aren't we matching these efforts?

The Anti-Manufacturing Forces in Washington

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

Hard as it may be to believe, there are forces in Washington that oppose the revival of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Who are they, and how do we counter their efforts? I think -- roughly -- they fall into five groups.