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Corporate Courts -- A Big Red Flag on 'Trade' Agreements

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

When We the People agree that something should done to make our lives better, it's supposed to get done. Right? You didn't know it, but that whole system changed several years ago. Our government, in our name, signed a document that placed corporate profits above our own democracy.

Trade Deals Set Their Sights on Public Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.15.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

For much of this decade, Tea Party-backed lawmakers have been at war with public sector employees across the country. They've tried, and in a few cases succeeded, in taking away public servants' ability to collectively bargain. But now the battle is going abroad.

A Really Good Reason to Oppose the Next 'Trade' Deals

Stan Sorscher | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

My job depends on trade. I'm 100 percent in favor of trade. By the same token, we can have good trade policies that raise living standards, or bad trade policies that deindustrialize our economy and distort social and political power relationships.

The Democrats' Agenda Should Be to Fix the Trade Deficit

Dave Johnson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

The trade deficit is a direct measure of jobs leaving the country. The trade deficit is American dollars going to other countries so people there can spend them. The trade deficit is our standard of living leaking away. And the trade deficit is a major factor driving what remains of the budget deficit.

NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Clinton Global Initiative

Michele Swenson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Twenty years after Clinton signed NAFTA into law, Global Trade Watch reports a 450 percent increase in the U.S. trade deficit, resulting in the export of almost one million jobs, and downward pressure on wages.

Mexico's Oil Privatization: Risky Business

Laura Carlsen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Laura Carlsen

As capitalism's growth imperative pushes speculation toward the next financial meltdown and fossil fuel production toward planetary destruction, Mexico's political and economic elites are eager to jump in the game.

Opportunities Beyond NAFTA for US-Mexican Collaboration (Pt. 2)

Laura Weiss | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

The symbiotic relationship between Mexico and the U.S. demands a better understanding of the general public interest of both countries. The U.S. needs to support not only economic agreements but also agreements that are beneficial to the public, international good.

20 Years Later, Criticisms of NAFTA Often Miss the Point (Pt. I)

Laura Weiss | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

While even the main proponents of NAFTA will admit that it is a flawed agreement, targeting it as the root of every problem that has emerged in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada in the last 20 years is misguided -- but reflects the need for more comprehensive economic and social policy collaboration between the two.

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.

Ernesto Zedillo: Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Following his term as president, Ernesto Zedillo joined the faculty at Yale, where he is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Globalization.

Moral Authority in Globalization

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

In the post-World War II period, we lived in the moral afterglow of making the world safe for Democracy." And business succeeded! About 30 years ago, shared prosperity began to fade. Today, it is a distant memory for too many low-wage workers. Globalization, as we've managed it, has failed.

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.

Michael McAuliff

NAFTA 20 Years On: Trade Deal Allowed Export Of Environmental Disasters

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report due to be released Tuesday aims to offer an object lesson to President Barack Obama: Free trade deals have high costs in uninte...

Emulating Gabriel Heatter

Jerry Waxman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Jerry Waxman

If you're of a certain age (at least 65 and over) you remember what radio was like in the 1940s and 1950s before commercial television took hold.

The Trade-y Bunch

Mike Lux | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

The actual performance of NAFTA versus the promises made shows its abject failure. Further worsening the case for the TPP is that the process in negotiating the trade deal is highly secretive, and the public doesn't like what little it is hearing.

Here's 30 Billion Reasons Why Mexican Trucks Are No Joke

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

This is not the time for America to be signing off on new trade deals that could worsen the problem. The appeal made by Mexican truckers will only be a drop in the bucket of what is to come if this 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal comes to fruition.

'Trade' Deals on the Ropes

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The agenda of global finance, carried out via "trade" deals, has diverted attention from the real economic issues -- rising inequality and insecurity for ordinary people, the use of globalization as a battering ram to empower capital and weaken labor, and to prevent government interventions from averting financial speculation and collapse. Amid these real crises of neo-liberalism, enhanced trade has been portrayed as a deux ex machina, which will solve our problems if only we get rid of what's left of the mixed economy. It won't. The proposed deals would only make matters worse. The coming collapse of the quarter-century laissez-faire crusade that began with the 1986 Uruguay round, with its license for global financial speculation, is to be welcomed. If we can kill this diversion once and for all, maybe we can start paying more attention to the real economic issues.

Ryan Grim

Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The veal pen is becoming a dangerous place. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman -- President Barack Obama's top trade official ...

Mexico, U.S. And Canada Team Up To Save Monarchs

AP | Posted 04.22.2014 | World

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico, the United States and Canada have agreed to form a working group on the conservation of Monarch butterflies, whose number...

Obama Heads Into Talks With Mexico, Canada Amidst Political Limitations

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads into a summit with Mexican and Canadian leaders eager to engage on issues of trade and other neighbor...

These Three Amigos Can Save the Monarch

The WorldPost | Posted 02.19.2014 | World

On Feb. 19, Mexican President Enrique Pena-Nieto, U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper are meeting in Toluca, Mexico...

No Fast Track to TPP: Fix NAFTA First

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Trade done right can lift people on all sides of all borders. It can and does increase prosperity. But the way the giant corporations have captured and rigged the current negotiating process is hurting our country -- and the rest of the world.

Mexico in 1994 and 2014: When Modernity and Reality Clash

Rodrigo Aguilera | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Rodrigo Aguilera

To many it might seem as distant memory but 20 years ago in January, a group of indigenous peasants known as the Zapatista Liberation Army (EZLN) led well-versed balaclava-wearing former philosophy teacher, rose up in arms in the southern state of Chiapas.

2013 Trade Data Show Why Fast Tracking a TPP NAFTA Expansion Is a Very Bad Idea

Lori Wallach | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

The only good news in the just-released 2013 U.S. trade data is that it can only reinforce growing congressional and public opposition to more-of-the-same trade agreements.