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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.

Two Crucial Issues for the Three Amigos Summit

Ted Lewis | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Ted Lewis

By not directly and creatively addressing destabilizing wealth disparities and the disaster of the drug war, President Obama and his colleagues are missing a huge opportunity.

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.

Fast-Tracking the Future, TPP Style

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Here's food for thought: Fast-tracking could become the model for a new and profoundly subversive model of governance -- one in which elected government becomes little more than an afterthought to corporate-backed deal-making. It's not hard to imagine a dystopian future where this becomes the norm.

The 1990's-Era Debate That Just Won't Stop Raging

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business

Critics claim that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) hurt American workers. But apparently NAFTA raised U.S. wages, according to a new s...

Obama Campaign Attacks Romney's Bain Outsourcing - But Support for Outsourcing Is Bipartisan Corruption

Zaid Jilani | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics
Zaid Jilani

The overall narrative being created by the Obama campaign is clear: Romney has through his business practices supported outsourcing in the past, and is likely to in the future -- unlike President Obama. Unfortunately, the story is not that simple.

America's Ideological Crisis

Eric Zuesse | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

The problem with America that is displayed in the Hobson's choice of an "election" is ideological: voters are being compelled to choose between an elitist version of liberalism and conservatism itself, which is elitist by its very nature. Progressivism has lost out in this country.

"Free Trade" Fakery

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

This week, we'll see Congress vote on three so-called "trade agreements." Did you ever wonder why they call them "trade agreements"? So that they don't have to call them what they actually are -- treaties.

Get Money Out to Bring Jobs In

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

How, exactly, is this working? How is this system depriving us of what we need? It's simple -- the cash speaks, the people don't.

Obama Flip-Flops Off Trade Cliff

Lori Wallach | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

At this point, that Obama did a total flip-flop on very specific, written, repeated campaign promises -- in this instance to replace the old damaging trade model starting with fixing these three deals -- is not news.

Trade Pacts Obama Is Flacking in Jobs Plan Would Increase Trade Deficit Say Government Studies

Lori Wallach | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whatever one thinks about the idea of "free trade," the federal government's own studies predict that FTAs with Korea, Colombia and Panama would increase the U.S. trade deficit.

The Elephant in the Room: New York Times Misses the Blindingly Obvious in GOP's Nostalgia for Bill Clinton

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

"Many Republicans with a deep animus for President Obama find their hearts aflutter with the memory of a former leader," wrote the New York Times. Of course, the memo is referring to Bill Clinton.

Be Thankful It's British, not Canadian, Petroleum

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

Under NAFTA the so-called "investor-protection clauses" would allow a Canadian or Mexican oil company that caused a gusher on the floor of the Gulf to appeal any change in the liability or responsibility it faces to a trade tribunal.

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.

Mexican Exceptionalism

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vanessa Carmichael

To fix illegal immigration, we need to concern ourselves with Mexico's domestic policies and U.S. foreign policy. No fence can stop a flood of people risking their lives to feed their families.

Is President Obama Serious About a New Relationship with the Americas?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Will Obama rebuild our relationship with the south on a foundation of respect for democracy? Or will it be more of the same superpower policies cloaked in collaborative and intelligent rhetoric?

Obama In Mexico: Drug Violence To Top List Of Issues (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama travels to Mexico Thursday morning as the first stop in his Latin America trip, after which he will join other regional leaders in Tri...

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.

Canadian Interview With Obama

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | PETER MANSBRIDGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Below is an interview with President Obama by Peter Mansbridge, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Q Mr. President, thank you for doing this -- Ca...

Mr. Obama, Start Walking Your Bottom Up Talk

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Bottom up approaches work because they do something different than usual, or because they support bottom up community, cooperation, sharing and community.

Obama Reaffirms Promise to Renegotiate NAFTA

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

A war of words has raged over whether President-elect Barack Obama will hold to his campaign promise of opening up the North American Free Trade Agreement for renegotiation.

Obama May Delay Nafta Overhaul In Victory For Caterpillar, GE

Bloomberg News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Barack Obama, who threatened during the presidential campaign to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement unless he could renegotiate it,...

Is the GOP Really the Party of Free Trade?

William Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bernstein

Obama is highly intelligent, highly trained -- and he knows full well that the nation as a whole benefits from free trade, even if substantial minorities are harmed by it.

Jason Linkins

Fortune Article Selectively Quotes Obama, Misleads On NAFTA Position

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An article from Fortune Magazine, entitled "Obama: NAFTA not so bad after all," captures the Democratic candidate walking back his previously stated p...

The (Bill) Clinton Legacy

Jim Goldgeier and Derek Chollet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Goldgeier and Derek Chollet

Free trade, democracy promotion, and use of force comprised the core of Clinton's foreign policy -- and Obama falls squarely within this tradition. Yet these positions will be even harder for him to maintain.