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Conserving Nature Is Good Trade Policy

Carter Roberts | Posted 03.30.2014 | Green
Carter Roberts

We don't have to trade our planet's future to boost trade among nations. A major trade agreement among these countries that includes strong environmental obligations could provide critical new protections for some of our planet's important natural resources.

Mr. President, Don't Back Down on Trade in the State of the Union

Amy Liu | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Amy Liu

Despite demonstrable success in job creation and business growth, there are indications the president may sidestep the importance of trade in this year's State of the Union address. That would be a mistake.

President Obama's Inequality Story

Dean Baker | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The question is whether President Obama is prepared to talk about inequality in a way that gets to the core of the problem as opposed to just clipping away at the edges. It's a safe bet that we will see the latter.

Trade in Environmental Goods May Not Actually Be So Good

Ilana Solomon | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Trade can help spread environmentally friendly technologies, but if the products we're trading harm the environment, everyone loses.

Obama Has Surprising Foes

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Debates on lowering trade barriers can turn Congress upside down for Democratic presidents promoting such legislation. Business-mi...

Rules and Tools for Africa's Growth

Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business
Jacqueline Muna Musiitwa

The success of Africa's integration will be based on the full cooperation between political leaders, citizens and a unified mission for sustainable and inclusive growth for all. The laws and regulations are increasingly in place, now action is left to the people.

Obama's State of the Union Dilemma: Pushing Fast Track for TPP Would Increase Income Inequality

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Either Obama can prioritize a battle against income inequality or he can push more NAFTA-style trade agreements and the trade authority to railroad them through Congress, but he cannot do both.

CEO or Caveman?

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Honeywell CEO David Cote ran into trouble last week when he testified in favor of a big free trade deal before the Senate Finance Committee. After ent...

Ocean Traffic

Peter Neill | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Only within the past few years have maritime museums around the world addressed human trafficking as part of the larger maritime story.

Zach Carter

CEO Pressures Congress On Controversial Trade Deal He Doesn't Understand

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the most prominent CEO proponents of a controversial new trade deal acknowledged at a congressional hearing on Thursday that he d...

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...

Rand Paul Boosts Foreign Policy Stock

Steve Clemons | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Reuters/Mike Segar Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave a provocative, smart foreign policy speech last night at the 20th anniversary dinner of the Center ...

Corporate Lobby Cheers Controversial Fast Track Bill

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

The Nixon-era procedure, which allows trade pacts to be signed before Congress approves them, and then to be railroaded through Congress in 90 days with limited debate and no amendments, is deemed essential to implementing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But an interesting thing happened on the way to the long-delayed submission of the Fast Track bill.

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A 'Neoliberal Assault' To Further Corporate 'Domination'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," accordi...

Zach Carter

House Democrats Leave Pacific Trade Deal Twisting In The Wind

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats balked Thursday at a bill designed to clear congressional hurdles for President Barack Obama's controversial Trans-Pacif...

NAFTA at 20: One Million U.S. Jobs Lost, Higher Income Inequality

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

Given NAFTA's devastating outcomes, few of the corporations or think tanks that sold it as a boon for all of us in the 1990s like to talk about it, but the reality is that their promises failed as millions of people were severely harmed.

The U.S. Government Uses Sweatshops, Too

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Michelle Chen

While consumers may have been shocked to learn of The Gap or Benetton's latest designs strewn amid the wreckage of "death trap" factories, they might have missed another bit of debris: the label of the U.S. government.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

OECD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
OECD

Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.

Advocates Should Focus on Our Real Competitiveness Problems

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

For the stark reality, like it or not, is that there is absolutely no chance of a real U.S. manufacturing competitiveness agenda getting enacted without at least moderate U.S. corporate support.

Transatlantic Trade Agreement Threatens Environment and Health in U.S. and Europe

Erich Pica | Posted 02.23.2014 | Green
Erich Pica

People, not corporations, should determine the future of the transatlantic economy, including what kind of future we want for our children.

Kate Sheppard

Democrats Demand Clarity On Trade Representative's Position On Tar Sands Oil

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- A group of Democratic Senators and House members expressed concern Friday that trade negotiators are trying to undermine fuel standard...

Cool the Talk of TTIP as an 'Economic NATO'

Tim Oliver | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Tim Oliver

Here we should indeed look to NATO, but not as model for how to try and change the world, but to take heed of the many problems it has faced in encouraging unity, better spending, investment, modernization and cooperation.

Report: Regional Economic Integration in Southeast Asia an Opportunity, Not a Threat, for Global Trade System

East-West Center | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
East-West Center

Economists Peter Petri and Michael Plummer argue in a new East-West Center publication that WTO leaders should not consider proposed trade deals in the Asia Pacific region as a threat, but rather as an opportunity.

Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.

Blah-humbug: Leaked Trade Agreement Shows (Surprise!) U.S. Looking Out for Its Interests

Michelle Wein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michelle Wein

It is important to note that the differences are much more nuanced than many of the alarmists would lead you to believe -- each country is trying to get the agreement to align best with its existing policies.