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The World Is Entering a Devastating Chocolate Crisis: The Government Must Act to Save Us

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Attention in Washington recently focused on the government shutdown. But a far more important issue confronts America while the president and congressional leaders dither: rising chocolate prices. When will the government address this terrifying global crisis?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Trade Agreement for Protectionists

Dean Baker | Posted 12.28.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The world has benefited from the opening of trade over the last four decades. But this opening has been selective so that, at least in the U.S., most of the gains have gone to those at the top. It's possible to design trade deals that benefit the population as a whole, but not when corporate interests are literally the negotiators at the table.

The British Problem Facing a Transatlantic Trade Deal

Tim Oliver | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tim Oliver

For successive British governments a deal opening up further the transatlantic marketplace has proved an elusive one. With the U.S.A. and Europe as Britain's main economic partners, even a small deal could produce significant gains for Britain's economy.

It Takes More than Economics 101 to Compete With China

Ralph Gomory | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
Ralph Gomory

Our faith in our own system is so ingrained that we continue to believe in its benign results even in the absence of the free markets and free trade conditions.

Youth, Digital Infrastructure and the Future Success of Mongolia

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Giovanna Mingarelli

It was my last night in the capital city of Ulanbaataar (UB) during my first visit to Mongolia. I had spent an evening at a private reception generous...

Debt Default: The Only Way to Get to Full Employment?

Dean Baker | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

We have been repeatedly warned that the dollar could lose its status as the world's reserve currency in the event of default. While this is a dubious claim (will countries rush to the euro?), it would actually be good news if it were true.

Dr. Singh Goes to Washington: Why US-India Relations Still Matter

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

The potential for what the United States and India can achieve together remains significant, even in light of the obstacles afflicting bilateral ties at the moment. The two countries are witnessing a convergence of interests in an increasing number of critical and diverse arenas.

When Breaking News Is Only Headlines: Germany, the European Union and the U.S.

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Of all this week's international news -- the horrors in Kenya, Rouhani at the UN, the negotiations over Syria -- it is what some might call 'the boring German election' that will have the greatest long-term impact on the interests of the United States.

Kate Sheppard

Top U.S. Trade Official Pushes Back Against EU Carbon Plan

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

Building the Keystone XL pipeline is only part of the equation. Once the Canadian tar sands are pumped and piped to refineries on the Gulf Coast, the ...

Patently Unfair: Samsung Deserves Same Treatment as Apple from Obama Administration

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.24.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Showing the world that the U.S. does not play favorites and reining in the International Trade Commission's nearly automatic issuing of exclusion orders for any violation are both good for U.S. industry and international trade.

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

Ken Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ken Ash

'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.

The Sino-Venezuelan Strategic Partnership

David Gosset | Posted 11.24.2013 | World
David Gosset

By choosing Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico, as destinations for his second foreign trip as China's President, Xi Jinping illustrated the strategic importance of the relations between Beijing and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

South-South Trade Through Value-Added Glasses

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It is misleading to use gross data on exports and imports to calculate the extent to which trade contributes to economic growth, and affects the allocation of national resources. Products often cross borders more than once while being processed.

China's Syria Strategy

Daniel Pena | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Daniel Pena

What we're seeing emerge is not a military or ideological counterweight to the United States in Russia and China, but rather a financial one that doesn't even need an army to fight it's wars, but only buyers.

Gay Fellows, Dead Cats and Sanctuaries

James Peron | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
James Peron

Yes, I could quibble with Mencken on some of his wording, but his general sentiments are my own. While I can make a list as long as my arm of thinkers who have influenced me, in the end it is my responsibility to formulate my own credo.

The 19th Round of Trade Talks in Brunei

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.23.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Given this context, the idea that the 19th round of trade talks in Brunei might be the last official round is particularly unacceptable. It seems very clear that negotiations aren't going to end after Brunei.

Mexico: More Than Borders and Beaches

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

While Mexico still has work to do to secure its border, free up its economy, and provide ample opportunities for its citizens, one must recognize that it is well on its way to joining the ranks of the world's great powers.

YOYO, WITT, Globalization, and a Heartfelt Tale From the Heartland

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

At the bottom of the globalization debate is a fundamental error by the policy, political, and punditry community: the assumption that people are first and last consumers, not workers. But when trade effects prices, it also effects jobs and wages.

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.

The Rhino War Zone

Natalie Lapides | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Natalie Lapides

Despite all of these tactics and efforts, rhino poaching continues. These endeavors make a big difference, but they are ultimately just a Band-Aid over a deep, seeping laceration, and we need to make many changes to win this war.

Book Review: The Economics Anti-Textbook: A Critical Thinker's Guide to Microeconomics, by Rod Hill and Tony Myatt

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 09.20.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

In their entertaining and readable Anti-Textbook, Canadian economists Rod Hill and Tony Myatt first present the conventional models of introductory microeconomics textbooks and then skewer them, drawing on a wide range of resources.

Congress Shouldn't Outsource Its Trade Negotiating Authority

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

The looming Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is potentially the biggest so-called "free trade" agreement in the world. And you've probably never heard about it. We can't allow this agreement to be rammed through Congress with an up-or-down vote.

On Manufacturing and Innovation

Ralph Gomory | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
Ralph Gomory

We are allowing much of manufacturing, the great innovation engine that turns ideas into reality, to vanish quietly from our shores. Our global corporations may be benefitting from this; most Americans are not.

Austerity Discredited, Not Defeated -- Time to Fight for Jobs and Growth

Roger Hickey | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

For four long years after the recession officially ended, conservative austerity policies have sabotaged America's economic recovery, condemning millions of Americans to unemployment and poverty. But conservative spending cuts still dominate policy.

Why the G8 'Commitments' Lacked Measurable Actions

John Ruthrauff | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
John Ruthrauff

Civil society organizations should exert pressure on the G8 -- as well as the other G20 countries -- to take more concrete steps to address financial corruption, which is robbing both developing and developed countries of essential tax income.