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Beware the New Corporate Tax-Cut Scam: LIFT Is A Big LIE

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.22.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

LIFT stands for "Let's Invest for Tomorrow," but as Citizens For Tax Justice (CTJ) points out, it really ought to be called LIE, for "Let's Invest Elsewhere."

Important Bipartisan Currency Bill Introduced in House

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

A new bill was introduced in the House today to fight currency manipulation, including China's. This bill would treat undervalued currency as a subsidy under U.S. trade law, meaning we could apply tariffs to goods from countries that do this.

Does Fracking Make You Queasy? So Will the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact

Ilana Solomon | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Transparency -- a basic principle of our democracy -- is crucial, particularly as the trade deal continues to inflate. We must have a meaningful chance to engage in how our trade and energy rules are set before it's too late.

Five Steps to Help Fragile Countries

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

It's no easy task to re-build after a descent into conflict. We need to transform the way we all engage with fragile and conflict-affected states. So what does it take?

Congress Wants Role In White House's Trade Push

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has embarked on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower barriers and increase U.S. exports to many of ...

U.S. Challenges India's Solar Energy Incentives at WTO: What's at Stake

Ilana Solomon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Now is the time to encourage countries to keep developing their domestic solar capacity in order to tackle the climate crisis, not to slow this process with trade disputes.

DC Should Talk About Fixing the Trade Deficit

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Economics 101, Europe's austerity experiment and the experience of history all tell us that cutting government is contractionary policy. This is the time to invest, and the investment returns will pay for the investment and more.

Global Governance Gets a New Image

Indra Adnan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Indra Adnan

If you have never heard of Simon Anholt, don't own up to it. Some call him a political entrepreneur, others a global image consultant -- I see him more as a nation therapist, helping countries and more lately, cities, find themselves and their place in the world.

SOTU, TPP, TAFTA -- WTF?

Lori Wallach | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Did you notice the two rabid skunks President Obama unleashed at the State of the Union picnic?

Zach Carter

Obama Pushes Controversial Trade Deals

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to urge the United States to pass two key trade agreements, inc...

Fix the Trade Deficit, Fix the Economy

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Yet another report is out showing how the trade deficit is costing us millions of jobs and hurting our economy. This is a real problem that is hurting people, hurting communities, hurting our tax base and hurting our ability to make a living in the future.

How the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement Can Succeed

András Simonyi | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
András Simonyi

2013-02-04-CTRlogo.jpgThere is a buzz, even excitement in the Atlantic community. Europe and America are bracing for a Comprehensive (Free) Trade Agreement (TAFTA).

Why the Trade in Ivory Must Be Banned

Chantal Lyons | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Chantal Lyons

Since the economic ascent of China does not look likely to falter anytime soon, there is only one way to save elephants from extinction by poaching: a complete and permanent global ban on the trade of ivory.

Latest WTO Lunacy: Poker and Piracy Together at Last

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Lori Wallach

On Monday the World Trade Organization (WTO) officially authorized Caribbean nation Antigua to sell $21 million in "pirated" U.S.-copyrighted music, films and computer programs in retaliation for the United States failing to comply with a 2005 WTO order to allow online gambling here. Say what?

Why a Reinvented Transatlantic Economic Relationship Is Needed to Cope With the Economic Crisis

Angelo Federico Arcelli | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Angelo Federico Arcelli

Whilst in Europe there is little understanding of the governance issues that prevent the U.S. from arriving at a quick solution of its main economic issues, in the U.S. there lingers an air of doubt about the determination and decisions of the Eurozone leaders.

A New Trade Agreement for a New Era of Digital Services

Robert Holleyman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology
Robert Holleyman

Last week U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced the Administration's intention to start talks on an International Services Agreement (ISA) with Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and more than a dozen other trading partners.

If You Want to Reform Something, Reform the Trade Agreements

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

We could have trade agreements that lift and protect working people, protect the environment and encourage democracy. But only if people learn about this and speak up.

Brazil and China: Different Paths to Riches in Africa

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 01.22.2013 | World
Yuliya Neyman

Brazil and China both have a strong geopolitical incentive to establish a worldwide influence, and to be seen as benevolent powers in lesser-developed nations. Africa, which has until recently been all but ignored by U.S. investors, presents the most logical opportunity.

Trade Rules Undermine Transition to Clean Energy

Ilana Solomon | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Trade and investment rules can threaten the environment and the health of communities. Governments must be able to put in place clean energy and other policies that protect communities and the environment without trade rules getting in the way.

The Walmart Corruption Scandal: Watershed Moment for Mexico?

Jenik Radon, Esq. | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Jenik Radon, Esq.

Will he take up the fight and turn the Walmart scandal into a catalyst for reform? President Peña must give life to his anti-corruption agenda.

Economies Go Alternative

Marian Salzman | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Marian Salzman

If you live in Greece or Spain or even in parts of the United States, that nasty gurgling sound is the economy going down the drain. The official economy, that is -- the one that gets tracked by the accountants and tax officials and economists who feature in the media every day.

Getting High... With a Little Help From Our Friends

Ed Gerwin | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
Ed Gerwin

Interestingly, Antares' initial cargo will include small satellites built by NASA from globally sourced smartphones. But Antares should also remind us that, when it comes to America's role in the connected global economy, we also need to act on some weighty issues here on Earth.

From Asia, With jobs

Barry Glassner | Posted 01.27.2013 | Education
Barry Glassner

The benefits from our Asia relationship are more common, and they're arriving every day -- the culture, the talent, the career and economic opportunities, and the jobs.

Upstart Coffee Chain To Duel Starbucks

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2013 | Latino Voices

* Mexican cafe chain sets sights on U.S. market * Coffee consumption in Mexico up nearly 20 pct 2005-2010 By David Alire...

Say "Yes" to Nation-Building in the United States and EU

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

The Obama administration should say "yes" to the European Union's (EU's) invitation to do some nation-building here in America while at the same time helping our indispensible ally--Europe--and boosting family incomes.