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There Is No 'Merit' to Trade Remedy Actions

Simon Lester | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Simon Lester

In several instances, the United States and European Union have begun investigations or imposed new duties on products from China, and in direct response, China has taken similar actions against unrelated U.S. and EU products.

TAFTA (Part 2): Citizens of the Food Movement, Be Prepared!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

Given that around 26 states in the U.S. have moved to enact more comprehensive labeling requirements for GMOs, any trade measures that could threaten the rights of U.S. citizens to democratically determine higher standards in food labeling, should be opposed.

Colorado Rebrands Itself as a Creative Place to Live and Work

John M. Eger | Posted 08.01.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

The State of Colorado advertises itself as the home of "creative industries". While statistics are fuzzy, the National Assembly of State Art Agenci...

What It Takes for Trade to Reduce Poverty in Africa

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Despite tremendous progress in poverty reduction over the last two decades, poverty still persists. Along with South Asia, Africa is a region where large numbers of people continue to live in extreme poverty.

TAFTA: Code Word 'Harmonization,' a Race to the Bottom or the Top?

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The majority of binding and enforceable rulings of the WTO and those of other trade bodies such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) demonstrate a consistent pattern of lowering food, environmental, labor, or consumer safety standards in behest to trade agendas.

A Great Lakes Roadmap for Peace -- and Development

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Several officials in the DRC told the Secretary-General and me the same line: "We are a rich country with the poorest people." What they didn't say was that the DRC is a rich country with people thirsty for peace.

Gotta Cigarette? How the Tobacco Companies are Gaining Ground in Promoting Coffin Nails for the World Through the TPP

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

Tobacco regulation is just one example of how the TPP will have damaging effects on the world we live in. We need to expose the deadly flaws in these behind-closed-doors negotiations now, before it's too late.

Charting a Better Path Forward for Indian Economic Growth

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

To be clear, a strong, growing, and collaborative trade relationship between the United States and India is in both parties' best interests. But India's recent trade policies are placing that relationship in jeopardy.

It's Still the Economy, Stupid

Scott Paul | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business
Scott Paul

Sooner or later, these spectacles will lose their excitement and Capitol Hill will come back to this reality: The economy is still broken. So why not start fixing it now?

China: The Morphing Dragon

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The Chinese economy has changed dramatically over the last three decades. This extraordinary pace of transformation is poised to continue over the next two decades.

Mayor Bloomberg Gets It Right Over Harvard/Plumber Comments

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.21.2013 | Business
Steve Siebold

No doubt that Harvard is consistently ranked as one of the top schools in the nation. There's a certain prestige that comes with saying "Harvard graduate." But to the mayor's point, at what cost should that come?

One More Scandal?

Lori Wallach | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Lori Wallach

What do a zombie, handcuffs, a steamroller and a legislative luge run for job-killing trade agreements all have in common? They're all apt metaphors of an expired, scandalously anti-democratic procedure called Fast Track.

Apple Avoiding Billions and Billions of Dollars in Taxes

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

Apple (like many giant, multinational corporations) has been avoiding paying the taxes they owe to the country by setting up foreign "subsidiaries" in tax-haven countries, and moving jobs out of the country. Now they want a special tax break to reward them for doing that.

'Free Trade' Agreements Won't Create Jobs But a More Competitive Dollar Would

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Mark Weisbrot

When our government tells us such an agreement will create jobs in the U.S., they are saying that the agreement will increase our exports faster than imports.

Trade Sell-Out: Out of the Mouths of Citizens...

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

If you have received my emails for a while, you know that I sometimes refer to you all, affectionately, as "Alan's Army." You are passionate, smart an...

Upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like Corporate Takeover

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

It will be sold as a trade agreement (because everyone knows that "trade" is good) but much of it appears to be (from what we know) a corporate end-run around things We the People want to do to reign in the giant corporations -- like Wall Street regulation, environmental regulation and corporate taxation.

Is Colombia Suffering the Dutch Disease?

Felipe Ángel | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Felipe Ángel

Despite the global economic situation, Colombia has shown resilience to external shocks in recent years, with reasonable economic performance in its region, in part due to responsible monetary policies conducted by the Central Bank.

Time to End the Free Trade Sellout

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

The first Amendment gives us the right to "petition the government for a redress of grievances." Anyone paying attention to these Judas-kiss trade "deals" is feeling mighty, mighty "aggrieved."

Free Trade With Europe

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

It is something Washington can work together on, and a viable TAP would give a real boost to the economies of the U.S. and the EU. It would be, in Shakespeare's timeless phrase, a consummation devoutly to be wished.

6 Things Mike Froman Must Do As the Next U.S. Trade Representative

Ilana Solomon | Posted 07.03.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

If confirmed, Mr. Froman will face many opportunities to build a new and responsible model of trade. The Sierra Club calls upon Mr. Froman to put communities, working families, and the environment at the core of our trade agenda.

Daily Caller Writer: Progressives 'Don't Care' About Immigrant Workers

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Daily Caller writer Neil Munro told HuffPost Live Wednesday that progressives "don't care" about immigrant workers, a point adamantly refuted by Salon...

Growing After the Crisis: Boosting Productivity in Developing Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries continue to face important challenges in boosting productivity growth in the difficult post-crisis environment, but also many opportunities to eliminate poverty and create shared prosperity.

Putting Intellectual Property to Good Use

Irene Khan | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Irene Khan

India's case is proof that the intellectual property regime, when properly applied, can work for the poor as well as the rich. The decision by the country's Supreme Court has created a giant legal footprint for others to follow.

Africa Investing in Africa

Richard Attias | Posted 06.28.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

Big changes are needed if Africans are truly to benefit from the rich resources of their own continent. But those changes have begun, and I am optimistic about what the future holds.

The Elephants in the Room: Citizens United, Trade and Corporate Ownership of Our Natural Resources

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

How has consolidation enabled Monsanto, Tyson, Nestle, Kraft, Cargill, McDonalds and other food/ag/chemical companies to write our food policy, and why is about to get worse?