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Report from Berlin: Global Trade Deals Can No Longer Include Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Larry Cohen | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

As negotiations move forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a wide range of German elected and civic leaders are in disbelief that the U.S. remains serious about including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

No to 'Boehner' Trade, No to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Larry Cohen | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For the third time this year, three-fourths of the members of House Democratic Caucus have written to the president, rejecting the current framework of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Talks on Liberalizing Services: Disaster in the Making

Louis Belanger | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Louis Belanger

Incredibly, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is clear that the TISA seeks to further deregulate financial markets and to make matters worst, with such high stakes for people and our planet, talks are being held behind closed doors.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Ask U.S. Trade Rep To Drop Complaint Over India's Solar Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of environmental organizations is calling on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to drop a complaint over India's solar ...

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Tries To Wreck India's Solar Industry While Pushing Fight Against Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration talks a lot about the need to develop renewable energy around the world to curb climate change. But right now, ...

Ryan Grim

Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The veal pen is becoming a dangerous place. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman -- President Barack Obama's top trade official ...

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...

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...

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.

NSA Spying Scandal Roils US-EU Trade Negotiations

Mary Bottari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

What the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is all about is locking in a deregulatory regime that threatens some of the best consumer and environmental laws on both sides of the Atlantic.

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 ...

Obama Pick Confirmed As Trade Representative

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Froman, a senior White House economic adviser and classmate of President Barack Obama at Harvard Law School, on Wednesday won Se...

Court: Trade Representative Can Withhold Documents During Negotiations

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An appeals court ruled Friday that the U.S. Trade Representative can withhold a classified position paper prepared during free-trade neg...

Obama To Tap Penny Pritzker For Commerce Secretary

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, na...

Obama Likely To Nominate White House Official For Key Post

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - White House deputy budget director Jeffrey Zients is President Barack Obam...

Europe's ACTA Freak Out: How Hollywood Holds Back the Trade Agenda

Harold Feld | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business
Harold Feld

Whenever there is an international trade agreement negotiation, Hollywood jumps in, takes over, and starts driving the crazy train off a cliff by demanding all kinds of nonsense in the name of "stopping piracy."

Dan Froomkin

Auction 2012: 'NAFTA With Asia' Is Big Money's Next Goal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement ...

Jennifer Bendery

GOP Warms To Obama's Plan To Trim And Merge

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are cautiously embracing President Barack Obama's proposal for shrinking the size of the federal government, a...

Shooting Itself In the Foot: The Broken Promises of the U.S. Trade Agenda

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

In the Chicago trade talks, the U.S. is trying to club up with countries in a deal that keeps the cost of medicines high.

A National Commitment to Win the Clean Energy Race

David Foster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Foster

With the arrival of Chinese President Hu this week in Washington, there can be no better time for the U.S. to make clear its unqualified commitment to winning the global race for clean energy jobs.

Obama's Chance to Lead on Trade

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

President Obama is in Seoul today for what promises to be a contentious meeting of the world's leading economic powers. He probably won't mollify Chin...

Assert Yourself, America; Don't Be an Illegal Trade Victim

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

How is it that America finds herself in the position of schoolyard patsy, woe-is-me casualty of China's illegal trade practices that are destroying U.S. renewable energy manufacturing and foreclosing an energy-independent future?

Why The AIDS Activists Are Asking The UN To Investigate Obama's Trade Policy

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Kavanagh

The United States is using its trade policies to coerce countries to adopt intellectual property policies that increase the costs of medicines and violate the human rights of their citizens.

No Evidence Found that Colombia Suddenly FTA-Worthy

Fred Redmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fred Redmond

"Free trade should be premised on fundamental respect for human rights, especially the rights of the workers producing the goods to be traded. In Colombia, workers cannot exercise their right without fear of being threatened or killed."

Trade Rep. Schwab Says Tech And Trade Are Inextricable at CES

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Smith

Rep. Susan C. Schwab says that the electronics community and tech sector needs to be just as vocal as others who are protectionist. Trade agreements must benefit everyone.