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Corporations Aren't People And They Aren't Nation States, Either

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Ilana Solomon

Despite what some politicians say, corporations aren't people. But, even worse, when it comes to the world's biggest trade deals, corporations are actually treated like nation states. Thankfully, a major storm is brewing that could put a crack in this fundamental pillar of the existing free trade regime.

Zach Carter

Top Obama Official Admits He Hasn't Pursued This Democratic Priority

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The rift between the Obama administration and congressional Democrats over a major free trade pact has only deepened since the president...

Zach Carter

Why Corporations Are Freaking Out About Obama's Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Steve Biegun is not exactly a left-wing radical. During the Bush years, he served as an adviser to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice an...

Zach Carter

This Is Why Democrats Don't Trust Obama On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's top trade official angered some House Democrats last month by privately backtracking from public vows to ensu...

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 ...

Tobacco: Symbol of Corrupt Trade Policy

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Ellen R. Shaffer

The predominant business of agreements like the TPP is actually reducing "technical barriers" to trade -- that is, democratically adopted laws and regulations that protect the public's health, environment, labor standards, and financial transactions.

Lawmakers Want Obama Czar To Make Demand In Negotiations

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress want the Obama administration to demand that U.S. allies back away from proposed restrictions on international...

United Against the Secret Trade Agreement (TPP) That Blocks Affordable Health Care -- And Much More

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

This trade agreement is essentially being negotiated by large corporations behind closed doors and -- surprise! -- does not hold much promise for retirees and the middle class.

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.

Zach Carter

Warren Opposing Obama's Top Trade Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Wednesday that she will vote against President Obama's top international trade nominee Michael From...

Zach Carter

U.S. Pushing To End Cheap Drugs For Poorest Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking to curb efforts to exempt the world's poorest countries from expansive trade rules that would substa...

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.

U.S. Crackdown on Internet Censorship Comes at Critical Time

Edward J. Black | Posted 01.16.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Internet freedom can nurture economic development as well as the development of democracy by encouraging political awareness. A vibrant, un-shackled Internet provides economic and political empowerment and opportunities.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Drone Strikes on People With AIDS?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.10.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Right now, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative is negotiating a so-called "trade agreement" -- the "Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement" -- that could put the lives of millions of innocent civilians at risk. The process is secret: USTR refuses to publish a draft negotiating text.

Zach Carter

Trade Policy Could Clarify Copyright Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday received cautious praise from open Internet advocates, after it released an outline for key proposal...

Zach Carter

Obama Trade Document Leaked, Reveals New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A critical document from President Barack Obama's free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday m...

Zach Carter

Obama's Trade Position Panned By U.N. For Protecting High Drug Prices

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two major United Nations organizations warned world leaders on Thursday to avoid restrictive free trade agreements that may threaten pub...

Zach Carter

An Idea To Fix Killer Costs Of Lifesaving Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is promoting a new plan to encourage the development of better, cheaper prescription drugs: an innovation fu...

Zach Carter

Congress Revolts On Obama Plan That Would Ban 'Buy American'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 68 House Democrats and one Republican sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Thursday urging him to reconsider an element...

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."

Zach Carter

Big Pharma Wins, AIDS Patients Lose In New Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

This piece is a continuation of The Huffington Post's collaboration on trade issues with The Dylan Ratigan Show, called Trading Our Future. WASHING...

Zach Carter

Bill Daley Brings Big Pharma History To Trade Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

This piece is a continuation of The Huffington Post's collaboration on trade issues with The Dylan Ratigan Show, called Trading Our Future. WASHING...

A 21st Century Trade Deal For Public Health and Jobs

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

You mean you haven't heard about the new 21st century trade agreement being negotiated this week in Chicago? Might be because the federal U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) didn't even announce the 2-week meeting on its website. Or anywhere else.

Export Promotion Is Not the Same as Building Markets Abroad

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

It sounds like there may be confusion in the Obama administration over a basic, yet fundamental issue -- understanding the difference between export promotion and development mandates.

US and China Should Cooperate to Create Green Space for Environmental Subsidies in the WTO

James Bacchus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Bacchus

The US, China, and the other members of the WTO to negotiate an agreed global line dividing what is permissible from what is impermissible when governments provide green subsidies.