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Embargoes

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

While the United States likes to impose embargoes, it doesn't really like being subject to them. So it's worth spending a moment considering what happens when the sanctions shoe is on the other foot.

Letting Sleeping Giants Lie...

Manisha Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Manisha Singh

In September, the UN will evaluate the Millennium Development Goals. There are continuing high hopes that the G-20, meeting in November, will manage to get the world's economy back on track.

Does the U.S. Trade Rep. Secretly Love Higher Tariffs?

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lori Wallach

For a guy who loves "free trade" and is supposed to represent U.S. workers and businesses, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk seems way too comfy with tariffs being slapped on American exports.

US Trade Rep Serves Drug Companies, Publishers and Pushes Anti-Consumer Agenda

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
James Love

From the point of view of many consumers, public health, digital rights and development groups, the United States Trade Representative is a major disappointment pushing an anti consumer agenda on dozens of issues.

Who in U.S. Congress Wants the ACTA Text Public?

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

This week some 38 or so countries are holding a secret negotiation in Guadalajara, Mexico, on something called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement...

White House Creates Secret Process as Solution to Transparency For Key IPR Negotiation

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

The U.S. government has created a secret process for insiders to view key negotiating documents for trade agreements -- as an alternative to demands for more openness.

Obama's Chief Agricultural Negotiator Nominee a Pesticide Pusher

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

The Obama administration has chosen someone from an organization dedicated at all costs to chemical-based agriculture to represent our trade interests abroad.

Obama Administration Rules Texts of New IPR Agreement are State Secrets

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

We have been seeking access to documents relating to negotiations on an important new intellectual property enforcement treaty. The agreement, misle...

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.

Ron Kirk Selected to Deliver on Obama's Campaign Pledge to Reform U.S. Trade Policies

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Whether Ron Kirk is a good choice for trade representative will be determined by his ability to deliver on creating a new trade and globalization policy that benefits more Americans.

DeFazio to USTR: Say No to Chevron's Bullying!

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Naiman

Last week, Chevron announced a second quarter profit of $6 billion. It would seem that Chevron could afford to compensate Ecuadoran peasants for toxic dumping in the Amazon.