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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?

"Black Bloc" Emerges in Egypt on Second Anniversary of Revolution

Shadi Rahimi | Posted 03.27.2013 | World
Shadi Rahimi

Today, on the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, the "Black Bloc" tactic of protest is on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt - on the front lines of clashes with security forces, stirring up debate among activists amid clouds of tear gas and a frenzy of tweets.

Trade That Hurts

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

If America can't manufacture No. 2 pencils, how long will it be before it can't manufacture ballistic missiles? Maybe that's the pitchfork manufacturing workers need to prod politicians to deal with middle class job uncertainty.

Trade Ruling Undermines Efforts to Curb Climate Chaos

Ilana Solomon | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

In a deeply troubling decision reported this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued a confidential ruling against Ontario's successful "feed-in tariff" incentives program that is designed to reduce carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs.

Demonizing China for Political Profit

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Doug Bandow

While the two leading presidential candidates play to America's worst political demons, the U.S. public supports a more measured approach to China.

American Problems Not Made In China

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.23.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

By indulging in political theatrics that cast China as the evil empire, the candidates are distracting us from the much more fruitful pursuit of figuring out what we can we do here at home to make American companies both more competitive and more prodigious sources of quality paychecks.

Barack Obama: China Auto Subsidies 'Directly Harm Working Men And Women'

Reuters | Jeff Mason and Tom Miles | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business

CINCINNATI/GENEVA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday said the United States was challenging Chinese auto and auto-parts subsidies that threa...

Bill Clinton's True Legacy: Outsourcer-in-Chief

Jane White | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Jane White

Mitt Romney may have run a company that outsourced jobs but Clinton ran a country that did.

Hundreds March Against Globalization As Russia Gears Up To Join WTO

AP | Associated Press | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business

MOSCOW -- More than 1,000 people waving communist and imperial flags have protested in central Moscow against Russia's upcoming entry into the World T...

World Leaders Overcome Protectionism Panic

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2012 | Business

(Corrects to Mexico and Canada in final paragraph) * G20 leaders extend freeze on protectionist measures pledge * Deal s...

The Magnitsky Act and Implications for Russia-U.S. Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.17.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia has promised a retaliatory response to the Act, calling it "anti-Russian" and intrusive in the country's internal affairs.

Pass the Magnitsky Bill

Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld

Short-sighted attempts to placate the Russian bear to get immediate diplomatic help mortgage our future. America should not make deals by walking over the mangled fingers of tortured, 37-year-old lawyers. We are better than that.

The Global Epidemic of Indecision

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
Mark R. Kennedy

The epidemic of indecision is a global phenomenon with disastrous consequences. The need for global decision-making is becoming ever more critical as our decades-long beneficial trend toward more open economic policies begins to stall.

Changing to WTO's 'Made in the World' Labeling Would Harm Americans

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

How would you like to go shopping and find that everywhere you went, the label said "Made in the World" instead of "Made in China," "Made in India," "Made in USA" etc.?

What Are They Trying to Hide?

Michael Brune | Posted 07.04.2012 | Green
Michael Brune

Odds are that you haven't heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. And even if you've heard of it, I'm willing to bet you don't know what might be in it.

Opening Russia

Ed Gerwin | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
Ed Gerwin

Bringing democratic reform to Russia will require concerted effort by the United States, our allies, NGOs, and the Russian people. Opening Russia's market under WTO rules can play a useful role in this effort.

Trade Deals: Backdoor Financial Deregulation

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business
Lori Wallach

Wall Street has a new power tool to demolish financial stability policies, and it comes from a source many would not expect.

'Green News Report' - March 15, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: War with ...

America's Failed Mole-by-Mole Trade Policy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Although conservative candidates revel in ridiculing Western Europe, America could learn crucial economic lessons from Germany, which maintains trade surpluses, including one with China in auto parts.

No Votes in China?

Matt Browne | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Matt Browne

What is really needed is a transatlantic strategy for economic growth, one that includes a common constructive approach towards China, aimed at ensuring a level playing field for trade, market access and investments.

Russia Makes Big Promise To Keep Euro From Collapsing

AP | SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business

BRUSSELS — Russian officials indicated Thursday that their country may offer more than the $10 billion it already has promised the International...

The Doha Round: Much More Than Market Access

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

There is much that the Doha Round, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in particular, can do to improve trade conditions around the world.

Obama Pushes Huge Free Trade Deals to Wednesday Vote

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

These trade agreements achieve a rare trifecta: it's hard to imagine a single initiative that at one time could so infuriate anti-corporate activists, labor unions, and environmentalists at the very moment these disparate movements are finding solidarity and support in the streets.

OECD, ILO: World Governments Must Put Greater Focus On Jobs

AP | By SARAH DiLORENZO | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

PARIS -- World governments must not let their focus on spending cuts keep them from creating jobs that will be a key part of economic recovery, an int...

States Losing The Most Jobs To China

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale, Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: China is taking American jobs, labor unions, politicians and economists, have accused for some time. The logic is simple. While a ...