Incumbency Has Its Privileges: When Criticized by Romney on China, Obama Administration Announces Trade Enforcement

By: Monday September 17, 2012 11:45 am

The United States has filed the latest in a series of trade actions against China at the WTO, this one objecting to unfair dumping of subsidized Chinese auto parts. But the relatively limited scope of the action, along with the political context, suggests this is about more than just unfair trade practices.

 

China-Japan Dispute Over South China Sea Islands Grows Violent

By: Monday September 17, 2012 10:00 am

The war of words between China and Japan over a chain of uninhabited islands has the potential to escalate in disturbing ways, and destabilize a region that is central to the world’s economic performance.

Labor “Protests” in Charlotte Hardly an Expression of Dissent

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 11:15 am

I’m sure we’ll have a lot of reports about the dissent outside the DNC convention in Charlotte. There should be a bigger Occupy presence in Charlotte than there was in Tampa for the RNC convention, and the Undocubus, filled with undocumented immigrants who plan to challenge the Democrats on comprehensive immigration reform could make some waves. But the protest of about 800 in the streets of Charlotte last night, which was smaller than anticipated, did not give me much hope for a real breakthrough.

Republican Platform Lumbers Far to the Right

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 2:50 pm

The Republican platform is too large a document and covers too many issue areas for one person to dissect entirely. I covered my core competency by going through the housing plank. But for those who did have the time and resources to do a full overview, the picture becomes clear that this is a pretty extreme document that, contrary to the beliefs of a John Boehner, does have some import.

Monetary Easing in China, UK, EU Boosting Economies and the US Dollar

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 9:06 am

The Bank of England, People’s Bank of China and the European Central Bank all cut lending rates or added quantitative easing today, a near-global spurt of monetary stimulus designed to increase economic growth. Because the Federal Reserve hasn’t joined in, the dollar is growing stronger, which is bad news for US exports.

WTO Un-COOL: Rules Against Popular U.S. Meat Labeling Law

By: Saturday June 30, 2012 7:00 pm

The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a final ruling today against the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law. This popular pro-consumer policy, which informs shoppers where meat and other foods were raised or grown, enjoys the support of 93% of Americans, according to a 2010 Consumers Union poll. Now Congress must gut or change the law to avoid the application of punitive trade sanctions.

Mexico Joins Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Negotiations

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 9:20 am

The leaked documents from the Trans-Pacific Partnership showed the possibility for the agreement to expand well beyond the original countries that are party to the agreement. And before the TPP has completed negotiations or been signed, we’re already seeing evidence of that. In remarks yesterday at the outset of the G20 summit, Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced that his country would join the negotiations of the trade deal:

Trans-Pacific Partnership Documents Show Trade Treaty Could Grow Much Larger Than NAFTA

By: Friday June 15, 2012 6:45 am

Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach has an analysis of that leaked document from the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and it’s really even worse than anticipated.

Leaked Trans Pacific Partnership Document Shows Corporations Could Violate National Sovereignty

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 10:10 am

Zach Carter reports on a key leaked document from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. This is the “NAFTA for Asia” trade deal that Senators sought more transparency for earlier in the week. Well, thanks to Public Citizen, now they know a bit more about what’s in this trade deal. And now we know why it was a well-guarded secret.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sherrod Brown Urges Transparency for “NAFTA for Asia”

By: Monday June 11, 2012 2:40 pm

Some Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics have denounced as “NAFTA for Asia.” And they are making their opinions known to the Obama Administration about the relative secrecy under which the deal is being negotiated.

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