Bloomberg News Fires Reporter for Investigating Corruption in Chinese Government

By: Saturday November 23, 2013 9:45 am

Some disturbing news is leaking out from a surprise firing of a Bloomberg News journalist. The reporter, Mike Forsythe, is a well respected expert on China whose suspension and subsequent permanent removal appears to have been related to threats made by the Chinese government to kick out Bloomberg News from the country if certain stories were published.


FDL Movie Night: Fire in the Blood

By: Monday September 2, 2013 4:59 pm

Fire in the Blood, written and directed by tonight’s guest Dylan Mohan Gray, takes a hard look at the politics of prescription drugs, specifically anti-retrovirals, the lifesaving “Lazarus drugs” that can save the lives of millions infected with the HIV virus. But up until 2003 these drugs were not available to the majority of the world’s HIV+ population, the hundreds of millions of black and brown people who live in the southern half of the globe.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement News and Overviews

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 5:20 pm

There’s still been absolutely no transparency on the deal that just wrapped up its 16th round in Singapore on March 13 with 600 credited corporate trade representatives in attendance. Still Congress hasn’t been privy to the text despite demands by Ron Wyden, Japan had apparently been offered a slot in the past, but only yesterday asked to be let in on the negotiations. Business has some heavy issues with it, though not in aid of thee and me, except for Congress-critters representing states where the automobile industry is key. That’s likely legitimate, or at least the UAW thinks so. I can’t remember now what led me to this video from New Zealand this morning, but it’s an overview of why is working so diligently against it.

World Trade Organization Attacks Successful Canadian Clean Energy Program

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 8:15 am

The Sierra Club and Public Citizen are particularly disappointed that the U.S. decided to weigh in on this case by submitting a third-party brief pointing out how Ontario’s program violated WTO rules.

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.

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.

WTO Rules in Favor of Indonesian Tobacco Companies

By: Thursday April 5, 2012 12:40 pm

The United States has recently been trying to reduce youth smoking by banning the sale of most flavored cigarettes. This ban resulted in Indonesian tobacco companies that make clove cigarettes bringing a suit to the World Trade Organization and yesterday the WTO ruled against the United States appeal and in favor of the clove tobacco companies.

America’s Failed Mole-by-Mole Trade Policy

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 7:08 pm

Last week several groups, including the United Steelworkers, petitioned the federal government to whack the latest trade mole – illegally traded auto parts from China.

With President Obama announcing creation of a new trade enforcement unit in his State of the Union Address, the feds probably will investigate. But even if they whack down the auto parts mole, experience has shown a new mole will pop up.

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