Getting straight about the costs of trade

I recently attended a talk given by the Obama administration’s lead trade negotiator, Mike Froman, who was asked: “Why are Americans so angry about globalization right now?” His answer was one I’d heard many times, but of which I’ve often been skeptical. In so many words, he argued that the costs of trade are acute,…

‘Time to Get Loud’: Rock Stars and Celebs Aim to Amplify Anti-TPP Fight

It’s “the least boring piece of news related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in ages,”according to one campaigner.  [Deirdre Fulton| June 15, 2016 |Common Dreams] Celebrities including Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, punk band Anti-Flag, and Lost actress Evangeline Lilly are mobilizing against the 12-nation, corporate-friendly deal—which has been exposed by multiple analyses as threatening the climate, labor protections, access to medicine, and…

US Official: Cambodia Could Join TPP Trade Pact

U.S. Under Secretary of State Catherine Novelli met senior Cambodian leaders in Phnom Penh last Friday during a three-day visit to the country, discussing a range of issues including deforestation, the investment climate, energy and technology. [Phorn Bopha| June 13, 2016 |Voa News] Novelli also raised the possibility that Cambodia could join the Trans-Pacific Partnership…

Time is running out on TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership continues to be one of the critical unfinished issues as the Obama administration wraps up its eight-year tenure. The regional trade agreement involves 12 nations and nearly 40 percent of global GDP – including the key economies such as the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Vietnam. [J Berkshire Miller| June…

It is Time to Stand Up to China

China is not a market economy, much less a free-market economy. Still, the U.S. continues to treat China as a free-market economy, with the hope that it will somehow encourage them to begin playing by the same rules governing the rest of the world. But, alas, it’s not happening. Here is a short list of…