WSJ: China Expands Island Construction in Disputed South China Sea

BEIJING—Newly released satellite images show a dramatic expansion in China’s construction of artificial islands on disputed South China Sea reefs, intensifying concerns about Beijing’s territorial ambitions. [Reposted from the Wall Street Journal  |  Jeremy Page and Julian Barnes  |  February 18, 2015] The images provide the first visual evidence that China has built an artificial…

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Reuters: As free trade pacts expand, U.S. trade deficit soars. Why add one more?

President Barack Obama has called on Congress to grant him fast-track trade authority for his Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement. The administration insists the authority, which would give Congress only an up-or-down vote on the agreement, is needed to get the best possible terms from its trade partners along the Pacific Rim. [Reposted from Reuters  | …

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A letter from the Interfaith Working Group on Trade and Investment Opposing Fast Track

The Interfaith Working Group on Trade and Investment – representing Quaker, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic organizations,  – has written a letter in opposition to Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority.  Here is their letter: February 17, 2015 Dear Representative/Senator: As religious bodies and faith-based organizations, we write today to ask you to oppose fast track trade…

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Huffington Post: Democrat Says Obama Administration Dodging Request To Read Trade Deals Without Restrictions

WASHINGTON — A Democratic congressman has accused the Obama administration of dodging his request for “unimpeded” access to two controversial trade agreements — reigniting a dispute over transparency as the president presses legislators for so-called “fast-track” authority, which would block members of Congress from offering amendments to either deal. [Reposted from the Huffington Post  | …

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Inside US Trade: House Bill Would Prohibit President From Entering Into Trade, Investment Deals With ISDS Provisions

Editor’s Note: On Feb. 13, 2015 Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced H.R. 967, a bill which would prohibit the president from entering into free trade agreements or investment treaties that include investor-state dispute settlement provisions. [Reposted from Inside US Trade  |  February 17, 2015] The twelve Democrats co-sponsoring the bill included: James McGovern (D-MA), Jan…

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