By Public Citizen We’re continuing our series of facts in response to the Korean Embassy’s misleading claims on the Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Our full response can be viewed here. This time, the focus is on the Korea FTA’s investor-state dispute resolution mechanism that threatens public interest laws.
By Laurent F. Gilbert Sr., Mayor of Lewiston, Maine Times are tough. The economic situation in our country mandates that we create jobs–good jobs—that will sustain families and our communities. Over the last two decades, we have outsourced manufacturing to foreign countries at an alarming rate.
By The Daily Caller WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for east Asia said Thursday a proposed free trade agreement with South Korea is in America’s strategic interests, rejecting concerns it could provide a back door for imports from communist North Korea.
Republicans on the House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee were told yesterday that the problems with the proposed Panama Free Trade Agreement lie with the government of that Central American nation and not in Washington.
By Howard Schneider, Washington Post The government of Colombia needs to make extensive changes to its laws and bolster its protection of union members before a free trade agreement moves forward, a key Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday in the most explicit statement yet of the hurdles facing the proposed Colombia-U.S. trade deal.
By Phyllis Schlafly, The Moral Liberal The voters who elected the new Congress expect it to cast off unconstitutional and discredited policies such as Keynesian big-spending and judicial grabbing of legislative prerogatives. We also hope Congress will shake itself loose from the dishonest, anti-American trade policies of other countries, especially Communist China.
By Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News The U.S. intelligence community will prepare a National Intelligence Estimate on the implications of the continuing decline in U.S. manufacturing capacity, said Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) citing recent news reports. “Last month Forbes reported that the continued erosion of the U.S. manufacturing base has gotten so serious that the Director of National Intelligence has begun preparation of a National Intelligence Estimate… to assess the security implications of the decline of American manufacturing,” said Rep. Schakowsky, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether By David Kocieniewski, New York Times General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion
By Carl Pope, Chairman Sierra Club President Obama's step-father's experience at the hands of an American-backed dictator in Indonesia gave him a chilling view into how empire looks from the receiving end. His visit this week to El Salvador gives him a chance to do something about it.
By Robert Cavooris, Energy Publisher President Obama arrived in El Salvador on March 22 in order to hold up that country as an example of what Latin American states can achieve through cooperation with the United States. Given the Central American country’s acquiescence in the militarization of Washington’s regional War on Drugs, and its enactment of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) after a bruising domestic struggle, Obama observed, “There are few better examples of both the opportunities and challenges facing the Americas today than here in El Salvador.”