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05/04/11
Jackie Headapohl, Michigan Live NAFTA, a treaty among Canada, Mexico and the United States, removed tariffs and other trade barriers among those countries in 1994. But according to the Economic Policy Institute, a pro-labor, progressive organization, that treaty cost Michigan 43,600 jobs.
05/03/11
Michelle Chen, Color Lines News The construction giant Caterpillar is reportedly planning to treat its workers to steaming cups of Colombian coffee in the coming weeks, to warm them to the benefits of doing business with their “partners” in Latin America. While employees enjoy their break, lobbyists will be working hard, in their name, to peddle so-called “open markets” in Colombia, Panama and South Korea.
05/02/11
Eric Jackson, Eurasia Review From April 27 to April 29, Martinelli and 11 other Panamanian officials are meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss free trade, regional security, and bilateral cooperation with various U.S. departments and organizations. Today at the White House, President Barack Obama met with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to discuss, among other issues, the pending free trade agreement between Panama and the United States. The meeting with Obama marks the halfway point of Martinelli’s three-day work trip to Washington D.C. and brings the U.S. one step closer towards closing the agreement with Panama.
05/02/11
David Newby, Lacrosse Tribune While so much of our attention recently has been consumed by the budget battles in Madison and Washington, another economic crisis has been developing without much publicity: imminent votes in Congress on more job-killing NAFTA-type trade deals.
05/02/11
Kim Jensen, The Baltimore Sun I just returned from a 10-day human rights delegation to Colombia sponsored by Witness for Peace. While we were in the midst of our intensive meetings in Valle del Cauca, Northern Cauca, and Bogota, we discovered that a high profile-American delegation had just arrived in the capital for its own two-day tour. The U.S. Congressional Ways and Means Committee had sent a bipartisan fact-finding mission to Colombia, co-sponsored by Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer. What an amazing coincidence: two American delegations were gathering facts about Colombia at the same time.
04/29/11
Tammy Kim, Hyphen On Wednesday in Seoul, Korean President Lee Myung Bak welcomed a top-level American delegation. They met to discuss the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), which, having languished since negotiations in 2007, is now endorsed by President Obama and up for Congressional ratification. While American media scarcely covered this week’s events, Korean newspapers were saturated with reports, speculations, and photographs. In one image, President Lee stands beside another man of Asian descent: Gary Locke, the Chinese American Commerce Secretary and soon-to-be Ambassador to China.
04/29/11
By Eric Jackson, COHA From April 27 to April 29, Martinelli and 11 other Panamanian officials are meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss free trade, regional security, and bilateral cooperation with various U.S. departments and organizations.
04/27/11
Dustin Ensinger, Economy in Crisis The North American Free Trade Agreement could soon be used as a conduit to flood the U.S. market with cheap, duty-free Sri Lankan goods, according to a report at Lanka Business Online.
04/26/11
Joe McDonald, Associated Press Chinese protectionism has increased since the 2008 global crisis and U.S. companies are being hurt by Beijing's policies aimed at developing its technology industries, a business group said Tuesday. A report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China adds to mounting complaints that Beijing is violating the spirit of its free-trade pledges by limiting market access and trying to shield its fledgling technology industries from competition.
04/25/11
Jamison Cocklin, Bangor Daily News BANGOR, Maine — When 450 workers are unemployed and uncertainty and economic hardship pervades an entire region, an American president should witness the devastation and sorrow firsthand. This is the way members of the Maine Labor Council and the United Steelworkers said they felt Friday after a shutdown of the East Millinocket paper mill on April 1 left the Katahdin region workers they represent idle and under threat of permanent displacement, given mill owner threats to scrap the mills if another owner cannot be found.

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