Updates

09/12/11
Bennett Roth, Bloomberg South Korea, Colombia and Panama have hired extra lobbyists, publicists and consultants in the past year to nudge along their stalled trade deals with the U.S. “It’s been a disciplined and organized and comprehensive effort,” said Frank Samolis, a Patton Boggs LLP attorney leading his firm’s lobbying effort on behalf of the Korea International Trade Association.
09/09/11
Congressman Mike Michaud, Chairman of the House Trade Working Group, has sent a letter signed by his Maine and Massachusetts colleagues urging U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement does not undermine the American footwear industry.
09/09/11

Ian Fletcher, Huffington Post Some good news for once! Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's stand on trade issues, if he truly means what he says and goes the full distance with his published proposals, offers America the best shot at a real and sustained economic recovery that any major officeholder or candidate has yet offered.

09/09/11
Craig Harrington, Economy In Crisis In the past several weeks the major news media has seen a dramatic increase in the amount of press coverage given to free trade agreements. Major and mid-level media outlets have taken up the cause of stalled FTAs that are currently held up by partisan roadblocks in Congress.
09/09/11
Webnewswire.com Access to affordable lifesaving medicines will be threatened where they are needed most—in parts of the developing world—if the U.S. insists on implementing restrictive intellectual property policies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today.
09/09/11
Curtis Ellis So much for bipartisanship. President Obama unveiled his jobs agenda before Congress, and Republicans really like the one part of it voters hate the most. The overwhelming majority of Americans oppose “free trade” agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Poll after poll shows Americans believe trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, after which these new pacts are patterned, hurt America.
09/09/11
Kevin Gallagher and Timothy Wise, Guardian.co.uk It is bad enough that President Obama is reversing his campaign pledge and supporting Bush-era trade deals with Korea, Colombia and Panama. Starting this week in Chicago, the US will be hosting the first major trade negotiations since the "Battle in Seattle" World Trade Organisation talks came here in 1999. This occasion is for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with a wide range of industrialised and developing Pacific Rim countries.
09/08/11
DCampbell, Daily Kos The production of unemployment, instability, and poverty around the world is produced by the economic policy known as neo-liberalism. Neo liberalism is the current stage of capitalism. Trade agreements, like NAFTA ( North American Free Trade Agreement) and the proposed trade agreements with Columbia and an important part of neo-liberalism and actually increased poverty for many.
09/08/11
Aaron Krager, Progress Illinois Closed-door negotiations have begun between the United States and eight Pacific Rim countries with the goal of reaching a free trade agreement. As the talks began yesterday, activists joined famed ice cream makers Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield at the site of the meetings to call for fair trade, instead of just free trade, in the new deal. Critics of the closed-door talks called the current practice of seeking the cheapest labor a 'global race to the bottom', likening Vietnam to China. The southwest Asian country is home to some of the world's lowest paid workers with a per capita income of just over $1,100 a year.
09/08/11
Charles Pope, The Oregonian Doug Badger has a direct answer when asked for ways to heal Oregon's infected economy and create jobs: Foreign trade.

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