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08/01/11
Shannon Vance-Ocampo, Fellowship of Reconciliation On July 11th, over 200 people converged in Lafayette Park across the street from the White House. All were there to raise their voices to President Obama to say “NO” to the proposed U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). With all of the budget and debt negotiations on Capitol Hill, including a deadlock on approving the TAA, President Obama is yet to send the CFTA to Congress.
08/01/11
Alan Tonelson, American Economic Alert This morning’s dismaying report from the government on gross domestic product confirms that economic growth is virtually dead in the water. It also reveals that none of the recovery strategies dominating the headlines, and none of the issues being debated during the current budget crisis, by themselves can generate desperately needed output and hiring without boosting America’s already dangerous levels of debt.
08/01/11

Kennebec Journal As chairman of the House Trade Working Group, I am often portrayed as anti-trade. Nothing could be further from the truth. Trade always has been and will continue to be a pillar of American ideals and commerce, and I strongly support it.

07/29/11
Heide B. Malhotra, Epoch Times Reviving America’s manufacturing sector, once considered the bread and butter of the United States, is still on the back burner, as large corporations continue to outsource jobs to foreign shores.
07/29/11
Boston Scientific Corp. said yesterday that it plans to eliminate 1,200 to 1,400 jobs worldwide during the next 2 1/2 years to free money for new investments, the Natick medical device maker’s second major round of cuts since last year.
07/29/11
At the factory here owned by New Balance, the last major athletic shoe brand to manufacture footwear in the United States, even workers on the shop floor recognize that in purely economic terms, the operation doesn’t make sense.
07/29/11
Matt Heinze, The Daily Iowan As debt ceiling negotiations sit deadlocked, the economy continues to sputter on the home front.
07/29/11
Brendan Lynch, Boston Herald Natick medical device maker Boston Scientific, which has received millions in state and local tax breaks for its facilities in Marlboro and Quincy, despite cutting its Bay State work force in recent years, said yesterday it would hire 1,000 workers and build a $150 million factory — in China.
07/28/11
Lynne Dodson and Kathleen Ridihalgh, The Seattle Times The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. This summer, insanity reigns over proposed U.S. trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama.
07/28/11
Stephen Lendman Corporate predators seek cheap labor worldwide in countries like China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Haiti, Jordan, and many others. Employed in global sweatshops, they work up to 90 or more hours a week for sub-poverty wages under horrific conditions, enduring harassment, beatings, sexual abuse and rape.

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