Updates

07/15/11
Andrew Burger, Triple Pundit Conflicts between private businesses and investors, national governments and local populations over natural resource use and development are nothing new, but the far-reaching legal implications of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have placed the rights of private companies above those of local residents and even national governments. In an increasingly resource-constrained world, that could be a recipe for disaster.
07/15/11
Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy in Focus Congress could vote any day now to strike a new blow against already-battered U.S. workers and the unemployed.
07/14/11
Louise Lagosi, Ecosalon When you look at clothing labels while out shopping, you likely see more Made in Sri Lanka, Made in India, Made in China, and Made in Guatemala than Made in the U.S.A. labels. It seems just about every country in the world produces clothing except America. How can this be? Americans like to buy clothing more than any other nation in the world, so wouldn’t it be suiting that we like to make it, as well?
07/14/11
Lee Chi-dong, Yonhap News The Barack Obama administration is still looking for the best timing to send a bill on a free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea to Congress, a senior official said Wednesday, with no clear signs of a breakthrough in federal debt limit talks.
07/14/11

Carol Howard Merritt, Huffington Post It's not unusual for people in Jose's position to receive threats. And it's far too common for the warnings to become a reality. Jose had just returned from a collective bargaining table. He is a labor organizer in Colombia, a place where 51 unionists were killed in 2010.

07/14/11
Bangor Daily News NAFTA — the North American Free Trade Agreement — is as unpopular in Maine as Yankee fans and ice storms. And with good reason. The manufacturing sector that once undergirded Maine’s economy has drifted offshore in the decades since NAFTA was approved. But that trend had begun much earlier, so at worst, NAFTA may only have accelerated a global trend.
07/13/11
Michelle Chen, In These Times Gathering with fellow unionists in Washington, D.C., Jose Hugo Yanini speaks firmly about labor rights in Colombia. But a few weeks ago, the industrial janitor and shop steward feared that he soon might never utter another word.
07/13/11
Matthew Walter, The Christian Science Monitor Trade agreements are increasingly difficult to pass in the United States, and their future may rest on a strategy the Obama administration is testing in the tiny Central American nation of Guatemala.
07/13/11
Carl Levin - United States Senator For Michigan WASHINGTON – Stating that “Uncle Sam can’t afford offshore tax abuses that are robbing the Treasury of $100 billion in lost revenue yearly and increasing the tax burden on honest, hardworking Americans,” Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., together with cosponsors Senators Conrad, Bill Nelson, Sanders, Shaheen, and Whitehouse, today introduced legislation to close offshore tax loopholes and strengthen offshore tax enforcement.
07/13/11
Vicki Needham, The Hill House and Senate Republicans are split on how to proceed with three pending trade agreements as negotiations with the White House continue over the inclusion of a worker-assistance program.

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