Updates

07/20/11
Karen Hansen-Kuhn, Institute For Agriculture And Trade Policy The new Obama trade policy, as embodied in its free-trade agreement with Colombia, sadly resembles the old Bush trade policy: promoting growth in exports and investment at the expense of local economies and resilient food systems. This is unfortunate, not only because it fails to deliver Obama’s promised “21st-century” trade agenda, but also because it ignores some of the key lessons from NAFTA and the 2008 food-price crisis. Globalization has tied our economies together so that price changes in one country transmit around the world, increasing hunger and undermining efforts to rebuild rural communities and resilient food systems.
07/20/11
Dylan Ratigan, Huffington Post If you want to know why politicians are so eager to pass a free trade agreement with Panama this month, type "Panama offshore banks" into Google and look at the paid ads. What you'll see is advertising by law firms and banks that will offer you help to set up a secret corporate structure in Panama immune from taxes.
07/20/11
Mark Gurman, 9to5Mac China might be known as the home of the fake iPhone, but what about whole stores? Surprising almost no one, China is indeed home to the fake Apple Store. These pictures from BirdAbroad (via IFOAppleStore), show a fake Apple Store complete with everything that a real Apple Store offers. Right down to the blue shirts with Apple logos and name labels for the employees. Starting from the top, this ‘Apple Store’ features a shiny exterior with a big glowing, white Apple front and center.
07/19/11

Laura Carlsen, CounterPunch The full-court press on the FTAs represents a reversal for a president elected on a trade reform platform. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama proclaimed his opposition to the NAFTA-style FTAs and boasted of his stance against the devastating North American and Central American agreements.

07/19/11
US Senator Sherrod Brown, News Democrat As one of the largest manufacturing states in the country, Ohio has a lot to lose and a great deal to gain from U.S. trade policies - including new free trade agreements. That is why we must address our federal trade deficit, crack down on Chinese currency manipulation, and support worker retraining for Americans who lose their jobs due to unfair foreign trade.
07/18/11
William A. Collins, The Gilmer Mirror Does it matter that no cell phones are made in America? Or scarcely any solar panels? Or that 91 percent of Walmart's goods come from China? Should we care that our sundry free trade agreements have caused so many of those spiffy products on our shelves to be produced in the world's grimmest sweatshops?
07/18/11
Ian Fletcher, Huffington Post Obama is still pushing for free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea, albeit with the thin fig leaf of demanding they be accompanied by money for so-called Trade Adjustment Assistance, a "painkiller" program designed to blunt the harm to laid-off workers.
07/18/11
Daniel F. Bonham, Statesman Journal Few people know that a free trade pact led directly to the financial crash of 2008.
07/18/11
Robert E. Scott, Knoxville News Sentinel News Sentinel columnist Greg Johnson recently claimed that proposed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama would mean "millions of dollars and thousands of jobs for Tennessee" ("Labor unions blocking free trade agreements," July 8). He also attacked me for estimating that free trade agreements could lead to "trade deficits and job displacement."
07/17/11
Steve Kagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Professional politicians in Washington and their partners on Wall Street are lining up for another payday - this time by promoting "free trade" deals with Korea, Panama and Colombia. But if you're not in Washington or on Wall Street, there's a problem. These new deals are just like the old deals. They are job-killers - just like NAFTA and CAFTA before them.

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