Updates

07/21/11
Clyde Prestowitz, Foreign Policy The plot of the story of the new made-in-China Oakland Bay Bridge has begun to thicken. Further digging has uncovered additional flaws in the rationale for having a major part of one of the United States' biggest infrastructure projects outsourced to China.
07/21/11
Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune Representatives from Mount Vernon Mills in Trion and Frontier Spinning in Cedartown delivered a petition to officials in Rep. Phil Gingrey’s Rome office on Wednesday, expressing opposition to the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
07/21/11
Mark Drajem and Eric Martin, Bloomberg President Barack Obama will delay sending free-trade agreements to Congress until lawmakers return from an August recess as a dispute with Republicans over a worker-aid program remains unresolved, according to people familiar with the decision.
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.

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