Updates

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.
07/15/11
Clyde Prestowitz, Foreign Policy As I soak up the rays here in Maui, I'm mellowing out and becoming more aware of the humor behind the headlines. Here are just a few recent examples. Driving back from the beach yesterday, I was listening to NPR when I happened to recognize the dulcet Irish tones of none other than Tom Donohue, the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He was talking about the truly awful jobs -- or perhaps I should say "no Jobs" -- numbers released by the Labor Department last week and offering his and the Chamber's views on what the government ought to be doing to help create jobs. His top item was for Congress to pass and the president to sign the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with South Korea.
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.

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