Updates

06/07/11
Dan Kovalik, CounterPunch.org A number of notable events took place in the past week which underscore the U.S.'s continued failed policies in Latin America. And of course, these notable events were almost totally ignored by the mainstream of the U.S. press.
06/07/11
Abby Phillip, Politico Organized labor has seen this movie before: a Democratic president caught in the uncomfortable position of supporting labor-unfriendly free trade agreements. This time, instead of Bill Clinton, the protagonist is President Barack Obama.
06/07/11
Vicki Needham, The Hill Lori Wallach doesn’t sugarcoat her disappointment with President Obama. “We face a situation with the Obama administration’s trade policy that is equal parts damaging, heartbreaking, infuriating and disgusting,” she told The Hill in an interview.
06/06/11
Tracy Miguel, Naples News Southwest Florida farmers have more rules and regulations than their overseas competition.
06/06/11
Dustin Ensinger, Economy in Crisis The number of manufacturing jobs nationwide fell in the month of May as the unemployment rate rose, reversing months of an economic recovery led by the manufacturing sector.
06/06/11
Brian Francisco, Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette WASHINGTON – A consumer advocacy group claims a U.S.-South Korea free-trade deal would threaten more than 33,000 jobs in northeast Indiana.
06/06/11

Dave Johnson, Seeing The Forest Our trade agreements have pitted working people in countries that do not protect rights or people against the working people here who fought to win the protections of democracy. The result has been devastating to our communities, our economy and our democracy.

06/06/11
Roger Bybee, In These Times While President Obama and most Congressional Democrats are allowing the Republicans to define America’s most urgent crisis as the budget deficit, the nation’s job deficit grows more dire day by day with no clear, forceful direction coming from the White House
06/03/11
Karen Hansen-Kuhn, The Register Citizen Barack Obama’s trade policy, as embodied by the pending U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement, sadly resembles George W. Bush’s blueprint. It promotes export growth and investment at the expense of local economies and resilient food systems. This is unfortunate, not only because it fails to deliver the “21st-century” trade agenda President Obama promised on the campaign trail, but also because it ignores some of the key lessons from NAFTA and the 2008 global food price crisis.
06/01/11
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Mike Michaud, Chairman of the House Trade Working Group, released the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s semi-annual report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, which did not list China as a currency manipulator:

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