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Killing NAFTA Softly

Robert Kuttner The American Prospect
The vast majority of the House Democratic Caucus are progressives on the issue of trade. They have staunchly insisted that without drastic changes, a new NAFTA is not worth having. They have taken their cues from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Roots of the U.S.-China Trade Conflict

David Kotz Democratic Left (Democratic Socialists of America)
Every day, the news brings more stories of U.S.-China tensions. What led to the U.S.-China trade conflict? And what would a U.S. pro-worker policy toward China look like?

Trump's Trade War Could Make the Trump Recession a Reality

John Cassidy The New Yorker
The longer Donald Trump persists in his trade war, the greater the chances are of an outright slump developing. That is what the financial markets are telling us, also the implicit message from the Federal Reserve.

Trump’s NAFTA Replacement Needs to Have Its Tires Kicked

Harley Shaiken Los Angeles Times
We need a new trade agreement but one that will protect U.S. workers and families. The best way to do this is ensuring the rights of Mexican workers. Under the “new NAFTA” — the reality for both Mexican and U.S. workers would not be much changed.

China’s Belt and Road of Science

Emanuel Pastreich Foreign Policy in Focus
China’s ambitious infrastructure Belt and Road Initiative is about building knowledge and not just things. It has grown by leaps and bounds while America’s geopolitical vision has become increasingly isolationist, paranoid, and confrontational.

9 Reasons Why You Should Care About Trade

Ethan Earle The Nation
Elites make trade boring for a reason. Here's how to fight back. These agreements don't just set tariffs and other trade restrictions. They may end up governing the quality of your water. They're about the price of your medications....

As EU Elections Approach, Europe Confronts a Cliff

Conn Hallinan Foreign Policy in Focus
With the hard right running left and the center-left abdicating, Euroskeptics could accelerate a continent-wide crisis. Global migration is on the rise as climate change drowns coastlines, river deltas and drought drives people out of arid climates.
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