Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump

Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump

Imagine you’re standing in line for the American Dream. You work hard, sometimes in dangerous jobs. You lead a moral life. But the line is stalling, even moving backwards. Yet you see newcomers up front — some of them immigrants and people of color. Maybe you’ve...
Our Society is Unequal By Design

Our Society is Unequal By Design

The rising inequality we’ve seen in recent decades did not happen by accident. It was the result of deliberate public policy decisions and, fortunately, can also be reversed by making different decisions. That’s the contention of Dean Baker’s just-released book,...
Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Since 2009, the year the United States government officially decided to participate in the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have gone out of their way to tout the trade pact as “the most progressive trade deal...
What a Sanders Foreign Policy Doctrine Could Look Like

What a Sanders Foreign Policy Doctrine Could Look Like

Lots of people—supporters and opponents alike—are asking what a Bernie Sanders foreign policy doctrine would look like. Beyond a few specific references and the important reminder that he, unlike Hillary Clinton, opposed the Iraq War, he’s tended to redirect questions...
The Moral Case Against the TPP

The Moral Case Against the TPP

Pope Francis waxed radical on a number of big issues during his recent speech to the U.S. Congress, where he condemned the arms trade, war profiteering, and even the war on terror itself. But despite the Vatican’s previous critical statements about free trade...
Why JFK Wouldn’t Recognize Today’s Free Trade Deals

Why JFK Wouldn’t Recognize Today’s Free Trade Deals

As President Obama scrambles to salvage his trade agenda this week, his top emissary to Japan is appealing to Democrats by lifting up one of the party’s most beloved icons — her father. In “My Dad, JFK, Was for Free Trade,” Ambassador Caroline Kennedy wrote “For my...
NAFTA Pushes Many Mexicans to Migrate

NAFTA Pushes Many Mexicans to Migrate

There is an important element that is constantly missing in the migration debate in the United States – the push factors, or what it is that pushes millions of Mexicans and Central Americans migrate. The destruction of local economies and livelihoods by U.S.-led free...
Facing the Threat of the Trans-Pacific Treaty

Facing the Threat of the Trans-Pacific Treaty

Originally posted on The Tyee, British Columbia, Canada. A 16th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations is underway in Singapore this week. Canada and Mexico join the nine other TPP countries for the second time since the U.S. government invited its...

Militarizing Latin America: Four More Years

Over the next four years the U.S. will face a number of foreign policy issues, most of them regional, some of them global. Conn Hallinan has been outlining and analyzing them. His first three reports covered the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pivot. This past...
Deregulation and Free Trade a Win-Win for Mexican Narcotraffickers

Deregulation and Free Trade a Win-Win for Mexican Narcotraffickers

Part 1 of an interview with Drug War Mexico co-author Peter Watt. The past decade has not been kind to Mexico. Since officially transitioning from one-party rule in 2000, the country has witnessed the perverse effects of neoliberal economic policies, the striking rise...

Canada Should Tell Mining Firm to Stop Bullying El Salvador

Re-posted with permission from Embassy Magazine: Vancouver-based mining company Pacific Rim is butting heads with the government of El Salvador. Representatives from environmental and public policy organizations in the United States, including ours, say the...