A Wake-Up Call For Trump’s Trade Agenda

A Wake-Up Call For Trump’s Trade Agenda

This week, labor, environmental, religious and other groups, representing over 180 million people from around the world, sent a letter to a corporate mining CEO — a letter that is also a wake-up call for President Trump’s trade agenda. The letter highlights the...
Trump’s Report Card: No ‘A’s, Not Even For Effort

Trump’s Report Card: No ‘A’s, Not Even For Effort

Confession: Many moons ago, I actually thought there was a little bit to like about Donald Trump. During the primaries, he proved that GOP voters could care less about the party’s usual pro-business bromides. He smeared free-trade agreements as bad for workers,...
The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

Donald Trump promised to do a lot of things on day one of his presidency. Instead, he spent his first full day in office at the CIA, trying to impress a roomful of intelligence officers by bragging about how many Time magazine covers he’s been on. “Is Donald Trump an...
A Failed State in Latin America?

A Failed State in Latin America?

Venezuela is at the mercy of its fluids. For a country that depends on oil for 95 percent of its exports, the prolonged drop in the price of crude has been a serious financial blow. If nothing else, though, Venezuela should be able to use its oil resources to keep the...

A Green and Dirty Gift

As lawmakers scurried to keep the government open and head home for the holidays, they wrapped spending and tax deals into a costly measure that highlighted our nation’s mismatched energy policies. Specifically, this monster bill extended and restored tax incentives...
Trump Takes on the World

Trump Takes on the World

It was 1972. The flamboyant rock star Alice Cooper, not quite a household name at that point in England, was booked to play London’s Wembley Stadium. Shortly before the concert date, only a couple hundred of the 7,000 available tickets had been sold. Facing an epic...
Dubai’s Skyline Is a Monument to Oppression, Not Prosperity

Dubai’s Skyline Is a Monument to Oppression, Not Prosperity

Over the past few decades, the booming oil economy and real estate market in the United Arab Emirates have earned the nation a reputation for opulent wealth. From towering skyscrapers, man-made islands, and indoor ski-slopes to sprawling highways and bridges, the UAE...
Russia Opens Its Doors… To Asia

Russia Opens Its Doors… To Asia

On July 13, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law to establish a “free port” in Vladivostok, Russia’s Pacific gateway. The free port opens for business on January 1, 2016. It will be a customs-free zone with an extremely low corporate...
A Slick Maneuver

A Slick Maneuver

What a relief. In exchange for Iran taking steps to guarantee that it can’t build nuclear weapons, the sanctions that have choked off its access to world markets will end without a single shot. Instead of celebrating this diplomatic breakthrough, conservative...
Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances

Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances

I tried to stay emotionally distanced from this one. It didn’t work. When the White House and Republican leaders got the votes they needed in the Senate to advance “fast track” Trade Promotion Authority on Tuesday, June 23, it was crushing. All observers agree that...

Ecuador Puts Piketty Into Practice

Few Americans could likely find Ecuador on a map or pick its president, Rafael Correa, out of a lineup. However, Correa recently announced an economic plan that should make us pay closer attention to this small South American nation. Citing the corrosive impact of...
Our Osmotic Border

Our Osmotic Border

Even as U.S. congressmen demand increased border security as a condition of support for changes in immigration law, recent statistics indicate that the number of people attempting to cross the U.S.–Mexican border has decreased dramatically. Interestingly, the...