North Korea Tells Foreigners To Evacuate South Korea For Safety, Missile Launch Planned

By: Tuesday April 9, 2013 7:47 am

With weeks of threats the North Koreans seem to be finally hitting the “put or shut up” level as the international community mostly shrugs the rogue state off. North Korea has now told foreigners in South Korea to take safety measures, claiming to not want to be held responsible for any non-South Koreans and Americans [...]

North Korea Threatens South Korea With “Final Destruction”

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 12:06 pm

Winston Churchill once said “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.” North Korea, it seems, only took part of the lesson. During a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament North Korea threatened to annihilate South Korea – something it now [...]

Colombia Trade Deal Would Have Failed as a Treaty

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 6:29 am

As Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach explained yesterday, the three trade agreements passed Congress in a whirlwind of activity last night, because a present for the President of South Korea’s visit to Washington today is more important than a considered debate about the role of neoliberal trade agreements and what they have traditionally done to US [...]

Pelosi Makes Nice Speech for China Currency Bill UPDATED

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 2:23 pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made a nice speech in the middle of deliberation over the Colombia free trade agreement, arguing that the only item worth discussing on the trade agenda was the bill forcing rebalancing of China’s currency practices. The number of jobs at stake with the China measure dwarfs that of the free [...]

Senate Passes Trade Adjustment Assistance, Setting Up “Free” Trade Agreements

By: Friday September 23, 2011 6:56 am

Speaking of Congress, they may be getting themselves in a position to actually pass those three long-stalled trade agreements. Yesterday the Senate passed a bill “to extend the Generalized System of Preferences, and for other purposes.” This is actually a bill that came over from the House, and the Senate version includes Trade Adjustment Assistance, [...]

Obama/GOP Trade Deal Looks Set

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 1:02 pm

The White House has just released a set of facts sheets on a trade package that would include the three free trade deals negotiated by the Bush Administration, with Colombia, South Korea and Panama, along with a renewal of trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers. Press Secretary Jay Carney released this statement: President Obama has [...]

Trade Deal Agreement Expected This Week

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 9:00 am

Politico reports that Congressional leaders and the President have reached a deal that would allow a number of free trade agreements to move forward, along with a renewal of trade adjustment assistance for workers who lose their jobs due to outsourcing or overseas trade. That deal could lead to a breakthrough on long-stalled U.S. trade [...]

Obama Administration Begins Process for Passing Three Free Trade Deals

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 1:46 pm

The White House will move forward on a trade agenda that could ramp up quickly. The South Korea, Panama and Colombia free trade deals could all come up for a vote later this year. The administration is expected to send congressional leaders a letter as soon as Wednesday saying it is ready to begin preliminary [...]

Agreement on Workers’ Rights and Protections Clears Way for Colombia Free Trade Agreement

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 11:55 am

President Obama’s trade representative announced today an agreement with Colombia that will allow them to move forward on a free trade agreement. House Republicans had been demanding free trade pacts with Colombia and Panama as a condition for passing an already-negotiated FTA with South Korea. The Colombia deal was always going to be tricky, because [...]

Senate GOP Holds Commerce Department Hostage Over Trade Deals

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 12:53 pm

I touched on this in last night’s Roundup, but it’s really something. Republicans in the Senate are using the means at their disposal offered to them by the failure to enact Senate rules reform to hold a Cabinet position hostage in exchange for some ideologically favored trade agenda. Congressional Republicans Monday threatened to block votes [...]

When All You Have Left Defending You Is Max Baucus

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 11:05 am

Virtually every time that Republicans or the Obama Administration talk about working together, they specifically cite the South Korea free trade agreement as a point of covergence. The agreement, modified by Obama’s negotiators last year but substantially similar to the corporate-written agreement originally negotiated under George W. Bush, looks like it’s on a glide path [...]

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