US Trade Policy

Some Great Podcasts from the WTO’s 2009 Public Forum

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

At the end of September the WTO ran its annual public forum, this year entitled “Global Problems, Global Solutions: Towards Better Global Governance”.  The forum happens each year, and is a chance for governments, NGOs, academics, business and students to come together to discuss and debate some of the major issues which arise out of [...]

FTAs & TRIPs blocking access to life-saving medicines: UN Special Rapporteur on health

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Anand Grover is a lawyer who has appeared in several hundred cases in his native India representing and unholding the rights of people suffering from HIV/AIDS.  He established the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS in India. Last year, he was also appointed by the Un to the position of “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to [...]

Taking The Credit – New Report on Financial Services Liberalisation

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The World Development Movement in the UK have just released an excellent report into the impact of financial services liberalisation (which usually occurs through free trade agreements) for the world’s poor. The report says that Liberalisation of overseas markets has been pushed aggressively by the industry’s lobbyists via free trade deals, firstly at the World [...]

Obama’s Latest Free Trader

Friday, February 27th, 2009

John Nichols reports today on his blog at thenation.com that Obama’s latest pick for Secretary of Commerce – former Washington Governor Gary Locke – is a committed free-trader. Nichols says: Locke has long been one of the Democratic Party’s most ardent advocates for free trade agreements that get high marks from multinational corporations but are [...]

Obama Picks Ron Kirk as Trade Representative

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

The incoming Obama administration has annouced that Ron Kirk will be the new US Trade Representative. (We previously linked to reports that Xavier Becerra would be the new USTR, but apparently he said no.) Kirk is a former mayor of Dallas, Texas, who doesn’t seem to have much of a background on trade issues. But [...]

Obama’s Pick for US Trade Rep?

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Apparently Obama is likely to choose Rep. Xavier Becerraas his new Trade Representative.  You can read a bit about him here.

First signs from Obama not looking promising on trade…

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

The first signs on what Obama’s policies on the global economy might look like are not encouraging at all – it has been reported today that Obama has asked former Clinton Administration official Rahm Emanuel to be his chief-of staff – making Emanuel potentially the second most powerful person in the US. Unfortunately, Emanuel is [...]

What will trade policy under Obama look like?

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Yesterday was a truly momentous day not just for the US, but for the world.  The Bush presidency has been such a shocking experience for people in just about every country, that anything else has got to be better.  But Obama has been inspiring because of his ability to convince people that he will be [...]