Betting the Farm on Free Trade

Betting the Farm on Free Trade

From her home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Karen Feridun is helping stage a growing citizen pushback against the expansion of natural gas extraction. But a far-reaching global deal recently signed halfway around the world may make her job much harder. Feridun got...
The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

The Trans-Pacific Trade Scam

Last spring, President Barack Obama got downright crabby about people criticizing the mammoth Trans-Pacific Partnership he’s trying to sell to Congress and the public. More and more Americans are learning that the TPP would undermine America’s very...
Obama’s Unholy Trade Policy

Obama’s Unholy Trade Policy

Pope Francis waxed radical on several big issues in his speech to Congress last September. He condemned the arms trade, called for climate action, and challenged lawmakers to protect the most vulnerable among us. It was wonderful. But for some reason, there was one...
Obama’s Kabuki Theater

Obama’s Kabuki Theater

The sales push behind Washington’s latest “free-trade” agreement amounts to Kabuki theater. What’s Kabuki? It’s a 17th-century form of Japanese drama, featuring elaborate sets and costuming, rhythmic dialogue, and stylized acting and...
Francis vs. Washington

Francis vs. Washington

Pope Francis, the humble yet bold leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has offered an inspiring 21st century vision to all people. It’s a vision that’s been sorely missing in the halls of power. In an encyclical focused on the environment,...
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