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Maersk joins WTO trade alliance

Maersk has joined the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, which was launched by the World Trade Organisation earlier this year as a public-private partnership to support the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

The alliance also includes the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Economic Forum as well as companies such as DHL and Wal-Mart.

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Want to know where your meat was raised? WTO case pressures Congress to stop labeling

An article titled ‘U.S. loses meat labeling case; trade war looms’ shows one of the many ways free trade agreements hurt consumers and farmers:

Consumer group Public Citizen pointed to a 2014 survey showing nine in 10 Americans supported the labeling rules.

Canada and Mexico are readying trade sanctions against the United States after […]

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Brazil govt takes aim at US farm subsidies

After finally turning the page on a dispute over spying that hampered attempts to deepen trade ties, Brazil and the US may be headed for another clash, this time over US farm subsidies.

Brasilia is gathering evidence to show that the US is increasing subsidies for soy and corn farmers, which threatens to further push […]

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Obama and Trade: Recipe for Ripoffs

”Why is WikiLeaks rooting around for these documents and releasing them to the public? The pacts will require Senate approval, yet lawmakers have had to beg for any details about them. Based on leaks, other big concerns center around health issues. For example, some provisions would block government policies that discourage smoking. There are […]

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US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement's labor safeguards are failing to keep trade unionists alive

Ever Luis Marin Rolong is one of the 73 Colombian labor activists have been executed in the three years since the Labor Action Plan promised to protect unionists from such killings.

Ever Luis Marín Rolong kicked off a macabre annual body count in January when he became 2014’s first labor activist assassinated in one of […]

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Increasing Reliance on Guest Worker Programs

Excerpts from a David Bacon article called “Displaced, Unequal and Criminalized – Fighting for the Rights of Migrants in the United States:”

The Department of Homeland Security workplace enforcement wave is focusing, not on low-wage employers, but on high-wage, and often unionized ones. There is a long history of anti-union animus among immigration authorities. Agents […]

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