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  • The Trans Pacific Partnership: Just Change for the Sake of Change, or Well-Disguised Destruction?

    10/12/2015 11:13:15 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 12, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The short version – the one we know from the mainstream media (MSM) – is as follows: The TPP is a terrific trade deal which would increase our economic activity on both sides of the Pacific, and which might be the greatest lasting victory of the Obama administration. It involves some unsavory compromises, but the benefits far outweigh them, if the administration is to be believed. And that may be true. But it may also be very wrong. The fact is, the Trans Pacific Partnership is a massive agreement that changes the entire scope of international trade policy, and merits...
  • Texas lawmaker pushes ban on federal aid to Texas rail transit

    03/18/2015 7:26:02 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 24 replies ^ | March 8, 2015 | Lyndon Henry
    Austin,Texas — A North Texas state senator has introduced a bill in the Texas legislature that would effectively prohibit the state or any of its subsidiaries, such as cities and transit authorities, from using money from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for rail mass transportation.
  • S. Korea-China FTA still faces hurdles before implementation

    11/10/2014 1:37:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 72 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/10 | Byun Duk-kun
    S. Korea-China FTA still faces hurdles before implementation 2014/11/10 11:56 By Byun Duk-kun SEJONG, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- A long and what could be a very difficult process still awaits the free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and China before it can be implemented, despite a joint declaration of a deal by their leaders earlier Monday, government officials said. South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, declared a "de facto" conclusion of FTA negotiations at their summit in Beijing. Officials here, however, say it could take months before the FTA can actually go into effect....
  • Shutdown Theater: NPS Orders Closure of Park that Receives No Federal Funding

    10/02/2013 9:41:19 AM PDT · by don-o · 72 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 2, 2013 | Lachlan Marka
    The National Park Service has ordered the closure of a Virginia park that sits on federal land, even though the government provides no resources for its maintenance or operation. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm announced on Wednesday that NPS has ordered it to suspend operations until Congress agrees to a deal to fund the federal government. According to Anna Eberly, managing director of the farm, NPS sent law enforcement agents to the park on Tuesday evening to remove staff and volunteers from the property. “You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they...
  • Foreign Influence and the Monroe Doctrine Today

    02/21/2012 7:29:24 AM PST · by InsightSur
    InsightSur ^ | February 21, 2012 | InsightSur Editor
    With the introduction of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, influence from outside powers in Central and South America had been strategically limited to the United States. It is a doctrine that shaped the Cold War, and has served to deter international meddling in Central and South America. Recently, influence is growing from unexpected regions; notably, Asia and the Middle East. In the past few decades, Latin American dependence on US policy has waned for a number of reasons, including a distracted US diplomacy, as well as a desire from Latin American powers to decrease their economic dependence on a single...
  • South Korea Passes U.S. Free-Trade Agreement, Lawmaker Sets Off Tear Gas Canister in Protest

    11/22/2011 1:45:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | 11/22/11
    South Korea Passes U.S. Free-Trade Agreement, Lawmaker Sets Off Tear Gas Canister in Protest Published November 22, 2011 | NewsCore SEOUL – South Korea's parliament Tuesday approved a free trade agreement with the United States, minutes after an opposition legislator set off a tear gas canister in the assembly in protest over the pact. Television footage showed legislators coughing and wiping their eyes after the canister went off next to the speaker's rostrum, forcing the deputy speaker to flee, AFP reported. Legislators voted 151-7 in favor of the long-delayed deal, live footage showed, after ruling party members caught the opposition...
  • U.S. farmers celebrate approval of free trade deals

    10/13/2011 7:19:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 10/14/11
    U.S. farmers celebrate approval of free trade deals World Oct. 14, 2011 - 07:15AM JST ( 3 ) DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. farmers on Thursday celebrated the approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, saying the pacts will increase demand for their products, though American consumers shouldn’t see a drastic increase in overall food prices. Congress approved the agreements Wednesday night, calling for the elimination of tariffs on U.S. products exported to those countries. Farm exports are expected to increase by $2.3 billion and 20,000 agriculture-related jobs are expected to be created under the agreements,...
  • Caption this Photo

    10/06/2011 5:28:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yahoo!Korea ^ | 10/06/11
    Anti-FTA protest by local farmer's union.
  • Mexican truckers to be allowed in U.S.

    03/04/2011 2:49:06 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | March 4, 2011 | David Hendricks And Gary Martin
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderón on Thursday agreed tentatively to open up U.S. highways to Mexican trucks — a step that finally could put the United States in permanent compliance with the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexico proposes to cut in half its retaliatory tariffs on 99 U.S. products exported to Mexico immediately upon completion of a final proposal. Once the first Mexican trucking company is authorized to make deliveries beyond the border zone, the remaining half of the tariffs will be removed, the White House said. In a far-ranging summit in Washington,...
  • Jane Fonda Decries Hanoi Jane ‘Myth’ ‘Created by Right-Wingers,’ Palin Popularity ‘Worries Me’

    04/06/2010 6:34:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 114 replies · 3,571+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 6, 2010 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Monday’s Larry King Live on CNN, guest Jane Fonda portrayed herself as a victim of a "myth" that was "created" by "right-wingers" about her infamous "Hanoi Jane" visit to Vietnam to protest the Vietnam War. Without specifying what aspect of the "Hanoi Jane" story she considered to be a fallacy, though the "Product Description" at seems to shed some light on what she was referring to, she claimed that author Jerry Lembcke’s new book, "Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal," is "about the myth," and asserted that it is "sad" that some conservatives are "still stuck...
  • EU Grabs Korea Trade Pact That Was Ours

    10/16/2009 5:30:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 950+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Free Trade: Europe just walked off with the second-biggest trade deal in history with South Korea, bringing a fresh $26 billion to both economies and extending their clout globally. It's a prize that could have been ours. Welcome to the new America, the land of the left behind. As the Obama administration dithers for the eighth straight month about three pending free-trade treaties, those dust clouds you see are Europe taking off and running with the big one — South Korea. Late Thursday, Europe completed a free-trade pact with Korea in which 99% of all tariffs will be scrapped within...
  • Assembly Panel Approves KORUS FTA

    04/21/2009 11:22:23 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 207+ views
    KBS World ^ | 4-22-09
    The parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, trade and unification has approved a free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, despite strong resistance from opposition parties. The committee chairman Park Jin approved the passage of the bill on Wednesday. Some ten lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party and minority Democratic Labor Party protested, saying the bill’s passage was premature. GNP floor leader Hong Joon-pyo said the bill will be sent to a plenary session for final approval during an extraordinary session in June depending on the outcome of a South Korea-U.S. summit the same month. The FTA was signed...
  • [Vietnam] PM welcomes US Senator McCain [climate change alert]

    04/07/2009 7:31:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 557+ views
    Vietnam wants to increase multifaceted cooperation with the US for peace, stability and development in the region and the rest of the world, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung while receiving Senator John McCain in Hanoi on April 7. Mr Dung told his guest that the Vietnam-US relationship has developed well on the basis of positive friendship, mutual respect and multifaceted cooperation. He noted with satisfaction the effective investment and trade ties between the two countries, saying bilateral trade reached US$15 billion in 2008 and the US was one of Vietnam’s top 10 foreign investors. He proposed that the US...
  • REFUEL THE FIRE (Jane Fonda, Viet Nam Vets protest)

    02/24/2009 10:27:33 PM PST · by STARWISE · 17 replies · 853+ views
    NYPost ^ | 2-24-09 | Richard Johnson
    SOMEBODY at the Sundance Channel must have something against Jane Fonda. Before Saturday's preview of "33 Variations," her first Broadway performance in 46 years, Vietnam War vets picketed the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, still riled up about her 1972 visit to North Vietnam, where she straddled an anti-aircraft gun and gave her support to the enemy. *snip* "FTA" stands for "[Bleep] the Army."
  • Jane Fonda's Feb 2nd (2009!!) screening of "F*** The Army", a 1970s anti-US military roadshow

    02/22/2009 5:41:38 PM PST · by ETL · 16 replies · 998+ views
    various sources, inc Jane Fonda's website | various authors
    February 16, 1971: Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland form "FTA" (F*** The Army), an anti-war, anti-American road show that tours near Army bases in order to undermine troop morale. Skits and songs portray American defeats, soldiers refusing to fight, and the murder of officers by their troops. FTA cast members mingle with soldiers after the shows, encouraging them to desert or to sabotage the Army. _____________________________________________________ From Fonda's website, February *2009*... Rare Screening of Restored Archival Print of Classic Vietnam War-Era Documentary Monday, February 2, 2009 7:00pm, 9:15pm IFC Center 323 Sixth Avenue New York, NY, US 10014 With Former...
  • UAW Set to Sabotage Colombia Free Trade Agreement

    11/11/2008 10:36:05 AM PST · by Fox_Mulder77 · 6 replies · 231+ views
    Stealthy News ^ | November 11, 2008 | Tom Fox
    Hugo Chavez, Iran, Russia, China, FARC, and drug cartels have a new ally: the United Auto Workers. The UAW's chief lobbyist announced they would put on a full court press in the hopes of preventing the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, saying, "We don't think we should be doing free-trade deals with countries that are murdering people because they're engaged in union activity." The UAW, Democrats, and leftists of South America seem to ignore one very important fact: the unions in Colombia desperately want the FTA to go through!
  • South Korea: No renegotiation of FTA with US

    11/06/2008 9:29:37 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 10 replies · 750+ views
    AP ^ | 11-06-08 | KELLY OLSEN
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday that a free trade agreement with the U.S. stands as is, resolving to resist possible calls to redo the deal by the new administration of President-elect Barack Obama. "I repeat that there will be no renegotiation, whether it's automobiles or any other issue," said Trade Minister Kim Jong-hoon, according to a transcript of an interview with local radio network KBS. "We will respond by sticking to such a stance."Kim's comments came one day after his deputy Lee Hye-min told reporters that reconsidering the already signed agreement would be like opening a...
  • Court Protects Privacy of Satellite Receiver Owners (FTA = FREE-TO-AIR)

    10/01/2008 1:34:37 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 14 replies · 1,588+ views ^ | September 29th, 2008 | Fred von Lohmann
    It has not been a good year in the courts for Echostar / Dish Network. Today thanks for the folks at the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) a court has blocked a request from Echostar to subpoena the records containing the name, address, email address and purchase details of everyone who has ever purchased a Coolsat Brand Free To Air Satellite Receiver. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Last month, EFF filed an amicus brief in Echostar v. Freetech, where Echostar sought the identities of every consumer who purchased a Freetech "CoolSat" free-to-air (FTA) satellite receiver during the past five years. EFF argued that this demand,...
  • Washington, D.C., Judge Issues Bench Warrant for Cindy Sheehan

    09/27/2007 12:58:00 PM PDT · by cweese · 82 replies · 203+ views ^ | September 27, 2007 | FoxNews
    WASHINGTON — A bench warrant was issued Thursday for antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who did not appear for arraigment Thursday in a Washington, D.C., courtroom to face charges related to her Sept. 10 disorderly conduct arrest at the Capitol. Distict of Columbia Superior Court Judge Michael McCarthy issued the order to Sheehan around noon, a court spokeswoman said. The warrant means she is to be taken into custody and brought before the court. She also faces one count of unlawful assembly.
  • Andres Oppenheimer: Congress' shift on trade (off-again, on-again)

    09/11/2007 1:04:51 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 1 replies · 211+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | September 10, 2007 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Wow! All of a sudden, it looks like the Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress will approve pending free-trade agreements with Peru, Panama and - who knows - perhaps even Colombia.     If you ask me, Venezuela's narcissist-Leninist leader Hugo Chavez deserves the biggest credit for the congressional U-turn.     Judging from what I heard in a telephone interview with powerful House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and an e-mail from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday evening, growing numbers of Democrats who opposed these treaties are now ready to vote for the ones with Peru and Panama.     Democrats...
  • Unions, Dems Use Free Trade As Wedge Issue

    08/14/2007 5:34:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 508+ views
    IBD ^ | August 14, 2007 | Michael Barone
    One issue that's going to come up this fall that you haven't heard much about is trade. Or at least I hope it's going to come up. The Bush administration has submitted four free trade agreements (FTAs) for approval by Congress — with Peru, Colombia, Panama and South Korea. At the moment, their chances don't look very good. Democrats have taken to opposing FTAs almost unanimously. In July 2006, the House voted by only a 217-215 margin for the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the FTA with four Central American countries and the Dominican Republic. House Democrats voted 188-15 against,...
  • Saying no to free trade (Congress rejects a deal with Colombia)

    07/19/2007 6:45:01 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 40 replies · 532+ views
    The Economist ^ | July 18th, 2007 | unattributed
    Congress rejects a deal with Colombia The US Congress has postponed discussion of free-trade agreements (FTAs) signed with Peru and Panama for several months, while indicating that it will not consider the accord with Colombia at all at this time. This represents a huge setback for the Colombian government of President Alvaro Uribe, who has invested much political capital in his strong alliance with Washington and in promoting a bilateral trade agreement. The deal is now unlikely to be revived until 2008 at the earliest, and could even be put off indefinitely. In the meantime, Canada is stepping into the...
  • Why Free Trade Works for America

    04/22/2007 8:31:38 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 57 replies · 919+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | April 16, 2007 | Daniella Markheim, "traitor."
    U.S. trade policy and the impact of globalization on America are regularly the subjects of contentious debate both on Capitol Hill and in the media, and 2007 promises more of the same. The free trade argu­ment is played out between those that fear the per­ceived negative effects of freer trade on their own narrow interests and those that embrace the eco­nomic and strategic benefits that open market poli­cies will bring to the economy as a whole. Consequently, in today's policy world, free trade leg­islation passes on the margin, where every vote is crit­ical. The loss of even a few proponents...
  • South Korea, U.S. reach free trade deal

    04/01/2007 10:56:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 461+ views
    AP ^ | 04/02/07 | KELLY OLSEN,
    South Korea, U.S. reach free trade deal By KELLY OLSEN, AP Business Writer 13 minutes ago The United States and South Korea successfully concluded a free trade agreement after almost 10 months of contentious negotiations, a U.S. official said Monday. The deal, which requires legislative approval in both countries, is the biggest for the United States since the North American Free Trade Agreement signed in 1992 and ratified in 1993. It is the biggest ever for South Korea. Steve Norton, a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, told The Associated Press that details would be provided in...
  • South Korea and US in trade talks

    03/12/2007 8:35:19 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 215+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 12, 2007
    Not everyone is in favour of a free trade deal South Korea and the US are in the final round of free trade talks, trying to reach a deal before a looming deadline.US presidential powers to fast track trade deals ends at the end of March, making agreement all the more urgent. Since talks started on Thursday they have agreed to streamline customs and anti-trust rules, but farming and automobiles remain contentious issues. Hundreds of South Koreans have protested in Seoul arguing that a trade deal could threaten their livelihoods. Seoul wants the US to immediately end tariffs that...
  • Bush promotes trade with Uruguay

    03/10/2007 7:26:13 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 513+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Thousands of protesters greeted Mr Bush's arrival US President George Bush has met his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabare Vazquez, as part of his five-nation Latin American tour to promote trade.Mr Bush arrived in Montevideo from Brazil - where he signed a deal to develop alternative fuel sources. Uruguay is keen to sign free trade deals with the US, even if it means leaving the Mercosur trade bloc. The tour attracted protests in Brazil and about 5,000 protesters gathered in Uruguay for Mr Bush's visit. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is conducting his own tour of the region and addressed 40,000 anti-Bush...
  • U.S. negotiator calls on Seoul to fully open bee market(bee? LOL!)

    12/05/2006 5:01:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 469+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 12/05/06 | Kim Deok-hyun
    U.S. negotiator calls on Seoul to fully open bee market By Kim Deok-hyun BIG SKY RESORT, Montana, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- A top U.S. trade negotiator asked South Korea Monday to fully open its beef market, saying that the issue must be addressed for the successful conclusion of a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) between the two countries. "We have made very clear to our Korean counterparts that in order for a successful Korea-U.S. free trade agreement to be ratified by our Congress, we need to see a full reopening of Korea's beef market for U.S. beef," Assistant U.S. Trade...
  • Help Preserve Jobs and National Security & Independence:Defeat the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement

    07/20/2006 7:14:23 PM PDT · by Coleus · 150 replies · 1,282+ views
    UPDATE, July 19, 2006. The House is expected to vote on the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement (FTA) very soon.   The Senate has already approved this trade pact by 60-34 in June. This could be another CAFTA-type cliff hanger in the House, so please contact your representative immediately via phone, fax, or email, in strong opposition to the U.S.-Oman FTA. Phone is preferable due to the shortness of time and the bigger impact. Help Preserve Jobs and National Security & Independence: Defeat the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement What's it all mean?We have a golden opportunity to derail the NAFTA/CAFTA series of...
  • A US-New Zealand FTA? (Should I laugh or cry over the sheer stupidity of the article?)

    05/07/2006 5:26:16 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 17 replies · 992+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 5 May 2006 | By Charles Finny
    I recently attended the first meeting of the United States-New Zealand Partnership Forum in Washington. The Forum brought together eighty business, Government, and academic leaders from both countries to talk about how to take the relationship forward. It was attended by two members of the New Zealand Cabinet and three opposition members of Parliament, including the Leader of the Opposition. I have come away with the firm view that our second most important relationship (after that with Australia) is in a better state than it was before the Forum. I also see the way forward to building a new relationship,...
  • UAE-Australia free trade pact likely this year

    02/21/2006 2:41:09 PM PST · by bobsunshine · 1 replies · 221+ views ^ | February 21, 2006 | Saifur Rahman
    Dubai: A free trade agreement between the UAE and Australia is likely to be concluded by the middle of this year, said a top Australian official. The UAE is also likely to conclude another free trade agreement (FTA) with the United States, while the GCC is expected to sign its own FTA with the European Union in May. "Both countries held the last round of talks in Australia in December and the next round is expected to be held in the UAE next month," Peter Linford, Australian Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner, told Gulf News. "If everything works out...
  • A Desire Named Streetcar: How Federal Subsidies Encourage Wasteful Local Transit Systems

    01/28/2006 11:15:05 AM PST · by logician2u · 50 replies · 928+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | January 5, 2006 | Randal O'Toole
    January 5, 2006 Policy Analysis no. 559 A Desire Named Streetcar: How Federal Subsidies Encourage Wasteful Local Transit Systems by Randal O'Toole Randal O'Toole is director of the Thoreau Institute and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. Executive Summary The nation's mass transit system is a classic example of how special interests prevail over the needs and interests of voters and taxpayers. Total inflation-adjusted subsidies to transit?buses and trains?have more than doubled since 1990, yet total ridership has increased by less than 10 percent. Train ridership has dropped dramatically while automobile use has skyrocketed. Prior to 1964, when...
  • [India] FTA with China not possible: Nath(says China is not a market economy)

    07/14/2005 5:48:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 396+ views
    Rediff ^ | 07/14/05
    FTA with China not possible: NathJuly 14, 2005 14:49 IST India feels that a free trade agreement with China will not work as it is not a market economy. But India wants its relations with China to shift from the political to the commercial domain and has suggested that both sides should ensure that they are not played against each other by the rest of the world. "For a free trade agreement with China, both countries should have market economies. India will be ready with China for an economic cooperation agreement as China moves to become a market economy," Commerce...
  • India beckons Land of the Rising Sun

    04/28/2005 9:29:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 340+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 04/27/05 | Aruni Mukherjee South Asia   Apr 27, 2005 SPEAKING FREELYIndia beckons Land of the Rising SunBy Aruni Mukherjee Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say. Please click here if you are interested in contributing. After Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao conducted his "most important trip of the year" to India, Delhi awaits yet another high-profile guest, set to arrive this Thursday. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit will add a new dimension to India's "Look East" policy, one that offers more long-term opportunities for India than the "Middle Kingdom". The visit comes at a...
  • Japan and Mexico sign free-trade agreement

    09/19/2004 11:54:45 AM PDT · by yonif · 8 replies · 340+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | September 19, 2004
    MEXICO CITY (Kyodo) Japan and Mexico signed a bilateral free-trade agreement Friday, Tokyo's first comprehensive free-trade pact covering a broad range of areas including the politically sticky agricultural sector. The deal, signed by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and President Vicente Fox, is Japan's second FTA, following one inked with Singapore in January 2002. The two leaders expressed hope in a joint statement that the two countries "will be able to make the most of their economic complementarity and to further promote the development of their respective economies, through creating a large-scale harmonized market for both countries and accelerating the structural...
  • FTAA -- Giant step toward world government

    07/29/2004 9:37:57 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 26 replies · 801+ views ^ | 07.26.2004 | Debbie O'Hara
    Millions of Americans are frustrated over the direction our country is taking. They know something is drastically wrong, but find it difficult to grasp what the real problem is. They think every crisis somehow boils down to Liberal vs. Conservative or Democrat vs. Republican. People suppose if they could just get the "right" political party into the White House, our country would be saved. I wish it was that simple, but our problem goes much deeper than that. Positive changes in our nation cannot come about unless the American people will accept the ugly truth that it doesn't matter whether...
  • 'Block FTA': Dems to Congress

    06/02/2004 10:26:21 PM PDT · by Dundee · 139+ views
    The Australian ^ | June 03, 2004
    'Block FTA': Dems to Congress THE Australian Democrats have written to every member of the United States Congress, asking them to block the Australia-America free trade deal. On the day that Prime Minister John Howard arrives in Washington for talks with US President George W. Bush, and to lobby senators to vote for the free trade agreement (FTA), Democrats trade spokesman Aden Ridgeway said the US Congress had been asked to oppose the deal. Senator Ridgeway's letter says while there had been some gains for certain sectors of the economy under the FTA, these were comparatively modest and were outweighed...
  • Charlotte N.C. orders 1st light-rail trains

    03/23/2004 12:10:34 PM PST · by Willie Green · 24 replies · 266+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Tuesday, March 23, 2004 | RICHARD RUBIN
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Council approves $52.5 million for 16 cars The Charlotte City Council ordered its first batch of light-rail trains Monday night, authorizing $52.5 million for 16 cars. Council members pitched their 10-1 vote as a decision that will limit future congestion and provide a much-needed alternative to automobiles. "This is an investment for a generation," said GOP council member Pat Mumford, who chairs the council's transportation committee. "And we need to prepare today because it will never be a better time than today." The light-rail cars will be built by Siemens Transportation...
  • Kerry speaks about HIS War Crimes

    02/13/2004 1:08:48 PM PST · by jmstein7 · 49 replies · 11,113+ views
    Portion of John Kerry remarks on NBC's "Meet the Press" May 6, 2001: MR. RUSSERT: You mentioned you're a military guy. There's been a lot of discussion about Bob Kerrey, your former Democratic colleague in the Senate, about his talking about his anguish about what happened in Vietnam. You were on this program 30 years ago as a leader of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. And we went back and have an audiotape of that and some still photos. And your comments are particularly timely in this overall discussion of Bob Kerrey. And I'd like for you to listen...
  • Leverage missing in trade (Free/Fair Trade)

    01/30/2004 10:39:30 AM PST · by Dundee · 125+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 31, 2004 | Christine Wallace
    Christine Wallace: Leverage missing in trade AUSTRALIA'S most significant bilateral trade deal hangs in the balance as talks continue this weekend to break the impasse stalling a free trade agreement with the US. Win or lose, no one will be able to fault Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile's commitment to his country, embodied in his tenacious pursuit of the troubled FTA. Vaile has not had a full night's sleep since getting to Washington and has talked trade intensely every waking moment in between. Despite staying at the swank Hay Adams Hotel - "where nothing is overlooked but the White House",...