Somewhat unexpectedly, our country and Canada have agreed on changes to NAFTA. Perhaps the most substantive change is that it’s now called USMCA. The other measures are minor in comparison. Many people are expressing relief that nothing more harmful got included. This is premature. The “well, it could have been worse,” conclusion is short-sighted. The unprovoked fight our president started with our best friend and ally to the north has already sent a message to every other country. We will be paying for this for decades and not just economically. Start with history. First, there are very few “trade agreements” per se in history. Nations long set their own tariff levels without negotiation with others. Trade agreements were clauses in treaties concluded for broader foreign policy interests. The 1703 Treaty of Methuen between England and Portugal is sometimes cited in classroom examples of how England could get better and cheaper wine and Portugal cheaper … [Read more...] about Real World Economics: A trade policy based on ignorance and cynicism
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Elizabeth Bruenig, The Washington Post Published 9:17 am PDT, Monday, September 24, 2018 Amber Wyatt got married in March and is completing an undergraduate psychology program at Texas State University. Amber Wyatt got married in March and is completing an undergraduate psychology program at Texas State University. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Voisard Amber Wyatt is back in school and married to Stephen Wilson, whom she encountered during her recovery. The couple is seen with their dog, Stitch, in San Marcos, Texas. Amber Wyatt is back in school and married to Stephen Wilson, whom she encountered during her recovery. The couple is seen with their dog, Stitch, in San Marcos, Texas. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Amanda Voisard A ladder leads to the loft of the shed where Amber Wyatt reported she was raped, in a 2006 evidence … [Read more...] about Teen reported 2006 rape. Then nothing happened. In #MeToo era, what do we owe her?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByDavid E. Sanger Sept. 20, 2018 President Trump has authorized new, classified orders for the Pentagon’s cyberwarriors to conduct offensive attacks against adversaries more freely and frequently, the White House said on Thursday, wiping away Obama-era restrictions that his advisers viewed as too slow and cumbersome. “Our hands are not as tied as they were in the Obama administration,” John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, told reporters in announcing a new cyberstrategy. Mr. Bolton rewrote a draft of the strategy after joining the administration in April. Many of his remarks on Thursday focused on a secret order — which Mr. Trump signed in August but which has never been publicly described — that appears to give far more latitude for the newly elevated … [Read more...] about Trump Loosens Secretive Restraints on Ordering Cyberattacks
Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY Published 4:55 PM EDT Sep 10, 2018 WASHINGTON – White House National Security Adviser John Bolton unleashed a scathing attack Monday on the International Criminal Court, saying the Trump administration would sanction the court and ban its judges from the U.S. if it moves forward with a probe into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan. "The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court," Bolton said in a speech Monday to the conservative Federalist Society. "The ICC is already dead to us." The ICC has long been controversial, with critics like Bolton suggesting it's a threat to American sovereignty. Supporters say the international court, based in the Netherlands, offers recourse for victims of genocide and other war crimes in lawless countries. The ICC was first envisioned in 1998 by the Rome Treaty as a tribunal that could … [Read more...] about Palestinians say Trump bullying them \nwith closure of Washington office
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Christopher Rowland Globe Staff August 18, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump’s quest to create a Space Force to stand equally with the Air Force, Army, and Navy is overshadowing a significant shift already well underway in the US military toward the development of new orbiting defenses and futuristic weaponry.The United States is perched on the threshold of a new era in space militarization, with rising threats from global rivals and fresh impetus from a new administration that is eager to engage in a high-tech arms race. Advances in technology and lower barriers to deploying satellites are enabling Pentagon planners to think big.Space hawks in the Department of Defense and Congress, for instance, are pushing for a laser or particle-beam weapon to be deployed in Earth’s orbit within a decade, regardless of whether Trump’s dream of a Space … [Read more...] about Pentagon sees space as next frontier