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The 20 year history of NAFTA

The 20 year history of NAFTA | The Beacon | Scoop.it
In the 20 years since it entered into force, the North American Free Trade Agreement has been both lauded and attacked in the United States. But to properly assess NAFTA’s record, it is important to first be clear about what the agreement has actually done. Economically speaking, the answer is a lot.

 

NAFTA was the first comprehensive free-trade agreement to join developed and developing nations, and it achieved broader and deeper market openings than any trade agreement had before.

NAFTA did that by eliminating tariffs on all industrial goods, guaranteeing unrestricted agricultural trade between the United States and Mexico, opening up a broad range of service sectors, and instituting national treatment for cross-border service providers. It also set high standards of protection for patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

NAFTA ignited an explosion in cross-border economic activity. Today, Canada ranks as the United States’ largest single export market, and it sends 98 percent of its total energy exports to the United States, making Canada the United States’ largest supplier of energy products and services. Mexico is the United States’ second-largest single export market. Over the past two decades, a highly efficient and integrated supply chain has developed among the three North American economies.  Intraregional trade flows have increased by roughly 400 percent.

North Americans not only sell more things to one another; they also make more things together. About half of U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico takes place between related companies, and the resulting specialization has boosted productivity in all three economies. NAFTA has also caused cross-border investment to soar.

In spite of this impressive economic record, NAFTA has its critics. Most of those who attack it on economic grounds focus on Mexico, not Canada, and claim that the partnership is one-sided: that NAFTA is Mexico’s gain and America’s pain. But the economic data prove otherwise.


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A good review for those concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Worldwide Wave of Action ~ April 4 - July 4 ~ The Season to Fight Back

Worldwide Wave of Action ~ April 4 - July 4 ~ The Season to Fight Back | The Beacon | Scoop.it

The Worldwide Wave of Action began April 4th and runs through July 4th. During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display. Studies have proven that it only takes 3.5% of the population taking nonviolent action to create meaningful and positive change. The #WaveOfAction gives all of us who want change a powerful opportunity to evolve society. Change-makers all over the world will be engaged at the same time in an unprecedented wave of transformation.

On April 4th, there was a launch celebrations at hundreds of former Occupy locations globally. We will honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of nonviolent action and spend the day connecting with allies and strategizing Spring action campaigns. This crowdsourced campaign will become what you, the people, make of it, self-organizing and organically evolving, a new culture will emerge. What are you most passionate about? What are you doing to be the change? Whatever it is, passionately be it in public this Spring. Get together with like-minded friends and have fun with it. We have power in numbers. United we are unstoppable. OUR TIME HAS COME!!

Please use this hashtag ~ #WaveOfAction

Something is happening here… The #WaveOfAction has already spawn a thriving decentralized subculture. The new paradigm is emerging online.

Much more news to come! For now, here’s our second roundup of some of the inspiring graphics, music and videos that have recently come out in support. https://waveofaction.org/crowdsourced-waveofaction-art/
 

To keep up on all the latest news, return and read The Beacon, use the #WaveOfAction hashtag  on Twitterand click “follow” or “like” on the social media links at http://waveofaction.org

 

Please spread the word and share widely…

 

It's coming my friends. "You better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone."

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""The Beacon" is a participating media project of the Wave of Action.

 

About "The Beacon"

Since 2013, curating truth about Democracy, Ecology, Peace, Social and Economic Justice.


The truth is, for our democracy to survive, it needs an engaged and informed  citizenry applying both creative and critical thinking in solving the challenges to our society. The informed citizen must have sufficiently reliable information or knowledge to be able to understand a subject or situation and make appropriate judgments or decisions regarding it.

We live in a world of media abundance. Hoping to nurture informed activism and to amplify the voices of the movements for democracy,  The Beacon's  mission is to help educate and empower the millions of people working towards common goals, by sorting and filtering through the vast amount of relevant Internet content  and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way.

Content curation is a new form of digital media. As a content curator I cherry pick, from numerous Internet sources,  and share high-value, often under-reported, quality content to #occupy and other 99% movements. My content curation is about  providing a customized, vetted selection on the major themes of democracy, ecology, peace, social and economic justice.

 

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Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

Antitrust in the New Gilded Age | The Beacon | Scoop.it

We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power that not only harm consumers but also undermine our democracy — such as the pending Comcast acquisition of Time-Warner.

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The Surprising Truth Behind Tax Day: Where Your Taxes Go

The Surprising Truth Behind Tax Day: Where Your Taxes Go | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns on April 15 each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money.
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"We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We are Well into It": Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis

"We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We are Well into It": Stephen Cohen on Russia-Ukraine Crisis | The Beacon | Scoop.it
As negotiations over the crisis in Ukraine begin in Geneva, tension is rising in the Ukrainian east after security forces killed three pro-Russian protesters, wounded 13 and took 63 captive in the city of Mariupol. Ukrainian officials said the pro-Russian separatists had attempted to storm a military base. The killings came just after the unraveling of a Ukrainian operation to retake government buildings from pro-Russian separatists. Earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an "abyss" and refused to rule out sending forces into Ukraine. Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has announced a series of steps to reinforce its presence in eastern Europe. "We will have more planes in the air, more ships on the water and more readiness on the land," Rasmussen said. We are joined by Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University. "We are not at the beginning of a new Cold War, we are well into it," Cohen says, "which alerts us to the fact
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The Middle Class Is Not ''Normal''

The Middle Class Is Not ''Normal'' | The Beacon | Scoop.it


There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it's a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction of the remnants of the last generation's middle class.

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CEO Pay Soars, Workers Toil in Capitalism's New Gilded Age

CEO Pay Soars, Workers Toil in Capitalism's New Gilded Age | The Beacon | Scoop.it

Ratio of CEO-to-worker pay is 'unconscionable,' says AFl-CIO as prominent economist argues this level of inequality proves current capitalist system 'cannot work'

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America’s Top 10 Corporate Tax Avoiders

America’s Top 10 Corporate Tax Avoiders | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Each and every year, millionaires, billionaires and profitable corporations are avoiding $100 billion in taxes by stashing their cash in the Cayman Islands and other offshore tax havens.
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A Third of American Adults Battling Chronic Diseases Suffer Food Insecurity, but What Can We Do?

A Third of American Adults Battling Chronic Diseases Suffer Food Insecurity, but What Can We Do? | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Food insecurity is a term being used to describe the fact that, according to studies, many Americans can’t afford to pay for the good food or medications they require to stay healthy in the face of diseases such as “diabetes, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, stroke, a mental health problem, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.” What’s worse is that food insecurity itself causes plenty of conditions such as anemia, obesity and depression, among others. 
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Time To Reverse The World Bank Land Grab

Time To Reverse The World Bank Land Grab | The Beacon | Scoop.it

Right now, millions of people are being thrown off their land because large corporations are being given special rThe World Bank is driving this destructive trend with its Doing Business rankings, which force countries to compete with each other to do away with things like environmental protections, workers rights and corporation taxes.

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Close the Billionaire Tax Loophole

Close the Billionaire Tax Loophole | The Beacon | Scoop.it

Billionaires are exploiting a tax break to pass their fortunes along to their heirs and laying the groundwork for dynasties.

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Why Ordinary Citizens Have No Say

Why Ordinary Citizens Have No Say | The Beacon | Scoop.it
The US could be at the forefront of creating a global green economy that runs on renewable energy. Unfortunately, we can't beat our addiction to big money.
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Capitalism simply isn't working and here are the reasons why

Capitalism simply isn't working and here are the reasons why | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Will Hutton: Economist Thomas Piketty's message is bleak: the gap between rich and poor threatens to destroy us
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The World Bank’s Waste of Energy

The World Bank’s Waste of Energy | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Expanding energy access makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is using a failed scheme — like carbon trading — to pay for it.
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ANALYSIS: How the Media Covered the UN Climate Reports in Three Charts

ANALYSIS: How the Media Covered the UN Climate Reports in Three Charts | The Beacon | Scoop.it

The final installment of the U.N.'s top climate report, which calls for prompt, extensive action to avoid calamitous impacts from climate change, garnered relatively little attention from the major print, cable and broadcast media outlets compared to the first installment.

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Around the World in 843 Protests: Living the Most Revolutionary Times in History

Around the World in 843 Protests: Living the Most Revolutionary Times in History | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Revolts are shaking the world, bursting in the most unexpected places, but they rarely take power. Is the big explosion still coming?
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Fixing the Electoral College: New York Joins Pact to Elect President by Popular Vote

Fixing the Electoral College: New York Joins Pact to Elect President by Popular Vote | The Beacon | Scoop.it
New York has become the latest state to join an agreement that would transform the U.S. presidential election. Under the compact for a National Popular Vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate with the most votes nationwide. This would prevent scenarios like what happened in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but still lost the election to George W. Bush. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed on to reach a threshold of 270 electoral votes. By adding its 29 electoral votes, New York joins those already pledged by nine other states and Washington, D.C. We are joined by New Yorker staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg, an advocate of the national popular vote and a board member of the electoral reform organization FairVote.
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Green Rush Joins the World Wide Wave of Action: A Campaign for the 99 Percent

Green Rush Joins the World Wide Wave of Action: A Campaign for the 99 Percent | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Spawning from the Worldwide Wave of Action comes a new campaign for the 99 percent. A movement aimed at concrete radical reform, the Green Rush is promoting a new economy by and for the 99 percent through monetary reform and marijuana legalization. As they “plant the seeds for a new economy,” the campaign is calling for Occupy organizers to begin organizing around specific needs.
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Jimmy Carter, Other Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Reject Keystone XL

Jimmy Carter, Other Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Reject Keystone XL | The Beacon | Scoop.it

"History will reflect on this moment and it will be clear to our children and grandchildren if you made the right choice," laureates write.

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"The New IRS" Lets You Allocate Your Own Federal Tax Dollars

"The New IRS" Lets You Allocate Your Own Federal Tax Dollars | The Beacon | Scoop.it

An online experiment from musician Alex Ebert aims to highlight the disparities between how you would spend public money and how your government does. With The New IRS, writes Ebert, "taxpayers choose, from reasonable and established categories, where our federal income tax money goes by choosing a percentage for each category. We call the new feature Personal Allocation. Through your participation, we will be able to collect national data that will serve to illuminate any disparities between the will of the people and the national expenditures of our representative democracy."

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Washington University Sit-In: Students Against Peabody Coal Ask Which Side Are You On?

Washington University Sit-In: Students Against Peabody Coal Ask Which Side Are You On? | The Beacon | Scoop.it

Entering its second week, the inspiring Washington University sit-in against Peabody Energy has already gone beyond its goals to cut school ties with the St. Louis-based coal giant, and forced the rest of the nation to ask themselves an urgent question in an age of climate change and reckless strip mining ruin: Which side are you on?

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Thomas Piketty and Millennial Marxists on the Scourge of Inequality

Thomas Piketty and Millennial Marxists on the Scourge of Inequality | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Socialism and capitalism seem like natural antagonists, but their rivalry is Oedipal. To many, the relationship appears straightforward. Capitalism, they would argue, created the modern industrial working class, which supplied the socialist movement with its staunchest recruits. This story, variations of which reach back to Karl Marx, has been repeated so often that it seems intuitive. But it gets the lines of paternity backward. Capitalism did not create socialism; socialists invented capitalism.
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Workplace Democracy

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We need a whole new approach to labor law in the United States that provides workers more freedom and democracy in the workplace.
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In this series, sociologist Salvatore Babones previews sixteen topics that should be on every progressive's agenda for 2016.

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No Wonder Teens Love Stories About Dystopias—They Feel Like They're In One

No Wonder Teens Love Stories About Dystopias—They Feel Like They're In One | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Young adult books (and films) speak to the part of us whose identity is yet unformed, full of rage and fear and longing.
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Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street

Who Goes to Jail? Matt Taibbi on American Injustice Gap from Wall Street to Main Street | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi is out with an explosive new book that asks why the vast majority of white-collar criminals have avoided prison since the financial crisis began, while an unequal justice system imprisons the poor and people of color on a mass scale. In "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap," Taibbi explores how the Depression-level income gap between the wealthy and the poor is mirrored by a "justice" gap in who is targeted for prosecution and imprisonment. "It is much more grotesque to consider the non-enforcement of white-collar criminals when you do consider how incredibly aggressive law enforcement is with regard to everybody else," Taibbi says.
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Comcast and Time Warner Cable give big to some senators reviewing merger

Comcast and Time Warner Cable give big to some senators reviewing merger | The Beacon | Scoop.it
The Senate will weigh in on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger during Wednesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing, the first congressional examination of how the merger would impact consumers. The number one and number two cable providers in the country are also big-time on the influence circuit, giving upwards of a combined $42.4 million to various politicians and groups since 1989.
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The Wall Street second-chances rule: scandal makes the rich grow stronger

The Wall Street second-chances rule: scandal makes the rich grow stronger | The Beacon | Scoop.it
Heidi Moore: For SAC's Steve Cohen and fallen CEOs before him, money always wins. Who needs retirement – or jail – when you can't lose?
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