Trade deal opens new markets

By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~ Negotiations that began in President Barack Obama’s first term for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have reached a final agreement among all 12 nations involved in the partnership. Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore formed the trade agreement in 2006. Later, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam and the U.S. joined in the proposal of a trade agreement between these Pacific Rim countries. Together, these countries account for 40 percent of the world’s economy. TPP would decrease export tariffs and import quotas, making it less expensive for businesses to export and import from the other … Continue reading Trade deal opens new markets

Democratic Party: Be more democratic

In a speech given to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Minneapolis in August, former Maryland Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley attacked the party leadership for designing a “rigged” primary process. O’Malley’s criticism was specifically levied at the small number of debates the DNC announced it would allow, even going so far as to accuse the party of doing little more than facilitating Hillary Clinton’s “coronation.” From an outsider’s perspective, O’Malley’s point makes a lot of sense. The Democratic presidential field is surprisingly small, especially given that the incumbent is ineligible for reelection, the Republicans have more than … Continue reading Democratic Party: Be more democratic