Issues / Labor, Trade, & Finance

Bribery and sweetheart deals are a curse for democracy and civil society. But as columnist Walden Bello explains, corruption is not the principal cause of global poverty.
Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton, New York, is sick and tired of watching people in local communities "squabble over crumbs," as he puts it, while so much local money pours into the Pentagon's coffers and into America's wars.

Latin America: C-

The Obama administration has made a few steps in the right direction. But U.S.-Latin American relations are far from mended, and skepticism is growing.

Global Economy: C

After one year, it's hard to point to new global economic policies that are better for people and the planet. But the Obama administration has helped bust open the debate over globalization policies.

Trade Policy: B

The administration hasn't concluded any new bilateral trade deals, but it hasn't reopened any of the old ones either.
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