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Back to square one? Free trade

After a Quixotic game of tennis in Congress, back and forth between the Senate and the House, between Republicans and Democrats, and within each of the Parties, the House of Representatives acted at last on President Barack Obama’s personal request for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) known as Fast Track authority to approve future Free Trade Agreements, notably the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Intelligent diplomacy can defeat terrorism

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have previously written in this column that “The answer to ISIS lies in the Holy Quran” (The Lakeville Journal, Jan. 15 and 22).  Teamwork and intelligent diplomacy, drawing on the true moral principles of Islam, can help defeat terrorism. Some readers have asked, is this not a bit too idealistic, naïve or soft on terrorism? The answer is no, I think not. Actual experience suggests otherwise. 

Move to amend: admirable but unnecessary

The current move to amend the U.S. Constitution in order to reverse the disastrous 2010 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Citizens United (to the effect that corporations are “persons” with all constitutional rights of protected belief and free speech, including freedom from campaign contribution limitation) is an admirable corrective effort, but appears legally unnecessary. The Constitution does not need amending. There’s a simpler solution. Here’s how and why.

Solar-powered desalination is the solution

The world is rapidly approaching a new kind of apocalypse: global water shortage. We are running out of fresh water. Yet we have to do more with less. According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, more than a billion children worldwide lack access to safe drinking water.

On state and federal budget deficits, death and taxes

Our Connecticut state Legislature is currently engaged in an impressive, often acrimonious, but sometimes surprisingly bipartisan effort to find necessary reductions, economies, savings, sequesters, sweep-backs, program cuts — you name it — in state expenditures, all to the tune of some $1.3 billion.

Let the buyer beware the bitcoin: It bites

Today, the trade in cyberspace of “bitcoin,” (a digital “virtual” or “crypto” currency, purporting to duplicate or replace actual dollar currency, while offering great investment opportunity) is said to have reached $5.9 billion! What’s the explanation?

Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

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In recent years, so-called free-trade agreements have become flashy new instruments of  U.S. foreign policy. They aren’t “free,” however, and they may not even be constitutional. 

Are free-trade agreements undemocratic?

Part 1 of 2

In recent years, so-called free-trade agreements have become flashy new instruments of  U.S. foreign policy. They aren’t “free,” however, and they may not even be constitutional.