The Uncertain Future of NAFTA
Politics / Trade

The Uncertain Future of NAFTA

Overview On May 18th Congress was given official notice of the administrations’ intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). President Trump has repeatedly stated his discontent with NAFTA, often referring to the agreement as “the worst deal of all time”. In the notice sent to Congress, Trade Representative Robert Lightizer, stated that … Continue reading

Brand vs. Generic: TPP’s Looming Drug War
Healthcare / Trade

Brand vs. Generic: TPP’s Looming Drug War

Earlier last week, Politico leaked a chapter from a recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement granting intellectual property protection for pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, for trade negotiators, the leaked information does little to quell the loud harangues and controversy surrounding international intellectual property rights (IPR). Developing countries and proponents for the global poor, labor unions, … Continue reading

The Dimming Beacon, The Future of Cuban Immigration to the United States-Part 2
Foreign Policy / Immigration / Trade / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Dimming Beacon, The Future of Cuban Immigration to the United States-Part 2

The Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), as President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1966, no longer holds the same value. This change has not been at the hands of an amendment, or other piece legislation, rather it has been due to a shift in symbolic significance. Just as the embargo, one of the reasons … Continue reading

The Dimming Beacon, The Future of Cuban Immigration to the United States – Part 1
Foreign Policy / Immigration / Trade / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Dimming Beacon, The Future of Cuban Immigration to the United States – Part 1

Since the 1959 Cuban Revolution that resulted in Fidel Castro’s rise to power, countless numbers of Cubans have fled to the United States. Today, there are around 2.2 million Cuban immigrants and their U.S. born descendants living in our country. Under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), Cuban migrants may attain residency after having lived in … Continue reading

Are We There Yet? A review of U.S. Natural Gas Exports
Energy / Trade

Are We There Yet? A review of U.S. Natural Gas Exports

A year ago, after the overthrow of Ukraine’s president and the ensuing crisis, industry leaders in the U.S. pushed to change regulations that prevent liquid natural gas (LNG) exports. If Ukraine had truly wanted to break free from Russian influence, it would have had to eliminate its dependence on Russian gas. However, during that critical … Continue reading

HFT Firms Manipulating NASDAQ
Economy / Regulation / Stock Exchange / Trade

HFT Firms Manipulating NASDAQ

Threatening equity markets, stock manipulation is among the hottest topics for investors today. Michael Lewis, author of Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, describes the U.S. stock market as rigged in favor of High Frequency Trading (HFT) firms.  In a 60 Minutes edition, Lewis stated that these firms are able to “identify your desire to … Continue reading