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The hemisphere's free-trade agreements—and how to untangle them.

After nearly two decades of tension and ongoing dispute, the United States Department of Transportation yesterday announced the signing of an agreement that will allow U.S. and Mexican trucks to freely transport goods anywhere across the nearly 2,000-mile long U.S.-Mexico border.

Not much has changed since NAFTA launched in 1994.
Helping small artisanal producers compete on the global market is essential to reducing inequality.
While Washington sleeps, the U.S. is losing the battle for Latin America's markets.

When the knock-out round of the World Cup begins Saturday morning, the Western Hemisphere will have almost half of the final 16 teams in contention, and at least two teams (the winners of Argentina vs. Mexico on Sunday and also Brazil vs. Chile) guaranteed in the final eight.

Fallacies of the anti-NAFTA attacks during the democratic primaries. In fact, the 1994 agreement made member countries more competitive.
The current U.S. guest-worker system is insufficient and exploitative. Here's a proposal to protect workers' rights and provide employers with the seasonal flow of labor they need.
NAFTA was and remains an economic agreement. Yet it can help establish the basis for better bilateral cooperation on immigration.


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