Tag: Trade

‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat trade

“Albino” tigers are often just captive individuals bred for specific, atypical features. (Uriel Sobaranes/Unsplash/) This story originally featured on The Conversation. Netflix’s new docuseries Tiger King takes viewers into the strange world of big cat collectors. Featuring eccentric characters with names like Joe Exotic and Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, the series touches on polygamy, addiction, and personality cults, while exploring a mysterious disappearance and a murder-for-hire. To Allison Skidmore, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who studies wildlife trafficking, the documentary didn’t bring enough attention to the scourge of captive big cats. A former park ranger, Skidmore ... Read more

The China-US Trade War: Why China can’t win it? – All Andorra

Professor Anis Bajrektarevic, since early 2000s, teaches subjects of Geo-political Affairs, Intl. Law (incl. Intl. Relations, Law of IOs and EU Law) and Sustainable Development (institutions and instruments of). Besides, he served as a pro bono expert at many academic institutions, think tanks and intergovernmental institutions (such as the UN ECE, OSCE, Council of Europe, American Bar, Oxford Academy of Total Intelligence, etc.). Professor is an editor of the NY-based GHIR (Geopolitics, History and Intl. Relations) journal, and editorial board member of several similar specialized magazines on three continents. He also recently launched one of the most fast expanding European ... Read more

UK, France, Germany Send Iran Medical Supplies Using Trade Mechanism –

Source: Radio Farda Emergency medical staff and nurses wearing protective suits, help while transferring a patient with coronavirus (COVID-19) to Masih Daneshvari Hospital, in Tehran, March 30, 2020 Britain, France and Germany have used a special trading mechanism for the first time to send medical supplies to Iran in a way that does not violate U.S. sanctions against Tehran. The German Foreign Ministry said on March 31 that the three countries sent supplies via Instex, the mechanism set up more than a year ago to allow legitimate humanitarian trade with Iran to offset some effects of the U.S. sanctions. “France, ... Read more

How important is trade to state economies? Pretty important for most US states | American Enterprise Institute

How important was international trade for each US state’s economy in 2019? The map and table above help to answer that question. The table above shows GDP for each US state (data here) in 2019 and the total trade volume (exports + imports, data here for merchandise trade only, data on trade in services aren’t available by state) last year, and the volume of international trade activities as a share of each state’s GDP, ranked from highest to lowest. Ignoring the District of Columbia, the average trade share of GDP for US states in 2019 was 17.0%, down from 17.9% in 2018 ... Read more

Coronavirus, defense industry collide; Supply chain disruptions; Trade shows canceled and more.

Two worlds are colliding in my inbox — much like the dichotomy of alerts on my mobile phone these days. There is, of course, the steady stream of coronavirus-related messages on email and Twitter. At the same time, there are business-as-usual messages: “Defense Company X reaches a milestone on [insert program here]”. Or “Summer savings end tonight. Flights from $39” — gonna pass on that right now. On the cell phone, coronavirus is splitting time with NFL free agency signings and MLB season projections. In conversations with Pentagon and industry officials — and I’ve had a lot of them — there’s a ... Read more

US and China trade barbs over coronavirus

US President Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on calling the coronavirus spreading rapidly across the world the “Chinese Virus,” despite protests from Beijing. “It did come from China, so I think it’s very accurate,” Trump told a news conference, defending tweets in which he used the label for the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump indicated that another motive was payback for what he said was China’s disinformation campaign blaming the US military for the virus. “China was putting out information which was false,” he said. “I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our ... Read more

NFL Fills Sports Void with Blockbuster Trade, New Deals and Free Agency Action

The coronavirus outbreak has left sports fans with little to do in a month that is generally pervaded with major sporting events. While the health and safety of citizens obviously supersede our entertainment, the absence of sports has been surreal. With the exception of UFC fighting, most major events have been canceled or postponed. Fortunately, the NFL’s free agency and trade period will begin Wednesday as scheduled, and there is no shortage of news regarding some big moves that teams have made. Here are some notable moves so far: The Houston Texans have agreed to a blockbuster deal to send ... Read more

The coronavirus will delay agricultural export surges promised in trade deal with China

The novel coronavirus has shocked the world’s economies. The virus has spread to more than 100 countries and many U.S. states. This has rattled global stock markets, plunging the Dow more than 2,000 points on March 9 – the biggest one-day drop since the 2008 Great Recession. Concerns about potential global economic decline has made implementation of the U.S.-China phase one trade deal uncertain. This deal requires China to purchase an additional US$12.5 billion worth of U.S. agricultural products in 2020, and $19.5 billion more in 2021. In our recent research on the impacts of the U.S.-China trade war on ... Read more

COVID-19 & great power competition; Shaky stocks; Trade show outlook; and more…

As COVID-19 spreads across the U.S. and around the world, stories about lockdowns, travel bans and containment zones are everywhere. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia is slashing the price of oil amid a spat with Russia. How will the coronavirus affect great power competition?  “Great power competition rests on assumptions that great powers have the fiscal resources to organize, train and equip their militaries,” Capital Alpha Partners analyst Byron Callan wrote in a note this week. But what if countries are diverting defense funds to battle coronavirus, or taking in less money from oil sales? “Russian defense modernization was on a steeper upward trajectory prior ... Read more

The trade war could weaken U.S. coronavirus response

As the Trump administration mulls its plan to battle the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy, scant attention has been given to a major source of potential stimulus: reining in its tariffs on China. Why it matters: U.S. tariffs increase costs for American companies that import Chinese goods, and with fewer customers making purchases as the COVID-19 outbreak slows demand, the trade war “is going to be a bigger drag on the economy,” Chad P. Bown, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), tells Axios.chevronGo deeper# of Words The U.S. still has most of its ... Read more