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    Would You Trust Hugo Chavez?

    Following last week’s Colombia military rescue of hostages held by FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), Venezuela strongman Hugo Chavez and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe agreed to meet this Friday in Caracas. Earlier this year at a presidential summit in Brazil Chavez told Uribe: “We haven’t been giving money to … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Yesterday the Colombian military successfully freed 14 hostages (including three Americans) held by the terrorist organization FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). As National Reviews frank Gaffney explains, Congress can easily return the favor by freeing its own hostage: In that connection, it is clearly time for the United States … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Writing in support of a speedy vote for the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, Competitive Enterprise Institute scholars Fran Smith and Ryan Young write: American businesses large and small conduct considerable trade with Colombia. The U.S. Commerce Department estimates that 9,000 companies trade with that country. Nearly 8,000 of those are … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Colombia Tariff Ticker Department of Commerce’s Under Secretary for International Trade Chris Padilla stopped by the Conservative Blogger’s Briefing today to promote TradeAgreements.gov and all the resources there including the Colombia tariff tracker posted above. Padilla also brought along a grocery bag full of products to illustrate how American workers … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    At least somebody in North America is still showing leadership on free trade. Unfortunately for U.S. consumers, it is not Congress which still refuses to approve free trade deals with Colombia and South Korea. But Canada is still forging ahead, inking a deal with Colombia earlier this month and Peru … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Despite Speaker Nancy’s Pelosi’s (D-CA) best efforts to kill American leadership on free trade, Investor’s Business Daily sees hope for the Colombia Free Trade Agreement yet: In a release on Colombia’s presidential Web site, Trade Minister Luis Guillermo Plata said U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson advised him that efforts to … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    May 19th was the four-year-anniversary of the first negotiating round of the U.S. Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement. Rep. Jerry Weller (R-IL) distributed a “Dear Colleague” letter this week highlighting how far Colombia has come since then including: Terrorist attacks are down 76% over the past 5 years Homicides are down … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The nation’s largest newspapers have published more than 53 editorials imploring Congress to ignore big labor’s hold over them and instead pass the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The Latin American Trade Coalition has collected these editorials, and related op-eds, here. Excerpts include: ”Offering the Colombians anything less than access to … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    The import of the recent verification of close ties between Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and the terrorist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is quickly being accepted as yet another reason to support free trade with Colombia. The Orlando Sentinel editorializes: It’s easy enough to dismiss Hugo Chavez as one … More

    Free Trade Fact of The Day

    Nothing would say “I Love You Mom” quite like … passing the Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The New York Times Nicholas Kristoff explains: These days Colombia is the world’s second-largest exporter of flowers after the Netherlands, and almost 200,000 people work in the flower industry. Up to 28 cargo planes … More