Mexico-U.S. tariff spat could sink NAFTA, says Mexican industry sector

An escalating tariff dispute between Mexico and the United States could put an end to the North American Free Trade Agreement , the Institute for Industrial Development and Economic Growth said on Sunday. In its latest report, titled “The 2018 Challenge: Rebuilding the Vision of Mexico,” the IDIC said the country must brace for the possible death of NAFTA, the nearly 25-year trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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Bayer knowingly infected hemophiliacs with HIV yet it’s merger with Monsanto will go on

The Big Pharma giant Bayer has just won approval from the US Justice Department for the $62.5 billion dollar takeover of the agrichemical behemoth Monsanto. The deal, which was solidified on Tuesday, has many people on edge knowing that Bayer, a company with a sordid history of corruption is merging with Monsanto, the company who has made an empire with its pesticide, herbicide, and genetically-engineered seed empire. As DW reports, as part of Bayer’s agreement with US antitrust enforcers, the German firm will be required to divest some $9 billion in assets. Regulators said they directed Bayer to sell off its entire cotton, canola, soybean and vegetable seeds businesses, as well as its digital farming business. It will also sell its Liberty herbicide, which competes directly with Monsanto’s product RoundUp. Prior to this sell off of assets, government regulators voiced their fears that the merger of these two companies would hamper competition and be a detriment to both farmers and consumers. Although Bayer’s asset sales were the largest divestiture ever required by the United States, some concerns over this monopoly are still alive, and rightfully so. Though Bayer established its reputation for the invention of aspirin, a more nefarious incident involving an HIV-contaminated drug to be administered to children suffering from hemophilia proved the corporation’s practices aren’t as noble as it would have the public believe.

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German FM vows to assist Iran’s economy if it adheres to nuclear deal

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says Berlin is prepared to help Iran improve its economy and business ties while Tehran remains committed to a landmark nuclear agreement it signed with major powers in 2015, Press TV reported. “We will continue to make efforts to fulfill Iran’s hopes for economic recovery and good trade relations as long as Iran is ready and able to prove that it adheres to its obligations under the nuclear deal,” Maas said on Tuesday.

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United Arab Emirates and the United States conclude civil aviation discussions

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority welcomed today’s announcement on civil aviation in Washington that strongly reaffirmed and maintained all the provisions of the 2002 bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the …

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Deportation protection restored in high-profile Georgia case

Federal immigration authorities have agreed to renew the temporary protection from deportation for a Mexican woman whose case made national headlines eight years ago when she was a Georgia college student, according to a court filing. The settlement agreement signed Monday and filed Friday in federal court in Atlanta is the latest twist in 30-year-old Jessica Colotl’s quest to stay in the country she has called home for nearly two decades.

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EDITORIAL: US/Mexican diplomats to discuss immigration, ‘safe 3rd country’ pact in DC today

We are encouraged by talks being held today between U.S. officials from the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, with Mexican officials from their Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs because it appears that today’s talks are a continuation of discussions last week that centered on amnesty and immigration issues. But if Politico is correct, the 21st Century Border Technical Working Group meeting today on border security, trade enforcement, and border infrastructure issues very well could break down if U.S. officials expect Mexican officials to agree to a “safe third country” agreement.

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Brazil Calls in Military as Truck Drivers Defy Union Agreement With Government

Brazil’s government called in the military in a last-ditch attempt to force truckers to stop blockading highways as a five-day-old strike halted shipments of food, fuel, medicine, and shut down the nation’s auto industry.

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Microsoft Wins A Big Cloud Deal With America’s Intelligence Community

The cloud agreement gives Microsoft more power to make its case to the Pentagon as it goes up against competitors like International Business Machines Corp., Oracle Corp. and Amazon for the agency’s winner-take-all cloud computing contract for up to 10 years. That contract is expected to be worth billions of dollars, according to the article, adding that “the Defense Department has said it intends to move the department’s technology needs — 3.4 million users and 4 million devices — to the cloud to give it a tactical edge on the battlefield and strengthen its use of emerging technologies.”

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