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Zach Carter

Senate Trade Compromise May Doom Efforts Against Currency Manipulation, Forced Labor

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders on Wednesday found a way to revive President Barack Obama's controversial trade agenda, but in the process may have doome...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Here's The Senator Who United Democrats To Block Obama's Trade Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been the public face of the Democratic Party's feud with President Barack Obama over his trade agend...

Michael McAuliff

Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats dealt a stinging blow to President Barack Obama Tuesday by blocking legislation that would grant him authority to fast-...

Slowing the Fast Track Down

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's a big political fight happening in Washington, but for once it does not break down easily along partisan lines. There are free-traders among both the Democrats and the Republicans, and opposition exists on both sides. But the main skirmish in this fight is currently happening between President Obama and some of his fellow Democrats.

Zach Carter

Why Obama Wants To Torpedo A Plan To Fight Human Trafficking

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The biggest threat to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda may be a plan to fight human trafficking, which threatens to reshuffle a m...

Flower Power: Blooms That Create a Better Life for Mothers Throughout the World

Fair Trade USA | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

With this fast-growing global flower market comes a variety of challenges, especially for the many workers involved in picking and packing these international symbols of love.

Zen and the Art of (Fair) Coffee Trading

Mark W. Guay | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

Just where do these beans come from and how much of that three-dollar cup of coffee actually goes to the farmer who picked the bean? That's the question I recently set out to try and answer. And this answer starts with a trip to Laos and a guy named Tyson.

Zach Carter

Obama Accused Democrats Of Lying About Trade Deal, And They Aren't Having It

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are not happy about President Barack Obama's accusation that they are being "dishonest" about his trade agenda. Last week, ...

Watch Out, Joe Camel Is Back: Big Tobacco and the TPP

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

It is a dark secret that tobacco companies make more use of these agreements than perhaps any other industry. There have been at least thirty trade and investment cases brought on behalf of big tobacco. The TPP will spur more.

Zach Carter

Hillary Clinton Agrees With Elizabeth Warren On Trade Dispute With Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton is opposed to a critical piece of the Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would give corporations the right to sue...

Zach Carter

Here's Why Democrats Don't Believe Obama's Trade Promises

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Democratic Party feud over President Barack Obama's new trade deal intensifies, American labor unions are fighting another battle...

How Mobile Phones May Prevent the Next Rana Plaza Disaster

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Timmerman

One moment Reshma Begum was sewing. The next she was falling from her station on the second floor into the basement of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh.

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Tells Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they're gettin...

Zach Carter

Obama Fires Back At Elizabeth Warren And Trade Critics, Escalating Democratic Feud

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama pushed back against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Democratic critics of his trade agenda on Friday, accusin...

Changing the Label for Good

BRAC | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
BRAC

By Tanvir Hossain Adapted from article originally posted on the BRAC Blog The name Rana Plaza has become synonymous with Bangladesh. The e...

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

Your Easter Basket Has More Power Than You Think

Fair Trade USA | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

Easter is the second top-selling confectionery holiday behind only Halloween. That's a lot of chocolate going into Easter baskets across the country, and it's a huge opportunity for consumers to make a difference in farmers' lives.

Cookie Doughprah Winfrey and S'moria Steinem: 10 Solutions to Ben & Jerry's Women Problem

Amanda McCall | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Amanda McCall

There are currently no female flavors of Ben & Jerry's ice cream (even Tina Fey would agree that, while "Greek frozen yogurt" is certainly a healthy ice cream alternative, it is not the same as ice cream).

The Secret Ingredient for a Great Cup of Coffee: Hint, It's Not What You Think

Fair Trade USA | Posted 03.20.2015 | Green
Fair Trade USA

There are definitely some myths out there about sustainable products, and to be blunt, how good they are. Some people wonder whether something so focu...

Chocolate Causes for Passover: Season of Freedom

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Passover's chocolate layers new causes onto age-old themes of freedom, peoplehood and monotheism. Recent campaigns have responded to the need for chocolate that is both kosher for the festival and also fair trade certified. Until 2012 it was not possible to find both.

It's Time to Get Acquainted with Cuba

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Arts
Kate Oberdorfer

Now is the time to become acquainted with Cuba. Read the Cuban authors, listen to the Cuban musicians, go see Malpaso perform in one of their three cities, or if you're in New York in April, attend the Havana Film Festival.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

How 'Harry Potter' Fans Won Their War Against Child Labor

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact

The fictional world of "Harry Potter" has made a profound impact on human rights in Muggle society. And it used chocolate to do it. Warner Bros...

Improving the Lives of Farm Workers in Mexico: A Shared Responsibility

Fair Trade USA | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

There are still many challenges, but a lot has changed already -- just in the last 10 years child labor has become almost unheard of on many of the bigger export farms, and more groups are now complying with Mexican labor laws. But of course, more can be done.