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New Cases Show Risks of Corporate Empowerment in Trade Deals

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Courtenay Lewis

Neither domestic nor international courts determine the outcomes of investor state dispute settlement cases. They take place before three attorneys in private trade tribunals. These cases give a taste of the consequences that the TPP and the TTIP could have both abroad and in the U.S.

Congress' Smackdown of Fast Track: Sweet 16 Bday

Lori Wallach | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

As we recall the sweet-sixteen anniversary of Fast Track's 1998 House-floor trouncing, let's toast to Congress doing the right thing again. Fast Track needs to be boxed and buried for good.

Why the Climate Movement Cannot Ignore Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.24.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The climate movement must stand up to the free trade rules and ideology that helped get us into this climate mess and that will thwart our ability to solve it and say, "enough is enough."

Dave Jamieson

Obama Gets Tough On Worker Rights With Trade Partner

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States accused Guatemala this week of failing to live up to the labor standards spelled out in the countries' trade agreement...

11 Charts That Illuminate the Past, Present and Future of Bitcoin

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Steve H. Hanke

Bitcoin, the new digital currency, remains a mystery to many. There is no better way to lift the fog surrounding bitcoin than to let the data speak. A...

Interview with Shantanu Starick of Pixel Trade

Global Yodel | Posted 11.17.2014 | Arts
Global Yodel

Photographer Shantanu Starick hasn't spent a dime since June 2012. Instead, he's bartering his way around the world, trading his photography services for food, shelter and transport.

Corporate Courts -- A Big Red Flag on 'Trade' Agreements

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

When We the People agree that something should done to make our lives better, it's supposed to get done. Right? You didn't know it, but that whole system changed several years ago. Our government, in our name, signed a document that placed corporate profits above our own democracy.

Economist Jeffrey Sachs Says NO to TPP and TAFTA Trade Deals

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Without touching on the unpopular Fast-Track mechanism necessary to pass these two treaties, Sachs laid out five reasons why, on the substance, they should not be passed or ratified.

Illegal Logging in Peru Takes a Deadly Turn

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

In a remote region near Peru's border with Brazil, a prominent activist, Edwin Chota, was shot and killed, along with three community leaders. Suspected in the killings were illegal loggers, who have long tried to extract tropical hardwoods in nearby forests.

No to Fast-Tracking Harmful Trade Pacts; Yes to a New Model of Trade

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Ilana Solomon

Today's trade agreements affect our daily lives in countless ways. It's time that the process for negotiating and implementing these trade pacts evolves to reflect that reality.

India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

Samarth Pathak | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Samarth Pathak

The time is ripe to infuse energy into this historic relationship. Not only are both governments stable with visionary leadership but there is also a strong will among businesses and policymakers on both sides to build a mutually-beneficial partnership.

The Panama Canal - Part 2 of 3

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

One hundred years later, Panama is a truly independent nation that with great sacrifices and diplomatic efforts managed to regain sovereignty over the Canal Zone. Nevertheless, reaching this point had a high cost for this young republic, which gradually is becoming a regional economic power.

Kerry Reaffirms 'Ambitious Agenda' of U.S. Engagement in Asia and the Pacific

East-West Center | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
East-West Center

In terms of economic growth, Kerry focused on negotiations over the sweeping, 12-nation Tans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. Negotiators had hoped to conclude a TPP agreement a number of months ago, but progress on the complex pact has slowed since then.

Zach Carter

Tea Party Leader Botches 'Socialistic' Op-Ed

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is out of session, but the lobbying struggle over reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is as hot as ever. On Monday, former Sen...

Predators, Prey, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ilana Solomon | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

It is particularly worrying that a previously leaked chapter of the TPP includes only very vague references to shark finning -- not the full ban on shark finning and associated trade that we need.

Businesses From Across America Are Investing in Britain

Patrick Davies | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Patrick Davies

As we at the Embassy are very fond of repeating, Britain and the US do a huge amount of business together. Perhaps that's what you would expect from two of the largest, most advanced and most open economies in the world. But you needn't take my word for it: The investment numbers for 2013-14 are in, and they are impressive.

Australians Are Deeply Concerned About U.S. Proposals For The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Hector Sharp | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Hector Sharp

The TTP is an issue hot on the lips of many in the health profession who are worried about its potential effects on their industry.

Backed By China? House Republicans Block Critical 'Make It In America' Bill

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Far-right groups said that the American government securing necessary materials for American companies to manufacture is "interference with the free market." Seriously, are they funded by China?

New Report: Trade Talks Threaten to Undermine EU Climate Policy and Bring Tar Sands to Europe

Ilana Solomon | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Today's report reveals that even the FQD -- an ambitious climate policy that the EU has been pushing for years -- could be critically weakened simply in the process of the secretive, non-inclusive negotiations.

Socially Conscious Cashmere (#ArtofY)

Alex Schattner | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Alex Schattner

Ever been to the cashmere farms of the Gobi Desert and thought, "I can create a symbiotic business with the herders?"

Fighting Illegal Logging With Your Cell Phone

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Recycling used cell phones to combat deforestation is an encouraging development -- hopefully one that will be replicated and scaled up around the world. However, efforts to combat the act of illegal logging must be paired with efforts to curb the demand for illegally harvested timber from importing countries.

Report from Berlin: Global Trade Deals Can No Longer Include Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

As negotiations move forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a wide range of German elected and civic leaders are in disbelief that the U.S. remains serious about including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

The African Growth and Opportunity Act: Growth Without Opportunity?

Sabina Dewan | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

The first step to ensuring that the benefits of AGOA reach more African people is greater transparency and honesty about what AGOA has achieved and what it hasn't. Given the evidence to the contrary, it is deceitful to use GDP as a proxy for broad-based economic opportunity in sub-Saharan Africa.

A New Effort to Boost Green Tech Gets Underway in Geneva

Jake Colvin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Jake Colvin

The global business community gathered this week in Geneva to witness the launch by the United States, China, the EU and other trading partners of a p...

Capacity Building Is Critical for African Countries to Take Advantage of AGOA's Potential

Amini Kajunju | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Amini Kajunju

Building human and industrial capacity to produce goods for the U.S. marketplace is the greatest challenge for African nations in maximizing the trade benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act.