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Paris Attacks: Iran Criticizes the West, ISIS 'Bit the Leg of Its Owners'

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.24.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The reaction of the Iranian political establishment in regards to the shootings and bombings in Paris has been intriguing and contradicting.

The WTO Just Dealt A Blow To U.S. Consumers And Dolphins

Ben Beachy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Green
Ben Beachy

The U.S. government should not give into pressure from a corporate-friendly trade organization to weaken or eliminate our dolphin-saving label. Instead, it should stand up for consumers and wildlife by negotiating a solution with Mexico that keeps the "dolphin-safe" label intact.

Terrorist Financing Must Be Destroyed

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.17.2016 | Home
Frank Vogl

A sprawling dark network of financial agents has long supported terrorist operations. The U.S. Patriot Act, pushed by the last Bush Administration following the 9/11 disaster explicitly sought to strengthen efforts in this area. But, still more must be done.

Iran's Divided Domestic Politics -- Hardliners Reassert Leadership

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The smiles of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and his American-educated Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appear to be fading as the hardliners take back the driver's seat. Rowhani spent all his political capital on the nuclear deal, to which the hardliners are reacting harshly.

TPP Unsurprisingly Values Corporations' Rights Over Workers' Needs

Judy Gearhart | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Judy Gearhart

The text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) finally became accessible to the public. The result predictably values the rights of corporations over the needs of workers and fails to address the the utter failure of the parties to uphold their commitments to respect workers' rights.

Islamic Republic: "Death to America" Will Remain

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The expectations that Western-Iran diplomatic relationships are improving was somewhat shattered when recently an overwhelming majority of Iranian lawmakers and parliamentarians stated that the Islamic Republic will not abandon the inflammatory slogan of "Death to America."

Developing Market Debt Hits $58.6Tn on Bailout Mania

Phil Davis | Posted 11.10.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

Here's another thing we can pretend doesn't matter.

The TPP's Children's Table: Labor Rights and Currency

Dean Baker | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are hoping that the rest of us will be happy that we got seats at the children's table. We will be hearing much about this table as they push to have the deal approved. But it's long past time that the rest of us be treated like adults.

Europe's Other Crisis: A Digital Recession

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 11.05.2016 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

You may have heard that Europe is in a state of crisis. This has nothing to do with an influx of refugees, or Greek debt, or even the future of the European Union. The crisis we speak of has even more severe consequences for Europe's global competitiveness.

What To Look For When The Trans-Pacific Partnership Text Is Released

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.04.2016 | Business
Dave Johnson

How does TPP increase the number of jobs and the pay for regular working people in the U.S. and elsewhere, and by how much?

Text Still Secret One Month After TPP Deal

Lori Wallach | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12 nation agreement seven years in the making, were finally concluded a month ago. Yet the Obama administration still has not released the text of the agreement. Not even to Congress, much less the public.

Khamenei's New Nuclear Conditions -- Khamenei Playing the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has masterfully sniffed out the weaknesses of President Obama and his administration, and the revelation of his new conditions on the nuclear deal suggests that Khamenei is ready to milk the administration more and obtain more concessions.

U.S. Illegal Timber Imports Are Down, But More Work Remains

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.28.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Last week hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia for importing illegally sourced wood into the U.S. It is also a strong message that the United States intends to crack down on the illegal timber trade using the Lacey Act.

First-Ever U.S. Presidential Candidates' Forum Held Abroad in Jerusalem, Israel, November 2-4, 2015

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Natasha Srdoc

US presidential candidates have been invited to participate in the first-ever US Presidential Candidates' Forum held abroad, focusing on foreign and defense policy issues.

Sentence First -- Verdict Afterwards

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

Does anyone else find it curious that politicians, from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, are prepared to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty before the text has been made public?

Why TPP Is a Feminist Issue

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Do you want your tax dollars to go to companies in countries like Brunei, where unmarried women who get pregnant are sent to prison and gays and lesbians are sentenced to death by stoning?

Russia: And the Danger of an Irrelevant Gas Station

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.18.2016 | Home
Edward Goldberg

It is the declining power, Russia, that is both threatened by the global order and threatening to the global order, that has nothing to lose in trying to reshuffle the deck. Russia is the only major economy that, beyond a collapsing energy market, has no skin in the globalized game.

Be Tough, Not Stupid, In Dealing with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.16.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

U.S. policy toward the People's Republic of China is an important political issue. Trade, proliferation, human rights, cyberwar, security, and more are at stake in how the existing superpower and emerging great power get along in coming years.

Savannah: The City of New Beginnings

Tanya Caruso | Posted 10.16.2016 | Style
Tanya Caruso

The city of Savannah is constantly intertwining its past, present, and future. Since the city's emergence, trade and manufacturing have played a huge role in its economy and continue to make an impact on a local and global scale.

The World's 7th Largest Economy is Junk -- Who's Next?

Phil Davis | Posted 10.16.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

Brazil's economy is the 7th largest in the world at $2.4Tn - that's above Italy, India, Russia, Canada, Australia and just under France ($2.8Tn) and the UK.

Think Small for Inclusive Growth

Arancha González | Posted 10.15.2016 | Impact
Arancha González

Macro-level problems cannot be fixed overnight. Quicker wins may be achievable at the local and sector levels, particularly through the public agencies and industry associations that play a critical role in helping SMEs connect to international trade and investment.

Why Hillary Clinton Is Right on the TPP

David Singh Grewal | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
David Singh Grewal

It would be foolish to think that because Hillary Clinton had once supported the TPP in principle, she should remain committed to it unconditionally. Furthermore, Clinton's longer record shows an increasing reluctance to support the free trade agenda that characterized her husband's administration twenty years ago.

Clear-Cut: Lumber Liquidators Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Wood Products

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.08.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

In addition to pleading guilty to several charges, the company agreed to pay millions in fines and to implement a compliance plan to ensure their products are sourced legally in the future.

The Trade Creature Walks Among Us!

Michael Winship | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Die, monster, die! Every time you think that beast called the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- TPP for short -- is finished, it comes back like a bad penny; or in this case, trillions and trillions and trillions of bad pennies.

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, breaking with President Barack Obama on the 12-nation trade de...