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Not Just for Export: Ethiopia's Coffee Culture

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Travel
Yuliya Neyman

My first trip to a coffee-producing country was in 2008. I was traveling to Costa Rica, and right up there with surfing in Tamarindo and seeing the Volcan Arenal was what I considered a culinary must: sampling some fabled Costa Rican roast.

"Reformed" or Not, Corporate Handouts in Trade Agreements Are as Dangerous as Ever

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Courtenay Lewis

It's not too late -- the EU, U.S. and Canada should eliminate corporate-empowering rules from trade agreements rather than falsely claim that the rules have been "reformed" for the better.

Cutting Red Tape in Trade Supports Development

Mukhisa Kituyi | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Mukhisa Kituyi

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have opened the way for implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, following a welcome breakthrough between India and the United States.

An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The long-term deterioration of the middle class, accelerated by the Wall Street crash of 2008, has not been pretty. Today, we have more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth.

South Asia: On the Cusp of Regional Connectivity

Nisha Biswal | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Nisha Biswal

The United States sees a South Asia with unlimited potential, not only to dramatically increase trade within the region but to also reach out to regional neighbors in Central and Southeast Asia.

The High Density of Brazilian Production Chains

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

In an economy with labor shortages and aspirations of rising worker purchasing power, productive activities would be strengthened by the availability of cheaper local consumer goods and equipment, as wage and investment costs would be lower.

Study: China's New Semiconductor Strategy Seeks to Exploit Tailwinds from Markets and Technology

East-West Center | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business
East-West Center

HONOLULU (Nov. 9, 2014) -- When it comes to U.S.-China trade, semiconductors are a big deal. The chips that power virtually all modern electronics are...

Analysis: Bold Action Required on Renewal of the Information Technology Agreement During APEC Summit

East-West Center | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
East-West Center

In the end, Ernst concludes, both the U.S. and China have a strong interest in finding a compromise during the APEC Summit. From the U.S. perspective, a mini ITA-2 without China would be an oxymoron. Not only is China the world biggest smart-phone market, it is also by far the most important market for U.S. semiconductor firms.

Trade Trumps Anti-Corruption

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.30.2014 | World
Frank Vogl

The widespread failure by many important exporting countries to curb business corruption can only be explained by their belief that boosting exports is far more important than reducing corruption.

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

Jake Schmidt | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The U.S. and 11 other countries are in the final stages of a trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership - that would, if completed, be the biggest trade agreement in recent history. It would cover countries accounting for over 40% of the world's trade and economic output.

The TTIP: A Very Scary Proposal

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 12.29.2014 | Green
Courtenay Lewis

The TTIP could prevent countries and states from implementing policies that protect communities and stabilize the climate. Fortunately, people in the U.S. and EU are mobilizing to highlight the many tricks-- and no treats-- of this pact.

Separating Fact from Fiction in the TPP

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2014 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Some important issues remain to be decided within the TPP that could substantially affect its ultimate positive impact. Chief among these is an ongoing debate surrounding intellectual property (IP) rights.

Dave Jamieson

Jimmy John's Noncompete Agreement Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats plan to send a letter to the Labor Department and the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday asking the federal agencies ...

Viewpoint From Honduras: CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections

Larry Cohen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Let's end Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which allows multinationals to sue for lost future profits. This means that if Honduras passes new legislation to safeguard the environment from African palm or a higher minimum wage, multinationals that lose profits can sue the government for billions of dollars.

U.S. "vs." China in Africa: A Message to President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang: you don't need to be so competitive because you're not actually competing. A more formal collaborative approach could be in your mutual interest.

International Trade

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
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Jerry Jasinowski

There can be no question that free trade creates winners and losers and that manufacturing in particular is especially vulnerable to foreign competition. But the hard cold fact is that those jobs were destined for oblivion anyway.

Reagan Set Up the Death of the Middle Class, But China Was the Clincher

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

Reagan shifted the power to the wealthy, and the wealthy used that power to escape the borders of democracy by moving production to China. And that, my friends, was that.

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.