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The WTO Just Ruled Against India's Booming Solar Program

Ben Beachy | Posted 02.26.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

Cartoon by Courtenay Lewis On the heels of the recent global summit in Paris to tackle climate disruption, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has rul...

Amid Growing Risks, Will Leaders Protect the Poor?

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 02.24.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

We need global efforts to preserve and increase the gains we made in the fight against poverty. But we won't succeed without good leadership.

Here's How Donald Trump Could Become President

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics

Don't laugh. Donald Trump could actually win this thing. Not just the Republican nomination -- the presidency. It would be very nice if a brand of po...

A Defiant Iran Defies the UN and International Laws Again

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.21.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the major questions to address are: What aspect of its military is Iran attempting to strengthen? Why does the UN continue to ignore the Islamic Republic when it is clearly violating its resolutions? And, why does Iran so publicly announce such actions which are violations of the UNSC resolutions?

US Elections - Impact on India, China and Russia

Elena Ulansky | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Elena Ulansky

Co-authored by William Witenberg a contemporary artist focused on abstract painting One thing is clear from the Republican and Democratic campaigns,...

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the Money

Dean Baker | Posted 02.15.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

Secretary Clinton has flipped Sanders' claim around and challenged him to show where she has reversed a position to serve the moneyed interests. This might be a useful campaign tactic, but it misrepresents the way in which money affects campaigns.

Iran Plays and Backstabs the US: Iran Dumps Dollar in Trade

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic declared that it is moving away from the US dollar for use in trades and that Tehran welcomes replacing dollar with other curren...

The Middle East Must Think Beyond the Barrel

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 02.10.2016 | Business
Sarah Elzeini

As the Gulf region experiences plunges in oil prices, new goods and services are needed to diversify the economy beyond hydrocarbon production. Now is the time for both government and corporate entrepreneurship responsibility.

Iran: Back in Business and The New Best Friends

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has been on a shopping spree in Europe to reap benefits from business deals worth billions of dollars. The red carpet was rolled out for him, and he was invited to some of the most esteemed locations on the continent to meet with business and political leaders.

Sanders Vows to Kill TPP If Elected. Will Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "free-trade" agreement was signed, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders strongly voiced his opposition and committed to doing what he can to kill the deal if he is elected president. Rival Hillary Clinton has also stated opposition to the TPP, but will she also vow to kill it if elected?

A Great Achievement in Economic Diplomacy

Matt Gold | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Gold

A free trade agreement (FTA) expands economic opportunity in foreign markets for American workers and businesses, while doing the same for their foreign counterparts in our market. The increased trade improves the overall economy of each country. But, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, modern FTAs do more.

Federal Judge Sentences Lumber Liquidators to Probation, $13 Million in Fines for Smuggling Timber

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 02.01.2016 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Today's sentence marks the end of a multi-year investigation in which the Department of Justice found that Lumber Liquidators imported products made of wood harvested illegally in Russia, including timber cut from Siberian tiger habitat.

A Push for TTIP

Mikael Damberg | Posted 01.28.2016 | Business
Mikael Damberg

Sweden has a long tradition of promoting free and open trade. Our prosperity as a nation has extensively been built upon our trade with the rest of the world.

Moving Forward: Investing in Our Ports Is About Investing in Our Middle Class

Edward Wytkind | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

The modern, global economy lives by one rule: faster is better. As technology breakthroughs and innovations take hold, the world's markets demand efficiency, fluidity and speed. Nations that fail to keep up watch as other countries reap the benefits.

Moscow's Historical Relationship with Damascus: Why it Matters Now

Carlo Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Caro

Current relations - Source: Sputnik News There have been many objections to what is denominated as the Russian interference in Syria, more specifical...

U.S. Lifted Sanctions Against Iran -- Ordinary People's Reaction?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When the nuclear deal was reached in July 2015, Iranians celebrated on the streets. One would have imagined greater celebration when the deal was actually implemented this week, but the streets have been quiet, and Iranian media have downplayed the lifting of sanctions.

Investing in Iran From a Human Rights Perspective

Amol Mehra | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Ensuring corporate accountability in practice is more difficult, but fortunately the U.S. already has a blueprint from which to build a human rights reporting and monitoring framework for eventual investment in Iran.

Wall Street Rocks!

Dean Baker | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The basic story is the one we were seeing before all the fun on Wall Street, we are looking at an economy that is growing slowly and still has not come close to recovering from the last recession.

Iran's Nuclear Deal: Sanctions are Lifted, What is Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Will Iran continue to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations? Will the extra cash, coming out of sanctions relief, trickle down to the Iranian people?

Jewish Mother Stands Up Against the Trans Pacific Partnership

Judy Frankel | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Judy Frankel

After I gave a few examples of how the TPP can ruin the lives of Americans, (which I recorded), I admonished the young man from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his dereliction of duty in laying out the whole truth.

Companies Are Lining Up to Do Business with Iran. Are You Falling Behind?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

If smaller firms know the process, where to start, how to connect and communicate, they can potentially have a better shot at reaping the benefits of the Iranian economy. I would be delighted to shed light on the nuances, but Illustrating and explaining the whole process is out the realm and given space for this article.

3 Million New Jobs in the US

Jerry McLaughlin | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Jerry McLaughlin

Listening to me make a problem harder than it had to be my Dad once said "You are your own worst enemy." I don't think he invented that line or that ...

Will Iran and Saudi Arabia Go Into War?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Has assaulting embassies turned into an inherent and symbolic tactic in the Islamic Republic's political establishment to indirectly express Tehran's rivalry towards other countries and to show disrespect to them?

TransCanada, This is What Democracy Looks Like

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 01.08.2016 | Green
Courtenay Lewis

It's time for new climate victories, using the same logic that defeated Keystone XL, not for paying corporations for our environmental wins or for greenlighting harmful new trade pacts.

The Corporation Behind Keystone XL Just Laid Bare the TPP's Threats to Our Climate

Ben Beachy | Posted 01.07.2016 | Green
Ben Beachy

TransCanada, the notorious fossil fuel corporation behind the ill-fated Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, just made abundantly clear the threats that the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal would pose to our communities, our climate, and our clean air and water, if approved.