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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.

TPP, Public Comment Period Open!

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

Last spring and summer we saw an unprecedented social outrage over the fast-tracking of Trans Pacific Partnership legislation. Activists from all sectors converged and spoke with a loud voice against this dangerous "trade" deal.

Gdansk: The Gate to Central Europe

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 01.05.2016 | Travel
Pawel Adamowicz

Gdansk, the city on the sea, has always benefited from its location. In its history of over 1000 years it was Poland's gate for trading grain and othe...

3 ways Fempreneurs Can Invest their Money

Nancy Laws | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Nancy Laws

Leaving the relative comfort of a job security to test out the uncertain waters of entrepreneurship is one of the hardest things that fempreneurs have...

Iran, Middle East, and ISIS in 2016: Re-entering the Global Market Politico-Economic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.02.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in early 2016, will give Iran tremendous sanctions relief. After Implementation Day, Iran's global legitimacy will rise, and foreign businesses will be permitted to operate in the country.

Iran Prefers Bernie Sanders for President in 2016

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.27.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Tehran would rather see a Democrat than a Republican as the next U.S. president. At one time there were minimal differences between the parties' views on Iran, but in the last few years the gap has widened.

Iran Breached the Nuclear Deal -- Iran's Largest Ballistic Arsenal in the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.24.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

These developments suggests that not only did the nuclear deal not temper Iran's foreign policy, IRGC leaders appear to be more empowered to manifest their military capabilities.

ExxonMobil, Peabody Coal Lobbying for Bill Preventing Climate Change Accounting in US Trade Deals

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe day before global leaders and diplomats passed a climate change deal in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, th...

Media Has Symbiotic Ties With ISIS? Ignoring Other Terrorist Groups

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There seems to be a symbiotic relationship between the mainstream media and ISIS. On one hand, ISIS receives the publicity it needs from CNN, Fox News, etc. On the other hand, these networks increase their ratings, viewers, readers and advertisement revenues.

The Sky Is No Limit For U.S. and Mexico

Charles H. Rivkin | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
Charles H. Rivkin

With this new, modernized air transport agreement between the U.S. and Mexico, we affirm a vision of international aviation that we have long known to be true. When governments step aside and let air carriers decide where to fly and what aircraft to use based on the demands of the market, then everyone wins.

2015: A Year in Review on Trade and the Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Let's review 2015's trade-and-environment highlight reel -- which demonstrates why 2016 must be the year to stop harmful trade pacts and build a new model of trade that supports communities, our environment and climate.

Anti-Hunger Groups Make Impassioned Pleas: the United States Should Support, Not Object, to Removing WTO Obstacles to Global Food Security

Deborah James | Posted 12.15.2015 | World
Deborah James

Those of us who believe in a world free of hunger have an exciting opportunity to open up a pathway for progress on this entrenched issue -- yet hardly anyone has noticed because it is happening at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.

Sadly Sitting Out the WTO

Jake Colvin | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Jake Colvin

This week, international trade officials from around the world will gather in Nairobi to discuss improving rules governing access to the global market...

Why Fish Need the World Trade Organization to Survive

Ambassador Amina Mohamed | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Photo Credit: C. Ortiz Rojas As the World Trade Organization 10th Ministerial Conference to be held in Nairobi next week approaches, it is as well t...

High Stakes for the World Trade Organization in Nairobi, Kenya

Ambassador Amina Mohamed | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Ambassador Amina Mohamed

Governments are encountering real difficulty in finding common ground on the way forward. Yet the stakes could scarcely be higher for what over the years has proved to be one of the most successful international economic institutions. Why is progress proving so difficult now?

The Economic Weakness Right Under Our Nose

Scott Paul | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Scott Paul

More than two million net new jobs have been created this year in America, a not too shabby number. Not a single one of them, though, is in manufacturing. That's terrible news, not only for people who want to work in factories, but for the wider economy.

Does Clinton Really Oppose TPP? There Is a Test for That

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

There is one test that, if she passes it, could convince voters that Clinton is on their side. It involves what Clinton does over the next few months to prove that she meant it when she came out in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal a few weeks ago.

Iran's Fighters Are Dying in Syria -- Will it Change Anything?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.06.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

While Iranian leaders project that they are fighting ISIS, Iranian forces are not anywhere close to an ISIS stranglehold. Instead, they appear to be battling Syrian rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army, to force them to retreat or prevent them from capturing more territories in Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus.

New Report Reveals How The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Our Climate

Ilana Solomon | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The Sierra Club believes that a new model of trade that protects communities and the environment is urgently needed -- one that overturns the polluter-friendly model of the TPP.

How to Empower Women in Africa's Fashion Industry? United Nations Forum on Business & Human Rights

Sissi Johnson | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Sissi Johnson

Four days after the Paris attacks, my emotions were still running high. Nonetheless, on November 17, I attended "Empowering Women in Africa's Fashion ...

Trade Facilitation: Diplomacy May Be Catching Up

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Independent efforts by individual countries to facilitate trade should keep a close eye on standards being shaped in order to minimize adjustments when it (finally) comes the moment of cross-border harmonization.

Iran-Russia: Khamenei and Putin's Courtship

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rarely meets with world leaders, but this week he hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made his first visit to Iran since 2007. Putin held talks with Khamenei and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Listen Up: the Key to 'Speeding Up and Scaling Up' Business and Human Rights Reforms

Amol Mehra | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Amol Mehra

Two phrases were consistently heard at the Fourth Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, which took place in Geneva from November 16 to November 18.

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

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.24.2015 | 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.