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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 Jose Vicente Caro | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Carlo Jose Vicente 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.

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...