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Less is More: We Need a Global Strategy to End Fishing Overcapacity

Maria Damanaki | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Maria Damanaki

We rely on the ocean for food, for transport, for the very air we breathe, but the current systems in place for governing and managing its resources are not fit for purpose.

WTO Back on the Agenda at Davos

Roberto Azevêdo | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Roberto Azevêdo

I returned from Davos motivated by the expectations about the post-Bali process and encouraged by the support that I received from everyone to advance the negotiations. Davos has confirmed my view that the world economy needs, and is eager to have, a WTO which is operating at full steam.

EU-U.S. Trade Talks Should Top Our 2014 To-Do List

João Vale de Almeida | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
João Vale de Almeida

As we enter into 2014, we will take stock of our accomplishments thus far and develop plans to move this negotiation even further.

Obama's Max Baucus Debacle

Peter Navarro | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Peter Navarro

The appointment of Max Baucus to be the new Ambassador to China is a slap in the face to every working man and woman - and unemployed worker - in America.

WTO Reaches First Global Trade Deal In Decades

AP | DESSIANING ARIYANTI | Posted 12.07.2013 | World

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A deal to boost global trade has been approved by the World Trade Organization's 159 member economies for the first time in n...

First-Ever Worldwide Trade Reform?

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2014 | World

By Randy Fabi NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal on Saturda...

WTO Chief On Global Trade Deal: No Chance

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 01.26.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Negotiators came tantalizingly close but failed to clinch a global free trade deal after more than a decade of talks that could have g...

What's Going on at the WTO? : Opportunties and Risks Before the 9th Ministerial Meeting

Deborah James | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Deborah James

Last week was a doozy on the trade scene in the United States, with Congressional opposition to Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) erupting from both Republicans and 151 Democrats.

Discouraging Use of Tar Sands or Expanding Trade: Which Do You Think Is More Important?

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The EU is currently negotiating a new policy that would discourage use of the dirty fuel. The policy, however, has come under attack by Big Oil and the Canadian and U.S. governments, which claim that the policy amounts to an "unfair trade barrier."

Saving Roşia Montana from International Trade Law

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Adam Cernea Clark

After years of struggle and, most recently, historic protests throughout Romania and abroad, over 20,000 people took to the streets in Romania last week to protest a mining project in the western commune of Roşia Montana.

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

The information and services delivered on the World Wide Web generate jurisdictional conflicts, Anupam Chander, a Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, reminds us.

Please Stop Bullying the World's Poorest Countries

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Matthew Kavanagh

This week, Obama's trade agenda hit a snag as the nominee to be lead negotiator was challenged over holding a half million dollars in offshore accounts. That's largely a distraction from a much bigger fight the U.S. bullying of least developed countries over intellectual property rules.

Zach Carter

U.S. Pushing To End Cheap Drugs For Poorest Nations | Zach Carter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking to curb efforts to exempt the world's poorest countries from expansive trade rules that would substa...

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership the Solution to Latin America's Fractured Trade Regime?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Many hope an agreement on the TPP will provide a much-needed boost to a still prostrate global economy, but what is being widely hailed as profound progress in the evolution of trade integration globally is having the opposite effect in Latin America.

Contest for Head of WTO Pits Washington's Candidate and Program Against Most of World

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.06.2013 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The WTO, unlike the IMF and the World Bank, was set up to operate by consensus, but some members have turned out to be a lot more equal than others.

Zach Carter

Obama's EU Trade Deal Would Include New Political Powers For Corporations | Zach Carter | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is pursuing a free trade agreement with the European Union that would grant corporations new political power to...

U.S. Challenges India's Solar Energy Incentives at WTO: What's at Stake

Ilana Solomon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Now is the time to encourage countries to keep developing their domestic solar capacity in order to tackle the climate crisis, not to slow this process with trade disputes.

Latest WTO Lunacy: Poker and Piracy Together at Last

Lori Wallach | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Lori Wallach

On Monday the World Trade Organization (WTO) officially authorized Caribbean nation Antigua to sell $21 million in "pirated" U.S.-copyrighted music, films and computer programs in retaliation for the United States failing to comply with a 2005 WTO order to allow online gambling here. Say what?

"Black Bloc" Emerges in Egypt on Second Anniversary of Revolution

Shadi Rahimi | Posted 03.27.2013 | World
Shadi Rahimi

Today, on the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, the "Black Bloc" tactic of protest is on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt - on the front lines of clashes with security forces, stirring up debate among activists amid clouds of tear gas and a frenzy of tweets.

Trade That Hurts

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

If America can't manufacture No. 2 pencils, how long will it be before it can't manufacture ballistic missiles? Maybe that's the pitchfork manufacturing workers need to prod politicians to deal with middle class job uncertainty.

Trade Ruling Undermines Efforts to Curb Climate Chaos

Ilana Solomon | Posted 01.20.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

In a deeply troubling decision reported this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued a confidential ruling against Ontario's successful "feed-in tariff" incentives program that is designed to reduce carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs.

Demonizing China for Political Profit

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Doug Bandow

While the two leading presidential candidates play to America's worst political demons, the U.S. public supports a more measured approach to China.

American Problems Not Made In China

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 11.23.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

By indulging in political theatrics that cast China as the evil empire, the candidates are distracting us from the much more fruitful pursuit of figuring out what we can we do here at home to make American companies both more competitive and more prodigious sources of quality paychecks.

Barack Obama: China Auto Subsidies 'Directly Harm Working Men And Women'

Reuters | Jeff Mason and Tom Miles | Posted 09.17.2012 | Business

CINCINNATI/GENEVA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday said the United States was challenging Chinese auto and auto-parts subsidies that threa...

Bill Clinton's True Legacy: Outsourcer-in-Chief

Jane White | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Jane White

Mitt Romney may have run a company that outsourced jobs but Clinton ran a country that did.