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World Trade Talks on Ambitious Liberalization Push Resume in Geneva

Louis Belanger | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Louis Belanger

On Monday morning in Geneva, a week-long round of secret negotiations will resume on a treaty which ordinary citizens worldwide probably never heard o...

World Trade Organization Rules for Seals, Says Animal Welfare Counts

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The World Trade Organization today issued a final decision in its ruling to the inhumane global seal trade, and gave a precedent-setting boost to our domestic and international efforts to prevent animal abuse.

Russia Is Worried About the Wrong Neighbor - A case of Continuously Poor Leadership

Edward Goldberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

Whether on account of poor leadership, or the curse of being blessed with extraordinary energy resources, modern Russia has for now lost the only power game that really counts today: the game of globalization.

The WTO vs. the TPP

Simon Lester | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Simon Lester

One of the reasons for the recent push for new trade initiatives such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a feeling that the WTO system is not working.

Talks on Liberalizing Services: Disaster in the Making

Louis Belanger | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Louis Belanger

Incredibly, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, it is clear that the TISA seeks to further deregulate financial markets and to make matters worst, with such high stakes for people and our planet, talks are being held behind closed doors.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Ask U.S. Trade Rep To Drop Complaint Over India's Solar Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of environmental organizations is calling on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to drop a complaint over India's solar ...

Behind the Veil: The Truth About Trade in 'Environmental Goods'

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

What we need for the health of the planet is not an expansion of the WTO or our current model of free trade. Instead, we need fair and responsible trade to sustainably manage natural resources and confront the climate crisis.

America's Young Need Trade Agreements

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Our labor market is certainly not on sound footing. Real wage and income growth has been dismal. Where will the markets of 2114 be? With 95 percent of the world's customers outside the U.S. borders, they certainly are not likely to be disproportionately in red or blue states.

U.S. Challenges India's Solar Industry, Again

Ilana Solomon | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Given the dire costs of the climate crisis that both the United States and the WTO have acknowledged, it is imperative that all governments have the ability to develop the renewable energy industries necessary to fight climate disruption.

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.

Trade in Environmental Goods May Not Actually Be So Good

Ilana Solomon | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Trade can help spread environmentally friendly technologies, but if the products we're trading harm the environment, everyone loses.

Davos: An Unmissable Opportunity for Progress

Yvo de Boer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Yvo de Boer

There are some who have asked whether the World Economic Forum (WEF) serves a useful purpose. In my experience the answer to that is yes. How often do you bump into world leaders and CEOs around a coffee table?

China Needs to Decide What It Wants To Be

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

For decades the Chinese government has deployed both soft and hard power to promote China's influence and status, while at the same time discouraging interference in Chinese affairs.

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A 'Neoliberal Assault' To Further Corporate 'Domination'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an "assault," on working people intended to further corporate "domination," accordi...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Warn Obama They'll Kill His Big Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's international trade agenda is dead in the water if he doesn't do a better job engaging with Democrats in Congre...

Zach Carter

House Democrats Leave Pacific Trade Deal Twisting In The Wind

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democrats balked Thursday at a bill designed to clear congressional hurdles for President Barack Obama's controversial Trans-Pacif...

Bali and Beyond: Building Momentum for Trade Deals and Global Commerce

Efraim Chalamish | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Efraim Chalamish

We need to build on this momentum and continue to finalize deals that foster trade, increase cross-border commerce, and enhance development -- especially in emerging markets -- at a time when the global economy is still struggling to recover from a deep Great Recession.

Zach Carter

Noam Chomsky: U.S. Politics Are Now 'Pure Savagery'

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Author and activist Noam Chomsky said that the congressional controversy over extending unemployment benefits is evidence that American politics has d...

NAFTA, Twenty Years After: A Disaster

Jeff Faux | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

That trade system has not delivered the promised benefits because it was designed not to. The agreements traded away the interests of American workers in favor of the interests of American corporations.

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.

What to Make of the Cuba Handshake

Jake Colvin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Jake Colvin

For as much as the media made of the handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, it's not nearly as juicy as other aspects of the U.S.-Cuba relationship.

Lessons From the WTO Seal Products Case for the World Trading System

Simon Lester | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Simon Lester

Should trade rules focus narrowly on non-discrimination as a principle? Or should they take a broader approach and address all measures that affect trade in some way?

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...

Report: Regional Economic Integration in Southeast Asia an Opportunity, Not a Threat, for Global Trade System

East-West Center | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
East-West Center

Economists Peter Petri and Michael Plummer argue in a new East-West Center publication that WTO leaders should not consider proposed trade deals in the Asia Pacific region as a threat, but rather as an opportunity.