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Bernie Sanders Calls Out Obama Team On Global Drug Prices

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

  WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday urged the Obama administration to reverse its opposition to a proposal ...

Tracking the Origin of Food: The Intriguing Case of San Marzano Tomatoes

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 08.16.2015 | Taste
Fabio Parasecoli

Let's suppose, just for a moment, that you feel like trying a somewhat exotic delicacy beyond the flavorful bounty that your local CSA offers, or that you are experimenting with a recipe that calls for a specific product that does not originate in you area... Immediately, you'd be dealing with the puzzling ebb and flow of international food trade.

How Free Trade Can Lead to Healthy and Active Aging

Michael Hodin | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

President Obama, Congressional Republican leaders, and foreign national leaders in the TPP should consider the theme of aging populations as they hammer out the deal's final details -- and try to win public favor.

Putting the TPP in Perspective

Simon Lester | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
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Simon Lester

The TPP is often talked about as a "high standard," 21st century trade agreement that could reshape the international economic architecture. In reality, the TPP may remain of secondary importance, as just one of many bilateral and regional trade agreements that are subsumed under the broader framework established by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The President's Trade Deal Struggles Because It's Bad Policy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a 12-country NAFTA-style trade deal with two serious problems. It doesn't work, and it's bad for democracy.

A New Era for Trade Diplomacy -- With a Climate Protection Twist

Carl Pope | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

That is one of the most important political events of the past several years. Investor oriented globalization faces by far its most serious challenge -- now its up to those of us who have been left out of trade diplomacy to come forward with better ideas.

Setting the Record Straight on the TISA Leak

Deborah James | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Deborah James

Last week, WikiLeaks released the largest trove of secret trade documents ever: draft texts of the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).

U.S. Officials Say WTO Win Over India Will Help Open Markets

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) - A win for the United States in a dispute with India over restrictions on U.S. poultry and egg imports will help lower...

Is the TPP Okay With Slavery? Really?

Mike Lux | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

The President does not want an anti-slavery provision in what he calls the "most progressive trade deal of all time" because it would keep a country noted for its egregious slave trade out of the treaty? I have to admit this bothers me just a little. Okay, a massive amount.

Wishful-Thinking Foreign Policy

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

While Realpolitik arguments, in particular the argument for the need to co-opt Iran into a stable balance-of-power system in the Middle East, have been central to Obama's diplomatic opening to Tehran, he has also integrated an element of idealism into his approach, proposing that American "engagement" with Iran would bring about political and economic changes in that country.

Why Brazil Is Its Own Worst Enemy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

By all rights, given its size, location, and natural resource base, Brazil should be an economic juggernaut. But the truth is that Brazil should never have been designated a BRIC because it is a poorly managed economy that has rarely lived up to its potential.

Cutting Red Tape in Trade Supports Development

Mukhisa Kituyi | Posted 02.01.2015 | Business
Mukhisa Kituyi

World Trade Organization (WTO) members have opened the way for implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, following a welcome breakthrough between India and the United States.

WTO in Seattle - 15 Years Ago

Stan Sorscher | Posted 12.31.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

A generation ago, trade deals were about trade. They were really boring, with incomprehensible names. The WTO broadened those goals from boring tariffs to policies that are normally settled through democratic accountable political processes.

WARNING: The Internet Might End in December

Peter Schwartz | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Peter Schwartz

The challenger countries will once again try, as they did last December in Dubai, to wrest control from the coalition of stakeholders that has been governing the Internet under a contract with the U.S. government. If they succeed it will be the end of the world as we know it. There will be no Internet. There will be many nets: ChinaNet, Euronet, maybe Deutsche Net and France net and Brazil Net and Russia Net. It will resemble the world before the Internet with many private networks and a constant challenge of interconnection.

World Trade Talks on Ambitious Liberalization Push Resume in Geneva

Louis Belanger | Posted 08.21.2014 | 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 | 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.