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Momentum Builds in Puerto Rico for Major Marijuana Reforms

Adrian Brito | Posted 03.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Adrian Brito

If this happens, Puerto Rico will become the first American territory to legalize medical marijuana and decriminalize marijuana possession.

Mr. President, Don't Back Down on Trade in the State of the Union

Amy Liu | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Amy Liu

Despite demonstrable success in job creation and business growth, there are indications the president may sidestep the importance of trade in this year's State of the Union address. That would be a mistake.

In the House, a Little Quid Pro Coal?

Bill Chameides | Posted 03.29.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

The Bluegrass State's coal industry has been singing the blues of late, but they've been handed a small victory courtesy of Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), who, surprise, surprise, has the coal industry to thank for filling his election coffers.

Kate Sheppard

Oil Industry Loves Plan To Lift Ban On Crude Exports

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The oil industry's leading trade group on Tuesday praised Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R) call for a review of the country's effective ...

Why Can't We Innovate Our Way Out of Poverty?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Can governments do anything to make their people more innovative? And, if they cannot, are we saying that those middle-income countries who fail to climb the technological ladder are "trapped" forever?

Made in USA: How Are We Doing as an Export Nation?

Dominik Knoll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

Out of the top 100 metros, 76 registered record volumes in export. Interestingly, 28 percent of total U.S. exports was attributed to the top ten metropolitan areas in 2012 -- Los Angeles, New York and Houston being the top three respectively.

Can Africa Follow China's Industrialization Path?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

If anything, China had to import all that. This should make industrialization relatively easier for Africa, a region super-rich in commodities. But that depends on how that wealth is spent. Is it going to build Africa's human capital?

When Breaking News Is Only Headlines: Germany, the European Union and the U.S.

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Of all this week's international news -- the horrors in Kenya, Rouhani at the UN, the negotiations over Syria -- it is what some might call 'the boring German election' that will have the greatest long-term impact on the interests of the United States.

South-South Trade Through Value-Added Glasses

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It is misleading to use gross data on exports and imports to calculate the extent to which trade contributes to economic growth, and affects the allocation of national resources. Products often cross borders more than once while being processed.

China's Syria Strategy

Daniel Pena | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Daniel Pena

What we're seeing emerge is not a military or ideological counterweight to the United States in Russia and China, but rather a financial one that doesn't even need an army to fight it's wars, but only buyers.

The Russian Meeting Part II -- On to the G20

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Edward Goldberg

What makes the U.S./Russian relationship more complicated is not the lack of chemistry between Obama and Putin, but the lack of any real financial or economic links between the two countries.

Boss-napped: What We Can Learn From China's Labor Banditry

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Many workers struggle to hold onto their job, but when you're feeling especially insecure about your employment situation, you might want to try to ho...

Transatlantic Trade: What's at Stake for Communities and the Environment

Ilana Solomon | Posted 08.26.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The Sierra Club believes it is critical that governments make draft negotiating texts and country submissions publicly available. A new model of trade that benefits communities and the environment is possible, and it begins with public input and scrutiny.

The Answer to Unemployment Is More Europe Not Less

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.29.2013 | Business
Vivian Norris

Beyond more focused EU spending is also the responsibility of business to help bring down youth unemployment by showing what they have to offer Europe in order to make the transition from school to work flow more smoothly.

China: The Morphing Dragon

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The Chinese economy has changed dramatically over the last three decades. This extraordinary pace of transformation is poised to continue over the next two decades.

Coal Exports, Bad for the Environment -- Duh

Kyle Ash | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Kyle Ash

Coal exports are good for the environment -- they are actually saying this. In Oregon and Washington State the coal industry has been pushing this line at town hall meetings, government hearings, and lobby visits.

Is Colombia Suffering the Dutch Disease?

Felipe Ángel | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Felipe Ángel

Despite the global economic situation, Colombia has shown resilience to external shocks in recent years, with reasonable economic performance in its region, in part due to responsible monetary policies conducted by the Central Bank.

Death Threats Remain Rampant Under Obama's Colombia FTA

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Lori Wallach

What change in Colombia could possibly have led a Democratic president to implement a trade agreement over the objections of Democrats in Congress with the country infamous around the world for its violence against unionists?

Lynne Peeples

Poison Pushers: Lead Paint, Other Toxic Products Sold To Unsuspecting Customers Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.25.2013 | Green

Not until Perry Gottesfeld pulled up to the front gates of Seigneurie in Cameroon did he realize the African country's leading paint manufacturer was ...

Trade: The World Is Not Flat Yet

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It's true that innovations like containerized shipping have reduced transportation costs for physical goods, but trade remains hampered by remaining costly-to-cross hills and canyons.

Can Governments Create Industries?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

It is an old debate. Back in the '50s and '60s, from Asia to Latin-America, an idea caught fire among development economists: governments should try to create industries.

SOTU, TPP, TAFTA -- WTF?

Lori Wallach | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Did you notice the two rabid skunks President Obama unleashed at the State of the Union picnic?

Brazilian Competitiveness: Folia and Hangover

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As the Carnival in Brazil kicked off last weekend, Brazilians were ready for a party. They have reasons to celebrate. Despite a lackluster GDP performance in the last two years, unemployment rates remain at record low levels.

Reading Between the Lines: Why Eurozone Improvement Is Being Ignored

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

Rising demand for German goods, an improving business climate and stability in Spanish housing should have given markets cause for celebration. However, after the substantial rally we've seen, and the headwinds yet to be tackled within the region, caution has crept back into markets.

The Grand Bargain Needs to Be a Whole Lot Grander

Karen Hinton | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Karen Hinton

The negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff have been described as a "grand bargain," but from where I sit it seems more like a big bust and a lot of lost opportunities.