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Obama Faces Backlash Over Trade Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration appears to have almost no international support for controversial new trade standards that would grant radical ...

Do Good While Gifting: Shopping for Social Justice

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

Cut out the middle-man. With the internet, you don't have to wade through the booths at a craft fair to buy direct from artists. Etsy.com is the big gorilla in this space, with more than 6 million customers.

Kony's Surrender, The Hunger Games, Social Justice and Your Teen

Allena Tapia | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Allena Tapia

As a mother and social justice writer, I struggle daily with the balance of wanting to provide my children a healthy cocoon with minimal discomfort, while also preparing them to take on the injustices of the world -- a role I expect them to step up into someday.

Social Finance vs. Traditional Finance: What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Don Shaffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Most growth businesses face challenges raising capital at some stage in their development. But for social enterprises, which use the power of business to directly improve society and our environment, the obstacles tend to be tougher and more persistent.

A Better World Is the New Bottom Line

Abhi Nangia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

We can't let these better choices make us complacent. We can't use that better buy to justify the rack of sweatshop-sourced products in our closet. Every product has a story, and it's up to us to choose which story we want to live on.

Zach Carter

The Secret Obama Effort Some Say Could Damage Internet Freedom

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks on Wednesday published a critical chapter of an international trade deal the United States is currently negotiating with 11 Pa...

8 Nights of Chanukah Chocolate

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

A friend recently described tasting some chocolate as "more." Each bite makes him want "more" chocolate. That is how I think about Chanukah: it creates more opportunities for chocolate! Here are eight ideas to add "more chocolate" to each night's celebration of Chanukah.

Conscious Coffee: A Farm to Cup Model That Goes Beyond Fair Trade

Culture-ist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Culture-ist

If you happen across a café that serves THRIVE Farmers Coffee, your cup may as well be served straight from the worn hands of the Costa Rican farmer that grew the beans for its brew. And he would definitely be smiling.

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Food
Amanda Gregory

The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.

How My Pineapple Became a Computer Lab

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Heritage Radio Network

It starts with a banana that turns into a college scholarship for a young woman in Rwanda. Or a pineapple that becomes a computer lab. It's women who have started their own businesses in the poorest areas of Central America, and pineapple farmers who are learning to read.

7 Things To Know About Fair Trade

Christine Prois | Posted 12.19.2013 | Impact
Christine Prois

Which would you purchase? A white shirt made in Indonesia selling for $14.99 with a "designer label" or a white shirt made in Indonesia for $25 which has a fair trade designation? Why do you think there is such a discrepancy?

TPP Is a Race to The Bottom -- We Need a Race to the Top

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For 130 million working Americans, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, as Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) described so well, the "largest corporate power grab you never heard of."

Material Justice

Lance Hosey | Posted 10.04.2013 | Green
Lance Hosey

The U.S. already imports much of its construction materials and products, including a quarter of all steel and cement, but typically it comes from industrialized nations, such as Germany. Why not target sources that desperately need the support?

Zach Carter

Janet Yellen's Not So Progressive Past

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following President Barack Obama's failed effort to install his former economic adviser Larry Summers as Federal Reserve chairman, Janet...

Reverb: The New Green Sound

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 11.10.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

Remember when concert tours were eco-friendly? Yeah, me neither. But this, "said no one ever," is potentially on its way to being a, "said everyone." Reverb, a non-profit, is working to green-ify music tours and do outreach and education.

Working Families Need Fair Trade, Not Free Trade

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Working families haven't seen much of an economic recovery, and we definitely can't afford to lose more manufacturing and service jobs to yet another free trade agreement written by the State Department and multinational corporations. But that's exactly where we're headed if the Trans-Pacific Partnership moves ahead unchallenged.

From Tea Cart Gypsy to Inspiring Eco-preneur, Zhena Muzyka Motivates Women to Change and Heal the World

Zoe Helene | Posted 10.07.2013 | Women
Zoe Helene

"Showing up dressed like Stevie Nicks while raising capital in New York City boardrooms taught me that it's refreshing for people to see a woman be herself. I'd like to make sure other women know how to show their feminine spirit in business. I believe that being feminine in business will heal this world."

Robin Hood Laptop Project Turns Poverty Into Possibility for Sri Lankan Tea Plantation Girls

Zoe Helene | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Zoe Helene

Durga, the daughter of a tea worker and "plucker," lives in the Idulgashinna Tea Estate community on the island of Sri Lanka. Like most teenagers, Durga has dreams. She wants to be a software engineer, and she has the talent, drive and discipline to excel in her chosen career.

Girl, 9, Holds Daily Lemonade Stand For Over A Year To End Child Slavery

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

When life gives you lemons, you make a lemonade stand -- and use the profits to free more than 500 child slaves, of course. Vivienne Harr, a 9-year...

TCHO: Changing Chocolate

Naomi Starkman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Naomi Starkman

TCHO designates its dark chocolates by their flavor profiles: "Fruity" (single origin sourced from Peru); bright acids like in mandarin oranges in "Citrus" (from Madagascar); hearty richness in "Chocolatey" (Ghana); and roasted nuts in "Nutty" (Ecuador).

Mandela, Obama, and the Opportunities in Africa

Jack Healey | Posted 09.01.2013 | World
Jack Healey

My hope is the president's visit will be appreciated not as merely a president but as a student given a chance to learn, to absorb and come home to a devotion back towards human rights.

The Truth About the Clothes We Wear: How Fashion Impacts Health and the Environment

Beth Greer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Green
Beth Greer

Most of the clothes we wear (unless they are labeled "Fair Trade" or "Organic") contain some pretty toxic additives. For example, conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop.

Green Consumerism Is No Solution

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Those of us concerned with the real impacts of global consumer culture are stuck in the territory between cynicism and tokenism, trying to think more productively about the kinds of strategies that can make a symbolic and material difference.

What Happens in Bangladesh Does Not Stay In Bangladesh: Key Lessons for Retailers

Diana Mao | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Diana Mao

The bottom line is that from the top down, human beings have to be appreciated and not depreciated.

Gotta Cigarette? How the Tobacco Companies are Gaining Ground in Promoting Coffin Nails for the World Through the TPP

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

Tobacco regulation is just one example of how the TPP will have damaging effects on the world we live in. We need to expose the deadly flaws in these behind-closed-doors negotiations now, before it's too late.