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Trade Policy: Countering the Walmart Effect

David Coates | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
David Coates

Our current trade imbalance with China will not be fixed by currency manipulation alone, because American economic vulnerability is not rooted simply in the relative strength of the dollar.

Free Trade Deals Will Export American Jobs, Not American Products

Rep. Ted Deutch | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Ted Deutch

In the midst of unprecedented long-term unemployment, I cannot support trade agreements that repeat the mistakes of previous trade deals that shipped millions of American jobs overseas.

Walmart's Foray Into Fair Trade Art: Is It Real?

Posted 12.07.2011 | Arts

Despite its reputation for signaling the end of the "mom and pop" shop, Walmart may be embracing business model that has some small-scale suppliers do...

The U.S.-Colombia FTA: Still a Bad Deal for Human Rights

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Lisa Haugaard

In Washington, Congress is nearing a vote on the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement. Human rights, labor, environmental and faith-based groups agree: this agreement is a bad deal for human rights in Colombia.

Obama's Free Trade Sleight of Hand

Tim Robertson | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Tim Robertson

Obama is ignoring growing opposition from his Democratic base and voters across the political spectrum to resurrect policies Congress has refused to approve for over four years. And to get his message across, he's using every trick in the book.

How Fairer Trade Can Help Solve The Jobs Crisis

Bloomberg | Alan Tonelson | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama’s new jobs plan, if passed by Congress, might spark some activity and even some employment in the moribund U.S. economy. But ...

Curtis M. Wong

Saving The Rainforest By 'Going Beyond' Fair Trade

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.25.2011 | Impact

Eliot Logan-Hines promised himself he'd save the rainforest at just 6 years old. "I remember watching this creek behind my house [in Austin, Texas...

Economy, Jobs And Morality

Doug Demeo | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Doug Demeo

There can be no quick fixes, no magic bullets and no wearisome blame games. A conversation about what constitutes an enduring economy is something that we all have a vested interest in.

The Obama Jobs Plan: Offshore the Jobs Americans Don't Want?

Tim Robertson | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics
Tim Robertson

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk doesn't believe many middle-class manufacturing jobs will be a part of America's future. Like many free trade proponents, he views the loss of these jobs as inevitable.

Socially Conscious Design

Joel Edmondson | Posted 09.26.2011 | Arts
Joel Edmondson

Many furniture and apparel brands are marketing products in the marketplace as "socially responsible" and "fair trade", using celebrity curators to gr...

Ice Cream for a Cooler Planet

Avital Andrews | Posted 09.25.2011 | Home
Avital Andrews

We asked dessert experts to recommend their favorite eco-friendly ice cream, so you can cool your palate and the planet at the same time.

Equal Exchange: Worker-Owned Fair Trade Food Company

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 09.15.2011 | Business
Joan Brunwasser

My guest today is Daniel Steinberg, Community Brand Builder at Equal Exchange. Welcome to OpEdNews, Daniel. Can you tell our readers a bit about Equa...

China Reports Rapid Increase In Tax Revenues Amid Debt Concerns

Posted 09.18.2011 | Business

BEIJING (Kevin Yao) - China's tax revenues in the first half of the year surged 29.6 percent from a year earlier to 5 trillion yuan ($773 billion)...

Credit Rating Agency Expects More Chinese Companies To Be Investigated

AP | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

HONG KONG -- Chinese companies will continue to be hit by corporate fraud accusations and investigations as the country struggles to improve corporate...

Stop Your Addiction to Middle East Conflict News

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Karin Kloosterman

Arab uprisings, Iran's uranium enrichment, and flotillas to Gaza: The Middle East always seems to be riddled with conflict, and problems, and sometime...

Embattled Colombian Unionists Rally Against 'Free Trade'

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.13.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Gathering with fellow unionists in Washington, D.C., Jose Hugo Yanini speaks firmly about labor rights in Colombia. But a few weeks ago, the industria...

China Beats Growth Expectations, But Economy Still Slows

Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

BEIJING (Aileen Wang and Kevin Yao) - China's economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter, easing fears of a hard landing and strength...

China Unfairly Protected Domestic Manufacturers, WTO Rules

AP | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business

GENEVA -- The World Trade Organization ruled Tuesday that China was unfairly protecting its domestic manufacturers by limiting the export of nine raw ...

Manufacturing Growth Picks Up For First Time In Four Months

Posted 08.31.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Leah Schnurr) - The pace of growth in the manufacturing sector picked up for the first time in four months in June, a sign of optimism f...

The Korea Trade Deal in Two Minutes (VIDEO)

Lori Wallach | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Lori Wallach

Check out this two-minute film from Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch about the job-killing NAFTA-style Korea trade deal. Or, if film isn't your th...

Companies Moving Jobs To U.S. From China To Avoid Inflation

Posted 08.28.2011 | Business

MILWAUKEE (Scott Malone) - On a recent morning at Master Lock's 90-year-old factory in Milwaukee, a cluster of machinery was whirring, every 2 sec...

Unfair Trade Policy: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Cynthia Dill | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

What do you get when you mix bad trade policy, unregulated multinational corporations, economic insecurity and a hard-working Maine community desperate for jobs?

5 Farm-To-Cone Ice Creams

Food Republic | Posted 08.26.2011 | Home
Food Republic

You don't have to stick with tubs of conventional ice cream brands where the ingredients, while indulgent, have an unknown origin.

Survey: China Is BIased Against Foreign Companies

AP | By JOE McDONALD | Posted 07.25.2011 | Business

BEIJING -- A growing number of European companies in China believe they are being treated unfairly by the government and expect discrimination to incr...

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Whatever nation wins in the neocolonial land grab, multinational agribusinesses will come out on top. As we saw with the NAFTA in Mexico's designated rural sector, big agriculture's gain is the small indigenous farmer's loss.