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Astoria Characters: The Sister to the World's Women

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.05.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Maureen McGowan is the director of Handcrafting Justice, a Sisters of Good Shepherd project that sells handmade goods made by impoverished women in the developing world. This is no mom-and-pop charity.

Can We Change the World by the Way We Shop?

Francine LeFrak | Posted 01.11.2012 | Style
Francine LeFrak

Imagine walking into your local department store, picking out a shirt and eyeing its tag, which says "This product was made in Rwanda by Consolee."

A Tipsy Heaven In Argentina

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 01.11.2012 | Travel
Jennifer Hamady

The five acres were originally purchased by Gabriela's grandmother in 1936. Malbec vines and olive trees had been planted at the turn of the century and meticulously maintained.

Holding Hands to Surround the White House: Environmental Leaders Speaking at Green Festival L.A. Urge Action

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 01.05.2012 | Green
Alison Rose Levy

This Sunday, people will have the chance to hold hands surrounding the White House, and to ask President Obama to live up to his campaign promise to "end the tyranny of oil," by saying no to Tar Sands.

Candy Politics: The Dark Side Of Chocolate

Menuism | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
Menuism

Many chocolate lovers consume and enjoy chocolate without ever thinking about where it comes from or how it was produced. However, there are many issues surrounding the production of chocolate that are important for consumers to be aware of.

A Helpful Halloween: Ideas For Giving Back

Posted 12.26.2011 | Impact

When it comes to choosing your costume this Halloween, try this one on for size: go as a do-gooder. Even though Halloween typically takes the back ...

It's NAFTA x3 as Free Trade Deals Sweep Through Congress

Michelle Chen | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Free trade deals have always been less about creating jobs than exporting neoliberal ideology to the Global South, thereby accelerating poor nations' cascade toward low labor standards, environmental exploitation and deregulation.

Mitt Romney's Plan to Replace Free Trade

Ian Fletcher | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

Mitt Romney has made tough statements about dealing with China which, if sincere, would not only put him beyond the other major Republican candidates on trade, but also far beyond what the Obama administration is doing.

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...