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World Trade Organization

Future of WTO Negotiations Hangs in the Balance at G20 Trade Ministers' Meeting

Deborah James | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Deborah James

On July 19, Trade Ministers from the G20 group of countries will convene for their annual meeting in Sydney, Australia. The meetings can be used to build consensus toward positions that can be brought back to forums where decisions can be enforced, such as the WTO. And this is exactly what the US plans to do.

A New Effort to Boost Green Tech Gets Underway in Geneva

Jake Colvin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Jake Colvin

The global business community gathered this week in Geneva to witness the launch by the United States, China, the EU and other trading partners of a p...

Got Global Governance?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Christopher Holshek

If you want good global governance, you have to provide good global citizenship.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Tries To Wreck India's Solar Industry While Pushing Fight Against Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration talks a lot about the need to develop renewable energy around the world to curb climate change. But right now, ...

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.

Less is More: We Need a Global Strategy to End Fishing Overcapacity

Maria Damanaki | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Maria Damanaki

We rely on the ocean for food, for transport, for the very air we breathe, but the current systems in place for governing and managing its resources are not fit for purpose.

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.

EU-U.S. Trade Talks Should Top Our 2014 To-Do List

João Vale de Almeida | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
João Vale de Almeida

As we enter into 2014, we will take stock of our accomplishments thus far and develop plans to move this negotiation even further.

Obama's Max Baucus Debacle

Peter Navarro | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Peter Navarro

The appointment of Max Baucus to be the new Ambassador to China is a slap in the face to every working man and woman - and unemployed worker - in America.

WTO Reaches First Global Trade Deal In Decades

AP | DESSIANING ARIYANTI | Posted 12.07.2013 | World

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A deal to boost global trade has been approved by the World Trade Organization's 159 member economies for the first time in n...

First-Ever Worldwide Trade Reform?

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2014 | World

By Randy Fabi NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal on Saturda...

WTO Chief On Global Trade Deal: No Chance

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 01.26.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Negotiators came tantalizingly close but failed to clinch a global free trade deal after more than a decade of talks that could have g...

What's Going on at the WTO? : Opportunties and Risks Before the 9th Ministerial Meeting

Deborah James | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Deborah James

Last week was a doozy on the trade scene in the United States, with Congressional opposition to Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) erupting from both Republicans and 151 Democrats.

Discouraging Use of Tar Sands or Expanding Trade: Which Do You Think Is More Important?

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.24.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The EU is currently negotiating a new policy that would discourage use of the dirty fuel. The policy, however, has come under attack by Big Oil and the Canadian and U.S. governments, which claim that the policy amounts to an "unfair trade barrier."

Saving Roşia Montana from International Trade Law

Adam Cernea Clark | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
Adam Cernea Clark

After years of struggle and, most recently, historic protests throughout Romania and abroad, over 20,000 people took to the streets in Romania last week to protest a mining project in the western commune of Roşia Montana.

Thinking Locally, Acting Globally

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

The information and services delivered on the World Wide Web generate jurisdictional conflicts, Anupam Chander, a Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, reminds us.

Please Stop Bullying the World's Poorest Countries

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Matthew Kavanagh

This week, Obama's trade agenda hit a snag as the nominee to be lead negotiator was challenged over holding a half million dollars in offshore accounts. That's largely a distraction from a much bigger fight the U.S. bullying of least developed countries over intellectual property rules.

Zach Carter

U.S. Pushing To End Cheap Drugs For Poorest Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking to curb efforts to exempt the world's poorest countries from expansive trade rules that would substa...

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership the Solution to Latin America's Fractured Trade Regime?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Many hope an agreement on the TPP will provide a much-needed boost to a still prostrate global economy, but what is being widely hailed as profound progress in the evolution of trade integration globally is having the opposite effect in Latin America.

Contest for Head of WTO Pits Washington's Candidate and Program Against Most of World

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 07.06.2013 | World
Mark Weisbrot

The WTO, unlike the IMF and the World Bank, was set up to operate by consensus, but some members have turned out to be a lot more equal than others.

Zach Carter

Obama's EU Trade Deal Would Include New Political Powers For Corporations

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is pursuing a free trade agreement with the European Union that would grant corporations new political power to...

U.S. Challenges India's Solar Energy Incentives at WTO: What's at Stake

Ilana Solomon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Now is the time to encourage countries to keep developing their domestic solar capacity in order to tackle the climate crisis, not to slow this process with trade disputes.