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Toni Johnson
Toni is a former deputy editor and staff writer for the web site of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she spent nearly six years focusing on energy, environment, religion, and global health. She also spent four years as a reporter for Congressional Quarterly where she covered a range of legislation. Prior to that, she worked at Washington’s Federal Paper where she covered the Education Department and small federal agencies. Toni’s work has appeared in numerous major publications including, the New York Times, the Washington Post,, Global Post, the Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Oil and Gas Magazine. She has covered events ranging from fights over Kyoto compliance, food and energy price surges, and HIV in Africa to Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, the Deep-water Horizon oil spill and the Fukushima crisis. She was awarded journalism fellowships with the International Reporting Project in 2009 and the East-West Center in 2010. Toni received her bachelor’s degree from Bard College at Simons Rock and her masters in international journalism from American University.

Entries by Toni Johnson

How Do You Distinguish Employees Versus Workforce?

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 10:47 AM

Consider this: Is an inmate working at a prison, and paid by the prison for the job, the company's employee?

Last Spring Whole Foods was forced to consider this question when it was revealed some of the grocer's fish and cheese was procured from companies contracting with private prisons,...

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Mission Aligned Investing: More Complex Than It Seems

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 9:50 AM

Even with the best intentions and emerging tools, the current investment framework makes it difficult to match investment portfolios to values.

Tufts University students rally calls for the administration to divest its fossil fuels holdings. Courtesy Boston Globe

In recent years, digital...

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Safety Nets and the 'Deserving Poor'

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 4:26 PM

No one deserves to be poor, just as no one deserves to be raped, get HIV, or be born blind. Poverty is a conditional state of being, and getting out is as much about luck as it is timing or hard work.

A newly published study, The...

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The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws

(5) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 5:09 PM

Congress has postponed floor votes for the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), bills intended to increase protections for copyrighted digital content. This marked a victory for opponents who mounted landmark digital protests to call attention to what they believe was...

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Examining Obama's Pipeline Decision

(38) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 2:50 PM

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it was rejecting the application of TransCanada for a 1700-mile oil pipeline -- known as Keystone XL -- intended to link the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico. Michael A. Levi, director of CFR's program on energy security and climate...

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The Debate Over Aviation Emissions

(3) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 8:29 AM

Starting Jan. 1, the EU will require all international air carriers flying in and out of the airports of member states to participate in its carbon trading regime governing greenhouse gas emissions. Last week, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg rejected a petition by a group...

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Egypt's Uncertain Vote

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 1:52 PM

Egyptians headed to the polls Monday in the first parliamentary elections (AP) since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak amid deepening divisions in society and confusion over the nation's direction. Earlier, there were doubts over whether the elections would be held at all following more than a...

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The Transitioning Saudi Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 5:11 PM

Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister Nayef bin Abdel Aziz was appointed crown prince after last week's burial of Sultan bin Abdel Aziz, defense minister since 1962 and former heir to the throne. Sultan's death has led to a reshuffling of the regime's top posts, and placed new scrutiny on the country's...

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Washington's Decision Deficit

(10) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 7:01 PM

This week Congress narrowly avoided a potential shutdown of the government for the third time in a year. The latest debate was over money for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and follows a damaging faceoff over funding the Federal Aviation Administration and a threatened shuttering of highway...

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Libya's Nervous Changing of the Guard

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 3:39 PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy travelled to Libya to pledge continuing military, economic, and political support for the country's new leadership (NYT) and National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil. U.S. Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman met in Libya with the...

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Islam and Politics in Egypt

(27) Comments | Posted February 26, 2011 | 4:01 PM

Unrest in Egypt and the departure of President Hosni Mubarak have raised questions about the role of Islam in political life going forward. Dina Shehata, a Cairo-based expert on Islamists, says it is a misconception to think of Egypt as on the brink of a theocracy. Islam and...

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