Issues / Labor, Trade, & Finance
NAFTA gave multinational corporations the right to sue governments to block regulations they don't like, undermining democracy and local sovereignty.
Before we get cynical about 2014, let's recount the good news from 2013: declining U.S. militarism, a resurgence of diplomacy, and a more forceful global discussion about inequality.
While feigning outrage at worker abuse in Bangladesh, the U.S. government has been quietly supporting the same sweatshop factories used by Wal-Mart and the Gap.
2013 had its fair share of bad news, but it was also a year of extraordinary activism.
Our top pieces from 2013 touch on nearly corner of the world.
Hungary’s inequality is manifested in education, health care, transportation, and ― prejudice against Roma.
In the United States and throughout North America, NAFTA has accelerated the industrial consolidation of agriculture and pushed out smaller, more sustainable food producers.
Damning stat: according to the World Bank, in 2011 remittances from abroad constituted a whopping 47% of Tajikstan’s GDP.
Each year Conn Hallinan looks aghast at news stories and newsmakers that beggar belief.
Developed countries are still using the WTO to squeeze small farmers in the developing world--and developing world governments are going along with the charade.