Thomas Friedman once said the hidden hand of the market needs the hidden fist of the military. The TPP and the Obama administration’s Pacific Pivot pack both.
NAFTA at 20: A Model for Corporate Rule
NAFTA gave multinational corporations the right to sue governments to block regulations they don’t like, undermining democracy and local sovereignty.
Overpopulation Makes a Mockery of Citizenship
“Countdown” by Alan Weisman: required reading for earthlings.
Our Top 13 from 2013
Our top pieces from 2013 touch on nearly corner of the world.
NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Farmer
In the United States and throughout North America, NAFTA has accelerated the industrial consolidation of agriculture and pushed out smaller, more sustainable food producers.
Spineless in Bali
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.
NAFTA at 20: State of the North American Worker
Twenty years since its passage, NAFTA has displaced workers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, depressed wages, weakened unions, and set the terms of the neoliberal global economy.
South Korea: Ground Zero for Food Sovereignty and Community Resilience
South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.
GMO Wars: The Global Battlefield
This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com. The GMO wars escalated earlier this month when the 2013 World Food Prize was awarded to three chemical company executives, including Monsanto executive vice president and chief...
Ghana’s Chinese Gold Rush
Compared to the West’s neoliberalism, China’s approach to investment in Africa has often been somewhat idealized as more of a “partnership” with the host country, with less moralizing by the Chinese over human rights practices and fewer strings attached economically....