Issues / Labor, Trade, & Finance
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.
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.