This Baltimore Project Could Help Stop Prison’s Revolving Door

This Baltimore Project Could Help Stop Prison’s Revolving Door

Imagine if you had no place to live, no job and no money. What would you do to survive? To get by, would you commit a crime? Former inmates are faced with these questions far too often. Ex-offenders confront one pressing re-entry challenge after another, everything...
At the ILC, We Need to Think Beyond the Minimum of Decent Work

At the ILC, We Need to Think Beyond the Minimum of Decent Work

In 2015, two years after the horrific Rana Plaza collapse, I visited Bangladesh on a labour rights exchange. The workers I met were still reeling from the accident. Despite international media attention, they were also still facing enormous barriers in their attempts...
10th Annual Columbia International Investment Conference

10th Annual Columbia International Investment Conference

Following on the heels of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development‘s (UNCTAD’s) 2015 World Investment Report (WIR), which offers a menu of options for the reform of the International Investment Agreements (IIA) regime, together with a roadmap to guide...
Only Connect

Only Connect

Kaganga John and I were huddled around my computer in the food court of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. We were checking our emails to see if anyone had agreed to meet with us. I felt the brush of suit jackets as people rushed by us....
Big Meetings

Big Meetings

Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, who died earlier this year, created an empire of websites that attack big, fat liberal targets. There’s Big Government, Big Hollywood, and Big Journalism. In 2010, he intervened into foreign policy with his final effort,...
The Elephant in Rio

The Elephant in Rio

A close friend of mine in Fairfax, Virginia, is expecting her first child. By the time this baby girl turns 60, she’ll live in a world that’s warmer than it’s ever been since humans began walking the Earth 2.5 million years ago, according to a new...

Rooted Agriculture: 5 Ways Governments Can Help

As countries struggle with rising costs for wheat, corn, and other food imports, there is a renewed call by many around the world for governments to support small-scale sustainable farmers as a way to reduce dependence on volatile global food markets. In the...
Conference: Pricing Carbon

Conference: Pricing Carbon

A carbon tax was always going against the grain — against the presumption that the most straightforward and effective approach to carbon emissions pricing couldn’t prevail over America’s special-interest politics and tax aversion — and against...
Detroit’s Unsustainable Casino Economy

Detroit’s Unsustainable Casino Economy

When people talk about Detroit, most are unaware that it is the largest metropolitan region in the US to offer casino resorts (unless, of course, they live around there, or they have read the city’s Wikipedia page). Although the casinos have provided a huge...
The Perils of Globeerization

The Perils of Globeerization

The world’s cup runneth over with living beer traditions. But this vast repository of cultural brewing capital is under attack by global corporations. The top five brewing companies, all of which are American- or European-owned, control 41% of the world market....