The Washington Fair Trade Coalition and other labor groups demonstrated outside a visit by Secretary of State John Kerry at the Boeing plant in Renton. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Trans-Pacific Partnership deal reached; now needs Congressional approval

A deal was reached on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty that critics have feared would erode local regulations.
Oct 6, 2015
A container ship leaves the Port of Seattle while the Bainbridge Island ferry enters. (Photo via Wikipedia)

New trade exec sees more than just money in China

The new director of the Washington State China Relations Council says our state's relationship with China is about more than just money.
Mar 6, 2014
People gather at Peace Arch Park on the Canadian border in December 2012 to oppose the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership. (Photo by Caelie Frampton)

5 reasons to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership

Citizens and social justice orgs rallied at Westlake on Friday to protest the largest free trade agreement since NAFTA.
Jan 29, 2014
Merced River with Containers. (Painting by Mary Iverson)

Visualizing global shipping’s environmental impacts

Why local artist Mary Iverson paints shipping containers in the middle of Yosemite National Park.
Jan 14, 2014
Cherries from a Coffee arabica plant, before the seeds are removed, dried and roasted. (Photo by Rodrigo via Flickr)

As Seattle’s beans get better, Colombian coffee farmers suffer

After a century as a flagship industry, Colombian coffee growers have fallen on hard times, driven by free trade agreements, the global financial crisis and changing tastes for our morning cup.
Aug 28, 2013
A discarded can of US food aid in Ethiopia. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

WA farmers and charities fixing to fight against food aid reform

President Obama’s food-aid reform proposals sound like a common sense way to feed more of the world’s poor. But from farms, to ports, to global charities, Washington State has a lot riding on the status quo. 
May 31, 2013
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Small-business suicides expose China’s hidden economic crisis

“Many things that shouldn’t have happened, happened because of money," Mr. Wang Youliang tells the camera in front him. “The situation in (Wenzhou) is a secret everybody knows but you can’t talk about it in public.” He is a young entrepreneur and shoe manufacturer working in Wenzhou, China. Among his friends, five factory owners escaped and one killed himself.
Jan 29, 2013
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Exotic animals symbolize luxury in Lebanon’s illegal trade

Grey parrots and vervet monkeys mingle with cats, dogs and hamsters in many of Lebanon’s pet shops, but if you want the really exciting animals, you have to ask behind the counter. Lions, panthers and bears—in fact many of the mascots from the American sports franchises—are just a few of the animals you can buy […]
Aug 13, 2012