Jake Johnson
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organization, attends a session of the WTO General Council in Geneva on March 1, 2021. (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

April 14, 2021

"Global supply should not be dependent on the purely commercial prerogatives and exclusive rights of pharmaceutical companies holding the technology. There is simply too much at stake."

An international coalition of 250 civil society groups on Tuesday urged the head of the World Trade Organization to embrace a temporary suspension of coronavirus vaccine-related patents, warning against pursuit of a voluntary approach that would keep life-saving technology under the total control of pharmaceutical corporations—and entrench massive global inequities.

Justin Mikulka
Main image: Coal power plant Credit: x1klima (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Apr 8, 2021

Global declines in coal powered electricity are being offset by China’s continued plans to build more coal-fired power generation capacity.

Despite drops in energy usage during the pandemic, coal power use only declined by four percent in 2020, according to a new report.

While coal used for power generation dropped 20 percent in both the U.S. and the European Union last year, the same is not happening in China.

Cloe Logan
Smaller farms produce more food per acre, according to a new study from the University of British Columbia. Photo courtesy of Pexels / Wendy Wei

April 8th 2021

Smaller farms produce more food and have more biodiversity than their larger counterparts, a new study has found.

With about a third of the world's food coming from farms two hectares in size or smaller, the findings point to a need for better global policies to support smaller, more diversified farms, say the researchers behind the University of British Columbia (UBC) analysis.

Jeff Stein

Apr. 6, 2021

Republican opposition to treasury secretary’s global initiatives has intensified in recent weeks


Tatiana Cozzarelli, Maryam Alaniz

April 4, 2021

Interview with Jake Alimahomed-Wilson, coeditor of The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy

Ron Kampeas, JTA
A pro-Palestinian demonstration in Lyon, France, before the trial of political activist Olivia Zemor for her call to boycott the Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva, March 16, 2021. (Photo/JTA-Jeff Pachoud-AFP via Getty Images)

MARCH 26, 2021

A group of over 200 scholars has released a definition of antisemitism that explicitly excludes efforts to boycott Israel — the latest pushback against a campaign by a number of establishment Jewish groups to label as antisemitic double standards applied to Israel.



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