Fair Trade?

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In 2001, leaders from 143 member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met in Doha, Qatar to begin a new round of talks. The aim of these talks, known as the Doha Development Round, was to reduce global barriers to trade, a mission in keeping with the increasingly globalised economy of the 21st century…. Continue Reading ➤

Bon Appétit: Capitalism, with a Side of Fair Trade

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Recognizing the “fair trade” certification symbol on a favourite supermarket food item is often cause for a mental pat-on-the-back for more ethically-minded consumers. This is because this symbol often comes along with a Fairtrade Association promise that the item in your basket has been produced with “better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair… Continue Reading ➤

Uneconomical Nomads in the Negev

Wadi al Na'am, a Bedouin Village [Source: Eliyahu Hershkovitz]

In September 2011 the Israeli government embarked on a five-year economic development programme aimed at the Bedouin: a traditionally nomadic Middle Eastern people with a significant population in the country’s Negev Desert. It claims that the Prawer-Begin Plan will raise living conditions, improve access to services, and help the long-term prospects of what has long… Continue Reading ➤