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Trade and Conversation: A Book Review of the Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers, the miraculous true story of a young Yemeni-American man who grew up in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods and overcame seemingly impossible obstacles to export coffee from Yemen in the midst of a raging civil war.

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Lapham’s Quarterly on Trade

If you haven’t been in a bookstore lately, now is the time to close up your laptop and seek out the Spring 2019 edition of Lapham’s Quarterly dedicated to the topic of trade. The journal takes you through time through the eyes of those who trade, from an Assyrian king to an American mink maker testifying last year on the impact of a tariff war with China.

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Frida Fever: Kahlo Exhibit Highlights the Art of Trade

Frida Kahlo helped make Mexican folk art famous. The artisan sector is now the second-largest employer in the developing world after agriculture, worth over $32 billion every year. International trade in artisan goods more than doubled between 2002 and 2012. Growing numbers of foundations, corporations, and banks view the artisan entrepreneur arena as an investable sector.

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The X Factor That Helps Cities Rebound

A community’s store of “social capital” can determine how well it rebounds from adversity.

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Tracking U.S. Trade Capacity Building

At the same time the United States is considering cutting funding for diplomacy and development by 30 percent, China has proposed increasing its foreign affairs budget by 15 percent in 2018 alone, after doubling its diplomacy budget over the last five years. Experts at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition bring you the story of China’s growing influence vis-à-vis the United States in developing countries.

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It’s Engagement Season, a Shining Moment for Trade

Forty percent of American marriage proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Nothing is more synonymous with an engagement than a sparkling diamond ring. Happy couples have international trade to thank for their symbol of commitment: the United States imports 99 percent of its gemstones from other countries.

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Fall Favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte, Thanks Trade

If you're one of the millions of Americans headed to Starbucks for a seasonal pumpkin spice latte, the benefits of trade are right in your hand. Whether it's Starbucks or a boutique coffee shop, the coffee we drink is imported. Because while the United States excels at growing many crops, coffee beans aren't one of them.

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DIY Slime Stretches Global Sales of Glue

The trend to make your own slime is driving a surge in demand for gallons of school glue. It’s not just an American obsession, slime is having its day around the world. It’s a fun reminder that we can find trade stories in everything.

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Humanitarian Relief: The Most Urgent Among Reasons for Trade Facilitation

Every minute and hour count in the aftermath of life-threatening emergencies such as large scale natural disasters. Behind the scenes, private donors and relief organizations work to navigate customs requirements and procedures at the borders of countries struck by disaster. But customs bottlenecks are among the most common obstacles cited by the humanitarian community to delivering aid quickly.

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The Growing Ranks of American Solopreneurs

More than one-third of Americans work for themselves. There's no stereotype. Independent workers are spread almost evenly across generations, gender, and geographies from cities to suburbs to small towns and rural America. Will you join their growing ranks?

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