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It's the beginning of a new era in the US-Cuba relationship. The day is long overdue, and there remains much more work to be done, but historic progress remains cause for celebration. We applaud all who played a role in this moment, now and through the years!

U.S. to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility

Peter Baker
Continue reading the main story Slide Show A Decades-Long Thaw in U.S.-Cuba Relations CreditRoberto Salas WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he…Read More
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The Global Crisis Of Child Labor, In 1 Map

The Huffington Post
In much of the world, childhood means being forced to go to work. There are approximately 168 million child laborers around the world, according to the International Labor Organization. A new map by British consulting firm Maplecroft offers depressing perspective on just how widespread the problem is: Though Maplecroft's map might spark…Read More
WOW: Check out VICE Magazine's powerful and disturbing new overview of the status quo on too many cocoa plantations in West Africa. All the more reason for Ghirardelli to commit to Fair Trade certification and put a label on it:

Your Chocolate Addiction Is Fueling Child Slavery | MUNCHIES

Yes, I’m very guilty of indulging in those $9, single-origin chocolate bars with the pretty wrapping paper. They’re so delicious, and I can never believe how much I will pay for the price of pleasure. But the gnarly reality is that I’m helping the unending cycle of child laborers in West Africa; many of whom are pressed into service on cocoa…Read More
It’s Valentine’s Day, and in supermarkets, drug stores and specialty shops across the country, shelves are lined with chocolates of every shape, size and variety. As you browse through endless heart-shaped boxes, consider this: The chocolate industry is in jeopardy, and if things don’t change, there could be a worldwide cocoa deficit by the year…Read More

Help Save the Cocoa Industry – Buy Fair Trade Certified Chocolate This Valentine's Day

Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
This is part of a series on “The Future of Fair Trade,” written in collaboration with Fair Trade USA. A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. To follow along with the rest of the series, click here. Raul Zambrano, from Ecuador, scoops cacao beans…Read More
This Valentine’s Day, show you care for people and the planet by wowing those you love with Fairtrade certified gifts and treats. Here are some suggestions for an extra heartfelt celebration.

My Fair Valentine- An Ethical Shopping Guide

by Marika Escaravage *NEW* Discounts on Camino chocolates, exclusive sale on Fairtrade certified gold jewellery and more!  « All is fair in love and war ». Regrettably, this saying no longer rings true. Not when the cocoa in your box of chocolates might have been harvested by child slaves and the pesticides used to grow your bouquet could be…Read More
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