President Donald Trump on Thursday cancelled the planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that was set to take place next month.
The conflict of interest was apparent at a recent UN agency conference to "reform" the arbitration clause that grants multinational corporations the right to sue governments.
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Joe Conason is national correspondent for The New York Observer, where he writes a weekly column distributed by Creators Syndicate. He is also the Director of the Nation Institute Investigative Fund.