Ben Piven

Ben Piven

Ben reports on global economics and geopolitics for AJ Impact, the new business and finance vertical at Al Jazeera Digital. He often writes about international trade, climate change and urban policy.

He was previously a Planning Editor at Al Jazeera America in New York City and an Online Producer at Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar.

Before joining Al Jazeera, Ben worked at PBS Worldfocus. He holds a master's degree in digital media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2007, he researched the caste system as a Fulbright scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Originally from Baltimore, he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Ben enjoys cities, languages, music and travel.

Middle East

With no political deal, is Palestine economic peace just a dream?

Trump administration is promoting $50bn plan to invest in infrastructure of West Bank, Gaza, and neighbouring states.

With no political deal, is Palestine economic peace just a dream?

Aviation

To avoid danger, many airlines skirting Iran-controlled airspace

US regulator bans American carriers from parts of the increasingly tense area following the downing of a military drone.

To avoid danger, many airlines skirting Iran-controlled airspace

Turkey

Calling Trump's bluff, Erdogan says US sanctions will not happen

Washington is set to punish Ankara if it accepts Russian missiles. Only Trump can stop the economic pain - if he wants.

Calling Trump's bluff, Erdogan says US sanctions will not happen

Sustainability

People, planet and profits: Impact investing exceeds $500bn

Annual survey shows investors 'increasingly see alignment between business objectives and transformative impact'.

People, planet and profits: Impact investing exceeds $500bn

Sustainability

Employee activists: Amazon 'lagging behind' on climate policy

As 7,900 workers call for carbon plan, tech titan promises - but has yet to deliver - info on greenhouse-gas emissions.

Employee activists: Amazon 'lagging behind' on climate policy

United States

Nearly 1 in 5 US children live in poverty, despite improvements

Study shows positive trends in child wellbeing, but racial gaps remain.

Nearly 1 in 5 US children live in poverty, despite improvements

United States

How Trump's tariff threat against Mexico might backfire

US president has scapegoated migrants for middle-class woes. But a Mexican trade war could inflict more economic pain.

How Trump's tariff threat against Mexico might backfire

Environment

As US Green New Deal stalls, NY charges ahead with local versions

Amidst federal inaction New York's city council moves to close fossil-fuel power plants and replace gas with renewables.

As US Green New Deal stalls, NY charges ahead with local versions

Venezuela

IMF denies pressuring Venezuela to release data, reports Reuters

Rare data release from Maduro's government, reportedly prompted by China, offers a new look at the country's collapse.

IMF denies pressuring Venezuela to release data, reports Reuters

Tax Avoidance

Corporate havens spur breakdown of global tax system, says report

Report by Tax Justice Network cites list of OECD countries as responsible for global inability to tax multinationals.

Corporate havens spur breakdown of global tax system, says report

Environment

Congestion tax in New York could be Green New Deal litmus test

If successful, the fee on driving into Manhattan might pave way for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's climate legislation.

Congestion tax in New York could be Green New Deal litmus test

United States

NYC Green New Deal has Trump Tower in its sights

Real-estate developers, including Trump, are targeted by strict building-emissions limits and energy-efficiency rules.

NYC Green New Deal has Trump Tower in its sights