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Elizabeth Becker June 27, 2002
Thanks to record high US farm subsidies, American farmers can produce cheap crops that drive drown prices in foreign markets. Even though the US maintains that its farm subsidies are within WTO limits, countries around the world believe that the subsidies are contributing to the underdevelopment of agriculture-dependent African and Latin American economies. The US contends that it is trade...
Keith Bradsher June 23, 2002
Local and domestic interests are often at odds with broad issues of global concern. However, a recent New York Times dispatch from Pakistan shows how competing global policies can also create conflict in the local sphere, resulting in global ramifications. By pursuing trade 'fast-track' authority, the Bush administration has adopted a course of action that could directly impinge upon...
Jagdish Bhagwati April 17, 2002
President George W. Bush is supposed to stand for free trade and open immigration. However, his recent policies speak otherwise. New steel tariffs have been applied in a preferential fashion, and immigration initiatives favor Mexicans. While some friends of the U.S., like Brazil, South Africa, and South Korea, are exempt from steel tariffs, the E.U. is not. And although the Immigration and...
David E. Sanger March 4, 2002
The American steel industry, once booming, is now on the verge of failure. Unions and major steel companies are calling on President Bush to save steel jobs by imposing high tariffs on all steel imports. Bush faces a sticky political situation. Tariffs – which contradict the free trade principles that Bush advocates – would likely alienate international allies in Europe and Asia that Bush...
Wayne Arnold October 26, 2001
Villagers in Thailand’s Taling Chan district have organized in an attempt to stop the planned construction of a natural gas pipeline. They fear the pipeline and its attendant support operations will industrialize their village and threaten their lifestyle. The pipeline, which would carry gas from Thailand to Malaysia, is cited as another example of the intrusiveness of globalization and its...