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Second Wind for WTO Talks?

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Posted on Jul 25, 2008
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Protesters confront a line of police at an anti-WTO demonstration in Hong Kong. Many in East Asia, and across the world, are worried about the sustainability of local industry and agriculture if pro-WTO policies are implemented.

While supporters of the much troubled Doha Round of the World Trade Organization believe talks may have found their second wind, only the world’s largest economies seem to be breathing. The form of capitalism supported by these countries is resisted by poorer nations, which rightly fear WTO deregulations would disproportionately benefit the wealthy.


The BBC:

Progress has been made at global trade talks and a deal might be possible, negotiators have said.

Earlier, the head of the World Trade Organization warned that the long-running Doha round would fail unless a compromise could be reached.

EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson and WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell both said there were encouraging signs.

A meeting of the world’s biggest trading nations finished “in a spirit of cooperation”, Mr Rockwell said.

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By jon eden, July 26, 2008 at 12:50 am Link to this comment
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“...“What is emerging is a deal that is not perfect, not beautiful, but is good for the global economy and good for development….”

Could it be about time to add sustainability to the listed criteria?

http://www.StudentsForTheEarth.org

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By jobart, July 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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Why is there all of the “push” to control the world marketplace(s)? Are the “powers that be” concerned about the betterment of the world’s condition? Why not be considering a world that exists purely under the ” natural forces” and/or “marketplace” conditions? All of these “Globalization” and “economic agreements” are against the “true” forces of nature (a.k.a. Mother Nature). As long as “She” is permitted to, “She” will ensure fairness and that the natural course of things will dominate. We must to our best to resist any/all legislation that dictates any/all deviation from the “dictums” that are nature and, providing that a “POLICE STATE” doesn’t rear its ugly head…all will be as it should be. Reject any/all proposals for attempting to control trade; access to technology; and providing Gov’t.(any Gov’t.) the ability to legislate “control” of the marketplace.  It only serves to provide “THEM” with the ability to manipulate society to suit their own goals and long-term strategies to control the population.  They don’t give a crap about the common man, a category that most of us fit into (quite to THEIR delight). Instead of focusing on the candidates, focus on your future and that of your children and grandchildren. Leave them a world that, at least will show them, we TRIED !!!
P.S. Cyrena,
I’m starting to doubt, at least somewhat, BO.  I just hope that, when he gets in, he’s real.

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