Monthly Archives: April 2003

The arts of peace

… the award of a con­tract worth up to $680 mil­lion to the Bech­tel Group of San Fran­cisco in a com­pe­ti­tion lim­ited to a hand­ful of Amer­i­can com­pa­nies can only add to the impres­sion that the United States seeks to profit from the war it waged. < p align=“right”> NY Times Editorial

Bringing quarantine barriers to account

meta-creation_date: April 10, 2003 The fol­low­ing is the text of an Op-ed arti­cle by Peter Gal­lagher that appeared in the Aus­tralian Finan­cial Review on 10 April The Euro­pean Union’s com­plaint to WTO against the whole of our Quar­an­tine reg­u­la­tions is a tac­ti­cal move in the cur­rent round of WTO agri­cul­tural nego­ti­a­tions. But don’t dis­miss the […]

Global warming’ not unique

The find­ings [a review of lit­er­a­ture by Har­vard researchers] prove that the world expe­ri­enced a Medieval Warm Period between the ninth and 14th cen­turies with global tem­per­a­tures sig­nif­i­cantly higher even than today. ” Tele­graph [UK] The United Nation’s Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC), how­ever, says that the Medieval Warm Period does not estab­lish a ‘counter case’ […]

Services markets at work

The US Army has come under fierce crit­i­cism from aid agen­cies and from their British allies for ‘sell­ing water’ to poor peo­ple in Umm Qasr (Iraq). If this report is accu­rate, the accu­sa­tion are just the usual igno­rance about how ser­vices mar­kets work. Under the deal, the mil­i­tary will pro­vide water free to locals with access […]