Monthly Archives: October 2003

WTO story

meta-creation_date: 14 October, 2003 Is this a joke about Cancún?Possibly. Lazarus stands outside the gates of Dives’ mansion and asks the butler if he can spare him any food. ‘I haven’t eaten in two days and I’m starving.’ ‘Do you mind eating yesterday’s food?’ asks the butler. ‘No, no. Not at all, I’m very hungry.’ […]

Long-term trends

What is surprising about this data reported in a story from the

Equity, justice and resource allocation

Let’s see if I can state the problem correctly. A typical guideline for medical staff when faced with the need to ethically allocate scarce resources is Justice, which is the primary ethical consideration in the area of health care is concerned with ‘fairness’ or the equity of distribution of resources There is no necessary connection […]

Boston Review forum

New England social democratic debates. “The purpose of Boston Review’s

Simulating consensus

meta-creation_date: 9 October, 2003 I’ve spent the past two days teaching a course on WTO market access negotiations at the “International Development Law Organization(link to the IDLO global website)”:http://www.idlo.org/ offices in Sydney. On the second day of the course, the participants from eleven Asian and Pacific countries tried their hands at reaching agreement on the […]

ASEAN relaunches ‘Free Trade’ agreements

We’ve been “here before(link to historical ASEAN free trade agreements)”:http://www.aseansec.org/economic/afta/afta_agr.htm. The ASEAN Free Trade Agreement was first launched in 1992 with an agreement on region trade preferences. But the commitments and the deadlines kept slipping and some productswere later put on a slower track to trade liberalization—much to the annoyance of the more open economies […]

Will GM foods seduce environmentalists?

Brave speculation in the “Atlantic Online(link to article by Johnathan Rauch)”:http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2003/10/rauch.htm bq. In ten years or less, most American environmentalists (European ones are more dogmatic) will regard genetic modification as one of their most powerful tools … The potential upside of genetic modification is simply too large to ignore—and therefore environmentalists will not ignore it. […]