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 theBrookings”>http://brook.edu/comm/news/20031001brown.htm”>Brookings Insti­tu­tion? Is it the ‘blip’ or the sub­se­quent decline and steady rate? How is it that sig­nif­i­cant trends—in which we all participated—are some­times so invis­i­ble? bq. “Gill and Schloss­man trace home­work time trends of the past fifty years, find­ing that the only sub­stan­tial […]

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”>http://bostonreview.net/ndf.html”> New Democ­ra­cy Forum is to fos­ter polit­i­cal­ly engaged, intel­lec­tu­al­ly hon­est, and moral­ly seri­ous debate about fun­da­men­tal issues of the day” Good qual­i­ty: well worth a vis­it.

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. […]