Monthly Archives: November 2003

The mercantilism of WTO

Tak­ing a swing at the WTO has become a sort of sport that any ama­teur can join. Since the Canuún deba­cle, dozens of researchers have tried to make a few wild punches look like telling blows. Grant Nülle, a Research Fel­low at the “Coun­cil on Hemi­spheric Affairs”:http://www.coha.org/ in Wash­ing­ton has now joined the crew. He […]

China Anti-dumping bill amended

It seems that the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment has had a last-minute change of plans for it’s pro­posed laws[⇒ related story] imple­ment­ing non-market econ­omy anti-dumping against China. The bill tabled yes­ter­day in the Sen­ate—Cus­toms Leg­is­la­tion Amend­ment Bill No 2 (2002)—is a major revi­sion of its first pro­pos­als (see this ear­lier story[⇒ related story]). The Labor Party opposition, […]

A model for what?

The “BBC says”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3238302.stm that this agree­ment could be a ‘model’ for other tri­als of the cit­i­zens of US allies held in the US con­cen­tra­tion camp at Guan­tanamo Bay. bq. The Amer­i­cans have agreed that the two men will not face the death penalty, but they could face a mil­i­tary tri­bunal at the US base in […]

What the textile quotas mean

The US deci­sion to impose new ‘safe­guard’ quo­tas on imports of some Chi­nese tex­tiles can only be described as a dumb move by an Admin­is­tra­tion that has appar­ently not learned the les­son of the steel ‘safe­guard’ tar­iffs: they don’t pro­tect jobs or pro­mote adjust­ment. They hike costs, hurt pro­duc­tiv­ity and reward lazy cap­i­tal. It’s not […]

Cultural protectionists

The cul­tural pro­tec­tion­ists of the Aus­tralian film and tele­vi­sion indus­try are com­plete block­heads. If they received the “pro­tec­tion from competition”:http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,7926756%255E2702,00.html that they seek, it would cut them off from inte­gra­tion withUS media indus­tries that are glob­ally more sucess­ful and on which they depend for fund­ing, dis­tri­b­u­tion, tech­nol­ogy and …jobs. But their van­ity and arro­gance is […]

Distant echo

On the day he was assas­si­nated, 40 years ago, John Fitzger­ald Kennedy was on his way to the Dal­las Trade Mart to give a speech. A reporter assigned to cover the event “recalls(link to Opin­ion Journal)”:http://www.opinionjournal.com/taste/?id=110004330 what Kennedy would have said, in part. bq. “We in this coun­try, in this gen­er­a­tion,” he would have said, […]

Grand Strategies

meta-creation_date: 21 Novem­ber, 2003 The French and Ger­man gov­ern­ments have noth­ing bet­ter to do, it “appears(link to IHT story)”:http://www.iht.com/articles/118539.html, than to indulge them­selves in the cre­ation of “ideal cities(link to the Milan National Sci­ence Museum exhi­bi­tion of Leonardo’s Ideal city)”:http://www.museoscienza.org/IdealCity/default.htm bq. “…a mist­ily defined polit­i­cal fusion that For­eign Min­is­ter Dominique de Villepin nonethe­less described as […]