Monthly Archives: December 2003

Cops clean-up in Bangladesh

I’m in Chit­tagong, Bangladesh’s major port and com­mer­cial cen­ter, for a cou­ple of days to talk about world trade events with with the Chit­tagong Cham­ber of Com­merce. From the world’s inki­est, low cost broad­sheet, “The Dai­ly Life” (6 pages for only Taka 4.00—no web­site) bq. Police arrest­ed 1,580 peo­ple, includ­ing sev­en iden­ti­fied ter­ror­ists and siezed […]

Limp in October, too late in December

The “World Bank(link to World Bank site)”:„date:12–08–2003~menuPK:34461~pagePK:34392~piPK:34427~theSitePK:4607,00.html#Story4 pro­vides a round-up of press opin­ion on the resumed WTO nego­ti­a­tions next week: bq. Attempts to get coun­tries back to the nego­ti­at­ing table to relaunch WTO trade talks by a Decem­ber 15 dead­line are in trou­ble, and diplo­mats doubt much progress will be made until next year at […]

US steel safeguards gone: WTO survives!

Time for John Quig­gan to retract his sil­ly pre­dic­tion[⇒ relat­ed sto­ry] that the WTO rul­ing against the Bush safe­guard mea­sures would be the ‘end of the line’ for the glob­al treaty. This is anoth­er vic­to­ry for the mul­ti­lat­er­al sys­tem in the man­age­ment of trade dis­putes. But, of course, it’s not the end of US steel […]

Public funding of junk ‘culture’

Frank Devine, who some­how sur­vived a term on the Aus­tralia Coun­cil fund, “projects(link to Op-Ed piece in The Aus­tralian newspaper)”:,5744,8066200%5E7583,00.html a dis­mal future for the pub­licly fund­ed movie ‘indus­try’ in Aus­tralia. bq. Project for­ward 15 years: that’s near­ly $2 bil­lion gone on mak­ing 90 new movies nobody will go to, since qual­i­ty nev­er improves in […]

WTO and the ‘multipolar’ vision

Sha­da Islam writes in “Yale Global(link to the website)”: about the col­lapse of WTO nego­ti­a­tions as a chal­lenge to Europe’s view of the world and of itself. bq. The WTO is a mul­ti­po­lar organ­i­sa­tion par excel­lence and is shap­ing up as a real test­ing ground for Euro­pean ideals. Its mem­bers, big and small, are equal­ly […]

Surprising popular support for an FTAA

Trade rais­es incomes”: no news. But “… most peo­ple seem to real­ize that”: big sur­prise! The “Pew Research Center(link to Pew results on their site)”: says that in 2002 we could have bet on a major­i­ty of ‘pro-free-trade’ opin­ion among both devel­oped and devel­op­ing coun­try vot­ers. bq. Over­whelm­ing majori­ties in all 10 coun­tries told Pew […]