Monthly Archives: October 2004

Can access barriers stop child-pornography?

The edi­to­r­i­al in today’s “Aus­tralian newspaper”:,5744,10961023^7583,00.html is as sonorous as the rest of the media—but less shrill than many—in sug­gest­ing some obvi­ous answers: big­ger penal­ties, glob­al law-enforce­­ment coop­er­a­tio­nand cen­sor­ship of infor­ma­tion flows via the Inter­net bq.  The sup­ply obvi­ous­ly exists to meet a ready local demand that must be dealt with. While pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy […]

Currency adjustments postponed

Yet again Chi­na has avoid­ed any spe­cif­ic com­mitt­ments on float­ing it’s cur­ren­cy, which is high­ly like­ly to appre­ci­at­ed in val­ue were it not pegged to a US dol­lar rate. bq. What was left unsaid was that the cur­rent eco­nom­ic imbal­ances are boost­ing eco­nom­ic per­for­mance of most large economies and there is lit­tle appetite for the […]

Textile ‘big bang’ worries poor countries

The WTO has agreed to hold fur­ther con­sul­ta­tions on the phase-out, this Decem­ber, of long-stand­ing quo­ta bar­ri­ers to tex­tile and gar­ment imports. Less com­pet­i­tive devel­op­ing coun­try exporters fear they will lose busi­ness to Chi­na, India, Egypt and Pak­istan once their quo­­ta-guar­an­­teed shares of the­Unit­ed States and Euro­pean mar­kets are elim­i­nat­ed. The quo­tas cre­ate mar­ket entry […]