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COSTA RICA: Companies Eye Pull-Outs if CAFTA Flounders
by Daniel ZuerasInter Press News Service (IPS)
August 29th, 2006
Weary of the snail's pace ratification process of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which continues to dominate Costa Rica's political and social agenda, some companies are weighing the idea of moving to other Central American countries should Congress reject the treaty.

PERU: ‘Voluntary Payment' Instead of Taxes for Mining Firms
by Milagros SalazarInter Press Service (IPS)
August 25th, 2006
Peruvian Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo told Congress that private mining companies operating in Peru would make a "voluntary payment" of 757.5 million dollars over the next five years, to go towards fighting poverty. However, they will not pay the tax on windfall profits that new President Alan García had promised in his campaign.

THAILAND: Patent or patient? How Washington uses trade deals to protect drugs
by Alan Beattie, Andrew Jack and Amy KazminThe Financial Times
August 22nd, 2006
As the World Health Organisation's top man in Thailand, William Aldis knew Thai officials were hosting their US counterparts in the northern city of Chiang Mai to negotiate what to many outsiders might seem an entirely worthy objective: a bi­lateral free-trade deal. But he saw dangers - and decided to make his views public.

WORLD: Legalizing Human Trafficking
by Basav SenDollars & Sense
June 28th, 2006
The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), now being negotiated in the World Trade Organization (WTO), is likely to reduce migrant workers to the status of commodities.

RUSSIA: Russian Download Site Is Popular and Possibly Illegal
by Thomas CramptonInternational Herald Tribune
June 1st, 2006
So great is the official level of concern about AllofMP3 that American trade negotiators darkly warned that the Web site could jeopardize Russia's long-sought entry into the World Trade Organization.

US: Farm Groups Nix US Bid for Deeper WTO Cuts: Sources
REUTERS
May 30th, 2006
The Bush administration sought agreement from U.S. farm groups for a 70 percent cut in their most trade-distorting subsidies as a way to save world trade talks but was rejected, industry sources said on Tuesday.

ECUADOR: Bush administration breaks off free trade talks with Ecuador
by Martin CrutsingerAssociated Press
May 16th, 2006
The Bush administration said Tuesday it had broken off negotiations on a free trade agreement with Ecuador following the South American government's decision to annul an operating contract with Occidental Petroleum Corp.

AFRICA: U.S. Farm Subsidies Hurting Africa's Development
by Joyce MulamaInter Press News Service (IPS)
April 15th, 2006
In a renewed campaign, African trade ministers have urged the United States to remove agricultural subsidies that are hurting African farmers.

EU: Europe Defends Stance on Genetically Altered Foods
by Paul MellerThe New York Times
February 8th, 2006
The European Commission defended its current practices on screening genetically altered foods in the wake of a report from the World Trade Organization that criticized its past action in restricting the entry of modified products into the European Union.

PHILIPPINES: No new mining permits
by Gil C. Cabacungan Jr. , Blanche S. RiveraPhilippine Daily Inquirer
February 4th, 2006
PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo has offered to suspend the issuance of new mining permits to try to appease Roman Catholic bishops strongly opposed to the country's new Mining Act, a top Malacanang official said yesterday.

THAILAND: Thai Farmers Fear Free Trade Deal With US
by Marwaan Macan-MarkarInter Press Service
January 12th, 2006
When United States negotiators fly into Thailand to thrash out a bilateral free trade deal next week, they will be greeted with jeers rather than this country's famed smile of welcome.

GLOBAL: World Bank Gets Cold Feet on Bird Flu Drug Patent
by Marwaan Macan-MarkarInter Press Service
November 4th, 2005
The World Bank has decided that it is not in keeping with its mission to get involved in the emerging global debate on the Tamilfu patent held by the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche and that could be broken under the 'compulsory licencing' rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

WORLD: From Bad to Worse: IFC Safeguards
Bretton Woods Project
June 13th, 2005
Devastating impacts of IFC-supported projects on people and the environment, and irresponsible company practises continue to highlight the serious shortcomings of the institution's environmental and social safeguards.

INDIA: Spice Farmers in Misery
by Sunil RamanBBC news
May 13th, 2005
Thousands of spice farmers in India are in the midst of a major crisis, threatening one of the country's best known trades.

EUROPE: Loses Sugar Appeal at W.T.O.
by Tom WrightNew York Times
April 29th, 2005
The World Trade Organization's highest court issued a final ruling Thursday ordering the European Union to stop illegally dumping subsidized sugar on global markets or face punishment.

LATIN AMERICA: AIDS Patients See Life, Death Issues in Trade Pact
by Marla Dickerson and Evelyn IritaniLA Times
April 22nd, 2005
Under CAFTA American pharmaceutical giants would gain a five-year edge on the development of new drugs by low-cost competitors. Generic versions of name-brand drugs are the main weapon for battling the AIDS pandemic in the developing world.

LAOS: Massive Dam Project Could Backfire
by Emad MekayIPS
April 8th, 2005
A new dam funded by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and hailed as a windfall for Laos may end up doing more harm than good to one of the world's poorest nations and its vulnerable farmers, several independent development groups say.

LATIN AMERICA: Banana Producers Go to WTO
by Raphael Minder and Frances Williams Financial Times
March 30th, 2005
Ecuador and four other Latin American banana producers sought World Trade Organisation arbitration on Wednesday in their dispute with the European Union, raising the prospect of another long trade battle over the EU's banana import regime.

BOLIVIA: Not A Drop To Drink
by  Kelly HearnThe American Prospect
February 25th, 2005
In parched Latin American countries, the battle over water is ready to explode.

EU: WTO gives U.S. the Byrd
by AgenciesTimes Online U.K.
August 31st, 2004
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) backed the EU and seven other WTO members in their demand to punish a US failure to revoke an anti-dumping law -- the so-called Byrd amendment -- declared illegal under international trade rules.

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