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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.

CHINA: China Vows To Protect Markets
by Mure DickieFinancial Times
July 5th, 2004
China wants to make greater use of World Trade Organisation market protection measures, including the use of anti-dumping cases against foreign companies, as its economy and domestic industries adjust to increased competition brought by membership of the WTO.

UK: Oxfam Hopes To Stimulate Taste For Fair Trade
by Simon BowersGuardian
May 14th, 2004
The charity, backed by a loan from Glasgow-based coffee supplier Matthew Algie, yesterday said it hoped consumers' appetite for fair trade-certified coffee will attract new customers and draw others away from the mainstream chains.

Iraq: Amec Deal Saves UK from Embarrassment
by Terry MacalisterGuardian (London)
March 25th, 2004
Amec has won part of a $1bn (550m) contract to rebuild water and sewerage networks in Iraq. The deal is the biggest so far by a UK company for reconstruction work in the war-torn country, but otherwise British firms have lost out.

Chile: Santiago Signs Free Trade Deal with US
by Elliott GotkineBBC
September 17th, 2003

On 3 September, eight days before the country was due to mark 30 years since the military coup that ushered in 17 years of rule by General Augusto Pinochet, the United States approved a long-awaited free trade agreement with its South American neighbour.


World: Rich and Poor Clash Over Farm Aid
BBC
September 12th, 2003
The Group of 21 (G21), which includes China, India and Brazil, has threatened the traditional dominance of rich countries during world trade talks in Cancun, Mexico. The G21 is demanding the complete abolition of subsidies paid by rich countries to their farmers which, they say, locks the developing world out of international markets.

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