Tag international trade

Organic ‘has no health benefits’–What Rubbish

BBC NEWS | Health | Organic ‘has no health benefits’.

Can’t help but be disgusted when scientific studies, without value, are published with misleading headlines.  This BBC article is a classic example. The article reports its findings, all the while Read more

Free Trade–Not Always The Solution

The World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund have both followed a prescription of encouraging free trade.  Some of the devastating effects are included in this article available on  Bloomberg.com: Exclusive.  Encouraging countries to avoid self-sufficiency in their food supply is a very dangerous act.   Poor countries, especially, do not have a consistent set of services or goods that they can export, which is both needed to purchase imported food and the very reason they are poor.  Encouraging specialization in a small country, the ultimate aim of free trade, is in effect and investment strategy that ignores diversification and insurance principles.   And for a small country far too risky. Read more

How Is the War on Terror Going?

For the last few weeks, I have pondered these questions:

  • What does it mean to be at war with a terrorist organization?
  • Are the distinctions between soldier and civilian sufficient, or does the world need a new category?

These questions were crystallized in my mind by the excellent writing of Adam Liptak in a The New York Times news analysis published June thirteenth of this year. Additionally, the Washington Post published on June twenty-fifth an excellent news analysis of Vice President Cheney office’s behaviors on these questions titled, Pushing the Envelope of Presidential Power. Both pieces are worth reading. Read more

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