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 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. Continue reading “Free Trade–Not Always The Solution”

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. Continue reading “How Is the War on Terror Going?”