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Latest WTO Lunacy: Poker and Piracy Together at Last

On Monday the World Trade Organization (WTO) officially authorized Caribbean nation Antigua to sell $21 million in "pirated" U.S.-copyrighted music, films and computer programs in retaliation for the United States failing to comply with a 2005 WTO order to allow online gambling here.<p>Say what? (And, …

US takes India to WTO over solar cell imports

<b>The US has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against India's national solar policy saying it "discriminates" against US products.</b><p>The US has alleged that India requires solar energy producers to use Indian-manufactured solar cells and modules.<p>It added that India offered …

World Trade Organization

To Canada’s chagrin, WTO must defend EU’s seal products ban

The World Trade Organization is valued as a watchdog against politically motivated efforts to prop up dying industries. Canadian sealing is just such an industry: Out of sync with modern economic, environmental and ethical realities, it has been kept on life support through government support. Now …

Ottawa says it may retaliate over proposed U.S. meat-labelling plan

The Canadian government is warning Washington it may retaliate if the U.S. brings in a new, more restrictive trade rule on how beef and pork product exports are labelled.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal announced Friday calls for foreign producers to list on the package of meat products …

Obama should back up Google with more than rhetoric: The US should challenge China's "firewall" before the WTO.

<b>By Peter Scheer</b><p>The US government is not powerless to influence China's policies concerning censorship of the internet. This week, as Google has taken extraordinary steps--bordering on corporate civil disobedience--to challenge China's stranglehold on information, the Obama administration's response …

Ontario to change green energy law after WTO ruling

Ontario will change a provision in its Green Energy Act requiring local content in wind and solar farms after a ruling by the World Trade Organization.<p>Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says Ontario intends to comply with the WTO ruling, which means the province will change its domestic content …

The Sad Truth Behind Growing Clashes at the WTO

Before the financial crisis ushered in the current global economic downturn, there was a strong intellectual consensus among mainstream economists and policymakers about the merits of free trade. The world had seen the spread of pro-competition principles, binding multilateral trade rules, hundreds …

Why The New Brazilian WTO Head May Be Bad News For Free Trade

<b>BRASILIA</b> - The election of Brazilian Roberto Azevedo as head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is another Latin American triumph on the …