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    FTAA Passes

    So the FTAA passed - albeit a watered down version. NAFTA is now extended to the entire western hemisphere. No labor standards, no environmental standards, no human rights clauses. Just trade. Only Venezuela objected.

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    http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/7315661.htm
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    FTAA Light?!

    It is a joke. It allows countries to “opt out” of items they don’t want to follow. What kind of agreement is that? And sure, who would not agree to that. Successful my ___.

    However, I still have not made up my mind which side I stand on here, so I guess this outcome is a better temporary one than a concrete strict outcome leaning one way or another.
    "Those who plan do better than those who do not plan, even though they rarely stick to their plan." - Winston Churchill

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    Oh well. No country needs a middle class, anyway.

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    Re: FTAA Light?!

    Originally posted by H
    It is a joke. It allows countries to “opt out” of items they don’t want to follow. What kind of agreement is that? And sure, who would not agree to that. Successful my ___.

    However, I still have not made up my mind which side I stand on here, so I guess this outcome is a better temporary one than a concrete strict outcome leaning one way or another.
    Yeah, I have to agree here, if the South American countries can pull off getting the human contingencies in there it could be a positive. I'm reserving final judgement until after the next round of talks. If it turns out to be like NAFTA, though, this could be disastrous for our economy - well, the economy will do well most of the people in it won't.
    Indeed you can usually tell when the concepts of democracy and citizenship are weakening. There is an increase in the role of charity and in the worship of volunteerism. These represent the élite citizen's imitation of noblesse oblige; that is, of pretending to be aristocrats or oligarchs, as opposed to being citizens.

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