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Human Rights & International Trade

Contributor: webfluid

Date: 2003-01-22 16:41:25


The exploitive economic relationships that the United States developed during its imperial days with the resource rich tropical regions of the world continues to this day. Plantation style infrastructure is still prevalent in the landscapes of Central and South America, created by large US multinational corporations like Boston based Dole Banana for example.
The reasons we have terrorism in the world are because people are exploited, not educated, and born into the shackles of a worldwide labor system that favors the Northern economies of Western nations. Sure this benefits us because we get it all, but at what cost?
Our foreign and international trade policy should very much take into account what is happening at the production level of the commodities and merchandise we acquire from foreign countries. We should demand accountability for human rights violations from every trading partner we trade with, no mater if itís the United States or China.

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Human Rights & International Trade

Contributor: cfallon

Date: 2003-02-06 13:27:51


People are exploited. Mainly, they are exploited by their own governments.

Cheap labor is the single biggest allure to invest or outsource to 3rd world countries.

We have to accept that if Canada did not build its prosperity overnight, or even in one generation, that these countries cannot do the same.

Blame the US for all the world's ills if you want, but I think the problem is a tad more complicated.

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Human Rights & International Trade

Contributor: ted_wakefield

Date: 2003-02-16 02:43:56


people are exploited by their bosses. what if we could promote fair rules for those bosses to abide by?

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Human Rights & International Trade

Contributor: ted_wakefield

Date: 2003-02-16 02:50:51


Canada built its prosperity by supplying richer markets. Many built their fortunes by working through this system. They are now trying to help others do the same. Those people will build thier own Canadas. That is why we are great.

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Human Rights & International Trade

Contributor: jimlyn

Date: 2003-04-27 07:26:53


The USA should be blamed for the ills of the world based on its economic and military size.It has interfered with every nation on the globe. The USA has bullied, bribed and threatened any one who opposes their view on so called free trade(free rape)are punished.Of course all of this is done behing closed doors and secret meetings.The USA has been in a position to help develop and educate the world in the past, but "Profits" got in the way.Now since the USA has lost credibility and with the global exposier of all of their mis-deeds,we the rest of the world have but one choice left in our fight to right the USA wrongs and that is to boycott USA goods and once their economic machine has been rendered useless so then will their military and then the world can move forward to develop a more workable apparatus to the human condition.

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Human Rights & International Trade

Contributor: cfallon

Date: 2003-04-28 10:16:55


Because the US and the WEST won the Cold War does not absolve the Soviet Union of its ills. It does not mean the Soviet Union is no longer responsible for its part in the Cold War.


To blame the US for all the world's ills, when it seems that so much of the problems are remnants of European colonialism is revisionism at its best.

I don't think the alternative proposed by the rest of the world: that is, keep dictators in place because only us white-folk understand democracy will do anything but keep peace far from us.

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Human Rights & International Trade

Contributor: codc01

Date: 2003-04-28 14:11:13


"...problems are remnants of European colonialism is revisionism at its best..."

You definition of colonialism only reflects the definition found in the dictionary.

Its broader than that, when a power imposes its values on others (through economic bribery, by helping out people
by imposing a set of values, etc..). I'd call it neo-colonialism.

Currently, the US falls in that category, but i'm not blaming the US, its normal when there is a sole superpower that it wishes to impose its views on others (I compare the US with the Roman Empire, since the Roman Empire brought a lot of civility and order in an otherwise chaotic world)... And the roman empire was not a dictatorship ...

The same was true with Europeans, when the UK colonized India, they brought in education and hospitals...

Its up to all of us individually to determine if this is right or wrong...

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Human Rights & International Trade

Contributor: Barretm82

Date: 2003-02-08 04:03:22


--Quote--
The reasons we have terrorism in the world are because people are exploited, not educated, and born into the shackles of a worldwide labor system that favors the Northern economies of Western nations.
---end quote--

Very bad example, Bin Laden is very rich, very well educated. Islamic extremists are very well funded by Saudi Oil profits. Your argument doesn't hold water. To say that poor people are criminals/terrorists because they are poor is completely wrong.

In fact terrorists have millions of dollars at there disposal in gold, uncut diamonds, funneled oil profits, etc.

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