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Thursday, March 01, 2007


Anti-free-trade zealots -- from Venezuela's petro-populist President Hugo Chávez to CNN's isolationist fear-monger Lou Dobbs -- can scream as loud as they want, but the cold figures show that free trade has been good for Latin America, and good for the United States. See the latest trade figures in the full column here, and let us know what you think.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

from: Paul Thørsen

åndèrs, I don't know how you do it, but you always come up with something interesting to write about every time.
I have never seen Lou Dobbs' show on CNN. Maybe you can tell us why you have problems with him.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free Trade is passing the test? I really don't know what planet you are coming from. We used to import raw materials & export finish goods to the whole world about 25 years ago. Now is just the opposite! We buy most of the finish goods & we export our raw materials. Isn't that what all of Latin America & Central America is doing? Who is giving these High Marks? Of course the people that have the most to gain from this...Multi National Corporations! It is not the workers that is benifiting from this. Ask yourself, if this is such a huge success to Latin america & Central American Companies, Why are we getting even more illigal imigrants than ever before. You should listen more closely to Lou Dobbs because even though I don't agree with everything he says...Dobbs is right on the money 90% of the time. There are tons of immigrants from Central & Latin America here in this country & in Europe. If what you say is true & the economies of those countries is doing so well...why are their citizens leaving in droves from their countries. The problem is getting worse every year in those countries & in this country. The only thing that we are exporting in a large scale are good paying american jobs. That only benefits the Multi national companies that are stealing us blind. You are just an apoligist for the big corporations & don't know a hoot of what you are talking about. I rather watch & read what Lou Dobbs says than what you write. The reason... your facts just don't add up!

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from: Paul Thørsen

Julio D. Ugarte, åndèrs is not an apoligist for the big corporations.
What he is is the typical proud and loyal Hispanic who will do everything in his power to ensure Latin America succeeds, using the power of the USA to do so.
My family is of Norwegian ancestry, the first Europeans in the Americas (Vikings). We don't hold up the USA and force it to enact policies that benefit Norway. We are for policies that benefit the USA. Nor does my family wave Norwegian flags all over the USA and give our kids names like Per and Lars.

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh gag, are we going to have more complaints from Thorsen about names?

I happen to live in an area where a number of people have names like Otto, Klaus, Kurt, Werner,Ludwig, and Ingrid as a few examples. You might argue with me but you'll never convince me that any of these names is Hispanic. On the other hand, my son is named Andres. Somehow I couldn't bear to give him a real American name like Billy Bob or Jimmy Jack. LOL

1:54 AM  
Blogger El Aguila said...

Your comments are two sided. Yes, free trade policies have produced significant economic growth. But significant levels of economic growth do not necessarily improve the standing for the majority of people in a Latin American nation. Mexico for example, experienced significant economic growth in the late 19th century during the original free trade bonanza. Its economy also grew in the 1950s guided by a closed economic system: today, again economic growth. But poverty is still rampant throughout Mexico as it was 100 years ago and 50 years ago. There is still tremendous levels of Mexican immigration to the United States and Mexican leadership, currently the PAN leadership, ignores the indigenous people of Southern Mexico. My question to you is win will poverty be addressed rather than an emphasis on corporate profits?

Jaime Aguila

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Education is the issue. Although there are more computers in Mexico than in China, some people in the LatinAmerican country are still receiving a very limited education. The modern world requires very sophisticated ways.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Education is the issue. Although there are more computers in Mexico than in China, some people in the LatinAmerican country are still receiving a very limited education. The modern world requires very sophisticated ways.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you write about Free Trade Agreements you allways "forget" the Patents and Copyrights issue.

If the measures proposed by the US were implemented and applied this would prevent scientific research in Latin America, causing as a consequence more inequalities and technological dependence from the developed countries.

Patents and Copyright are a huge income for the US and specially for the Multi Nationals Corporations, like Monsanto, Cargill, etc.

In order to defend our incipient development, our goverments must to considerate this important issue.


Ruben P.
Rosario - Argentina

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from: Paul Thørsen

Hey Rüben P., I was reading an article in Forbes magazine about how pharmacuetical companies routinely disregard patents and then make similar medicines under their name. They have an army of lawyers at their side telling them how to find loopholes in the patents. They figure the companies that come up with the patents don't want to spend the money in lawsuits.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

México need more little and middle enterprisers and national and strange investment for attack the poverty.

10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Passing the test on what?
Central America is exporting
among each other and to South
America long time ago.
We don't need any Trade Agreement
with the U.S.

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post.

12:58 PM  

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