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The World Trade Organization WTO is the primary international body to help promote free trade by drawing up the rules of international trade It has been criticized for being very opaque and not allowing enough public participation while being very welcoming to large corporations I do not think that it helps the claims of free open and democratic globalization Criticisms have taken form in many ways one of which was an enormous protest in Seattle November 1999 In which people marched the streets for three days not allowing the WTO to succeed in any business decisions Recent polls show that 58 percent of Americans agree that foreign trade has been bad for the US economy and 81 percent of Americans say that Congress should not accept trade agreements that give other countries the power to overturn US laws An additional criticism about the WTO is the rule regarding Production and Processing Methods that importing nations cannot distinguish how something is made when trading This sounds ideal at first equality and non-discrimination but I know that what sounds good might be to good to be true A perfect example would be what has happened in reality is that some national laws and decisions for safety and protection of peoples health environment and national economies have been deemed as barriers to free trade A current trade dispute discussed in the WTO is the dispute going on about the bananas between the United States and the European Communities EC This dispute actually has been talked about in the Wall Street Journal Both sides are frustrated The US is frustrated because they feel the European Union EU has unfairly made loop holes in WTO guidelines and the EU is upset because they say the United States is trying to control too much of their rights as global traders The US has stated that the EU has been purposely avoiding banana purchases in Latin America and doing business in
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