‘Tis the season…

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for a socially responsible, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice…

‘Tis the season…

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for a socially responsible, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice…

‘Tis the season…

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for a socially responsible, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice…

Chacon: Hard at work going soft on crime

Venezuela is one of the most violent countries on earth. Averaging 43 murders every single day, street crime in Venezuela can fairly be said to be totally out of control. The government, alas, doesn’t seem to have noticed. Its response to the epidemic of violence has been silence. Yesterday, finally, Interior Minister Jesse Chacon touched…

Chacon: Hard at work going soft on crime

Venezuela is one of the most violent countries on earth. Averaging 43 murders every single day, street crime in Venezuela can fairly be said to be totally out of control. The government, alas, doesn’t seem to have noticed. Its response to the epidemic of violence has been silence. Yesterday, finally, Interior Minister Jesse Chacon touched…

Taking Stock of Hong Kong

Well, I’m on my way back to Europe now, and I thought I’d write one last WTO post to bring together some of my thoughts about the week. I guess it’s the first time I ever blog from a plane – brace yourselves, folks: I have a 13 hour flight ahead of me, so this…

Taking Stock of Hong Kong

Well, I’m on my way back to Europe now, and I thought I’d write one last WTO post to bring together some of my thoughts about the week. I guess it’s the first time I ever blog from a plane – brace yourselves, folks: I have a 13 hour flight ahead of me, so this…

WTO Conference Ends in Non-Failure!

Well I’ll be danged…they reached a…erm…a deal?…ummm…well, they reached a something in Hong Kong after all! I don’t want to glorify this thing they’re about to sign with the word “agreement” because it really isn’t that…as everyone expected, the final declaration is 90% hole, 10% cheese. That 10% breaks down into three parts: an agonisingly…

WTO Conference Ends in Non-Failure!

Well I’ll be danged…they reached a…erm…a deal?…ummm…well, they reached a something in Hong Kong after all! I don’t want to glorify this thing they’re about to sign with the word “agreement” because it really isn’t that…as everyone expected, the final declaration is 90% hole, 10% cheese. That 10% breaks down into three parts: an agonisingly…

Suddenly, it’s very quiet…

It’s 1:15 p.m. in Hong Kong. Officially the conference has less than 4 hours to go, and ministers are still locked in confidential “green room” negotiations trying to work out a deal. It’s very quiet in the press center now – nobody is talking to us, which may be a sign that negotiations finally got…

Point taken

Maybe the French Agriculture minister had a point after all. Chuck Grassley, the powerful head of the US Senate’s Agriculture Committee, has just said the US Congress is unlikely to approve the deal being hammered out in Hong Kong. After 48 hours of intensive, sleep-deprived negotiating, his comments did not go down well here. Credit…