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IMF, World Bank & Trade

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The failure of the IMF, World Bank and WTO to represent and further the interests of the developing world, through their one-size-fits-all approach, has lead to the collapse of trade negations, widespread criticism of their effectiveness, and bitter international protest. Many countries are rejecting the neoliberal ideologies of the ‘unholy trinity’ with intensifying calls for their reform or decommissioning.

Latest Articles

WTO Talks: A Tsunami Averted

The collapsed Doha Round has staved off a further import surge into the developing world - which would have been no less devastating than the trail of human destruction left behind by a powerful tsunami, argues Devinder Sharma.

Muted Woe at WTO

With the collapse of the Doha round, disappointment is turning to recrimination. But what did poor countries have to gain anyway? By Raj Patel.

Trade Talks' Failure Ends Doha Dreams

Liberalisation in world trade over recent decades has brought prosperity only to a minority of the world population, and without firmer guarantees many countries began to agree with the view that "no deal is better than a bad deal", writes David Loyn.

Bolivian President Evo Morales on the WTO’s Round of Negotiations

The WTO negotiations have turned into a fight by developed countries to open markets in developing countries to favor their big companies, writes Evo Morales.

Why a Doha Breakdown Wouldn't Spell Disaster

Ignore the urgent rhetoric surrounding the Doha round of trade talks. It's time for a rethink, says Paul Rayment.

Free Trade: Why "Free" Matters

Current U.S. trade policy is far from 'free trade', but simply a one-sided protectionism that is designed to redistribute income from less educated workers to more educated workers, writes Dean Baker.

North America Doesn't Exist

The problem with the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is that trade isn't really 'free', and North America - at least as portrayed in the summits - doesn't actually exist, writes Laura Carlsen.

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