International aid agency Oxfam has welcomed news reports today that Brazil has won a landmark trade battle at the WTO on cotton subsidies against the United States.
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In this opinion article featured in the New Zealand Herald, Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates explains that ten years ago, the world’s governments abdicated their responsibility to prevent genocide. New Zealand fought hard and eventually persuaded members of the Security Council to intervene, but was too late to prevent the massacre of estimated 800,000 people in Rwanda during a hundred day period. A decade later, could it happen again?
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In this opinion article published in the New Zealand Herald, Oxfam's Executive Director Barry Coates explains that the trade deal between Australia and the US is short-sighted and politically inspired. Most seriously, it will undermine the prospects of getting fairer rules on agriculture in the World Trade Organisation (WTO), damaging the interests of millions of farmers around the world. It would be a monumental mistake for our politicians to continue pursuing a bilateral trade deal with the US.