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15th September 2017  
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The Democracy Institute will bring the debate on the hypocrisy of the US in its fight with Antigua and Barbuda at the World Trade Organization in Geneva later this month.


What will happen in the event?

Democracy Institute director Patrick Basham will lead an expert international panel in an interactive event to debate the Institute’s recent report, ‘Do As I Say, Not As I Do: How the WTO, Antigua & A Canadian Overcame American Hypocrisy on Free Trade,’ on September 27.


Give me a brief refresher on the report.

The report detailed the continuing battle of Antigua to make the U.S. accountable for barring Antigua-licensed online gambling sites to have access to the US market. It also examined the hypocritical prosecution of Antigua resident Calvin Ayre and the Bodog online gambling brand. The charges against Ayre have already been dismissed last July.


The U.S. has not yet paid a single penny to Antigua.

Despite being asked by the World Trade Organization to pay the Antigua and Barbuda government for the damages it incurred, the U.S. remained adamant. But, there’s no other perfect time for U.S. to make good of its obligation as Barbuda was ravaged by Hurricane Irma recently, and it could use that money for its rehabilitation efforts.


All these facts make me want to go to the event!

The debate will run in parallel with the World Trade Organization’s Public Forum 2017 in Geneva, and will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Mon Repos Hotel at 131 Rue de Lausanne. will cover the event but individuals wishing to reserve a seat or to obtain media accreditation should contact the Institute at [email protected] or +1.202.770.5853.



With the publishing of the report and through this event, Democracy Institute stresses the importance of exposing the unjust war that U.S. waged against Antigua.


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