We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
12th October 2017  
 
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The Story

A Los Angeles Times article on the U.S. and Antigua trade dispute before the World Trade Organization contained some quotes that are worthy to be classified as ‘fake news.’

 

Emulating their President, I see.

The Times released on Monday a largely accurate piece on the U.S. and Antigua WTO dispute. The article focused on the $200 million that the U.S. should pay to Antigua in order to fund the latter’s efforts to rehabilitate the hurricane-ravaged island of Barbuda.

 

So where did the ‘fake news’ start?

After quoting Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne who described at length U.S. hypocrisy on its trade obligations, the Timesquoted Roosevelt Institute fellow Todd Tucker who argued that the US had “a good legal case for disregarding the WTO decision.”

 

Oh, no, he did not.

Tucker echoed the claim of the U.S. government that the WTO “lacks the legitimacy or mandate to refashion what countries and their legislatures agreed to.” He even said that “a lot of anti-gambling activists and religious groups agree” with the U.S. Lastly, he quoted unnamed Antiguan officials who said that 75% of the sum to be collected would go straight to gambling industry financiers.

 

But for Antigua, the fight isn’t over.

The discovery of the scheme by Antwerp policemen is just the tip of the iceberg. Belgian Gaming Commission (BGC) director Peter Naessens said that more police officers in other provinces have also adopted the same scheme. ​

 

Takeaway

Notwithstanding these claims made by Tucker, PM Browne said that his nation will continue to pressure the U.S. to comply with its obligation.  He said that the U.S. should not operate on a “might is right” basis, emphasizing that “there must be some equity in the system.”

 
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