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2010-09-15 04:00:00

CHICAGO, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing today released the following statement regarding the impending interim decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel in DS 353, the formal complaint the European Union brought in 2006 against alleged U.S. government subsidies to Boeing: "We expect the WTO later today to issue a preliminary ruling on charges the EU has made against various U.S. practices at the state, local and federal levels. This ruling follows an earlier final WTO ruling by a...

2009-09-14 23:04:13

China, retaliating against U.S. tariffs on its tires, took its case to the World Trade Organization in preparation for a final ruling by the panel. Even as it countered with its own anti-dumping and anti-subsidies investigation into U.S. automotive and chicken imports, China filed a complaint Monday to the WTO in Geneva, saying the U.S. tariffs of up to 35 percent on China-made tires announced last week ran counter to relevant WTO rules and is a wrong practice abusing trade remedies, an...

2008-12-02 15:09:20

The head of the World Trade Organization said talks on the cotton market that opened in Geneva Tuesday were a key to promoting development in the Third World. Director General Pascal Lamy told delegates to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development High Level Multistakeholder Meeting on Cotton that establishing an equitable cotton program has become a litmus test of the commitment to make the WTO Doha Round of global trade negotiations a truly development round. Developing...

2008-07-31 09:00:36

Update: WTO members seek way out of Doha Round impasse GENEVA, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) were in a rush on Wednesday to seek way out of the current impasse of the Doha Round talks after a crucial bid for a breakthrough collapsed. A meeting of all the WTO members was called Wednesday to analyze the consequences and what should be the next steps, at which WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy urged delegates to have a time of reflection instead of making...

2008-07-31 00:00:22

By The Associated Press GENEVA (AP) - After coming tantalizingly close to a historic trade deal, World Trade Organization talks collapsed Tuesday in a dismaying blow to seven years of efforts to open up the global economy. Once promised as a recipe for lifting millions of people out of poverty, the end to nine days of high-level talks left no new trade openings for farmers and manufacturers, no global economic boost and no grand deal for Third World development. It was by all accounts...

2008-07-29 09:00:55

Roundup: Key WTO trade talks clouded by new dispute GENEVA, July 28 (Xinhua) -- A key effort to salvage the Doha Round of global trade talks was clouded by a new dispute on Monday as India had led a call for more protection of farmers in developing countries from surging imports. The India's demand, which dragged the talks into late Sunday, was centered on the so-called special safeguard mechanism (SSM) in the ongoing Doha Round negotiations. The mechanism would allow developing...

2008-07-29 06:00:26

By Stephen Castle As seven years of global trade talks approach another nervy climax, China is emerging as a central player - and coming under heavy criticism from the United States and others for its tough tactics. But no one should be surprised to find the Chinese trade minister, Chen Deming, playing hardball. In 2004 Chen studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he has said privately that he learned all his negotiating skills in the United States. Now,...

2008-07-28 06:00:46

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo [By Takuya Karube] Geneva, July 28 Kyodo - Japan is considering accepting many of the compromise proposals having been put on the negotiation table at the World Trade Organization for a free trade accord, trade sources said Sunday. Japan is finding it difficult to rebuff the proposed target of 4 per cent each rich country is allowed to designate as sensitive farm products to shield them from steep tariff cuts, the sources...

2006-09-01 11:49:19

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Friday delayed a World Trade Organization (WTO) probe into whether it has dismantled cotton subsidies ruled illegal by the Geneva-based trade referee. Brazil accuses Washington of failing to abide by a landmark 2004 verdict in which the WTO decreed part of the multi-billion dollar cotton program violated trade rules and demanded sweeping reform. But WTO rules allow members to block an initial request for a probe,...

2006-08-29 01:59:53

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States has asked Beijing to help rescue deadlocked WTO trade talks, the top U.S. trade official said on Tuesday, courting China as a potential ally whose economy has soared due to trade liberalization. U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said in Beijing that she had pressed China to help rescue the Doha round of global trade talks, which was suspended last month after key countries again failed to agree on how to cut tariffs and...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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