Bowers, Faye, The Christian Science Monitor
JUDGE DERAILS FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
A federal judge yesterday derailed the North American Free Trade
Agreement with Mexico and Canada that President Clinton has
insisted Congress approve by January. US District Judge Charles R.
Richey ruled that the agreement negotiated last year by former
President Bush and the president of Mexico and prime minister of
Canada violates the National Environmental Policy Act. "NAFTA will
have significant environmental effects and ... may worsen the
environmental problems already existing in the United States-Mexico
border area," the judge said in a 23-page ruling. He issued an
order forbidding the Clinton administration from submitting the
proposed pact to Congress until it first prepares a formal
statement on its environmental impact, a process that could take
several months or even years.
US factory orders drop
Orders to United States factories fell 1.4 percent in May,
marking the first decline for three straight months in more than
two years, the government said yesterday. The Commerce Department
said orders for both durable and non-durable goods totaled a
seasonally adjusted $249.3 billion, down from $252.8 billion in
April and the lowest since $244.0 billion last November.
It was the latest sign of weakness in the manufacturing sector
since it began fading last winter after spurting ahead briefly at
the end of 1992.
Haiti talks progress
UN Special Envoy Dante Caputo yesterday reported progress in
talks on restoring democracy to Haiti, despite the military ruler's
insistence that many of his colleagues retain power in a civilian
government."It was the most important meeting to date," Mr. Caputo
said of his session Tuesday with Haiti's military ruler Lt. Gen.
Meanwhile in Haiti, a little-known group calling itself "Liberty
or Death" sent media outlets a "hit list" Tuesday with names of 80
journalists and supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide. Information Minister Andre Calixte scolded journalists
for reporting on a Sunday police raid of a church. …
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Article title: Events.
Contributors: Bowers, Faye - Author.
Newspaper title: The Christian Science Monitor.
Publication date: July 1, 1993.
Page number: 20.
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