Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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The other members of NI's editorial staff thought it might be amusing to get a Canadian to edit this issue on Europe, So I have drawn the short straw. Not really. I have long been a Europhile and I hope that some of that sympathy has crept into the issue. I think perhaps the Canadian standpoint has made me favourable to the more ambitious vision of a united Europe. Canadians have long been sleeping with the elephant - sharing a continent with the United States. We have something called the North American Free Trade Agreement that is supposed to be a doorway for us and the Mexicans to share US prosperity. It is a door we often find slammed in our faces.

Unlike in the EU there is no right to work or any other rights for Mexicans and Canadians going into the US. The supposed dispute mechanism over trade issues is often simply ignored - as in our recent dispute over softwood lumber - when the US is found to have transgressed. Currently a wave of xenophobia against migrants and over border security is being whipped up by a US Right anxious to shift attention away from the failed 'war on terror'. …

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