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    Default Antiguan PM restates legitimacy of WTO complaint against U.S.

    lnteresting article written by Steven Stradbrooke of CalvinAyre.com...

    Last week, Antigua’s Prime Minister, Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer, spoke to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) about his government’s frustration at the United States’ refusal to comply with the many World Trade Organization rulings that recognized Antigua’s licensed online gaming companies as legally operating under international law. By ignoring such rulings, America is widely regarded as undermining the spirit of cooperation that makes international trade agreements possible.

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    I think I am in the same side as the Antiguan Prime Minister, and I guess it is the time for the United States to take action and reconsider legalizing online casino and betting operations on the web. There may have been many US legislators who are against this idea, but considering WTO rules plus potential benefits from the online gambling industry are, in my opinion, enough reasons for making the industry legalized, or at least regulated.

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    If the WTO does not operate effectively and equally then it is powerless - except for those already with power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FictionNet View Post
    If the WTO does not operate effectively and equally then it is powerless - except for those already with power.
    I agree with you.

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    This was a strange case the first time around. Antigua was the smallest country to defeat a large country like the USA in WTO proceedings. It took about 2 years start to finish. And it was strange - Antigua had won and was getting ready for their payday... out of the blue comes some settlement where they accept storage lots in trade to settle the case.

    So, clearly there was some back alley dealings... but I dont know why Antigua would cave after all they went through. They were in line for a billion dollar settlement, IMO.

    Hopefully this will change things... different administration in the US. And hopefully it is a reminder that if regulation is allowed, US companies cant exclusively be licensed and allowed to operate.
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