Antigua Surrends No-win Hand Against WTO Online-gaming Sanctions
December 27, 2007 3:09 PM
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Antigua's bid to get big sanctions against the U.S. for its online gambling ban has for all intents and purposes failed
Last year saw the U.S.
ban online gambling in its many sordid and popular forms
. Casinos and private firms felt the pinch as the feds started 2007 off with a
campaign of arrests
that threatened to completely destroy the online gambling industry as it exists in the U.S. Most recently, the US government scored a
jackpot settlement of millions of dollars from Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft
, who admitted to aiding and abetting online gambling in the past.
Now the U.S.'s gambling-critical government has
, as it escaped any serious international sanctions from the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO, which polices trade worldwide, investigated Antigua's accusations that the U.S. was holding domestic online gambling providers to a different and unfair standard from foreign gambling providers since casinos are legally owned and operated in parts of North America.
The small island nation of Antigua invested heavily in online gambling and was rocked by the U.S.-lead WTO decision last year to curb and eventually ban it. Antigua sought $3.4B USD in WTO sanctions against the U.S.
In the end, the U.S. got off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist. The WTO announced a ruling of a paltry $21 million USD in sanctions against the United States. The U.S.'s Trade Representative stated publicly that Antigua deserved more than $500,000, but also stated, "We're pleased that the figure arrived at is over 100 times lower" than Antigua had sought.
Banning online gambling outright is illegal under the current WTO-enforced international treaty. In the coming months the WTO will hear committees to rework the WTO main agreement to allow such bans.
Sources close to the case speculate Antigua may try to fight back by allowing copyright-lax server farms; a move similar to the
recent Chinese ban on U.S. movie imports
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12/27/2007 8:40:43 PM
The Chinese Yuan is NOT a floating currency, so they don't have to buy US bonds to keep the dollar depressed.
But the mechanism that you're misapplying is the exact reason why the national debt is devaluing the greenback.
12/28/2007 10:30:10 AM
The problem with you analysis is the US dollar is measured against other national currencies. And US public debt is not out of line with other major nations public debt. Low interest rates are probably a much bigger contributor to falling dollar prices than debt.
From CIA factbook
Russia 7.7% of GDP (2006 est.)
China 22.1% of GDP (2006 est.)
South Korea 25.2% of GDP (2006 est.)
Spain 39.9% of GDP (2006 est.)
UK 42.7% of GDP (2006 est.)
Brazil 46% of GDP (2006 est.)
France 64.2% of GDP (2006 est.)
United States 64.7% of GDP (2005 est.)
Germany 67.8% of GDP (2006 est.)
Canada 67.7% of GDP (2006 est.)
Italy 106.7% of GDP (2006 est.)
Japan 177.6% of GDP (2006 est.)
12/28/2007 7:41:16 PM
National debt is but a piece of the currency valuation puzzle. Interest rates are definitely a big part of the pie, along with investment (corporate stocks and bonds), and trade deficit. My point is that the rising national debt does have some very negative effects, and one of them is its effect on the dollar valuation.
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