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Thursday, May 31

Washington Post New Senate, New Latin Policy? ... The Fabric of Free Trade: "Calmet said as many as 200,000 cotton growers and an unknown number of spinners could lose their livelihood if the new legislation does not apply to the whole production process from the raw materials to the finished product. In short, he said, it would be better to have no trade preferences than to have incomplete ones. This could very well be the outcome, a Democratic source in the Senate warned, because senators from cotton-producing states would oppose expanding of ATPA under those terms." Marcela Sanchez gives us an interesting glimpse of Washington's power plays on issues that will impact Peru -- trade barriers on textiles and the appointment of the new assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs -- both now in jeopardy because the Democrats will gain control of the Senate..

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