A second contribution of labor standards is promotion of good governance and reduction of corruption.
Despite growing opposition, the Bush administration is pushing for a U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Despite the IMF's reformist rhetoric about "bailing in" foreign investors and distributing adjustment costs more equitably, there is nothing novel about the new IMF standby credit. It is once again about bailing out banks and bondholders.
Powell's failure to obtain any assurances of further concessions by either side cannot therefore said to be a disappointment.
The current South Asian crisis seems to have ebbed, but the underlying dynamic remains.
Washington's Republicans Duke it out
In the annual battles to cripple UNFPA and persistently attack USAID, the conservative right in the United States has shown no inclination for such an agenda.
As tensions between India and Pakistan began building late last year, high-level delegations from the United States and Britain flew in and out of New Delhi and Karachi
Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo signed an agreement on July 30, promising to put an end to the war that has raged in Congo since 1998. However, it is too soon to rejoice.
As a treaty that establishes a badly needed human rights standard for the treatment of women and girls, CEDAW deserves strong U.S. backing.