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When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2005, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper’s culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. In The Tyranny of Silence, Flemming Rose provides a personal account of an event that has shaped the debate about what it means to be a citizen in a democracy and how to coexist in a world that is increasingly multicultural, multireligious, and multiethnic.
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The U.S. Generalized System of Preferences: Helping the Poor, But at What Price?
Featuring Sallie James, Trade Policy Analyst, Cato Institute; Edward Gresser, Director, Project on Trade and Global Markets, Democratic Leadership Council; and Chakarin Komolsiri, Minister-Counsellor, Royal Thai Embassy. Moderated by Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
In her new trade policy analysis, “The U.S. Generalized System of Preferences: Helping the Poor, But at What Price?,” Sallie James argues that the expiration of the GSP at the end of this year is an ideal time to consider the costs of unilateral preference programs. While the GSP delivers benefits to some countries, as well as to U.S. consumers and firms, the program is deeply flawed. Its expiration is therefore a timely opportunity for the United States to correct the most egregious of the GSP’s limitations and to move toward opening the U.S. market on a permanent and nondiscriminatory basis. Please join our panelists for a spirited discussion of the U.S. GSP and options for its reform.