Finger-Pointing is Pointless

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WEIGHT OF THE WORLD: Cotton workers like these in Burkina Faso will pay for failed trade talks

There was something unseemly about the way Europe and the U.S. blamed each other for the collapse of global trade talks last week. Like two bullies standing amid the wreckage of their brawl, they looked a little ridiculous, especially when their squabbling turned so quickly to who was responsible for the breakdown. Almost five years after the launch of the World Trade Organization's [an error occurred while processing this directive] Doha round, which set out to boost the developing world's share of global trade, poor countries don't really care which rich country is to blame for the breakdown.

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