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With Hannah Bailey, Jake Tusing, Megan Krizmanich, Colin Clemens. Mitch Reinholt Himself. Hannah Bailey. Release Date: Warsaw Community High in Indiana may look like an episode on Real World I have on good advice. American Teen is a documentary film directed by Nanette Burstein and produced by 57th Hannah Bailey - the "rebel". Mitch Reinholt - the " heartthrob". Mitch Mitch features prominently into the story when he starts dating Hannah. I'm not saying Mitch Reinholt will have the career of someone as a play for Hannah Bailey, first among equals of American Teen's stars.
Indeed other supporting kids were seen and heard much more during the course of the film, yet you still had to wonder about the really good looking guy on the basketball team. Well, sure enough our curiosity was rewarded when he made a play for Hannah Bailey, first among equals of American Teen's stars.
It was almost amazing how a rush of "at last" came forth, while the audience rooted for the pairing of the odd duck girl -- somewhat reminiscent of Juno, though without the pregnancy -- and this movie star handsome, rich jock with an infectious smile and a personality to match. Suddenly, he was the one to watch, and we were disappointed at the outcome, which is all I'll say so as not to give too much away.
And his information was put forth as the penultimate one -- just before the principal teen, Hannah Bailey, who'd narrated much of the film.
Mitch is part of the national tour, along with Hannah, Colin, Megan and Jake -- the so-called main students at least until the film was edited. At the very least to do a test for the next Gossip Girl or reincarnated Beverly Hills Mitch is the one who's being gossiped about on Facebook and other Internet blogging, and now apparently in the Huffington Post!
What all this shows is that star power is something indescribable. Yes, being a hunk helps, but Mitch showed vulnerability in spite of his athletic frame and was extraordinarily likable with loads of charisma. I'm reminded of an experience at a Broadway show many years ago. I was about to see Grease, whose star at the time was Jeff Conaway, and a friend of a friend had a featured role. So, my focus should have been on the lead actor or at least my friend's friend, but the actor who played Doody, the goofy sidekick, had me riveted.
At the end of the show, I went backstage to see the friend of a friend and I inquired about this actor, who I was told just came in from the Chicago production. He has expressed heavy scepticism of multilateral agreements such as the Paris climate agreement and the UN.
The UN has served as a crucial universal forum for international discussion and cooperation, including on peace-keeping and economic and social issues.
It convenes leaders and representatives of almost all countries for meetings and conferences, with resolutions and declarations, on a wide range of current affairs. Its agencies have supported global and national policy making and actions on economic development, health, food, the environment, human rights, culture and education, natural disasters and refugees.
The UN has been playing a critical positive role in providing a venue for developing countries to voice their opinions and take part in decision-making on global affairs.
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The UN agencies have provided resources and support to developing countries to build their national capacities for economic and social development, and in preventing and managing political conflicts. Of course the UN needs to be improved, including in democratisation of the Security Council and in giving more say to developing countries, especially on global economic and financial issues on which decisions are usually taken by a few powerful countries and outside the UN.
Another looming problem is that President Trump looks intent on doing a complete turnaround on the present US environmental policies. This will have a grave effect on the world, both in terms of the physical environment itself and in turning back the clock on global efforts to tackle multiple environmental crises.
The Environmental Protection Agency was reportedly told to remove its web section on climate change, though that order was later countered. Staff at the EPA were forbidden to issue media statements or new scientific studies and research grants were suspended. The Clean Power Act, a centrepiece of the Obama effort to address climate change, has been under attack. This policy turnaround will negatively affect international efforts to combat the global environmental crisis.
In particular, the many years of collective work to get agreed action on climate change will be seriously impeded since the US is looked up to show an example that developed countries take domestic climate actions seriously and are also committed to provide climate-related financial assistance to developing countries.
At this point it is not certain whether the US will remain in the Paris Agreement or even the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change; its withdrawal from either or both would be disastrous. If the US withdraws, will other countries increase their funding to make up for the loss of the US, or will they also reduce their share, thereby plunging the GCF into an uncertain future? He had pledged to do so but when he acted, on his first working day, it still came as a shock.
But this has not gained traction, with Japan and Canada bluntly stating that the TPP is meaningless and cannot continue without the US. Thus, the TPP has been killed. Even if in the future Trump or his successor has a change of heart, the public mood is such that the US Congress would be unlikely to approve.
On the trade aspect, the US has lower tariffs than the developing country partners with which it did not yet have a trade agreement, and thus stood to gain in terms of trade balance. On the non-trade aspects of the TPP, which the US under Obama had insisted upon, American companies would have gained in the areas of intellectual property, investment, government procurement and state-owned enterprises.
Yet the TPP was unpopular with the American public, because it perceived that whatever gains the US would have would flow to the corporations and the elites, leaving the working and middle classes to face problems such as possible job losses from cheaper imports and relocation of factories abroad.
With the demise of the TPP, developing countries which are its members regret the loss of their opportunity to gain greater access to the US market. But they are also spared from having to take on heavy obligations on investment, intellectual property and state-owned enterprises, and other issues.
The Trump move on the TPP is a prelude to other trade policies to be rolled out soon, in pursuance of his America First strategy, which includes the subsidiary slogans Buy American and Hire Americans. Many developing countries which depend on the US for their exports, and that presently host US companies or hope to attract new US investments, will be adversely affected by these policies, which together spell a new era of US protectionism.
It will end the US-championed policies of liberalisation of trade and investment. Trump also announced that he plans to initiate new one-to-one bilateral trade agreements, in place of regional or plurilateral trade agreements. Other developed countries like Japan and the post-Brexit United Kingdom may be interested in starting negotiations with the US with its new template, in an attempt to get mutual benefits. It remains to be seen whether there would be developing countries willing to be new partners in what for them would likely be very one-sided bilateral agreements.
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Another question is whether the rules of the multilateral trading system will act to constrain the new US administration. Many of the new policies announced by Trump or his team such as higher taxes and tariffs on Chinese and Mexican goods, or taxes on American companies exporting to the US are probably against one or another of the agreements under the World Trade Organization.
Given that Trump ran on the promise to upend the establishment, and it looks as if he intends to keep to his word, leaders and people around the world, and especially in the developing countries since they are more vulnerable, should prepare themselves to respond to more and bigger shocks ahead. Developing countries should reconsider their own policies towards trade and trade agreements. This is a hot issue, as Trump has made unorthodox pronouncements on trade issues before and after his inauguration.
If he acts on even some of the positions he took, it will create a sea change in trade policy in the US and possibly the world. After a few weeks in office, Trump is now taking some trade action. He called them a disaster for the US. He was probably referring to the claim that many of manufacturing jobs lost in the US in recent years were due to free trade agreements FTAs and the overseas relocation of US companies. Most economists however have a different view. They attribute US job losses mainly to technological change, with trade having only a minor role overall.
However, the visible closure of factories in some sectors and areas linked to import competition has fuelled the popular US campaign against FTAs.
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If a country is so labelled by the Treasury Department it could be grounds under US law to slap extra tariffs on its products. President Obama came under pressure from many Congress members and economists to do just that, but he smartly resisted as he realised it would trigger a very nasty trade war with China. It is possible Trump will also climb down from this particular populist stance. Secondly, taking trade action against China on currency grounds would be against the rules of WTO, and China should be able to successfully take a WTO case against the US for any such action.
Finally, China has warned it will retaliate if the US were to take protectionist actions. An article in the Beijing-based Global Times spelled out how the country would cancel its orders of Boeing aircraft, restrict US auto and I-phone sales in China and halt US soybean and maize imports, while a number of US industries would be impaired. This would have the same effect as putting a tariff or tax on imports, and giving a subsidy for exports, a measure that is sure to attract opposition and cases against the US by other countries.
The Trump administration is also likely to consider taking more trade-remedy action on a range of products from China and other countries by claiming they are being dumped or unfairly subsidised.
There are loopholes in the WTO rules on trade remedies which have made these a favourite protectionist tool.
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But if the exporting country complains and a WTO panel rules that the actions were wrongly taken, there is no penalty imposed against the offending country which is only asked to lift the tariff. Meanwhile the aggrieved country has lost many years of export earnings. Moreover, the same actions can again be taken against the same country, thus perpetuating the protection. We may see a rise in such trade-remedy actions under President Trump, especially if he is counselled against taking the more blatant route of imposing an all-out tariff wall.
But we can also expect tit-for-tat counter-action of the same type by the affected countries, in a global spiral of protectionism. The new Trump presidency is also expected to usher in a major change in how the US and eventually many other countries will perceive free trade agreements. If the new US policy moves in this direction, what is to prevent other countries from doing likewise?
However the FTAs are much more than trade, and they became unpopular with the public in the US and elsewhere not only because of the threat of cheap imports taking over the market of local producers, but also because of the non-trade issues that are embedded in most recent FTAs, including FTAs between developed countries, and those between developed and developing countries. Most of these issues favour the big corporations at the expense of states and consumers.American Teen - In Cinemas March 6
One of these issues include investment rules aimed at liberalising foreign investment and financial flows, with an especially controversial section that gives rights to foreign investors to take cases and make claims against the host government in an international tribunal known as the investor-state dispute settlement system.
A most unpopular effect is a tremendous rise in the prices of patented medicines through the additional curbing of competition from cheaper generic drugs. Other issues include the opening up government procurement to foreign firms on a national-treatment basis, thus reducing the share of local businesses in this huge sector; the liberalisation of the services sectors, which for some countries may affect the cost of basic services that are normally performed by the public sector; and, in the most recent FTAs, the establishment of new rules imposing restrictions on the operations of state-owned enterprises.
The structure of this kind of North-South FTAs is mainly unfavourable to developing countries in general. In the trade component of the FTA, a developing country can get some benefits through better market access to the developed country, but can also suffer damage to its local companies and farms due to cheaper imports. The non-trade issues are usually much against their interests as the developed countries and their companies are far stronger and have the upper hand in the areas of investment, intellectual property, services and procurement.
However, civil society groups in the developed countries also find the non-trade issues against the public interest. For example, the investor-state dispute system undermines the ability of these countries to set their own environmental or health policies, and the tighter intellectual property rules impede access to medicines and knowledge for the consumers in these advanced countries as well.