By  on May 13, 2008

WASHINGTON — Free trade has had a long run of expansion and widespread acceptance, but a conglomeration of issues is threatening to bring it's growth and commercial and political popularity to a standstill.

The World Trade Organization has projected that the pace of global trade will slow to its lowest rate in six years — an estimated 4.5 percent — this year because of the sharp economic downturn in the U.S. and turmoil in financial markets.

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