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Given that this is a French initative praised by the UN, that it involves raising taxes and solidarity for the poor, it should not come as a shock that the United States flatly rejects the proposal. And the basic argument against the proposal is predictable enough: imposing the taxes would not be in the interest of resource-poor countries. The editorial from the International Herald Tribune encapsulates this line of thought: the airline ticket tax would hurt developing countries dependent on income from tourism and air freight. It would be better, the editorial claims, to concentrate on 'proven strategies' to alleviate poverty and its impact on health, like lifting trade barriers and opening markets. But the airline ticket tax comes precisely out of frustration with decades of 'proven strategies' that coincide with a widening gap between the (health of the) rich and the (health of the) poor.