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‘Battle of Seattle’ should spur Congress to help hurting U.S. workers by revising NAFTA

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Fresno Bee

MARK WEISBROT:
The long-awaited [  ]”Battle in Seattle” opens Sept. 19-26 in movie theaters across the country.

It’s a rare combination of high drama and history-making events as they actually happened when thousands of protesters shut down the World Trade Organization in Seattle nearly nine years ago. Continue reading ‘Battle of Seattle’ should spur Congress to help hurting U.S. workers by revising NAFTA

Celebrate, Don’t Mourn, Collapse of WTO Talks

Common Dreams

by Robert Weissman

Predictably, the cheerleaders for corporate globalization are bemoaning the collapse of World Trade Organization negotiations.

“This is a very painful failure and a real setback for the global economy when we really needed some good news,” said Peter Mandelson, the European Union’s trade commissioner. Continue reading Celebrate, Don’t Mourn, Collapse of WTO Talks

One cheer for global trade talks

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The fact that the WTO negotiations failed over an issue that concerns the global poor and those who stand to be hurt rather than helped by globalization reflects a new distribution of economic power in the world.

By Sandra Polaski*
July 30, 2008
Trade ministers failed again this week to agree on the main terms of a new global trade regime. These officials have assembled most summers for the past five years, each time on the premise that a deal was urgent and within grasp. To add pressure, pundits and some leaders claimed each time that a failure to reach consensus would put the entire global trading system at risk. Each year the ministers failed, and each year trade expanded nonetheless. Continue reading One cheer for global trade talks

The destruction of African agriculture

Pambazuka News

Biofuel production is certainly one of the culprits in the current global food crisis. But while the diversion of corn from food to biofuel feedstock has been a factor in food prices shooting up, the more primordial problem has been the conversion of economies that are largely food-self-sufficient into chronic food importers. Here the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Trade Organization (WTO) figure as much more important villains.

Walden Bello (2008-08-05)

Whether in Latin America, Asia, or Africa, the story has been the same: the destabilization of peasant producers by a one-two punch of IMF-World Bank structural adjustment programs that gutted government investment in the countryside followed by the massive influx of subsidized U.S. and European Union agricultural imports after the WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture pried open markets.

African agriculture is a case study of how doctrinaire economics serving corporate interests can destroy a whole continent’s productive base. Continue reading The destruction of African agriculture