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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
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
By Gustavo Capdevila
GENEVA, Aug 1 (IPS) – The standoff between China and India, the world’s two fastest growing economies, and the United States not only buried the last attempt to save the Doha Round, but also demonstrated changes in the balance of power since the WTO was created in 1995, say observers. Continue reading TRADE: New World Order in Doha’s Wake
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
|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
By Ramesh Jaura
TOKAYO, Japan, Jul 9 (IPS) – While the world’s major industrialised nations expressed satisfaction over their three-day summit meetings that concluded Wednesday, non-governmental organisations, after some early and limited approval, were deeply disappointed with the outcome on the whole. Continue reading ‘Planet Burns While G8 Fiddles’