Joined: 18 Jan 2006
|Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:14 pm Post subject:
|The politico's are still talking the
globalist language of "World Order".
But beneath the rhetoric, the reality is :
|Protectionism on rise despite pledges: World Bank
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The World Bank said Tuesday that major
economies have raised protectionist trade barriers despite their collective
pledge to refrain from such actions in the face of the global recession.
A World Bank study showed 17 of the Group of 20 developed and
developing countries have implemented trade-restricting measures since
G20 leaders signed a pledge at an emergency summit last November to
avoid protectionist measures.
"Leaders must not heed the siren-song of protectionist fixes, whether for
trade, stimulus packages, or bailouts," said World Bank president Robert
"Economic isolationism can lead to a negative spiral of events such as
those we saw in the 1930s, which made a bad situation much, much
At a G20 summit hosted on November 15, 2008 by then-US president
George W. Bush in Washington, leaders signed the pledge to avoid raising
trade barriers as they forge a coordinated response to the deepening
economic slump and an intensifying financial crisis.
The G20 includes the Group of Seven industrialized countries -- Britain,
Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- and
major developing countries Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India,
Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and
Turkey, as well as the European Union.
A World Bank official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the
research found three G20 members had not raised protectionist barriers:
Japan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
But the official cautioned that the three countries did not make the list
because of "the way the data was sliced mid-February."
The study found several countries, including the 17 of the G20 members,
have put in place 47 measures that restrict trade at the expense of other
Since the beginning of the financial crisis, officials have proposed and/or
implemented roughly 78 trade measures, according to the World Bank?s
monitoring list of trade and trade-related measures.
Of these, 66 involved trade restrictions, and 47 trade-restricting measures
eventually took effect, the 185-nation bank said.
Which leaves the corporate promoters
of globalization swinging in the wind:
|Business leaders tell G20 to act on protectionism
Wed Mar 18, 2009 - By Keith Weir
LONDON (Reuters) - Business leaders from around the world urged G20
nations on Wednesday to push for a successful conclusion of world trade
talks and to commit to fighting protectionism.
"We feel the Doha Round would be a terrific, visible step and it's worth a
lot of money," Confederation of British Industry (CBI) President Martin
Broughton told Reuters, estimating a deal could be worth $170 billion
Broughton said there was "good rhetoric" from the G20 rich and emerging
nations on protectionism, but this was too often compromised by their
Urge whatever. It's not gonna happen.
|EU lowers hopes for trade deal at G-20 talks
The Associated Press - March 19, 2009
BRUSSELS: The European Union's top official said Thursday he doesn't
expect a breakthrough on a global trade deal in talks among world
leaders next month.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the EU wants a
World Trade Organization pact that could combat the current recession by
helping to halt falling trade.
"But I don't know honestly if our partners are ready as we are," he said,
referring to the United States and India, who could not agree to a
compromise during crunch negotiations last year.
He said European nations would ask the Group of 20 leading world
economies at a London summit on April 1-2 "to agree on a standstill, so no
introduction of any protectionist measures until we come to a conclusion of
the Doha trade talks.....
Brazil and China have reaped major gains from the last two decades of
freer trade with richer nations that have helped them lift millions out of
poverty and take a bolder stance on the world stage.
The sudden plunge in exports has curbed their rapid growth — and also
badly hurt the world's biggest exporter, Germany, which depended almost
entirely on high global demand in recent years for its cars and machinery
to compensate for sluggish consumption at home.
But it is unclear how ready the U.S. is to strike a new trade deal. President
Barack Obama has said little about his commitment to freer global trade.
Europeans worry that a Democratic administration might be more
protectionist and set up trade barriers to support American firms.
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Ron Kirk as the U.S. new trade
representative. He said he did not come to the job with "deal fever" and
would look out for American workers......
The NWO aims and objectives are still top of the policy agenda,
But there are so-called "political realities" stalling further progress.
For example, the cooling in regard to NAFTA enthusiasm.
It's tough times for the NWO.
Breaks my f**king heart.
|Trade Experts: Renegotiate NAFTA
by James Parks, Mar 18, 2009
Trade experts from throughout the Americas say U.S. trade policies must
be completely revised and existing agreements renegotiated and agree
with the Obama administration’s proposal to renegotiate part of the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that allowed unsafe Mexican
trucks to drive on U.S. highways.
In a forum hosted by the International Labor Rights Forum, the Global
Policy Network and the Economic Policy Institute, trade union leaders from
the United States, Mexico, Central America and Colombia said that
existing and proposed trade agreements have failed to live up to their
promise and have actually made things worse.
Patricia Juan Pineda, counsel for the FAT, Mexico’s independent union
federation, told the forum:
"During the negotiation of NAFTA, critics claimed that many small
businesses that maintain most of Mexico’s employment, would close and
that the agreement would create lower salaries and unstable work
conditions. Fifteen years later, many of the criticisms have become a
A big problem with NAFTA and the Central American Free Trade
Agreement (CAFTA) is that neither protects workers’ rights. Bama
Athreya, executive director of the International Labor Rights Forum, said:
"Twenty-five years of experience promoting labor rights conditions in
trade agreements has shown us that we need better ways to measure
progress and better tools to hold governments accountable for protecting
Omar Salazar Alvarado, executive director of ASEPROLA, a Costa Rica-
based labor rights advocacy organization, added:
"It’s a major mistake to believe that labor rights are protected under
CAFTA. The intention was always to protect trade and investments and not
labor rights. Today we have the possibility to correct this mistake.
Participants in the forum also called on the U.S. government to drop
consideration of a proposed trade agreement with Colombia. Francisco
Ramirez Cuellar, president of Sintraminercol, Colombia’s coal miners’
union and a human rights activist, puts it this way:
"If the U.S. and Canadian governments approve the Colombia Free Trade
Agreement, they would be legitimizing the crimes against Colombian labor
leaders, crimes that occur on average once every three days. Those that
are responsible are basically the corporations and the governments, the
same groups that would be the first to benefit from the agreement.
Colombia is the most dangerous country in the world for union members.
The Colombian government has not vigorously investigated or prosecuted
the killing of trade union members. At the current pace of investigations
and trials, it would take 37 years to prosecute the backlog of cases. And
the caseload is growing—the rate of killings, which had fallen for a few
years, jumped sharply last year by 25 percent.
|British police bracing for G20 summit
LONDON (AFP) — Police said Friday they would be stretched to cope
during next month's G20 summit with the world's top leaders -- and
thousands of protesters -- due to descend on London.
Global summits are regularly targeted by violent protesters and the police
fear they will try to bring London to a standstill, using "ambush" tactics to
try to catch them out.
More than 2,500 officers will be on duty to counter the threat, in an
operation costing more than 10 million pounds.
"These are innovative people and we must be innovative as well. I have
encouraged officers to try and think about what these people might try
and do and hopefully we will have something to mitigate that," said
Commander Bob Broadhurst, who is leading the operation.
"Everything is up for grabs. That is the aspiration -- to get in and clog up
these city institutions as best they can," he added.
World leaders and diplomats -- including Barack Obama on his first visit to
Europe as US president -- will begin arriving in London on March 31.
April 1 is likely to see anti-globalisation protests in the city centre, before
the summit begins the following day at the ExCeL exhibition centre in east
Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
Joined: 28 Oct 2010
|Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:38 pm Post subject: Globalization on the decline
|I just got hold of one of Walden Bello books. It reveals major corporation quit making a profit after 1997. So most corporations are either breaking even or losing money like GM. Every car that GM sells, they lose $2500. In 2 weeks, the govt will sell 1/3 of GM stock at a loss.
Just google Walden Bello globalization for more information on the subject.
If we do not reform our ways, then our culture could disappear.
Joined: 06 Jul 2006
|Posted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:31 am Post subject:
|Americans have known for at least 30 years not to buy an American car because they are crap.
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