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    Behind GATS 2000

    • Erik Wesselius
    19 May 2002
    Report

    The controversial General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) of the World Trade Organisation has generated major social concern about the implications for the equitable provision of basic public services.

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    Remettre l'OMC à sa place

    • Susan George
    13 November 2001
    Book

    Pour l''Organisation mondiale du commerce, le commerce est une valeur se situant au-dessus de toute autre considération, qu'elle soit politique, culturelle, sanitaire ou écologique. Dans la galaxie libérale, c'est une étoile aussi brillante que le FMI ou la Banque mondiale.

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    Liberalisation Of Trade in Services

    • Erik Wesselius
    18 October 2001
    Paper

    The United Kingdom is home to a particularly influential services industry lobby, which operates through an organisation called International Financial Services, London (IFSL). Two IFSL working groups, the Liberalisation of Trade in Services (LOTIS) Committee and the High-Level LOTIS Group, constitute a veritable corporate-state alliance.

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    Strengthening Regionalism

    28 October 2010
    Paper

    Amongst many other analyses and debates, the more extensive awareness of the active role of the state and of states in the purportedly highly successful 'market economies' in East Asia and South East Asia is bringing discussion of the role of state back into quite mainstream development discourse.

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    South Africa's official position and role in promoting the WTO

    28 October 2010
    Paper

    South Africa is playing a significant role in supporting and extending the power of the World Trade Organisation, a new system of global government. This not only entails South Africa surrendering its own policy-making rights and space, but also means bargaining away the South African peoples’ democratic rights to determine their country’s internal economic, environmental, social and cultural policies.

  6. What is the role of WTO services rules in the context of the current financial crisis?

    Myriam vander Stichele, Sergio Marchi
    24 November 2009
    Multi-media

    The WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (the "GATS")  has very much underpinned expansion without regulation and supervision, so the financial corporations had the guarantee that their expansion would be underpinned. But financial services are not the same as other services – they need special supervisory structures.

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    The problem isn't beef, bananas, cultural diversity, or the patenting of life: the problem is the WTO

    Susan George
    20 April 2009
    Article
    Somebody sent me this "oldie but goodie" they wanted permission to quote. I'd forgotten all about this ten-year old piece but in fact things haven't changed that much.
  8. Alternatives to neo-liberal globalisation

    28 October 2010
    Article

    Alternatives to neo-liberal globalisation are needed that not only change people-to-people and South-South relations and situations, but also South-North relations and inter-actions to the benefit of all of humanity and our common planetary home.

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    The WTO Doha round and EPAs in an era of crisis

    23 September 2010
    Article

    The language contained in agreements being negotiated by the EU through the WTO with their southern counterparts often deliberately diguises real political goals, obscuring the negative economic implications for those countries of the neoliberal agenda.

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    Abandon the Damaging WTO Model - Address the Crises!

    02 December 2009
    Press release

    The WTO's crisis of legitimacy is evident in that despite deepening food, financial, economic and climate crises—to which the WTO has contributed significantly—its deregulation and liberalisation agenda remains much the same as in 2001.

  11. US-India “deal” undermines food security and is victory for TNCs

    14 November 2014
    Press release

    Netherlands/Jakarta, 14 November 2014 - The announcement on November 13th of a US-India agreement on trade facilitation and India’s food security programme was denounced today by Transnational Institute and Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI), the Indonesian Peasant Union Federation as a “victory for transnational corporations at the expense of peasant farmers.”

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    South-South Strategic Alternatives to the Global Economic System and Power Regime

    28 October 2006
    Report

    An exciting development in recent years is the number of new South-South inter-governmental alliances that are emerging to defend their interests and challenge the bias of the current global trade and investment regime.

  13. WTO: Cause not Solution to the Crisis!!

    Myriam vander Stichele
    30 November 2009
    Opinion

    The financial crisis should be recognized as a very clear example of how the free trade and free market theory has failed, why the WTO should turn around away from this neo-liberal model and allow for all services and trade to be at the service of people and the planet, not of corporate profits.

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    Ignoring the crises? How further GATS liberalisation impacts the financial and food crises

    Myriam vander Stichele
    18 June 2008
    Article
    As the world is still assessing one of the most violent shocks in international financial markets ever, and measures to avoid future financial crises are still not in place, developing countries should be cautious of dangers associated with further liberalisation of their financial sectors.
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    Field Guide to the Global Economy

    • John Cavanagh, Sarah Anderson, Thea Lee
    01 May 2005
    Book

    This fully updated and expanded second edition of The Field Guide to the Global Economy presents the latest facts to help make sense of the rapidly changing international economy.

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    Debating Europe: WTO Doha Round and EPAs in an era of crisis: salvation or suicide for ACP countries? (Video)

    Ignacio Iruarrizaga Díez
    16 December 2009
    Multi-media

    The international free trade and investment policies and the related WTO agreements played a major role in undermining so many developing countries' economies. The proponents of tese policies, including the EU, are now urging the govenrments of the world to end their resistance to such policies within the WTO.

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    The WTO Doha round and EPAs in an era of crisis

    Dot Keet
    05 November 2009
    Article

    The major causes of the economic and social crises are now being even more blatantly promoted by the EU - both within the multilateral WTO negotiations and bilateral and bi-regional FTA/EPA negotiations - as the fundamental solutions.

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    The Future in the Balance

    • Walden Bello
    01 May 2005
    Book
    The Future in the Balance tells the truth about the World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, and their grip on the Third World.

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