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  1. 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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    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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    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.

  4. 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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    We Need to be Guerrillas

    Hilary Wainwright
    05 December 2000
    Article
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    How GATS could affect your life

    Susan George
    01 January 2003
    Article
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    GATS and Corporate Political Power

    Erik Wesselius
    18 May 2006
    Article
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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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    The perils of a Doha deal on services

    Walden Bello
    09 July 2008
    Article
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    End WTO deregulation of finance

    Myriam vander Stichele
    01 February 2009
    Article
    Since the current financial crisis started, none of the governments, experts or media who have called for new regulations for the financial industry have taken into account rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which actually impose extreme financial service deregulation on many WTO member countries.
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    Why South Africa needs to oppose GATS

    Dot Keet
    08 December 2005
    Article
  15. WTO+10: Still a target and still a cause of crisis

    02 December 2009
    Article

    Ten years on from Seattle, TNI and other activists from Enlazando Alternativas have mobilised in Geneva together with the global network Our World is Not For Sale (OWINFS) to expose the role of the WTO and the "free trade" agreements in causing economic and climate crisis. 

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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.