Alternative Regionalisms News

06 ဒီဇင်ဘာလ အသုံးပြု စကားစု - လအမည် အပြည့်အစုံ 2008

Alternative Regionalisms News (last updated in December 2008).


On 28th March thousands will march through London as part of a global campaign to challenge the G20, ahead of their 2nd April summit on the global financial crisis.
Our future depends on creating an economy based on fair distribution of wealth, decent jobs for all and a low carbon future. Join the march!

The Permanent People's Tribunal in Lima (PDF)
The Third Summit of the Peoples Enlazando Alternativas took place in Lima, Peru, in May last year, in the framework of which the Permanent Peoples Tribunal held a hearing on the Transnational European Companies and the neo-liberal policies in Latin America. This publication, prepared for WSF in Belem, outlines the process.

See the activities co-organised by Alternative Regionalisms in Belem

In October 2008, as 38 European and Asian governments gather in Beijing, more than 500 civil society representatives will be gathering for the Asia Europe People's Forum .

China's New Role in Africa and the South: A search for a new perspective
Edited by Dorothy-Grace Guerrero and Firoze Manji
28 February 2008
This unique collection of essays is the first collaboration between Chinese and Southern civil society voices on the challenges faced by Africa, Latin America and Asia as a result of China's rise as a significant global economic power. It provides fresh and diverse perspectives that focus on the economic, social and environmental impact of China's expansion.

Call to action against Europe’s aggressive economic agenda in Africa
Declaration of civil society organisations at the meeting of the Africa Trade Network, Cape Town, South Africa 22nd February 2008

The Third Peoples Summit: Linking Alternatives 3
Enlazando Alternativas 3 (EA3) held a social encounter in May 2008 in Lima, Peru, sponsored by various social movements and non-governmental organisations in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The gathering called for a radical change in European Union's free market international and trade policies so that they are instead based on economic, social and ecological justice.

The story of a Dutch letterbox which could cost Bolivia a fortune
Oliver Shykles, 18 January 2008

Global campaign against anti-democratic investment rules
3 January 2008
Bolivia is being sued by Telecom Italia in a secretive World Bank tribunal, ICSID, even though the Andean nation withdrew from the tribunal in May 2007. Citizen groups from more than 59 countries have called on World Bank President Zoellick to respect Bolivia's withdrawal.

No to Corporate Europe – Yes to Global Justice!
25 January 2008 As members of the Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B), we are calling for concerted efforts to roll back the strategy of the European Union called “Global Europe: Competing in the World”, the EU’s unfair bilateral trade agreements and corporate power.

Petroleum TNCs in Columbia - death traded for petrol and profits
Brid Brennan
16 August 2007
A packed and hushed audience heard an Indictment handed down on several petroleum transnationals - ECOPETROL, OXY, OXI, REPSOL and BP - at the end of a two day session of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) held from 3-4 August in Bogota, Colombia.

Bolivia intent on commercial suicide?
Nick Buxton
22 June 2007
The backlash from business and the opposition against Bolivia's trade policy with the EU was shrill enough to suggest that Bolivia had announced the end of external trade. Yet the Bolivian government's position is based on experience of the heavy costs of free trade for the majority of its citizens.

Video documentary of Permanent People's Tribunal
Session on neoliberal policies and European TNCs in Latin America

Vienna, May 2006

The EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement Seven Years On
A warning to the global South

Rodolfo Aguirre Reveles and Manuel Pérez-Rocha Loyo
June 2007
The EU-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA) of 2000 was a model for other Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs) between the EU and Latin America. Seven years on, however, the impact of the EU-Mexico FTA is clear. Instead of the promised economic and social benefits, the treaty has weakened Mexican industry and left the country's economy at the mercy of transnational corporations. The Mexican example should serve as a warning to other countries in the global South.

The Price of Corn is Social Justice 15 March 2007
John Burstein and Manuel Pérez Rocha

Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)
Responses to the EU Offensive against ACP Developmental Regions

Dot Keet
May 2007
The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) proposed by the European Commission (EC) are becoming of major concern to civil society organisations in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, as well as NGOs in Europe. EPAs reflect the outwardly aggressive "Global Europe" strategy, as formulated by European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.

The Malaysia-US Free Trade Agreement: What Is At Stake?
Charles Santiago
23 April 2007
Nearly three years after the original Trade and Investment Framework Agreement was signed between Malaysia and the US, the two sides seem no closer to concluding the flagship Free Trade Agreement (FTA), writes Charles Santiago. There is now no likelihood of meeting the deadline that would enable President George W. Bush to fast-track any deal through the US Congress.

Statement Of Concern Regarding the Proposed EU-ASEAN Free Trade Negotiations Bngkok/Amsterdam, 14 March 2007

EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreements
The EU proposes free trade agreements (FTAs) with ASEAN, India and Korea, part of a new generation of agreements with ambitious services and investment targets. The EU strategy paper Global Europe – Competing in the World, published in October 2006, describing these frankly as ‘new competitiveness-driven FTAs....aiming at the highest possible degree of trade liberalisation’. Marc Maes and Roelien Knotterus set out the context in relation to other FTAs, while Charles Santiago puts these new EU-Asia relations in a historical perspective.

From Washington Consensus to Vienna Consensus?
The EU’s free trade agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean

Roelien Knottnerus and Abel Esteban
TNI / Corporate Europe Observatory
Alternatie Regionalisms Programme
Debate Paper, January 2007