An International seminar organized by the Commerce Ministry of India under the banner of ‘Saving Doha and Delivering on Development’ evoked protests from several groups including farmers, students unions and civil society organisations. As ministers, corporate lobbyists, academicians and bureaucrats met in the expensive Maurya Sheraton hotel in New Delhi, hundreds of activists congregated outside the hotel demanding their voices be heard. Reports indicate that 200 activists have been arrested and detained at the nearby Chanakya Puri police station. Those arrested include activists from the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Housing Rights Association, Peoples Campaign for Justice and Sovereignty, Youth for Justice and Slum Dwellers Association.
STOP THE NEW ROUND! COALITION-PHILIPPINES
FARMERS AND FISHERS DISRUPT LAMY’S MEETING WITH BUSINESS
Lamy not welcome in Manila
MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES- Vowing to let Pascal Lamy hear the loud cries of poor sectors, farmers and fishers gate crashed and disrupted a meeting today organized by Philippine business with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy.
Around 5 leaders representing major national coalitions and networks campaigning against the WTO, unfurled a banner that reads LAMY GO HOME, after Lamy delivered his address to a crowd of government officials and representatives of business.
The leaders were immediately accosted by hotel security and violently dragged out of the hotel and shoved back to the streets. As the activists were trying to wrestle their banner off the hands of hotel security, loud shouts of Lamy Go Home, Lamy Go Home echoed throughout the hall.
Responding to calls by Lebanese civil society organizations to come to their
war-ravaged country, another batch of parliamentarians and civil society
representatives from various countries are going on an international peace
and solidarity delegation to Lebanon from August 12 to 16.
This delegation includes representatives from the Philippines, Brazil,
France, Norway, India, and Spain.
Among them are two members of parliament, two representatives from the
international farmers' movement La Via Campesina, a representative from
Brazil's main trade union confederation and the continental alliance
Hemispheric Social Alliance, a journalist, and other peace and human rights
activists. (please see full list below)
Monday's collapse of the Doha Round is the best outcome the WTO can deliver to the world's poor.
From the outset, the WTO's logic of trade liberalisation, did not meet the more complex needs of countries struggling to tailor domestic trade policy to the specific needs of their industries and agricultural producers. The institution, instead, became the playground for the major trading powers to capture markets for their corporations, paying no heed to the impact on Southern producers and industries, nor to the unemployment caused.
After one of the longest anti-government mobilizations in Thailand's history, on the evening of 4 April, 2006 caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra made a formal announcement that he would not accept the Prime Ministership when the Parliament re-opens within 30 days. This came as a relief for most Thais, since the possibility of a violent conflict between the demonstrators and the organized government supporters was escalating day by day.
Declaration of the 11 Thai People’s Alliances against FTAs and Privatization: Our Initial Victory
The 11 Thai People’s Alliances want to declare that we have already achieved our initial objectives. And this is the first victory of Thai society as we are able to bring to much wider public attention the issues of FTA negotiation and the false promises of the government that the FTA negotiations will not affect people. The future of the administration under Thaksin Shinnawatra is at stake should they fail to answer our call.
Eleven People’s Alliances and Ten of Thousands Activists Demand a Stoppage of Negotiation on Life-Critical Issues
Stop Privatizing Thailand, Stop FTA, Promote A Just Economy
As the Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra told the press today “Our trade representatives do not view the agreement to our disadvantage. It is a trade-off thing. Discussion means both sides have to trade off their benefits. We may have to lose some, but the government is overseeing it. Any clauses that may affect us have to be taken care of. We have to make some judgment, and what is good for us should be pursued.”