December 6-7— The last day of the #EndWTO Bali Week of Action highlighted yet again peoples and citizens’ movements cry for justice and dignity and collective resolve to change the rules of the game from the ground up. The common view is that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has created more imbalance, injustice, and inequality than what it promised. This view was reinforced by the Global People’s Tribunal (see first story below).
Trade and Investment
The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) pushed through a Bali Package in the final hours, extending the Conference to December 7, but at the cost of the developing countries, the poor and the hungry.
Facilitating Trade for TNCs
Pablo Solon, the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South presents ISDS and the case of Bolivia at the workshop on Global and Regional Investment Policy, 2 September 2013 Asia Hotel, Bangkok Thailand.
Launched in 1995, the World Trade Organization (WTO) completed the Bretton Woods trio with the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund in promoting neoliberalism and corporate globalization.
By: Dorothy-Grace Guerrero*
That is a mirage, cheap mirage, revolting, romantic and fantastical -- that's another ball on Lake Como.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky Notes from the Underground
The landscape of global investment governance is characterized by a web of international investment agreements (IIA) that seek to promote and protect investments and investor rights. UNCTAD reports that by the end of 2012, the IIA regime consisted of 3,196 agreements, which included 2,857 bilateral investment treaties (BITS) and 339 “other IIAs”, such as integration or cooperation agreements with an investment dimension.
By Joseph Purugganan, Afsar Jafri and Jacques-Chai Chomthongdi
Several milestones in the campaign against the World Trade Organization and free trade agreements will be marked this year as the struggle continues. Many of these key moments in the struggle involve major mobilizations in Asia spearheaded by peasant and fishers organizations working closely with other social movements to resist the onslaught of free trade and investment policies on agriculture, on jobs, on the environment and people’s rights.