International Conference to close Guantanamo

January 10-13 in Guantanamo / Havana, Cuba.

We invite you to participate in this important global conference, which will take place in Guantanamo, Cuba on January 10-13.

January 11 marks the fifth anniversary of the arrival of prisoners at the US prison in Guantanamo. The date will be marked by an international call, a unique conference, organized by Focus on the Global South and endorsed by the UK stop the War Coalition, Global Exchange and CODEPINK: women for peace, will be held in the city of Guantanamo and in Havana.

 

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REGIONAL TRADE STRATEGY MEETING

Preventing the Revival of the Doha Round

9am-6pm, December 9, 2006

Cebu City, Philippines

*Interested participants are requested to please register beforehand so logistics can be arranged accordingly


The collapse of the talks of the Doha Round of negotiations of the World Trade Organization last July was the best possible outcome for developing countries. The Doha Round of negotiations had gone so far from being about development and it was clear that what the big trading powers wanted was more market access and special and differential treatment for them. Social movements, national campaigns and people the world over then celebrated this collapse as a victory for the majority of world’s peoples.

The Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) represents the first attempt at regional integration that is not based primarily on trade liberalization but on a new vision of social welfare and equity. Alternatives are often either theoretical to the point of impracticality, or so micro that scaling up presents huge challenges; ALBA is both large-scale and, to an increasing degree, taking concrete shape.
5-9 MARCH 2007 IN ECUADOR

 
 On behalf of the International and Ecuadoran Organizing Committees for the Inaugural Conference of the Network for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, we invite you to participate in this important global conference, which will take place in Quito and Manta, Ecuador, from March 5-9, 2007.
 The conference aims both to highlight the political, social, environmental and economic impacts of foreign military bases and the grassroots movements that oppose them, as well as to formally construct the network, its strategies, structure and action plans.
 We have seen how foreign military bases and other forms of military presence are used to secure the interests of a few at the cost of democracy, justice, sovereignty and self determination. But these bases and their destructive impacts are meeting with strong grassroots opposition, in Vieques, Korea, Okinawa, United Kingdom, Guam, the United States itself, and many other countries. It is these movements we wish to highlight and bring together for mutual support and strategies.

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)

 25 July 2006, Geneva

marcha-17-12-(4).jpgMonday'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.

1 July 2006, Geneva.
The illegitimate Mini Ministerial which the WTO’s Director General Pascal Lamy convened in Geneva came to a standstill as the US refused to offer further cuts in their domestic supports, whilst at the same time demanding that the developing world reduce their agricultural tariffs.
The collapse of talks is good news for the developing world. Assessments of the outcome of the Doha Round, from a variety of institutions, including the World Bank and the EU’s own Sustainability Impact Assessment, have already predicted that the Round would have adverse impacts on the poorest countries, particularly countries in Africa. Both the US and the EU have been aggressive in demanding for market access in industrial products, and the US for more access in agriculture. Yet despite being the prime culprits for dumping their agricultural products on the world market, causing destruction to the livelihoods of subsistence farmers, both these giants have only offered cosmetic cuts in their agricultural domestic supports.

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Regional Trade Strategy Meeting
The Battle of Hong Kong Continues
February 28 ­ March 1, 2006
Bangkok, Thailand

At the 6th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization last December 2005,the big trading superpowers with the help of Brasil and India, were able to pull out a deal at the last minute, which, if fully implemented, will be severely detrimental to the majority of the world¹s peoples. The deal in Hong Kong has given the multilateral institution new momentum and if unchallenged, the WTO will be able to conclude the Doha Development Round by the end of 2006. And the first major opportunity for us to affect these negotiations is at the next General Council Meeting in Geneva this May 2006.

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