INT'L NETWORK TO ABOLISH FOREIGN MILITARY BASES: Inaugural Conference Set for March 2007 in Ecuador

30 October 2005 -- After a long process of consultations and discussions, organizers have set 7-10 March 2007 as the date and Ecuador as the venue of the planned inaugural conference of an international network to abolish foreign military bases.

The conference is aimed to be the biggest gathering of anti-bases campaigners, researchers, and activists from around the world in recent history.

Since the invasion of Iraq by the United States and its coalition, there has been a renewed push on campaigning for the closure of foreign military bases around the world. The United States, among other countries with bases, maintains an estimated 725 bases and other forms of military presence in about 150 countries.

Dear Friends,

We would like to invite you to an Asia strategy meeting of peoples' movements, mass organizations, networks, NGOs and activists to build a collective strategy to counter the ongoing negotiations in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the 6th WTO Ministerial Meeting. The meeting will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on June 6-7, 2005.

As many of you know, the WTO will hold its 6th Ministerial Meeting in Hong Kong from December 13th-18th 2005. This Ministerial Meeting will be a crucial one since the trade majors in the WTO hope to conclude the Doha Round of negotiations (also called the Doha Development Agenda) during this meeting.

17to 19 December 2004


The US and its allies are carrying out the most brutal forms of repression including massive aerial bombing of ordinary Iraqis because the resistance to occupation is growing and spreading. After Bush has been reelected, US aggression in Iraq is likely to intensify even further. The Iraqi people today need the widest possible solidarity from progressive people throughout the world. Indeed, such are the stakes that the US is playing for, that it knows a defeat in Iraq and a military-political withdrawal from the country will signal a decisive defeat of its empire-building project in the region. The heroic struggle of the Palestinian people will then receive a tremendous boost just as Israel and a host of US-dependent Arab regimes will be shaken to their roots. All the more reason, therefore, why the US’s imperial designs must be opposed and thwarted.


SEPTEMBER 1 - The 500,000-strong march against the war in New York City last week, preceded by Greek activists' protests which forced US State Secretary Colin Powell to cancel his trip to Athens, show that far from being dead, the global anti-war movement is alive, kicking, and marching o­n.As resistance to the illegal occupations of Iraq and Palestine continues, representatives of the global anti-war movement are set to converge very close to the two current focuses of their struggle -- in Beirut, Lebanon -- this September 17-19 to discuss and debate their next steps.

Expected to attend are around 150-200 representatives of various anti-war coalitions, social movements, NGOs, and other organizations from around 50 countries around the world. Joining them are scores of activists from neighboring Syria, Palestine, Egypt, and Morocco -- including a delegation
of Iraqis who will be traveling by bus from Iraq.


In Cancun the WTO Ministerial ended in complete failure, the institution WTO coming close to a final collapse. Mass mobilisations in Cancun and other parts of the world have brought the destructive effects of trade liberalisation to broad public attention and many governments were under pressure and encouraged to stop the train of destructive trade liberalisation. The sacrifice of our friend Lee o­n the 10th of September in Cancun animated, strengthened and radicalised our struggle. We want to commemorate Lee, his courage and ideals and his commitment to stop the destruction of peasant agriculture.

English version:Call for Representatives: Beirut International Assembly of Anti-War and Anti-Globalization Movements

17-19 de septiembre de 2004 Beirut, LíbanoDespués del falso ³traspaso² de la soberanía del 30 de junio, la ocupación militar, económica y política de Irak por parte de los Estados Unidos continúa, y, con ella, la desestabilización deliberada de toda la región. Al mismo tiempo, la administración Bush le ha dado al gobierno de Sharon manos libres para seguir con su política de asesinato de los palestinos y de construcción de un muro de apartheid para aislarles y controlares. Esto forma parte de la estrategia de Estados Unidos e Israel para ³resolver² la crisis palestina a través de la fuerza militar y de la subyugación.

Jakarta peace concensus17-19 September 2004, Beirut, Lebanon

Following the fake June 30 "handover" of sovereignty, the United States' military, economic and political occupation of Iraq continues and, along with it, the deliberate de-stabilisation of the region. At the same time, the Bush administration has given the Sharon government free reign to pursue a policy of assassinating the Palestinian people and building an apartheid wall to isolate and control them. This is part of the US-Israeli strategy to "resolve" the Palestinian crisis by military force and subjugation.

28-30 May 2004 Bangkok, Thailand


Following the collapse of the WTO's Cancun Ministerial in 2003 and given the fact that negotiations in the WTO and in the Free Trade Area of the Americas are currently stalled, the neoliberal trade liberalizing agenda appears to be losing momentum. Negative impacts o­n development and the environment are increasingly recognized, including by developing country governments, who are refusing to move forward with negotiations until at  least some of these impacts are recognized and dealt with. Critically however, many governments and others are discouraged from being even more outspoken about their worries for fear of what the alternative might be. Many are convinced by those free traders who argue that the o­nly alternative to the WTO is the law of the jungle. This myth needs to be demolished. There is no reason why societies cannot choose to manage their economies in fairer, progressive, more environmentally sustainable and democratic ways.



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