Regional Trade Strategy Meeting
The Battle of Hong Kong Continues
February 28 March 1, 2006
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.
La costruzione di basi militari straniere in Afghanistan e Iraq; i casi di tortura nelle basi di Guantanamo e Diego Garcia; la costruzione di nuove basi ad Okinawa; la “ristrutturazione” delle alleanze militari in Asia; e la crescita drammatica delle esercitazioni militari congiunte come parte della cosiddetta “guerra mondiale contro il terrore” hanno messo in evidenza l’importanza delle basi militari straniere, delle altre forme di presenza militare, e la militarizzazione di società intere e di come ciò venga usato per assicurare gli interessi di certi stati e corporazioni a detrimento della democrazia, della giustizia e della sovranità in tutto il mondo.
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.”
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.
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.
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.