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Globalists have been fighting against the increase in bilateral trade deals since the failure of the Doha round of the WTO. They much prefer multilateral deals that lay the foundation for globalized business. Says Michael Treschow, chairman of Ericsson, â€œWe make source components from dozens of countries. What good is a deal with India if India does not have the same kind of deal with China? It just cuts across the supply chain. It is not countries that do business with countries but companies that do business with companies.â€ Goodbye to commerce nationalism, for transnational capitalists it just gets in-the-way of business. (more...)
Dollars & Sense collective member Mary Jirmanus recounts her stay in Beirut during the war in July.How are things over "there?" I read an e-mail on July 15 from a friend while sitting in my cousin's apartment in Rabieh, a Beirut suburb. It reads, "I can't imagine what it's like thereâ€” here things seem to be moving so slowly." There: the physical, geographical reality of "the region" and "the conflict" on which my friend expects me to offer some insight as to whether Syria will get involved, whether this is the United States' proxy war with Iran, whether World War III has started. There: also my internal connection to the space and the constantly changing political scenario, where Al-Jazeera is our constant sound track, where each village mentioned in the news strikes a particular chord of concern, and where we (more...)
Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascismâ€”white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilizationâ€”are ascendant in America today.When I was 18, before student tracking in the public schools had been formalized, an informal tracking system was nevertheless in place: the university track, the craft track, the poultry worker track, and the prison track. I was somewhere between the last two. Both my parents were working in a defense contractor factory, and I was left adrift in the factory-worker â€™burbs to be trained by television and alcohol. Raised on a curriculum of McCarthyism, I did the most logical thing I could think of to avoid both the factory and eventual incarceration with the neâ€™er-do-wells with whom I was keeping company. I joined the Army, and volunteered to fight communists in Vietnam. (more...)
By Mike Locker and Dave HancockVenezuela is currently attempting to break the iron grip of the United States and the multinational corporations that continue to play a dominant role in its economy. The long term goal is to create an alternative international system that promotes social development over profit promotes productive sovereignty and bilateral cooperation over the short sighted demands of international finance. In order to shift the global balance of power and fuel the economic development of Venezuela in the interests of its own people, Chavez seeks to forge strong international ties with other developing nations to secure the necessary capital, technology and expertise traditionally provided by the multinational corporations and institutions he is looking to neutralize. Venezuelaâ€™s growing strategic relationship with China is but one example of this emerging trend. Moving in this direction, China and Venezuela have recently announced the signing of at least eight major agreements in (more...)
Carol Araullo is a regular columnist for Business World, the leading business newspaper in the Philippines. Her column, "Streetwise," offers "Progressive Views on the Philippines and International Issues." She is also the national chair of BAYAN (New Patriotic Alliance), the most significant Left-oppositional force in the country. She is also global vice chair for external affairs of the International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS) and co-convenor of the Gloria Step Down Movement (GSM), Movement of Concerned Citizens for Civil Liberties (MCCCL), PlunderWatch, DEFEND Philippines, Justice Not War Coalition, US Troops Out Now! and other broad alliances. She and her husband Mike have two children. Her daughter, a graduate of the University of the Philippines with a degree in physics, is the countryâ€™s top female tri-athlete. Her son Atom is a well-know television youth personality. Solidarityeconomy.net will be posting Araullo's columns, which are usually political commentaries. Our first posting, however, is an autobiographical tribute to her father. (more...)
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