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globalization and international relations


Comité pour l’Annulation de la Dette du Tiers monde (CADTM)

CIADI/Telecom Italia: ¡hands off Bolivia!

“Some multinational companies take over our natural resources, privatize basic services, fail to pay taxes and then, when they have no arguments in their defense, they go to the so-called ICSID. And then, in that World Bank tribunal, no country wins against the multinationals. So why do we need an ICSID where only the multinational companies can win?” – President Evo Morales of Bolivia Another World Bank/Multinational Attack on Bolivia – Stop ICISD and Telecom Italia Once again, Bolivia is (...) read

date of on-line publication : 19 December 2007


InfoChange News & Features

Can multilateral trade work for the poor?

> Agenda, February 2007

Protectionism, self-reliance and village republics are not enough to lift 1.3 billion of the world’s poor out of absolute poverty. There is sufficient empirical evidence to demonstrate that trade can be a powerful catalyst for poverty reduction, that free trade with fairer policies will benefit the world’s poor more than aid or charity. The problem is that World Trade Organisation negotiations and global trade are far from free and fair, with the balance skewed in favour of powerful trading (...) read

date of on-line publication : 25 October 2007


Oxfam International

Impacts of Reductions in US Cotton Subsidies on West African Cotton Producers

One of the first studies of its kind after the US reformed a controversial export subsidy program called “Step 2,” Paying the Price estimates how much farmer incomes in West Africa could increase after further subsidy reform, and what these gains would mean in practical terms for a typical West African cotton farming household. The report confirms that substantial reform of American cotton subsidies in the 2007 Farm Bill could lead to increased income to feed an additional million children (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 July 2007


DRC: a demonstration of plunder and submission

> by Damien Millet and Eric Toussaint

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a textbook case for those who wish to understand complex notions like the pillage of a country’s wealth, the intolerable loss of a State’s sovereignty, or the concept of odious debt. The manner in which the budget of 2007 was prepared and the orientations of the government led by Antoine Gizenga provide clear confirmation of what the Committee for the Abolition of Third World Debt and many other social movements have been asserting for a number of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 26 July 2007


World Bank attempt to privatise Mumbai’s water runs aground: Citizens reject report

> Focus on the Global South

On 3rd June, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) held a stakeholders meeting in which the New Zealand based consultant group Castalia (hired by the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility) to conduct a study in the K-east ward of Mumbai, presented their findings and recommendations after a year-long study, for the Water Distribution Improvement Programme (WDIP). The meeting was attended by the MCGM Labour Union, K-east ward residents, activists, (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 June 2007

Love, Lies, Wolfowitz, and the World Bank

> The Zeleza Post

The unfolding corruption scandal of the World Bank President, Paul D. Wolfwitz, is an intriguing and entangled tale of love: the personal love life of Mr. Wolfowitz himself, the current love affair between neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism, and the long-standing marriage between capitalism and corruption, the development industry and the military-industrial complex, and the Northern-dominated international financial institutions and the institutionalization of dependency and poverty in (...) read

date of on-line publication : 15 May 2007

Transnational Institute (TNI)

United Nations and Transnational Corporations: a deadly association

The United Nations is failing in its duty to control the abuses of transnational economic power, argues Alejandro Teitelbaum. The recent report by John Ruggie, special representative of the UN Secretary-General on business and human rights, represents a setback in attempts to establish international control over the activities of transnational corporations. I. The United Nations Organisation (UN) was created in order to keep the peace and defend human rights and dignity. Some important (...) read

date of on-line publication : 23 April 2007


Transnational Institute (TNI)

Lebanon and Syria : blackouts as a way of life

> In "Beyond the Market: The Future of Public Services", chapter written by Alessandra Galié and Bernhard Hack, april 2006, 11 p. (pdf)

The politics, economics and societies of Syria and Lebanon have been closely intertwined for many years. This chapter discusses the countries’ different approaches to the concept of ‘public’ and ‘private’ services. Focusing on the water and electricity sectors, it highlights how international bodies and regional agreements are influencing domestic policies towards the dominant model of market-oriented reforms. Read Lebanon and Syria : blackouts as a way of (...) read

date of on-line publication : 21 March 2007


Niger : agricultural trade liberalization and women’s rights

Niger is experiencing the residual effects of 2005’s food emergency, which are expected to persist for a number of years regardless of a return to normal harvests. Underlying and exacerbating the recent crisis is Niger’s structural food insecurity, which perennially leaves 32 percent of the population undernourished and 40 percent of children under five chronically malnourished. Social and cultural patterns of conduct contribute to women’s overrepresentation among the poorest and most (...) read

date of on-line publication : 14 February 2007



The adaptation of EU and US democracy promotion programmes to the local political context in Jordan and Palestine

> Dorothée Schmid and Fares Braisat, EuroMeSCo Research Report n° 50, october 2006, 26 p.

The purpose of this report is to compare the priorities and methods of American and European administrations for the promotion of democratic values and institutions in the Middle East, taking Jordan and the Palestinian territories as case-studies. This paper try to evaluate the consistency of the Western powers’ democracy-promotion policies, especially pondering the influence of regional strategic parameters on the implementation of co-operation programmes on a local scale. Democracy has (...) read

date of on-line publication : 9 February 2007

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