Hope To The End ......Trade 2 ....Trade 3.. ...EU Index.. ..World Trade
.Ode To The Scarlet Harlot
TYRUS - - - World Trade,
all the kings of TYRUS....Jeremiah 25: 22
Ezekiel Chapters 26, 27 and 28 also see Rev. 17 and 18
Isaiah 23; Jer. 27:3 ; Jer. 47:4; Amos 1:9, 10;-- Zech. 9: 2,3; Hosea 9:13; and Ezek. 29:18
The bottom line of all world trade and commerce is the 666Mark of the Beast
traffiking with Satan ..... Ezekiel 27: 16-18
the Newswire: fair educational use
NAFTA Superhighway ( Trans Texas Corridor ) to extend from Canada down to Panama, Peru and COLUMBIA
( Ed: Also able to transport Chinese military in stealth containers ..like Trojan horse )
http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=57548 -- Jerome Corsi
"As WND reported, Savi Networks is a joint venture between U.S. military defense contractor Lockheed Martin and Hutchison Ports Holdings, a Chinese ports management company with close ties to the Chinese military and the communists running China's government
"Highway of Death " http://americaneconomicalert.org/view_art.asp?Prod_ID=2508
Pharmakia, drugs, sorceries ...Revelation 9:21
Heroin, Cocaine, LSD, meth and Marijuana all decriminalized [ Ed: legitimized ] by Mexico
( Ed: transported easily by the NAFTA highway for "personal use ":
"soma. soma. soma "... Aldous Huxley )
"Mexico decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin on Friday a move that prosecutors say makes sense even in the midst of the government's grueling battle against drug traffickers." [ Ed: yeah, right]
The new law sets out maximum "personal use" amounts for drugs, also including LSD and methamphetamine. People detained with those quantities no longer face criminal prosecution
[ Ed: But heaven help you if you have cigarettes ]
.."it could open the door to corruption or extortion," Espino del Castillo said."
The maximum amount of marijuana for "personal use" under the new law is 5 grams the equivalent of about four joints. The limit is a half gram for cocaine, the equivalent of about 4 "lines." For other drugs, the limits are 50 milligrams of heroin, 40 milligrams for methamphetamine and 0.015 milligrams for LSD.
Mexico has emphasized the need to differentiate drug addicts and casual users from the violent traffickers whose turf battles have contributed to the deaths of more than 11,000 people since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006.
Javier Oliva, a political scientist at Mexico's National Autonomous University, said the new law posed "a serious contradiction" for the Calderon administration.
"If they decriminalize drugs it could lead the army, which has been given the task of combating this, to say 'What are we doing'?" he said.
Mexican Army patrolling our Southern border
Agents in Nuevo Laredo, on the border with the southern US state of Texas, were called in Saturday to be told they were fired, and to hand in their badges and weapons. A total of 1,100 agents were sacked, Mexican media said.
Mexico and the United States share a border that stretches across some 2,000 miles (3,220 kilometers) and are partners with Canada in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Trans Pacific Partnership - JUNE 29, 2015
Chinese military funded by trade
http://americaneconomicalert.org/view_art.asp?Prod_ID=2718 William R. Hawkins
Canadian border security
Napolitano, both borders, NAFTA and parity
Canadian - US border security and military integration / SPP
The "One World Trade Center" [ good graphic ]
Capitalism is over-- more controls , regulations, monitoring needed, says EU
..." the crisis[ global financial ] marks the beginning of a multi-polar world, where the US is no longer a superpower.
"The present crisis [ globally financial ] must incite us to refound capitalism on the basis of ethics and work Self-regulation as a way of solving all problems is finished. Laissez-faire is finished. The all-powerful market that always knows best is finished," he [ Sarkozy ] added
"The market economy is competition that lowers prices [ Ed: no longer applicable with corporate titans ] ... that benefits all consumers."
[ Peer Steinbruck, German Finance Minister : " The US will lose its status as the superpower of the world financial system. This world will become multi-polar," with the emergence of centres in Asia and Europe, he told the German parliament on Thursday.
The world will never be as it was before the crisis," he added
From US Capitalism to Socialism ( gov buyouts )
Not Socialism-- just authoritarianism
"In the past couple of weeks, the American government has
1) swallowed up two enormous mortgage buyers, [ Fannie Mae and Fredie Mac ]
2) seized a controlling stake in the worlds biggest insurance company, - [ AIG ]
3) taken over a major saving and loan institution [ Washington Mutual ] and
4) tried to buy up hundreds of billions of dollars of bad debt, perhaps in exchange for equity in the nations biggest banks.
Now, some people - Republicans in Congress, for example - are crying socialism!
Indeed, socialism hardly has a monopoly on state involvement in the economy. Last centurys examples of fascism did much the same thing. And today there are plenty of countries where the state controls the economy but the system is neither socialist nor fascist, merely authoritarian
They said the legislation, which would authorize unprecedented government intervention to buy distressed debt from private firms, would include limits on pay packages for executives of some firms that seek assistance and a mechanism for the government to take an equity stake in some of the firms, so taxpayers have a chance to profit if the bailout plan works
What is Corporate Barter ? -- Active International
One of the few that has prospered is BarterCard International, originally from Australia but now based in 13 countries and with 2,000 participating businesses in the UK alone
BarterCard's global network is also making barter a true global currency for small businesses
International Trade as a means of preventing war
"Mark to market is a system in which banks must declare the value of assets such as securities on a daily basis, forcing them to be transparent about their balance sheets."
"For example, there is nothing wrong with young people borrowing money against their expected future income if they have genuinely good prospects,"
[ Ed: We disagree] ]
"but we need to prevent the sort of irresponsible lending to people with poor credit ratings that led to the sub-prime mortgage crisis."
[ Ed: Looks like they will have a credit rating system favorable to the young ]
Bush pushes NAFTA ( Canada- U.S.- Mexico Free Trade )
During the news conference, the president also renewed his call for the U.S. Congress to pass a free trade pact with Colombia.
Mr. Bush said the three leaders also discussed global warming and energy during the summit. He said the United States is in favor of an effective climate agreement that will include binding commitments from all major developed and developing economies.
Ed: another sphere of power .... another "horn"
"the agreement [ Ed: Nafta] has cost U.S. citizens manufacturing jobs in favor of cheaper labor costs in Mexico.
Ed: It broke our middle-class, reaped unemployment and brought shoddier goods
The North American Union, Rfid passports and the Verichip implant
Ed:What doth it profit if they gain the whole commerce, and lose the soul of their own nation ??
NAFTA Railway ; from Mexico to Canada
" Cutting through Kansas City, the routes of IC&E and KCS roughly parallel Interstate 35 through the heartland of the United States from Canada to Mexico.
WND reported the KCS acquisitions in Mexico have positioned KCS as a NAFTA railroad.
In the same article, WND reported Kansas City has declared itself to be an "inland port," planning to house a Mexican customs office in the heart of the city, positioned to be a main terminal for Chinese containers coming north into the U.S. from Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas."
[ Ed: deep water ports in Mexico ]
China to install SENSORS along NAFTA Highway ( can track rfid )
MAP of NAFTA - Highway --- http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=15497
Who are the G20 ? ( G7 enlargement )
Ed: Have-countries aligning with have-not countries
"The G20 is an informal meeting of the finance ministers and central bank governors of 19 countries:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia,
South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America
plus the European Union Council presidency and the European Central Bank"
Ed: countries in red are the G7 industrialized democracies
"To ensure global economic fora and institutions work together, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the President of the World Bank, plus the chairs [ chairmen ] of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee of the IMF and World Bank, also participate in G20 meetings on an ex-officio basis"
consists of "systemically important countries within the framework of the
Bretton Woods institutional ( Ed: economic ) system"
G20 want global currency more flexible ( FX flexible exchange rate )
Ed: Will this lead to a one world currency ?
APEC wide Trade Zone -- FTAAP -
The goal, envisioned as a so-called Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific, or FTAAP, would seek to harmonize bilateral and subregional agreements and offer an alternative to foundering global trade talks.In addition to President George W. Bush, Hu Jintao, the Chinese president, and Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, are among the 21 world leaders expected to arrive in Hanoi [ Ed: Vietnam ] over the next few days before a formal summit meeting on Saturday and Sunday. [ Ed: Nov. 18, 19, 2006 ]
Though such a zone has certain attractive elements, the research paper concluded, it is not politically feasible in the near term
With APEC accounting for 60 percent of the global economic output and half of world trade, such a zone would be the single largest free trade program in history, he said.
Trans-pacific pact :
United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Chile , Peru ;
China, Hong Kong, Russia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand ,VietNam, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Brunei, ,
Russia to join WTO -- 151 st member
China's piece of the International Pie -- Morton Abramowitz
Robert Zoellick's "stakeholders"; unconditional trade
Returning home a few days ago, President Hu Jintao immediately discussed this offer with the politburo. They decided that this international stakeholding wasn't all it was cracked up to be.
They need oil, and they don't mind doing business with whoever wants to do business. Hu instructed his associates to listen quietly to all the American complaints about their bad domestic habits and simply go about their business. China would wait to buy a stake another day, hold on to its American bonds to keep Washington happy, and even continue to provide Wal-Mart with cheap goods. Maybe later, when the U.S. trade deficit has grown, the Americans will sell them a minority share at cheaper prices. "You know," he said, "I bet they they might even make us a general partner."
Ed: Morality-embargoes no longer play a role in trade negotiations. Anything goes. All nations are pragmatic, and profit outweighs morality. Commerce is officially immoral.
Please see Revelation 17
reuters : Merkel, Bush
G7 Summit in Japan of Industrialized Democracies : US, Canada, UK , Italy, Germany, France, and Japan.
(7 with voting power ).
Ed: They call it "8" because Russia is included, but with observer status only ( no voting power ). This year there will be " 15 other nations' leaders also invited". ( Including China, South Korea, India, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa etc.).
There will be 22 leaders in all ( note well : 7 + 15 = 22 )
Trans-Atlantic Free Trade
" if free trade didn't result in severe side effects for the West. But the reality is that, where there is no referee to ensure that everyone plays by the same rules, the West is encouraged, sometimes even forced, to make its own society a harsher place. In order to avoid losing business to low-wage countries, worker's councils are tamed [Ed: labor unions ] , rules for environmental protection are watered down and responsibility for social welfare is gradually handed back down to families and individuals.
The West believes it is selling machines, cars and planes. But as part of the deal, it is also selling its soul.
It's as if politicians and companies are committing suicide to escape the fear of death.
A domestic market as reliable and as big as an EU-US free-trade zone would be advantageous for both investors and workers. ....
The EU Commissioners are the last true believers in the religion of free trade.
A trans-Atlantic free-trade zone would have greater aims than simply defending the interests of importers and exporters. ... "Prosperity with Values" could be the aim of the trans-Atlantic free-trade zone. One of those values would be the goal that this prosperity reach as many people as possible.
The notion of a confident and strong West is also one that is important to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the rare moments when Merkel is able to look past the day-to-day grind of political life and see the bigger picture, it is the trans-Atlantic free-trade zone which catches her eye. She envisions it as the fusion of the like-minded. At the very least, it would counteract the Asian strategy of pitting the Europeans and the Americans against each other. Indeed, the upcoming German EU presidency in the first six months of 2007 presents itself as a handy platform from which to push what could be the project of the century. Merkel speaks of a "fascinating idea."
For years and years, fear of globalization has preoccupied governments at the cabinet level in virtually all Western capitals -- and an alliance of the democracies and market economies surrounding the North Atlantic could do everyone there tremendous good. It would also re-energize the West.
The creation of a trans-Atlantic free-trade zone would also send a strong political message:
" Look here", it would say, "like-minded nations are coming together. The nations that gave birth to the Enlightenment are devoted to the individual's right to freedom, but not at the expense of the collective." World leadership may ultimately end up in others' hands, but we won't stand complacently by while it happens. The Asians still need us more than we need them: They thirst for Western capital and technological expertise. And without Western markets, the Asian export industry would soon fall apart.
US partners with Doha trade policies of the EU
"Reforming the International Financial System "
"over time markets and the private sector can supplant the need for the IMF to perform in its current role"
What is a "Termite State " ?
"In a termite state, it is the collective rather than the individual which sets the agenda. Tasks that serve the aims of society's leaders are assigned to the individual in a clandestine manner that is barely perceptible to outsiders. It is a state that encourages as much collective behavior as possible but only as much freedom as necessary. We don't know what they feel, we don't know what they think and we have no way of guessing what they are planning."
U.S. : World enforcement through trade
Patent on IP Intellectual Property ( ideas )
Neil Turkewitz, executive vice president of the Recording Industry Association of America, said the trade pacts "embody a new level of standards for the digital age that go beyond the standards of existing international agreements." It was only proper for the administration in Washington to "protect that most dynamic part of the U.S. economy," he said. Copyright-linked industries account for 5 percent of American gross domestic product, he estimates
This pattern, he [ James Love -- Consumer Project on Technology ] asserted, seems "exactly designed to have someone in every regional area with U.S. norms imposed on them" - to form a growing floor for future international negotiations. "They're just steamrollering the whole world," he said
The U.S. pharmaceutical industry and U.S. government officials are both running the line that Australians need to pay more for innovative drugs," [ Thomas ] Faunce said. "This is frustrating for us because we are accustomed to changes in health policy being driven by scientific research or social justice concerns."
But a crisis is at hand, say government officials, corporate executives and academic experts, and the future of idea creation as the grease of the global economy, the force in deciding winners and losers, is in the balance. Today, the process for capitalizing - either financially or socially - on innovation and creativity is staggering under the strain of a digital revolution of a speed and scale never seen before. At a time when many of their most valuable assets can be shared and exchanged easily, businesses and governments scrambling to redefine who owns what.
Plugging up the world
Now, the information, entertainment and technology industries say they lose billions of sales to the free exchange of ideas. Incremental advances are stalled by endless lawsuits over inventions. Drug companies are on the defensive when they refuse to share their original research. And regulatory changes - like the European software patent directive this summer - are dying under the weight of lobbying forces from both sides. The battles pit companies against companies, creators against distributors, almost everyone against the United States - and, some say, China against the rest of the world. "This is warfare," said Jerry Klein, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. "It's a high-stakes intellectual battle, and it's very complicated
EuroSmart Trade Org.
Over 3 BBBillion ( 1/2 world's pop. ) to be shipped smart cards
Over three billion chip cards will be shipped by smart card vendors this year, according to Jacques Seneca, the chairman of trade organisation Eurosmart.
And Mr Seneca said that this figure will rise to over 3.7 billion in 2007, reports Card Technology.
EU gains weapon in battle over subsidies
The WTO on Friday ruled against a multibillion-dollar tax break for American companies.
The ruling by the WTO against the United States could result in the renewal of sanctions on U.S. goods like clothing, electronics, paper and steel as early as next year, although a U.S. appeal against the ruling would automatically delay that
The WTO ruling came a week after Mandelson signaled a desire to restart talks with Washington over the issue of
aircraft subsidies aimed at avoiding another expensive and potentially even more explosive trade duel.
The fight over tax breaks and assistance to aircraft makers also comes amid a sharp clash this week between the United States and Europe over proposals to end their effective control of the Internet by creating of a new international body. At meetings this past week in Geneva, the United States was fighting a solitary battle against countries backed by the EU, which wants to see a global body take over supervision of the way information is trafficked electronically across the globe
"Free Trade" = the downfall of a nation
NAFTA, CAFTA, WTO .. Henry Lamb
In reality, it opens new opportunities for American industry to move to countries where labor costs are a fraction of U.S. labor costs, and where environmental and regulatory compliance costs are almost non-existent.
These agreements open U.S. markets to products produced without the safety and environmental standards and the attendant costs that U.S. products must include
Each new agreement makes the United States more and more dependent upon other nations for the products it requires. Once the capacity to produce is lost, the possibility of rebuilding that capacity is remote.
It also forces Americans to submit to a force of law that was not enacted by elected representatives. This grinds underfoot the whole concept of "... government empowered by the consent of the governed."
Henry Lamb Articles http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/archives.asp?AUTHOR_ID=126
Sovereignty International http://www.sovereignty.net/
Ron Paul on free trade http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul250.html
Political opposition grows against NAFTA etc..... Phillips, Corsi
Shadow Government SPP Security and Prosperity Partnership ( North American Trade)
Paschal Lamy head of WTO
The WTO, which has 148 members and makes decisions by consensus, was able to agree on Lamy
without the kind of regional infighting that has blighted past selection procedures
P. Lamy : global concept ( free trade ...liberalised ) rather than direct ( bilateral)
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has warned that a growing number of bilateral and regional trade talks risk distracting from attempts to clinch a long-elusive global deal. WTO head Pascal Lamy says smaller countries cannot focus on both the global approach to trade, such as the WTO's Doha round, and a new focus by powers such as the EU and the US on bilateral trade deals.
Peter Mandelson EU trade commissioner wants third world trade
"We need to ensure the EPAs [economic partnership agreements] are genuinely development-friendly and not just about opening up developing countries' markets to the EU," said the letter by Gareth Thomas, Britain's international development minister, and Ian McCartney, minister of state for trade.
In a similar vein, aid agency Oxfam last month published a report entitled 'Unequal Partners' in which is suggested that the EU was stepping up the pressure for free trade agreements with African and Caribbean countries
"Perhaps the biggest danger is that poor countries will be signed up to deals that stymie their opportunities and jeopardise future development," the organisation said noting that countries could lose key money-bringing instruments such as the right to impose tariffs
Bully Tactics : Corporations over Congress
Corporation Ericsson pushes for global free trade
" It is not countries that do business with countries but companies that do business with companies, said Mr Treschow,
(Ed: Ericsson Corporation ) who is also head of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
Global Food Giants Control the Food Supply
"A wave of mergers and business alliances has concentrated market power in very few hands," the report says.
It is a dangerous situation when so few companies control so many lives,"
said John Samuel of ActionAid yesterday.
Proctor- Gamble: 300 Consumer products
( none dare call it monopoly )
More Monopolies to come
Consumer-goods makers including Unilever, Kimberly-Clark Corp. and Colgate-Palmolive Co. face pressure to get bigger to reduce costs and gain clout with retailers led by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., investors and analysts said. Gillette will help P&G's distribution of products in faster-growing emerging markets such as Brazil and India,
P&G Chief Executive A.G. Lafley said.
``This is an envious deal for everyone in the sector,'' said Ken Costa, chairman of European investment banking at
UBS AG, in an interview yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ``I do expect in the course of the year to see the mergers and acquisitions market grow in consumers as well as other sectors
US- MidEast Trade USMEFTA
The new group is a joint effort of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), both of which have stated their support of the finalization of a Middle East Free Trade Area (MEFTA)
Robert Zoellick, Liz Cheney to transform U.S. - Mid-East policy
The new policy will replace traditional diplomacy conducted through U.S. embassies, Zoellick said, with pressure to adopt the Bush Administration's ideals of free trade and democracy in the Middle East.
Zoellick said he and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liz Cheney will oversee the U.S. government-wide strategy, which will bankroll reforms "from Morocco to Afghanistan."
The approach integrates the Bush Administration's Broader Middle East and North Africa initiative directly into U.S. foreign policy, providing grant money and diplomatic pressure for countries to call elections and permit political parties, drop trade barriers, allow foreign investment and boost literacy and women's rights.
Zoellick said Washington would like to push Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Algeria and Yemen to join the World Trade Organization, a first step before entering a separate trade pact with the United States.
At the same time, Washington will increase pressure for political reforms in the Middle East, calling on countries to organize elections, permit a free press and form human rights groups, give rights to women and minority groups, and protect privacy.
"and all the cities of the nations fell" Revelation 16:19
"Global Compact" to replace 10 commandments for Business ethics
a Human Rights Agenda
Tony Blair was to join Chirac and Annan. The three leaders were to have lunch after attending a meeting of representatives of 140 companies from around the world.
With Britain taking over the presidency of the Group of Eight industrialized nations, Blair also was making the rounds of capitals to press his themes of climate change and lifting Africa out of poverty. A G-8 summit is to be held next month
[ July 05 ] in Gleneagles, Scotland, and Blair hopes leaders will agree to a plan for Africa that would include issues as diverse as disease and peacekeeping. [Ed : multi-national forces ]
Global Compact, a UN initiative established in 2000 to promote human rights, good labor practices, environmental protection and anti-corruption standards. About 1,000 companies have so far signed on.
U.S. , Mexico, and Canada = one entity "North America"
Internationalizing our Roads
Davos : merging government with business (none dare call it fascism )
Commerce Secretary :Carlos Gutierrez ?
US President George W. Bush on Monday chose Carlos Gutierrez as his new commerce secretary to succeed Donald Evans, who announced his resignation shortly after Bush won reelection early this month.
Gutierrez, chief executive officer of the cereal company Kellogg Co., became the fourth candidate that Bush has nominated for his new cabinet since his successful reelection on Nov. 2. The nomination needs Senate confirmation. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-11/30/content_2275081.htm
No dissent allowed
There's serious concern among the economics community that this is not an administration that encourages dissent. But economic dissent is very important to the formation of sound economic policy," argued John Mayo, an economics professor at Georgetown University's business school.
The president "needs to hear what those dangers might be...but there's concern that he won't want to hear dissent," and instead base his economic policy on "narrow, simple ideology," Georgetown's Mayo said.
Under. Sec. P. Bond ; Dan Caprio CPO of TA
Listed below are articles pertaining to governments and trade (business).
Daniel Caprio named Chief Privacy Officer of Technology Administration TA--July 21, 2004
Commerce Under Secretary for Technology Phillip J. Bond welcomed todays announcement by Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans naming
Daniel W. Caprio, Jr. to serve as the Commerce Departments Chief Privacy Officer (CPO).
The mission of the Technology Administration (TA) is to maximize technologys contribution to American economic growth, job creation, innovative capacity and global competitiveness.
Caprio served for the previous six years as Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to Federal Trade Commissioner Orson Swindle, where he worked as principal technology policy advisor with specific emphasis on information security, privacy, and global electronic commerce. In December 2001, Caprio was appointed to the United States Government Experts Group to revise the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks.
MONOPOLY ; no choices
Lack of choice and an absence of economic competition form the basis for Corporate World and define its operating framework....
By 2007, reports The Washington Post, Wal-Mart, already the nation's No. 1 general retailer with 3,700 stores, will control more than a third of all U.S. supermarket food sales.
ONE OF EVERYTHING
The same is increasingly true for every other area of American retail business. Oil and gasoline? Five companies now have 50 percent of the market. Restaurants? Corporate-owned chains only. Movie theaters? Ditto. Bookstores? Likewise. Stationery and hardware stores? More of the same. And with corporate ownership and control of the marketplace comes corporate arrogance: Buy their selected products, pay their prices, accept their standards, and endure their ideas of service and social responsibility - or take a hike.
In practice, this means the work force is expendable and disposable, the customer is always wrong, and the general public is, at best, an inconvenience and, at worst, a threat. Case in point: Best Buy Co. Inc., a national retail chain active in Maine, has announced unspecified plans to legally discriminate against shoppers on whom it loses money because they commit heresies like shopping only during sales or requesting too much information from salespeople.
Standardized global Bar-Code : European Article Numbering Code
GS 1 now 13 digits
With the new mandate from the Uniform Code Council, the North American arbiter of bar codes, the bar-code scanners of North American retailers will be expected to read the 13-digit product codes. The 12-digit codes do not die; systems that can read 13-digit codes can also read 12-digit codes.
The bar-code standards bodies are becoming a single global group as well. EAN International, based in Brussels, and the Uniform Code Council, based in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, will be folded into one organization, called GS1, next year. The global headquarters will be in Brussels.
Although political relations between the EU and the United States may have been damaged following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the economic relationship has continued to ripen. During that year, almost
$87 billion was pumped into Europe through foreign direct investment - an increase of more than 30 percent from the previous year.
In fact, 2003 proved to be a record-breaking year for trans-Atlantic profits. The report highlighted that nearly
65 percent of all U.S. foreign direct investment in 2003 went to European countries. U.S. companies continue to rely on Europe for half their total annual foreign profits, while the United States is the most important market in the world in terms of earnings for many European multinationals.
The investment has not been all one-sided. The conclusive report reveals that Europe's investment stake in the United States, on a historical cost basis, exceeded $1 trillion in 2002, 20 percent more than America's stake in Europe. Curiously, Europe accounts for nearly three quarters of all foreign investment in the United States.
Ed. note: Are those "investments" buying up all our real estate, farmlands , utilities ??
Australia, US sign Free Trade Agreement
The two signed a free-trade agreement last week, and congressional leaders have pledged to move quickly to ratify it. Should it take effect, 99 percent of industrial goods in both countries would become duty-free immediately, which would result in an estimated $2 billion annual growth in exports of U.S. manufactured products to Australia.
the EU and Communitarian Law
"One must act 'as if' in Europe: as if one wanted only very few things, in order to obtain a great deal. As if nations were to remain sovereign, in order to convince them to surrender their sovereignty. The Commission in Brussels, for example, must act as if it were a technical organism, in order to operate like a government ... and so on, camouflaging and toning down.
The sovereignty lost at national level does not pass to any new subject. It is entrusted to a faceless entity: NATO, the UN and eventually the EU. The Union is the vanguard of this changing world: it indicates a future of Princes without sovereignty. The new entity is faceless and those who are in command can neither be pinned down nor elected ... That is the way Europe was made too: by creating communitarian organisms without giving the organisms presided over by national governments the impression that they were being subjected to a higher power
US Free Trade agreement with Central American nations ( 6 )
The agreement was signed Friday by the chief trade negotiators of the United States and five countries of Central America - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The Dominican Republic will be part of the package when it is presented to Congress, but the country will have to wait until this summer to sign the deal because its negotiations were completed later.
The six nations will represent the second largest market for U.S. products in Latin America, second only to Mexico.
Europe and Latin America look to boost
Mercosur (which groups Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) and the EU last week exchanged free trade proposals. And five Central American countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Honduras and Nicaragua) are seeking flexibility from the Europeans hoping to strike a deal on free trade in January 2005.
The Andean Community
(Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela)
also is hoping to use the gathering to encourage the European
Union to thrash out a deal with their group.
Europe and economic reform http://www.iht.com/articles/514053.html
Japan plans first-ever tariffs on US good http://www.iht.com/ihtsearch.php?id=119279
US to face European trade sanctions http://euobs.com/?aid=13708&rk=1
Sec. of Treasury wants currency rates set by market floating rates
By Glenn Somerville
DUBAI, Sept 20 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said on Saturday fellow finance chiefs from the world's leading industrial nations backed his view that currency rates should be set by markets and not by governments.
In a statement at the conclusion of a meeting of the Group of Seven finance ministers -- the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan -- Snow claimed victory for his position that floating rates were best for world trade.
"I expressed my long-held view that that the world trading system works best under a regime with market-based exchange rates," Snow said.
Fascism : You can own a company (private enterprise) but the government makes all the rules and regulations (even if it means going bankrupt)
US Military and Corporations dominate the world
Definition of Fascism http://www.brojon.org/frontpage/bj040501.html by Dwight Eisenhower
"Money is power and that is why the U.S. military (with much of our national budget to use in secret ways we will never know about) and U.S. corporations rule the world, devouring everything, raping the globe of its precious resources, destroying the environment and paying off the mass media to be their cheerleaders and pimps.....
This is why democracy is being destroyed in the United States and around the world. The goal of the U.S. ruling class and its puppet U.S. government is military and economic domination and exploitation of the entire world. It has nothing to do with terrorism or standing for justice or any such nonsense. But democracy could not be destroyed without the help of their cheerleaders, the U.S. mass media. That is why it is important that none of the things I have mentioned ever gets reported. "
IBM dominates World Markets
IBM Delivers World's Top Performing Transaction Server, Database
Ousts HP from Number One
New IBM eServer System and DB2 Universal Database set Transaction Processing World Record;
Beats HP with Half the Number of Processors
According to the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark, an eServer p690 with 32 POWER4+(TM) processors running the AIX(TM) UNIX® operating system and DB2® Universal Database delivered 680,613.12 transactions per minute (tpm/C) at a cost of $11.13/tpmC. IBM ousted an Itanium 2 system that used twice the number of processors running Windows from the top performance spot.(1)
"With these record setting performance results, IBM continues the long standing trend of delivering customers the most powerful systems on the market," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager, IBM eServer pSeries. http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/030509/95193_1.html
Who runs the world commercially ?
The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) administers U.S. anti-boycott regulations, which prohibit U.S. persons from taking actions in support of unsanctioned foreign government boycotts, including the Arab League boycott of Israel. BIS has a long record of aggressive enforcement of the anti-boycott regulations, with over $26 million in civil penalties imposed and denials of export privileges where violations have been found.
Who protects commercial interests globally ? (MAP)
U.S. military commanders actively collect intelligence and or entrench military bases in every region of the globe. Why? To protect the vital interests of the American people or to protect the vital interests of greed-driven multinational corporations?
RFID tagging and the marketplace
From Fortune's 500 to Global 1000
There is Money in Food --Derry Brownfield
Corporations have no accountability
No independent thinking if you want to belong to Free Trade Agreement
New Zealand does not want nuclear ships
Socialism (The Third Way )....FASCISM
is the grandest of all illusions. It pretends that individuals own property and businesses, when in reality they don't. They merely pay for them initially, and then pay forever in heavier and heavier taxation, fees, fines, registrations and regulations.
Corporations and Government dictate the rules and have the actual control.
The Third Way ---government allied with BIG business--- does not serve the general public, but advances their own dominating agendas.
Wages suffer under this plan as parity is sought among nations in Global Trade
The worker is subjected to receiving the lowest median common wage in order to "equalize" across the board.
This results in "a day's wages for a loaf of bread".
The Third Way is The Third Horseman of the Apocalypse
What is the THIRD WAY ?
It's not Capitalism (individual enterprise.....FREEDOM)
It's not Communism (state owned enterprise....NO FREEDOM)
It's Fascism--merging government with mega-corporations (monopolies)....TOTAL CONTROL
MICC http://www.mises.org/story/2450 mil-ind-congressional
Definition of Fascism and Communitarianism.....
"Communitarianism is more closely related to fascism. Fascist doctrine, as described in the early part of this century, called for government and "Big Business" (and also Labor) to work together in partnership to run the state.
Each of these three elements was called a corpus and these three bodies would coordinate to plan the economy and run the state. From the term "corpus" we get the terms "corporate state" and "corporative state."...
Fascism, again, was a compromise solution between communism/socialism and capitalism and was in fact known as "the middle way" between socialism and capitalism. In fact at times it was called "the third way." It was a totally cynical philosophy attractive to the upper classes as the way to stop the communist threat. And it conveniently annihilated the concept of rights so as to allow the upper classes to consolidate their power."....
"wherein government and Big Business (corporations) shared power. "
"So everybody is kept equally miserable but not miserable enough to revolt.
This is bread and circuses. This is fascism. This is communitarianism. "
Ken Morrow WND editorial.
Please see: "Good Business" is killing us....by Chuck Baldwin
"Merchants have no country"----land of opportunists.
"If these American companies can make a dollar today by engaging in commercial activity that helps to strengthen a potential adversary tomorrow, they will do it in a heartbeat. It's considered all right, because it's considered "good business."
MUST READ !
Trading our Living Standard for a mess of Pottage...Paul Craig Roberts
By Abraham Lincoln
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot lift the wage earner by putting down the wage payer.
You cannot stay out of trouble by spending more than you incur.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
In the Millennial Kingdom, each man will own his own property :
"In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree." Zechariah 3:10
Zechariah Chapter 4 shows a Theocracy, with representative government.
GOP abandons Conservativism....Jon Dougherty
"Democrats in Drag" by Steve Farrell
The Republican Party speaks conservative, but legislates liberal, gets all dressed up for church, but drives down to the brothel.
If there ever was any truth to the claim that the Republican Party was conservative, constitutionally based, and morally sound, its 1990s flying leap into the arms of Progressive Government and the Third Way insured that honest men would soon come to believe otherwise. Yesterdays defenders of the Republic are todays champions of the New World Order and the corporations which figure to cash in most on the megalomaniacal prize.
Dems in Drag: Third Way fall from Grace
Missing the Mark with Religion...My Country, My President, My Party ...Right or Wrong
Steve Farrell Articles http://www.newsmax.com/pundits/archives/Steve_Farrell-archive.shtml
"Strict regulation and control of the economy by the regime through some form of corporatist economic planning in which the legal forms of private ownership of industry are nominally preserved but in which both workers and capitalists are obliged to submit their plans and objectives to the most detailed state regulation and extensive wage and price controls, which are designed to insure the priority of the political leadership's objectives over the private economic interests of the citizenry. Therefore under fascism most of the more important markets are allowed to operate only in a non-competitive, cartelized, and governmentally "rigged" fashion." (Point # 9)
"Fascism does emerge in capitalist crisis:
the moment when the struggle for production reaches a point when the workers can no longer purchase the products they produce
( a crisis of over-production and declining profits and/or an intense battle for cheaper labor, raw materials, and new markets; that is, war." Rich Gibson
"Fascism is against individualism. The Fascist concept of the State---it is for the individual only in so far as he coincides with the State, which is the conscience and universal will of man in his historical existence.
Fascism reaffirms the State as the true reality of the individual. The only liberty which can be real, is the liberty of the State (and the individual in the State).
Therefore for the Fascist everything is the State,
and nothing human or spiritual exists outside of the State."(point #5)
point # 6
"The will of the nation can be expressed by the will of a few, EVEN OF THE ONE"
What is Fascism ? Fascism is the Italian government of Mussolini,
who actually coined the phrase " THIRD WAY "
THE COMING U.S. FASCISM
One World Socialism
Recycling Radicalism--- from "The New American"
2.....Fascism and Democracy don't mix.......
"And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter's clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, for as much as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay,
so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another,
even as iron is not mixed with clay." Daniel 2:40-43
Fascism and Democratic-Capitalism together www.starheart.net/fascism.html
Corporate Globalization and Popular Democracy http://cyberjournal.org
P-P-P ( Public-Private Partnership)
A partnership between governments (public) and corporations (private)
whereby property is owned, yet totally controlled by authoritarian regulations
(controls over products and services). A pretend-sharing of power, when in reality
all systems are managed by Big Brother.
American Democracy shifted from a representative form of government to a P-P-P government during the unrelenting efforts of Mr. Gore who "re-invented our government" during the past 8 years. Scroll to articles below.
Democracy or a Republic ?
Iran: Uneasy mix of Islam with Democracy
Trade continued at
including: TranAtlantic Market, Fast Track; APEC; Free Trade Agreements : FTAA; Mid-East; ASEAN;
TAFTA ( Europe-America); NAFTA, Drug trafficking, "pharmakia"