Hope To The End ...........Trade 1..... .... Trade 3 ............. Articles
World Trade Tyrus ...page two
including: TranAtlantic Market, Fast Track; APEC; Free Trade Agreements : FTAA; Mid-East; ASEAN;
TAFTA ( Europe-America); NAFTA, Drug trafficking, "pharmakia"
World Trade Organization
US faces record sanctions after WTO ruling
WTO to decide prices on drugs
Calling for the debate last April, the WTO's African members said the WTO's accord on trade-related aspects of intellectual property (Trips) faced a "crisis of legitimacy". The 1994 accord, which requires countries to introduce patent protection legislation, is blamed by health activists for bolstering the interests of the multinational pharmaceutical companies and keeping the costs of essential drugs, especially those for Aids, out of reach of the poor. http://news.ft.com/ft/gx.cgi/ftc?pagename=View&c=Article&cid=FT3N85KX5OC&live=true&tagid=IXLC078IH7C&Collid=Any
Eight major trading blocs ? Eight regions ?
"And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled." Revelation 17:16,17
Removing standards (regulations) in transatlantic trade
We start from a strong base. Nearly 60 percent of all American foreign corporate assets are located in Europe, while Europe provides nearly 75 percent of all foreign investment in the United States.
Americans consume a quarter of total EU exports, while the United States sends a third of its total exports to Europe. More than 13 million Americans and Europeans are employed by local affiliates of EU and U.S. parent companies.
The real prize lies in removing the many barriers created by contrasting and conflicting regulations which weigh on businesses and add to their costs.
[Ed. note: what they want us to believe] "The fact is that dismantling barriers will lead to demonstrable prosperity for citizens on both sides of the Atlantic, and that is something that should not just be on the agenda of business but should appeal to consumers, communities, workers and politicians. We can all win from this."
EU - US and Canada Trade
EU $ 4 Billion Sanction against US
(CBS) The World Trade Organization on Friday ruled that the European Union can impose trade sanctions of up to
$4 billion against the United States in a tax dispute, the biggest penalty it has ever allowed.
The sanctions are 20 times the amount levied in any previous WTO dispute. Experts say their potential effect on EU-U.S. trade would be so serious that the ruling will likely prompt a new compromise between the two sides.
The United States and EU also have been trying to defuse a battle over steel tariffs.
The decision does not require the retaliatory tariffs but gives the Europeans the option to impose them.
Please see Rev. 17:16,17
Why Europe wants to deliver our mail
EU wants in on American businesses (utilities, postal, small business etc.)
EU wants to bid on US mail
The European Union is demanding that foreign companies be allowed to compete with the U.S. Postal Service as part of World Trade Organization talks that began last year.
According to a draft copy of its demands obtained by The Washington Times, Europe also wants access to American markets for municipal water and waste services.
It also will call for foreign companies to be given access to Small Business Administration loans.
The European demands, which will be formally presented to the U.S. government by the end of June, mark the opening salvo in WTO negotiations on trade in services, an area that includes industries
from finance to telecommunications to energy.
U.S. and Britain ?
More power to the executive branch..... no power to the legislative branch
Augments Nationalized Health Care
Senate gives Bush "fast track" authority on trade to bypass Congress
The legislation, which passed Thursday evening by a convincing 66-30 vote after three weeks of debate, gives the president the authority to negotiate new trade agreements that Congress must vote on but not change. Bush says he needs this "fast-track" authority, lapsed since 1994, to ensure U.S. leadership in World Trade Organization trade liberalization talks and efforts to establish a Western Hemisphere free-trade zone.
Sen. Phil Gramm , R-Texas, said it was a "red-letter day for George Bush,"
giving him one of the biggest legislative victories of his presidency.
Disputing that forecast was Sen. Byron Dorgan D-N.D., who said free trade without protections fosters the loss of jobs to countries with cheap labor and poor environmental standards. Senators "talk about how wonderful this is for this country, and none of them will have their jobs move to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Mexico or anywhere else," he said.
The Senate bill, at the insistence of Democrats, also expands a program to help workers who lose their jobs because of trade, making more Americans eligible and providing a subsidy to pay for 70 percent of their health-care costs.
Fast Track ....who needs the Legislative Branch anyway ?
"Trade promotion authority"---JBS
President Bush wants the authority now coyly renamed "trade promotion authority" for the same reason that his predecessor wanted it: to accelerate the United States entry into an economic New World Order, where international bureaucracies will trump sovereign controls on international trade. Bush has made it clear to anyone paying attention that he intends to foist an American equivalent of the European Union on the United States and the rest of North and South America
House gives Bush "fast-track" on world trade
"fast track" means to skip the legitimate route, and circumvent prescribed channels of wisdom
APEC ... Asian-Pacific
Economic Cooperation ( Pacific Rim)
With the leaders of the US., Japan, China, Korea, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and Chile
(then later, Russia, Vietnam and Peru) it constitutes an imposing annual summit. As the share of the world economy in
East Asia [ Ed. note: " the kings of the East" Dan. 11 ] grows, it will ultimately rival the G8 for global economic importance.
The group flirted with a regional system for trade liberalization several years ago, but its aversion to institutions prevailed. It has a very small Secretariat. "APEC" is the acronym for Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation
FTAA.... Free Trade
Agreement of the Americas
From Alaska to Antarctica
"America I and America II
With only slight nuances, Bush's second term will reprise and reinforce the policy of the first term. In Latin America, as former U.S. Ambassador Manuel Rocha has explained, that means that Washington will choose to collaborate with, and help, what Rocha calls
'' America I '' (Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Ecuador -- countries that have opted for the free market, globalization, democracy and a friendly attitude toward the United States)
and show a well-pondered indifference to
''America II,'' formed by nations that stubbornly insist on the old anti-American and anti-market ideology:
Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina, as well as Uruguay, now led by Tabaré Vázquez.
Miami, Florida to be the Secretariat of the FTAA
Gov. Jeb Bush and four other South Florida political leaders have started their official appeal for Miami to be named the permanent site of the future Free Trade Area of the Americas.
In a letter sent Thursday to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and Brazil's trade minister Luiz Fernando Furlan, Bush and the other leaders wrote that they believe Miami is the most logical location for the permanent secretariat, which would bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact.
"We are convinced due to our longstanding and vibrant
trade relationship and the dynamic cultural linkages between
Florida and the nations of Latin America and the
Caribbean, a Miami-based Secretariat would offer the FTAA nations
unparalleled advantages and benefits," read the
letter, signed by Bush, Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas,
Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer, Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick
and Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin.
Henry Hyde proposes Commonwealth of the Americas
Rep. Henry J. Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee, plans to propose today that countries in the Western Hemisphere form a Commonwealth of the Americas with common political, security and economic policies.
In a speech he is scheduled to deliver at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga., Hyde (R-Ill.) argues that his initiative could secure recent democratic and economic gains made by the region's countries. http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55584-2001Jul12.html
Dollarization of the Americas
In the Americas, that means embracing the dollar, which already functions as a de facto euro. The region's formal dollarization won't happen soon, but if Ecuador and El Salvador can make the concept work, so can other nations. Perhaps the current crisis will prompt Argentina to consider a radical leap to dollarization.
FTAA... Free Trade Agreement of the Americas / SOA...Summit of the Americas
New headquarters for FTAA....Atlanta or Miami ??
Miami and Atlanta are angling to host the headquarters of a free-trade zone stretching from Alaska to Argentina,
The EU is pressing for a quick end to negotiations on a trade deal between the EU and Mercosur - the South American trade bloc formed by Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - as the region also hammers out a U.S. proposal for a 33-nation, all-American free trade zone by 2005.
Article: Charley Reese...."Free Trade feeds Corporate Greed"
"As Americans, we should promote fair trade, not free trade, which is a false front for corporate exploitation.
We should be outraged that we pay $7 a pound for coffee when the coffee farmer received only 40 cents a pound.
We should be outraged to pay $50 for an item of clothing some poor woman was paid pennies to sew. We should be outraged that the United States is becoming a country with a shrinking middle class and a growing number of people in poverty. "
ZOELLICK to create world's biggest free-trade FTAA...
entire Western Hemisphere From Alaska to Antarctica
FREE TRADE AGREEMENT of the AMERICAS
FTAA / ALCA ...North, Central and South American Free Trade Zone
FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) and the Summit of the Americas
OAS...Organization of American States
6 entities (MERCOSUR, CARICOM, OAS, NAFTA, EU, etc.)
Joel Skousen on the Summit of the Americas (SOA) www.cybertime.net/~ajgood/soa.htm a must read !
SOA---Three major themes : democracy, trade, and social policies.."The Democracy Summit"
to oppose the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)
Corporate Totalitarianism and the FTAA
FTAA would take away national sovereignty (just like NAFTA)
SUMMIT of the AMERICAS (SOA)
Trading bloc from Alaska to Antarctica http://www.summit-americas.org/
SOA---The Power of Trade...Bush
He also wants to persuade a reluctant Congress to grant him broad authority to negotiate trade treaties that lawmakers can vote for or against without changes. ......
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick said the administration is talking to lawmakers about using fines and penalties - instead of trade sanctions - to bind America's trading partners to its own labor, human rights and environmental standards......
The leaders are expected to adopt a "democracy clause" that would withdraw a country's free-trade benefits - and prohibit it from participating in further summits - if it ceases to be a democracy, such as in a military coup....
The institute recently hosted the launch of a US-Palestinian Private-Public Partnership to encourage and facilitate international business investment. In May [ 2008] , a follow-up conference will be held in Bethlehem to attract companies and expose them to the business opportunities that exist in the PA. Major corporations are expected to announce investment plans in the lead-up to the spring meeting
Free Trade Agreements with Jordan, Israel, Chile and Singapore
A coalition of manufacturers, farm groups, high-tech, entertainment and services companies backed the agreements, which add to existing U.S. free trade deals with Canada, Mexico, Jordan and Israel.
Labor groups lobbied against both deals, saying they take away jobs.
The White House hopes the Chilean pact will set the stage for a free trade deal with five Central American countries and a more ambitious 34-nation Free Trade Area of the Americas. The Bush administration is also negotiating deals with the Dominican Republic, Australia, Morocco and South Africa.
( Ed. note: in all continents )
But senators from both sides of the aisle voiced concerns over provisions that award 6,800 work visas per year to professional workers from both countries under preferential conditions at a time of rising unemployment. "We should not
be promoting the importation of skilled labor to the United States when we have 9 million workers out of work," said Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat from Iowa.
Free Trade with ASEAN Nations
Singapore first of the Asian Nations to sign
Mr. Bush earlier this week signed a free-trade pact with Singapore, the United States' first such agreement with an Asian nation. Singapore is an ASEAN member.
Southeast Asian nations Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines are serious candidates for free-trade agreements with the United States, U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick said yesterday.
for Mid-East Nations .... Peace for Commerce Trade
WASHINGTON - President Bush is promoting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by dangling an attractive economic prize: the removal of U.S. trade barriers for countries in the Middle East within the next decade.
In a commencement speech Friday at the University of South Carolina, the president was urging the Israelis and Palestinians to open negotiations for a peace accord, a senior administration official told reporters Thursday evening. Stopping in Columbia, S.C., before a trip to sell his tax-cut plan in New Mexico, Nebraska and Indiana, Bush was arguing that increased, unrestricted U.S. trade with the Middle East could help the region prosper, the official said. The president believes "economic prosperity is critical" to making the peace process a success, the official said.
Bush was offering broad outlines for a Middle East
free-trade zone in his South Carolina speech. The United States
already has free-trade agreements with Israel and Jordan and is
negotiating one with Morocco. The United States also has such
pacts with Canada, Mexico and, as of Wednesday, Singapore.
Later Friday, the president is headed to Santa Fe, N.M., to spend the weekend at the home of Roland Betts. Betts was a Bush classmate at Yale, a campaign fund-raiser and a partner with him in the Texas Rangers baseball team. Betts is the lead planner for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.
Free Trade for MidEast conditional
Within the past few days the approach has been clarified: President Bush has proposed a free-trade agreement, with conditions attached, between the Middle East and the US. The agreement would be a reward for adopting particular measures.
It is not a matter of rushing things. The agreement would take effect "within 10 years."
On the face of it, such an agreement would be far-reaching. The countries eligible were not spelt out (though Ari Fleischer, the White House spokesman, mentioned Iran and Syria would not be eligible in their present configuration) but the region is recognised as having 23 countries. Jordan and Israel now have free-trade agreements with the US.
The free-trade agreement would be accompanied by a number of other steps. One is the sponsoring, with Bahrain, of a regional forum to address judicial issues. Because one of the matters mentioned by President Bush was improved treatment and opportunities for women it was a strong statement by the US to appoint Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the US Supreme Court to lead the forum. To say the least, the Middle East is dominated politically by men.
The third was that countries with which the US would give a deal would have to be members of the World Trade Organisation [ WTO ] and conform to its rules. This would mean the countries would not be able to take part in any boycott of trade with Israel.
TAFTA -- Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement
Tony Blair and TAFTA
Social-democrat Tony Blair is a leading proponent of the TAFTA idea.
Some editorializing: These "free trade" agreements have nothing to do with deregulation, liberalization or harmonization. They are really just the forced changing of rules and regulations, backed by armies and the security state, to benefit big capital at the expense of the interests -- economic, political, cultural, ecological, social -- of the world's majority. Moreover, the fundamental problem is not with a given "free trade" agreement, but with an ideological socio-econoomic system of which these agreements are just a manifestation. That system is called by various names by various groups and individuals: neo-liberalism, corporate rule, capitalism, imperialism, the beast ... http://www.infoshop.org/news2/tafta.html
TAFTA and MIA (multilateral agreement on investments)
"Fortress Europe" [ note: WASP* ] and Free Trade
Not only goods are at issue: the same economic forces that lead to poverty in the developing world conspire to produce a desperate trade in people, with Mafia-style gangs smuggling an estimated 170,000 people a year into Europe. Many are sold into prostitution.
It is not fair trade but "Fortress Europe" that will
dominate the Chalkidiki EU summit. Only pressure from countries
such as Germany has forced British ministers to back off
proposals to dump asylum-seekers in transit centres just
outside the EU's increasingly fortified borders. It is at these camps
- in Albania and Croatia - that refugees'
claims would be assessed and to which they could be deported
as soon as they arrived on British soil.
Outrage at that proposal, nicknamed in Brussels the "concentration camp plan", has led the UK to suggest a second pilot scheme in east Africa, more acceptable to refugee groups, that would stem the flow of refugees - such as those who drowned off southern Italy this week - by providing for "protected zones" nearer home
* White Anglo-Saxon Pagan
US - EU Trade Issues http://www.foreignpolicy-infocus.org/briefs/vol4/v4n37trade_body.html
Redwood and TAFTA http://www.monju.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/NWO1.htm
No more borders between Canada, U.S. and Mexico
electronic transponders on "Main Street" (new name of border)
"NAFTA plus" no trade barriers Mex. USA, Canada
Ed. note: then comes parity of wages
North American national borders would be virtually eliminated under plans being considered by senior business and political leaders from Canada, the United States and Mexico for a "NAFTA-plus," continent-wide, customs-free zone with a common approach to trade, energy, immigration, law enforcement and security.
A tri-national task force, chaired by former Liberal Party deputy prime minister John Manley, with the full backing of all three governments, is plotting the roadmap for this new, bolder alliance meant to compete with the European Union. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=41447
NAFTA brought down the prosperity in the USA...destroyed whole towns
This was the China of Virginia," said Mike Hopkins, who supervises production at a local wood products mill. Then, in a sudden turn of the global screw, plants began shutting down and moving out. Since 1998, Smyth County has lost 10 big factories employing 2,075 workers. Five of the plants and 1,430 of the jobs were in little Chilhowie, population 1,827.
An entire town, in effect, had been traded away.........
In 1994, Congress approved the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. U.S. apparel makers soon found themselves fighting for their lives. Some cut back domestic production; some set up plants in Mexico, where factory workers get only a fraction of the wages paid to Americans.
"To be competitive, you had to go south," said Larry Gibbs, who has managed Spring Ford Industries' knitting mill in Chilhowie since 1988. "I've seen the whole industry go away. It was all based on cost.".......
I'm forced to change the business model at American of Martinsville to include production from overseas," Chitwood said. "Unfortunately, the cost of that is eliminating jobs in the United States. Is it regrettable? Sure it is. Do I understand the greater good? Not really."
In Chilhowie, the greater good seems unfathomable. How can Americans be better off when so many people are losing their jobs? Where are the new jobs that global trade is supposed to create in this country?.....
For some people, a plant closing is the end of the line.
Explaining Free Trade http://members.home.net/huxwell/index.htm
Zoellick, US. TRADE Rep., avowed globalist and free-trader
NAFTA rules over the Supreme Court...and even the United States
"It is a very shocking and broad-based decision," Mary Bottari of Public Citizen, a Ralph Nader group based in Washington, told The National Law Journal. "We now have a level of review for the U.S. court system that is above that of the U.S. Supreme Court . . . and it is three international arbitrators who operate in secret and whose decisions cannot be appealed."
NAFTA allows foreign investors to escape liability for all sorts of negligent acts, such as deadly manufacturing de fects in automobiles or medical supplies, by transferring a jury's damage awards from the corporation to the U.S. taxpayers, she said. http://www.spotlight.org/03_18_01/NAFTA_Can_Overturn_Supreme_Cou/nafta_can_overturn_supreme_cou.html
MERCOSUR---SOUTH AMERICAN TRADE
So. American Trade (Mercosur) meets ahead of Summit Of the Americas
Group of 3 to remove trade barriers...Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico ....(more generic drugs)
"Mercosur is composed of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and associate members Bolivia and Chile. The Andean Community of Nations includes Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. ".....
For Fox, the summit was a chance to introduce Mexico, Latin America's second largest economy after Brazil, as a regional "big brother." Fox wants to use the Mexico's membership in North America Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, with Canada and the United States to position the country as a bridge for nations seeking access to the U.S. market. "
Every nation wants Bush's ear.
Workers to cross borders http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2001/1/23/75223.shtml
NAFTA sides with Mexico Trucks
unsafe Mexican trucks allowed unrestricted access to US highways
AND EVEN MORE SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Mexico and Central America sign pact
PPP Plan Puebla-Panama
Plan Puebla-Panama (PPP) promotes tourism, trade, education, and environmental care while easing red tape on travel between the countries, improving road, rail, air and sea links and establishing a long-term linking of power grids in the region stretching from Mexico's state of Puebla to Panama.
Mexican President Vicente Fox and the leaders of the seven Central American countries on Friday signed a joint declaration in favor of the plan, which Fox said could "end the backwardness of the region in order to incorporate it fully in the corridors of world commerce."
Guatemala and the Chinese
Kaohsiung, May 1 (CNA) Guatemalan Defense Minister Eduardo Arevalolacs Tuesday presented a medal from his government to Chinese Military Academy President Chang Yueh-heng for his contribution to the promotion of friendly military relations between the two countries.
South America and NAFTA
Marxist Venezuela...a second CUBA (Hugo Chavez a second Fidel Castro)
Chavez, after being elected, has taken steps to undermine democracy, including abolishing the country's parliament and independent judiciary. He has also re-aligned Venezuela with an anti-American coalition that includes Russia, China and Cuba.
Bush Sr. (# 41) in Venezuela with Pres. Hugo Chavez, while son Bush (#43) in Mexico with Fox.
"In addition to hosting Castro effusively in Caracas late last year, Chavez met with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Chavez also has been a leader in OPEC's drive to raise crude oil prices and resisted Washington's efforts to extend its anti-drug campaign over his borders.
support for Colombia's leftist guerrillas -- amid allegations of
more substantive backing -- and his opposition to U.S. military
aid for Bogota have strained relations between the neighboring
US is largest purchaser of Venezuelan Oil
COLUMBIA: Pres. Andres Pastrana...paramilitaries, oil and drugs
Columbia supplies 90% of America's Cocaine
Argentina to link currency to both the dollar and the euro
One peso is now fixed at one dollar and will become fixed to one euro, as soon as the euro rises to parity with the dollar. When the euro then rises or falls against the dollar, the peso will be set at the mid value between the two currencies.
Good Article: http://www.piney.com/MailKingdom.html
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. Revelation 18:23
Pharmakeia (g5331) far-mak-i'-ah; from 5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.): - sorcery, witchcraft.
The female or bisexual
Lucifer is represented :
by the agents of the king (queen) of Babylon and the king of Tyre.
Tyre is especially condemned for seducing her commercial partners ;
and music represents all of this power of seduction. Tyre also sold Israelites into slavery. The king of Babylon enslaved Judah and tried to force them to [ worship an image ] Daniel Chapter Three