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Articles from No. 374, December

Affordable Drugs? Forget It! It's Not Just Poor Countries That Find Their Sovereignty Threatened by Free Trade. Patricia Ranald Explains How the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) May Torpedo Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
AUSTRALIANS love their Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). It keeps medicines affordable and controls health costs. But it is loathed by the giant pharmaceutical companies. Not only because it limits their profits in Australia, but also because it...
Another World Is Possible If
Another world is possible if...by Susan George (Verso ISBN 1844675106)That two-letter word - Mf - attached to the popular slogan of the worldwide social justice movement, makes Susan George's intention clear from the outset.Idealism needs realism. The...
Burrow
Burrowby Manzu Islam (Peepal Tree Press ISBN 1900715 90 2) Manzu Islam's admirable début novel is set in London in the 19705, on '·;·· the frontline of confrontation between the immigrant communities and the thugs of the National Front. In this world...
Can't Pay, Won't Pay: Argentina Is a Classic Example of the Clash of Free Trade and the Rights of Capital with Human Needs and National Development. Roger Burbach Chronicles That Country's Attempt to Escape Debt and Dependency - and to Forge Its Own Economic Future
5 Changing the rules - INVESTMEIUTFree trade means removing regulations to attract investment. Countries compete against each other: taxes are lowered, profits leave, environment and labour regulations are eroded. Speculative 'hot money' can destabilize...
Dangerous Times: Reem Haddad Finds the Thunder from Some American Pulpits Causing a Headache for Lebanese Protestants
I hesitated. But the commonly asked question in Lebanon still hung in the air and needed an answer.'I am, uh, a Protestant,' I replied softly. 'Evangelical.'And before a frown appeared on my inquisitor's face, I quickly denied any link with American...
Death Row Blues
As a result of a UK Privy Council ruling in July, 32 Jamaican men who had been given mandatory death sentences must be given sentencing hearings at which they have the opportunity to persuade a judge to let them live. In a strange legacy of colonialism...
From This Month's Editor
WHAT do you think of when yon hear the word 'trade'? I'll tell you my first thoughts: giant transnational corporations, Wall Street bond dealers, international money markets, the machinations of the World Trade Organization, etc, etc.Mmm... yes, thought...
Good Morning, Night
Good morning, nightwritten and directed by Marco BellocchioLooking over an apartment for rent, Chiara and Ernesto seem distracted and tense. Primo and Mariano, who help them move in, avoid being seen. Primo, a carpenter, builds a wall across a back room,...
Green Light, Red Light: Lily Hyde Exposes the Moralistic Hypocrisies Behind the Campaign to End Human Trafficking
The advertisement for cash transfers shows a smiling woman cleaning an expensive house. The picture next to her shows a young boy with a new CD player. The caption reads: 'She is transferring something more valuable than money.'By contrast, the leaflet...
Hanging in the Balance: Intellectual Property May Be the Most Arcane Area of Trade Negotiations. but It Is a Matter of Life and Death for Millions. Already the WTO's Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Has Cost the Majority World Dearly. Recent Trade Negotiations Could Increase the Price
3 Changing the rulesINTELLECTUAL PROPERTYNations should have the power to establish and defend intellectual property rules that protect the interests of their citizens. Trade agreements must guarantee access to essential drugs, prohibit the erosion of...
Hurricane Opportunity: Big Companies Look for New Ways to Penetrate Majority World Markets
THERE's no denying that Procter and Gamble (P&G) happened to be in the right place at the right time when Hurricane Jeanne wreaked havoc in Haiti in September this year. The healthcare and household products giant was able to spring into action,...
In God's Country
The Bush Administration's latest attempt to blur the boundaries between church and state is its promotion of 'faith-based' national parks. Government-owned bookshops at national parks are now selling books promoting Creationist theories of the Grand...
Iyad Allawi [Worldbeaters]
Job: Interim Prime Minister of IraqReputation: Least Unsafe Pair of Hands, ClA stoogeWHAT's important for the American people to hear is reality, and the reality is right here in the form of the Prime Minister, and he is explaining what is happening...
Letters
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Loggers and Bashers: Storm over Corporate Corruption and Brutality in Papua New Guinea
Apolitical storm is brewing in the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG). On 3 November serious new allegations of corruption by logging giant Rimbunan Hijau (RH) were made by a whistleblower cop. Royal PNG Constable Emmanuel Bani told Australian...
Making Waves: Interview with Leanne Allison & Karsten Heuer
'EVERYONE in Old Crow was talking about the upcoming caribou migration. It was nearly the only news in town. Every house has a cache where they keep their caribou meat. For the Gwich'in it's a way of life.' Leanne Allison is talking about the Gwich'in...
Ring of Fire: Indigenous Communities Are Erupting along the Andean Cordillera, Denouncing the Impact of New Trade Deals
4. Changing the rules - NATIOIUAL SOVEREIGIUTY AND DEMOCRACYInternational trade rules have little input from ordinary citizens. Corporations undermine the economic and political sovereignty of nations. If democracy is to have meaning, citizens must help...
Sciopera (Strike)
Sciopero (Strike)by YoYo Mundi (Il Manifesto to CD o72CDComposing new soundtracks for existing films has become a vogue in recent years. Philip Glass writes elegantly framed chamber operas (La belle et la bête; Dracula); Asian Dub Foundation finds new...
Southern Exposure
I am a woman and I live in Iran. I am a photographer and this is the only thing I know how to do. I began work after completing my studies. Quite by accident, the subjects of my first two series were 'women'. However, every time I think about a new series,...
Support Trade Justice! Support Fair Trade
The idea of fair trade began in the late 1940s when churches in North America and Europe sought to provide relief to refugees by selling their handicrafts to Northern markets. Then in 1988 'Max Havelaar', the first fair trade certification initiative...
Taking Control in Chiapas: Hugh MacLeod Reports on a Zapatista Legal Victory against Top-Down Development
IF the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is the controlling mind of future trade in Central America, then Plan Puebla Panama (PPP) - a 25-year, $20-billion, infrastructure development project, building roads, ports, pipelines and electrical grids...
The Lessons of War: The Sustenance of Democracy, the Promotion of Political Competition in a Free and Fair Atmosphere, Is Critical to the Very Survival of Our Nations
MOZAMBIQUE'S Afonso Dhlakama has had an interesting political life. Up until the early 1990s his Renamo movement fought a brutal civil war against that country's Government, controlled since independence by the liberation movement turned political party...
The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent
The other Israel: voices of refusal and dissentedited by Roane Carey and Jonathan Shainin (The New Press ISBN 156584 914 o)Much is made of this book's condemnation of the occupation and the Israeli Government. But after reading The other Israel, one...
The People of Corn: Maize Is Mexico's Lifeblood - the Country's History and Identity Are Entwined with It. but This Centuries-Old Relationship Is Now Threatened by Free Trade
1 Changing the rules - AGRICULTUREOpen export markets in agriculture play to the strengths of the world's most powerful agribusiness interests - leading to growing landlessness, rural poverty and hunger. People have a right to food security. Governments...
The Rough Guide to Rebetika
Thei Rough Guide to Rebétikaby Various (World Music Network RGNET1142 CD)Roza Eskenazi, captured here in all her creeky wonder, was discovered in a tavern in 1929. What her family made of her hymns of praise to the pleasures of hashish isn't on record,...
The World Trading System Is Corrupt and Unjust and Free Trade Is Compounding the Problem. It's Time to Change the Rules, Argues Wayne Ellwood
OLD Sir John would be rolling in his grave. John Alexander Macdonald was Canada's first prime minister, a bibulous, quick-witted Scots-born lawyer who is generally regarded as the cornerstone of Canadian Confederation.Macdonald was a staunch Conservative...
Up for Grabs: It Was Sold on a Promise of Boosting Employment, Increasing Wages and Bringing Job Security. but a Decade Later, the Effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement Have Been Nothing Short of Disastrous - Especially in Mexico
2 Changing the rules - LABOUR RIGHTSUnregulated trade allows corporations to pit workers against each another, to reduce the bargaining strength of trade unions, to strip away benefits, to ignore dangerous working conditions and to reduce wages. Instead,...
Western Sahara [Country Profile]
THE Government of Western Sahara operates not from its own capital city, L'ayoun, but from a small patch of desert over the border in Algeria. Here there is another L'ayoun, just as there is another Smara, Aoserd and Dakhla - the Saharawis, who have...
Winds of Change: Can the New Pan-African Parliament Bring Peace to Africa?
'Our continent has decided where to go. And we have established the institutions to take us to this destination,' according to the South African President Thabo Mbeki. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) at its...
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