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- (New!) Does Globalization Help the Poor? A Special Report -
$8.00 for members, $12.00 for non-members.
With Articles by: Walden Bello, John Cavanagh, Michael Chossudovsky,
Victoria Tauli-Corpus, Martin Khor Bruce Rich and Vandana Shiva and more.
This report examines the impact of economic globalization on poverty alleviation
and other indicators of human well-being. Does Globalization Help
the Poor? concentrates on the three decades of globalization's
most rapid growth and finds that the outcomes for the poor were exactly
the opposite of what is claimed by globalization advocates, and in
fact finds that globalization policies have contributed to increased
poverty, increased inequality between and within nations, increased
hunger, increased corporate concentration, decreased social services
and decreased power of labor vis-a-vis global corporations.
- (New!) Free Trade Area of the Americas: the Threat to Social Programs, Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice - $2 for members and non-members
Author: Maude Barlow, Chair, IFG Committee on the Globalization of Water
This booklet looks at the Freet Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a trade agreement currently being negotiated by 34 countries of the Americas and the Caribbean. The FTAA, largely crafted under the advisement of corporations, is poised to become the most powerful trade agreement in history with sweeping new authority. This booklet will explain the agreement and what is at stake for the hemisphere in terms of setting standards for public health, food safety, worker and environmental protections, and many other areas. 50 pages.
- INVISIBLE GOVERNMENTThe World Trade Organization: Global Government For The New Millennium? (see report summary)- $5 for members, $8 for non-members
Authors: Debi Barker and Jerry Mander
This primer is a basic briefing on the powers, structure, rules, powers, and values of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the agreements it encompasses. It includes a brief description of economic globalizationthe engine driving the creation of global agreements and institutions such as the WTO. Also included is a history of post-Bretton Woods free trade institutions, leading up to the WTO, as well as thorough explanations of WTO agreements and procedures. Analyses of the WTO regime and case studies are included concerning major recent decisions on: environment, agriculture, intellectual property rights, culture and investment. 50 pages.
- VIEWS FROM THE SOUTH: The Effects of Globalization and the WTO on Third World Countries.- $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Authors: Martin Khor, Vandana Shiva, Walden Bello, Oronto Douglas, Sara Larrain, Anuradha Mittal. Forward by Jerry Mander. Editor: Sarah Anderson.
A rare chance for a comprehensive perspective on the WTO from some of the leading voices from the South. Martin Khor (Malaysia), Vandana Shiva (India), Walden Bello (Thailand), Oronto Douglas (Nigeria) and Sara Larrain (Chile), as well as Anuradha Mittal (India and the U.S.) debunk the idea that global instruments have been designed to benefit the interests of the Third World or the poor. In fact, exactly the opposite is the case as the South bears extra burdens from the rules of trade. 100 pages.
- FREE TRADE, FREE LOGGING: How the World Trade Organization Undermines Global Forest Conservation (see Introduction)- $8 for members, $12 for non-members
Author: Victor Menotti, Chair of the IFG Environment Committee
This is a comprehensive look at the way WTO rules are accelerating the destruction of the planet's last pristine forests. Included are analyses of the giant timber corporations' role in the creation of the WTO rules, and how they will benefit from them. Considerable discussion on the new proposed "Free Trade in Wood Products" provisions. 30 pages.
- BLUE GOLDThe Global Water Crisis and the Commodification of the World's Water Supply (see report summary) - $8 for members, $12 for non-members
Author: Maude Barlow, IFG board member and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians.
This new 45-page report reveals that emerging water policies of many governments will likely worsen the imminent global water crisis. As the World Bank notes, "The wars of the next century will be about water." The report addresses: Who owns water? Should anyone? Should it be privatized? What rights do transnational corporations have to buy water systems? Should it be traded as a commodity in the open market? What laws do we need to protect water? What is the role of government? How do we share water in water-rich countries with those in water-poor countries? Who is the custodian for nature's lifeblood? How do ordinary citizens become involved in this process?
- BY WHAT AUTHORITY? Unmasking and Challenging the Legitimacy of Global Corporations in their Assault on Democracy through the World Trade Organization.- $8 for members, $12 for non-members
Author: Tony Clarke, Chair of the IFG Committee on Corporations.
This booklet looks at the specific corporations that are designing the new rules of trade, specifically, WTO rules. A sector by sector analysis (food, public health, fresh water, public education public broadcasting, forestry, etc.) reveals exactly which corporations are benefiting from some specific WTO policies. 35 pages.
- THE EMERGENCE OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCEAnd What Can Be Done About It (see introduction)- $8 for members, $12 for non-members
An excellent resource for teachers, this publication was written by Tony Clarke and other members of IFG's Committee on Corporations. The guide defines Corporate Rule and presents methods to challenge it.
- ALTERNATIVES TO GLOBALIZATION: A Citizen's Agenda (See preliminary report. Not yet available.)
Editor: John Cavanagh, Chair, IFG Committee on Global Finance.
This publication is an analysis of the systemic aspects of the current model of economic globalization as implemented by the WTO and other international trade agreements and institutions. Until now, the rules of global (and even domestic) commerce have been set by transnational corporations and the global trade bureaucracies that serve their purposes. This special report will discuss potential alternatives to current policies based on principles that put human beings, equity, democracy, public health, and the environment ahead of profits of global corporations. What should be retained of current institutions? Who should be at the table? How will citizens control the agenda now controlled by corporations? How will change be achieved?
In Seattle, the IFG issued a preliminary report written by the Alternatives Task Force to answer the frequently asked question, "If you are opposed to the current set of global rules (including the WTO), then what are you for?" The Alternatives Task Force continues to work on this publication and welcomes public input. All comments can be emailed to the editor, John Cavanagh:
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Selected Books by IFG Associates - Available at Local Bookstores
The Case Against the Global Economy
And a Turn Toward the Local
Edited by Jerry Mander and Edward Goldsmith
To order, please contact Sierra Club Books.
MAI and the Threat to American Freedom
by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke
The Enclosure and Recovery of the Commons
By Dr. Vandana Shiva, Asfar H. Jafri, Gitanjali Bedi, and Radha Holla-Bhar
When Corporations Rule the World
By David Korten
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