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  portland imc - ftaa miami & soa
During the week that the FTAA met in Miami, Global Justice activists met all around the world to show solidarity with the activists in Miami that demonstrated against the proposed "free" trade agreement.
Even if the FTAA is delayed a few years, the city has too much momentum going, he said.
At the most recent CIP hearing, the Miami police admit absolute responsibility for the way activists were treated during the ministerial.
portland.indymedia.org /en/action/ftaa-miami   (2864 words)

  Communications Workers of America   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The FTAA was billed initially as an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the remainder of the Western Hemisphere (minus Cuba).
However, the backers of FTAA are also borrowing provisions from the World Trade Organization (WTO) and from the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), a proposed treaty that was abandoned after unions and citizen groups voiced their opposition.
The passage of FTAA without serious amendment to take into account safeguards is likely to lead to greater employment insecurity, environmental degradation, and the risk of life and limb because governments have been stripped of their ability to keep corporate greed in check.
www.cwa-union.org /international/ftaa/fact_sheet.asp   (2621 words)

 More on the FTAA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
Privately, proponents are also saying that the FTAA would deepen NAFTA by claiming jurisdiction over an ever-increasing number of functions that have previously been under the control of national, state, and local governments.
The FTAA is a key milestone in a major grab for political power over the nations of this hemisphere.
Proponents intend for the FTAA to follow the same route that globalists used to deceive the nations of Europe into giving up their sovereignty step-by-step to the government of the EU in Brussels.
www.stoptheftaa.org /ftaa   (1577 words)

 The Free Trade Area of the Americas
Responsibility for organizing the FTAA process was given to the Ministers of Trade (in the case of the United States, the Trade Representative) of the 34 signatory countries, while the Vice Ministers of Trade were responsible for managing the preparatory process.
The central purpose of the FTAA is to promote economic growth and prosperity of the member countries by lowering barriers to trade and investment within the Western Hemisphere.
With the FTAA negotiations still at an early stage, it is useful to remind ourselves that the important decisions in multilateral trade talks generally do not get made until the very end, frequently when it appears as though the talks will fail to produce a meaningful agreement.
www.latam.ufl.edu /publications/ftaa_paper.html   (4928 words)

 Encyclopedia: FTAA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Free Trade Area of the Americas or FTAA (in Spanish: Área de Libre Comercio de las Américas, ALCA; in French: Zone de libre-échange des Amériques, ZLEA; in Portuguese: Área de Livre Comércio das Américas, ALCA) is a proposed agreement to eliminate or reduce trade barriers among all nations in the Western Hemisphere except Cuba.
In the latest round of negotiations, officials of 34 nations began meeting November 16, 2003 in Miami to discuss the proposal, which is intended as a successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
At the same time, hundreds of thousands of people from trade unions and the alterglobalization movement have been protesting against the FTAA in Quebec City, Quito, and Miami, where groups like Midwest Unrest mobilized protests.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/FTAA   (482 words)

 FTAA and the threat to water
The pressure to implement the FTAA has been mounting in light of the defeat of the MAI at both the 1996 Ministerial meeting of the WTO, and at the OECD in 1998, and the shut-down of the Seattle Ministerial meeting of the WTO in December 1999.
Many trade observers and pundits promoting the current global trade model have identified the FTAA as the natural heir of these failed projects and are fearful that another such failure could put the whole concept of these massive free trade agreements on the back burner for years.
The FTAA will grant water privatizers greater rights, reduce the ability of governments to ensure that the privatized systems function in ways that protect the environment, consumers and workers, and reduce the ability of citizens to follow the lead of Cochabamba’s “water warriors,” and take back rights to regional water sources.
www.ifg.org /programs/ftaawater.htm   (2833 words)

 Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign
The "No the FTAA, Yes to Economic Human Rights for All" national campaign, led by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, will bring the hemispheric referendum on the FTAA to families and communities across the country which are most directly affected by free trade policies.
We join in the hemispheric effort to stop the FTAA as families and communities whose lives are under direct threat by agreements such as the NAFTA and the FTAA.
It is here that we will be educating the masses and allowing those affected by the FTAA to cast their votes and send a message to our government and to all of those who wish to impose free trade and other policies for their own benefit at the expense of our lives.
www.kwru.org /ehrc/bustour/ftaa1.html   (984 words)

 Mexican Labor News & Analysis
"The goal of the FTAA is to impose the failed NAFTA model of increased privatization and deregulation hemisphere-wide," according to the organization, United for a Fair Economy.
Among the possible effects of FTAA on services are removal of national licensing standards for medical, legal and other professions, allowing doctors licensed in one country to practice in any country, regardless of the level of training; and privatization of public schools, and postal services.
As explained on the Stop FTAA website at www.stopftaa.org: Four years ago in February of 1999 in Seattle, a motley network of 80 activists first came together to plan for the civil society mobilization against the WTO.
www.ueinternational.org /WorldTrade/FTAA.html   (1324 words)

 AlterNet: Miami Vice
The FTAA summit began with a paranoid police force attacking peaceful demonstrators.
FTAA co-chairs from the US and Brazil both described the summit as a step forward though it was widely understood that the agreement was far less than the American business community and the White House originally hoped for.
At 6:45, the agreement was announced at a press conference of all the trade ministers, and shortly afterwards the police encirclement of the convergence center seemed to be lifted.
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=17234   (1452 words)

 ALCA - FTAA - ZLEA - Official Website of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Process (FTAA)
We recognize and welcome the interests and concerns that different sectors of society have expressed in relation to the FTAA.
Ministers Responsible for Trade in the FTAA participating countries, San José, Costa Rica, March 1998
We invite members of civil society to send us their contributions in writing.
www.ftaa-alca.org /alca_e.asp   (157 words)

 disinformation | corporate totalitarianism and the ftaa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The FTAA was originally proposed at the first Summit of the Americas meeting in Miami, Florida back in 1994.
The FTAA will include guidelines that mirror the MAI, so it would act as a convenient bypass to the "Seattle Distraction." By providing a "backdoor" for the MAI, the FTAA would be an important factor in the corporate drive toward global domination.
Negotiating the FTAA texts appears to be the exclusive right of wealthy business owners, as the "little people"- non-governmental organizations (NGOs), grassroots coalitions, and civil groups- have been completely shut out of the meetings, and will be barricaded from even setting foot in Quebec City.
www.disinfo.com /archive/pages/dossier/id1054/pg1   (1221 words)

 COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The Council of the Americas FTAA web page is your source for information about the Free Trade Area of the Americas, including specific information on the negotiating process and objectives, progress updates, and activities.
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is the single most important multilateral undertaking, and the principal vehicle for free trade, in the Western Hemisphere today.
The FTAA began in December 1994 at the Summit of the Americas in Miami, Florida.
www.counciloftheamericas.org /coa/advocacy/ftaa.html   (781 words)

 americas.org - Miami FTAA Demos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The FTAA is being negotiated mainly by and for the economic elite of participating nations.
Though the first FTAA Summit took place in Miami in 1994, only after years of international pressure was a draft copy released to the public during the 2001 Quebec Summit.
Joining the unionists were environmentalists, human rights groups, anarchists, church groups, students, and activists of all stripes, including the controversial and highly debated “Black Bloc,” a group of protesters who dress mainly in fl, cover their faces, and either instigate scuffles with the police or fight back when the police instigate it themselves.
www.americas.org /News/Features/20031125_MiamiFTAA/Overview_Baynton.htm   (2095 words)

 Public Citizen FTAA PR | IFG
The FTAA is in such a state of crisis that at the Miami Ministerial the U.S. was forced to choose between no FTAA and FTAA-lite.
But, why provide another signal that FTAA is in crisis by stating such in the text, when that news can wait until January 2005 dawns and the talks continue on or not.
Second, thee social movements in many FTAA target countries are only growing in strength with the very real possibility that elections occurring before the FTAA deadline in several countries could add to the already-growing bloc of countries who either have to represent their public's interest at the FTAA table or face electoral or governing crises.
www.ifg.org /news/ftaa/ftaalori.htm   (559 words)

 The Unfolding FTAA Battle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
For the past decade, FTAA promoters have carried out a huge stealth campaign to build support and momentum for their plan among corporate, political and media elites.
Thus, FTAA really stands for Fraudulent Trade Area of the Americas; the “free trade” label has been, and is being, used to sucker Americans into believing that it will magically boost exports by all parties involved and lead to greater prosperity for all.
In reality, the FTAA is a blatant assault against our national sovereignty that would saddle Americans with an ever-expanding bureaucracy of unelected and unaccountable administrators who would exercise ever-increasing control over our lives.
www.stoptheftaa.org /artman/publish/article_130.shtml   (3510 words)

The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is the formal name given to an expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to every country in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, except Cuba.
Negotiated behind closed doors, with little citizen input but plenty of suggestions from corporations, the FTAA was yet another example of the kind of free-market fundamentalism that has created a global race to the bottom that erodes environmental protection, workers' livelihoods, and human rights.
Add your support to the thousands of people who are organizing to show that NAFTA should not be expanded but should be replaced with an international system of cooperation that fosters social equality, human rights, cultural diversity, environmental sustainability, and community well being.
www.globalexchange.org /campaigns/ftaa/background.html   (651 words)

 FTAA, Food and Agriculture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The FTAA proponents have established 9 negotiating groups, of which Agriculture is one.
A proposal to develop the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), a trade agreement that would link all the states of the Western Hemisphere except Cuba by the year 2005, was presented at the Summit of the Americas, convened by the United States in Miami in December 1994.
The U.S. plan for the FTAA, which is supported by Mexico and Canada, is either to add member states to NAFTA or to draft a new agreement using NAFTA as a model.
www.tao.ca /~kev/belly/en/ftaaag.html   (2017 words)

 What is the relationship of FTAA to NAFTA?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
The FTAA plan calls for a vast "broadening and deepening" of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which set the sovereignty hijack operation in motion by tying Canada, the United States, and Mexico together in a system of ever-expanding and tightening political, economic, social, and military entanglements.
Following the EU model, the FTAA would expand the tri-national NAFTA (what the internationalists call "broadening") to include all of the nations of the Western Hemisphere (except Cuba) and would claim jurisdiction over an ever-increasing swath of functions ("deepening") that have previously been solely the purview of national governments and their state and local governments.
What took decades to accomplish in Europe, the FTAA schemers intend to achieve in the next few years.
www.stoptheftaa.org /faq/faq2.html   (411 words)

 Free Trade Area of Americas (FTAA)
At the Belo Horizonte Ministerial, it was agreed that "the FTAA negotiations should be initiated" in March of 1998 in Santiago, Chile at the Second Summit of the Americas.
The 12 FTAA Working Groups (seven were established in Denver; four in Cartagena; one in Belo Horizonte) have met numerous times at locations throughout the Americas.
In the light of the various subjects to be covered by the FTAA agreement and other relevant factors, exchange views on possible approaches to dispute settlement under the FTAA agreement, in line with the World Trade Organization understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes.
www.itcilo.it /english/actrav/telearn/global/ilo/blokit/ftaa.htm   (2640 words)

if the FTAA is to move the hemisphere toward becoming a single integrated region of trade, as opposed to parallel bilateral corridors of preferential trade...
Ensure negotiations of the FTAA Agreement are concluded no later than January 2005 and seek...
www.sigrid-kronenberger.de   (307 words)

 Burlington Vermont area Free Trade Area of the Americas
After largely ignoring the story in the days immediately preceding the meeting, TV networks went wall-to-wall as soon as the first protesters began dismantling the security perimeter separating them from the gathered heads of state.
APRIL 6, 2001 -- Opposition to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is deepening within the labor movement, both within the US and throughout the Western Hemisphere.
As FTAA negotiators met in Buenos Aires this week to iron out the details of their plan, Argentine police patrolled a barricaded perimeter to keep out labor union groups concerned about the impacts the proposed agreement.
burlingtonvt.org /government-and-politics/local-issues-and-opinions/ftaa   (1395 words)

 Alliance for Responsible Trade
While opposing the FTAA, the HSA also is committed to promoting a better kind of economic integration, one that would benefit the peoples and environments of the Americas.
FTAA Unveiled: A Citizens' Critique of the November 2002 FTAA Draft Text
This publication includes analysis from scholars and activists from throughout the Americas on all the issues under negotiation in the FTAA, as well as crosscutting issues such as gender, labor and sustainability, describing in detail how the FTAA proposals could undermine development and democracy in the Americas.
www.art-us.org   (416 words)

Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, has expressed hopes that the FTAA is effectively dead and has proposed a Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas.
The co-presidents of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), Adhemar Bahadian of Brazil and Peter Allgeier of the United States, will meet in the United States from the 22nd to the 23rd of February in Washington, DC.
Their removal would be a strong motive for the application of the FTAA, which would intensify the process of privatization of services, education and place at risk the production of inexpensive medicine, among other things.
www.ftaaimc.org /en/index.shtml   (1418 words)

 IP Justice: Press Release: FTAA Intellectual Property Rights Chapter Threatens Freedom and Free Trade
The draft intellectual property rights chapter in the FTAA Agreement vastly expands criminal procedures and penalties against intellectual property infringements throughout the Americas.
FTAA Treaty negotiators, including the Office of the US Trade Representative who negotiates on behalf of US government, will meet in Miami from November 16-21, 2003.
Debate over the text of the FTAA Treaty will conclude by January 2005 and the treaty is due to take effect by December 2005.
ipjustice.org /FTAA/release20031020.shtml   (794 words)

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