The World Trade Organization (WTO)

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New Global Order in Crisis
By Chakravarthi Raghavan. Published February, 1995. For the prophets (and advocates) of Alliance Capitalism in the North—for the South it increasingly looks more like the old colonial-style capitalism—in a global economy being fast knit together by the transnational Market System, it would have been both a throwback.
The WTO Strikes (What the WTO actually does)
Multinational Monitor, Editorial, January/February, 1996. Globalization and the dissolution of national states. The World Trade Organization has struck its first blow, unless the United States withdraws from it, against U.S. democracy, sovereignty and environmental protection.
World trade organisation snubs the ILO
ICFTU OnLine..., 4 December 1996. WTO's first ministerial conference, Singapore, December 9–13, 1996, excludes labor input. The WTO refusal to allow the ILO to contribute to its debates, bodes ill for the hopes expressed by those who expect the Singapore meeting to voice a minimum of concern and respect for basic workers' rights and living conditions as one of the main objectives behind the international trade agenda.
Peoples' Global Action against “Free” Trade and the World Trade Organisation
From Chiapas 95, 29 November 1997. Peoples' movements from all continents will meet in Geneva to launch a worldwide coordination of resistance against the global market, a new alliance of struggle and mutual support called the Peoples' Global Action against “Free” Trade and the WTO (PGA).
A Call to Oppose the Transfer of the MAI Process to the WTO
By Martin Khor, Third World Network, 10 May 1998. Now that the MAI in the OECD is encountering problems, there is a real possibility that efforts will be intensified to push for negotiations on a MAI-like investment treaty in the WTO.
South needs special institutions to cope with WTO
By Bhagirath Lal Das, 6 October 1998. Negotiations and the environment in which they take place are constantly changing and are too complex for any one government ministry of a developing country to handle. Establish an institution to specially examine the issues and contribute to the decision-making process.
WTO and Developing Countries
By Aileen Kwa. Foreign Policy in Focus, November 1998. The agenda of the WTO serves to advance the interests of developed countries, sidelining those of the developing countries.
Union Responses to Negotiations on the WTO Agreement on Agriculture __A Strategy of Exclusion
By Gerard Greenfield, Education Programme Organiser, 7 May 1999. WTO Secrecy and Back Room Deals.
President's Report: Just say ‘No’ to the WTO
By Brian McWilliams, ILWU International President, 18 June 1999. The WTO representatives of globalization are out to create in Seattle a world where the “free trade” and “free markets” transnational corporations dominate, will override human rights, worker rights, environmental regulation and all local control and national sovereignty.
ICFTU statement to IMF/World Bank
From ICFTU OnLine..., September 1999. WTO must adapt to the new politics of international co-operation and competition and must demonstrate their crucial role in ensuring that globalisation meets the needs of all workers and citizens.
Enough Exploitation is Enough: A Response to the Third World Intellectuals and NGO's Statement Against Linkage (TWIN-SAL)
From International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, 29 September 1999. Conclusions perpetuate freedom for repressive governments and companies to continue to use repression of workers' rights as a tool for export maximisation, while continuing to leave the multilateral system powerless to take any effective measures to redress that exploitation.
WTO's Coup Against Democracy
By Danielle Knight, IPS, 13 October 1999. The World Trade Organisation (WTO), founded five years ago to enforce rules governing global trade, instead had launched a coup against democratic governance worldwide.
The WTO and Free Trade
From Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly, 21 October 1999. Origins and nature of the WTO and the question of “free trade”.
The WTO and Free Trade—Pt 2
From Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly, 28 October 1999. Continuation of previous article. The history of neoliberalism.
Whose Trade Organization? Corporate Globalization and the Erosion of Democracy
By Lori Wallach and Michelle Sforza, Capital Times, 29 October 1999.
Developing World Voices Doubts on Globalisation
By Martin Khor, Third World Network, October 1999.
How the World Trade Organisation is shaping domestic policies in health care
By David Price, Allyson M. Pollock, and Jean Shaoul, The Lancet, 27 November 1999 (abstract). The WTO aims at the privatisation of health services and with the backing of powerful medico-pharmaceutical, insurance, and service corporations, to capture the share of gross domestic product that governments currently spend on public services.