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Latin American leaders should stand up for people, not corporate profits
As leaders gather in Los Angeles, a reflection on the past two decades of battles against neoliberalism and for a more just and equitable alternative in the Americas.
Lessons from the struggle against the FTAA: continental unity to fight free trade
Grassroots movements from the Americas have accumulated experiences and a history of struggles for sovereignty and integration.
Twenty years ago helped kill a free trade deal for the Americas
20,000 civil society activists, trade unionists and environmentalists from throughout the Americas descended on Quebec City, where an alternative peoples’ summit was held.
10 years post “el NO” to the FTAAs, we double our resistance against free trade treaties for a project for the people.
A decade after the popular victory that led to burying the FTAAs in the City of Mar del Plata, a number of organizations and popular movements in Argentina assemble as part of a continental day
Corporate power doesn’t always win: remembering the FTAA
A decade ago, a transnational coalition beat back the largest corporate trade deal in history. Here’s what they can teach opponents of the TPP.
Approaches for an alternative strategy to the FTA
The major challenge consists in rescuing the sovereignty of our States, that has been chipped away in recent times by untrammelled US power and its giant corporations and by the subjugation (“by free determination”) of regimes such as those in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
Regional Integration after the Failure of the Free Trade Area of the Americas
All Latin American countries talk about integration but concrete steps in the direction of achieving it are far more difficult than simple declarations.
Ten years after the defeat of the free trade area of the Americas (FTAA) – lessons for current struggles
This month marks the tenth anniversary of the defeat of the FTAA. What can we learn from that victory and the subsequent corporate counter-offensive in Latin America for our current global struggles against free trade and corporate power?
ALBA and the FTAA: the Dilemma of Integration or Annexation
Latin American integration has caused rivers of ink to flow and provoked endless torrents of rhetoric. However, a significant issue still remains unresolved.
After its victory, Team Bush resumes its crusade for free trade
Reassured by the renewed confidence of the American voters, President George W. Bush is going to pursue, even accelerate his free trade strategy in next four years by giving special support to bilateral agreements.
Not a hacker or whistleblower? Here’s how you can still liberate secret documents
When there are documents that the public has a right to know about, we have a right to go take them, writes Daniel Hunter
US planning a new trade agreement with Latam, but through NAFTA
Since NAFTA will turn 20 years old in 2014, U.S. officials say next year’s anniversary will be a golden opportunity to re-launch it and then try to expand it to the rest of the continent.
10 years of building people’s power in Latin America
A South African anarchist reports on the 10th annual Latin American Encounter of Popular Autonomous Organisations (ELAOPA)
Access: Fighting free trade agreements
Fatima Mello of the Brazil Network for the Integration of Peoples worked with other civil society groups across South America in order to bring down the proposed Free Trade Agreement of the Americas. Here she discusses the campaign and lessons learned:
Venezuela and ALBA promote “new climate” in Summit of the Americas
Venezuela and the countries of the Bolivarian Alternative to the Americas (ALBA) decided not to sign the final document of the Summit of the Americas held on April 17-19 in Trinidad and Tobago, saying it excluded Cuba and offered no viable solution to the current economic crisis.
Amnesty International wins round in speech lawsuit
Amnesty International has won a round in a lawsuit claiming Miami police breached the organization’s constitutional rights during the Free Trade of the Americas meeting in November 2003.
A way forward for hemispheric trade
The existing US strategy of hemispheric trade expansion has reached a point of diminishing returns and a new course must be pursued
FTAA vs ALBA - Choosing trade routes
Even as the FTAA cools on the back-burner and Venezuela President Hugo Chavez pitches ALBA as a viable trade alternative, there are concerns that ALBA may not suit Trinidad and Tobago’s palette.
Social Movements Crushed ALCA
The social movements stopped and crushed the Free Trade Area for the Americas (FTAA), said the president of the World Economics Study Center Osvaldo Martinez.
Declaration: UNASUR Seminar: conflicting interests
The social networks, social organisations and trade unions gathered together at the seminar: "UNASUR: conflicting interests" held in Rio de Janeiro, 12-13 March 2008 and reached the following conclusions