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Bush Administration Provides Partial Korea FTA To Congress

Original Publication Date: 
5 April, 2007
The Bush Administration mid-week provided Congress parts of the text for the newly concluded free trade agreement with Korea but has not committed to a deadline of when it will provide the full text, according to congressional aides.

Korea-U.S. FTA Concluded against the Will of the Korean People; People’s Protest Goes On

Original Publication Date: 
4 April, 2007
On Sunday April 1 at 4:00pm , taxi driver and KCTU member Heo Sae-wook stood before the Nam San Hyatt Hotel, where that final high-level FTA negotiations were taking place, and lit himself on fire chanting, 'Down with the Korea-U.S. FTA'.

Statement in Protest of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement

Original Publication Date: 
2 April, 2007
At the eleventh hour, the United States and South Korea signed the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (Korus FTA), the second largest free trade deal since NAFTA. President Bush and big business claim victory, but democracy has lost.

SKorea and US reach free trade agreement

Original Publication Date: 
1 April, 2007
The United States and South Korea on Monday reached a major free trade agreement expected to boost both countries' exports by billions of dollars and rejuvenate the Korean economy.

Civic Groups Show Mixed Reaction to South Korea-US Fta Deal

Original Publication Date: 
1 April, 2007
A landmark South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) on Monday drew mixed responses among civic groups here, with opponents vowing an all-out campaign to prevent it from being passed by the National Assembly and proponents welcoming it as a means of boosting growth.

South countries voices concerns over Northern subsidies to cotton

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2007
The Group of 20 (G20) developing countries at the WTO said Thursday that trade-distorting subsidies from the developed countries are at the root of the critical situation of cotton for developing countries, and is one of the major inequalities in international agricultural trade.

Key Congressional Democrats against TRIPS-plus in FTAs

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2007
Twelve influential members of the United States Congress, in a letter to US Trade Representative Susan Schwab, have urged the 'immediate reconsideration' of certain TRIPS plus provisions in US Free Trade Agreements so as to ensure adherence to the World Trade Organization's 2001 Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health.

African cotton farmers being hit by subsidies and privatization

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2007
Poor cotton farmers in West Africa are facing new pressures from low commodity prices and from privatization programs being advocated by international donors such as the World Bank, the international aid agency Oxfam warned Thursday.

ASEAN tables emergency safeguard proposal in GATS talks

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2007
After years of protracted negotiations among WTO members on having an emergency safeguard mechanism to deal with adverse economic impacts as a result of services liberalization in the WTO, the ASEAN group (excluding Singapore) has tabled a proposal on it.

The NAMA Formula vs. Sectorals

Original Publication Date: 
29 March, 2007
The European Union and members of the NAMA-11 coalition - including South Africa, India, Brazil and Egypt - yesterday differed with the United States over the pace and timing of sectoral tariff elimination talks in the Doha Development Agenda nonagricultural market access architecture.

TWN Analysis on the Proposed Malaysia-US FTA

Original Publication Date: 
28 March, 2007
Third World Network (TWN) prepares an analysis on the Malaysia-US FTA looking at the implications of the agreement on the various economic sectors in Malaysia as well as on the society as a whole.

Full Tanks at the Cost of Empty Stomachs: The Expansion of the Sugarcane Industry in Latin America

Original Publication Date: 
27 March, 2007
We, representatives of organizations and social movements of Brasil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, gathered at a forum on the expansion of the sugarcane industry in Latin America, declare that:

G33 Ministers reiterate commitment to SP, agree on revised indicators

Original Publication Date: 
26 March, 2007
The Group of 33 (G33) developing countries concluded their Ministerial meeting here Wednesday with a communique outlining their continued commitment to Special Products and Special Safeguard Mechanism (SP/SSM) in the WTO's Doha agriculture negotiations, and agreeing on a revised list of indicators for the selection of Special Products.

Not import liberalisation, but justified protection needed for farm sector

Original Publication Date: 
25 March, 2007
Reduction in tariff protection in South Asian agriculture has been the primary cause of import surge, leading to fall in employment in farm activities, lowering of returns to farmers and increased levels of poverty in rural areas.

Debunking Five Myths About the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA)

Original Publication Date: 
22 March, 2007
Over the next two weeks, Korean and U.S. trade negotiators plan to meet behind closed doors with hopes of reaching an agreement on the KorUS FTA before March 31 deadline.

Children With Diarrhoea need Rice “Kanji”, Not Cannibal Rice

Original Publication Date: 
21 March, 2007
California based Ventria Bioscience has been given preliminary approval to grow a rice containing human genes on 3000 acres in Kansas.

Open Markets ‘Impoverishing Pakistani Fishing Communities’

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2007
Hundreds of local fishing communities are being pushed into poverty in Pakistan due to over fishing by international trawlers, according to new research from ActionAid released today.

Get realistic with USFTA

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2007
FEDERATION of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) president Datuk Yong Poh Kon claims that Malaysia has more to gain than lose from signing a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US (The Star, March 17). While claiming that a balance in views is necessary, it appears that his letter does not appear to be realistic about the possible gains for Malaysia under a USFTA.

Militant Brazilian Opposition to Bush-Lula Ethanol Accords

Original Publication Date: 
20 March, 2007
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End-Feb meeting shows no breakthrough in NAMA talks

Original Publication Date: 
19 March, 2007
Small group consultations on Market Access for Non-Agricultural Products (NAMA) have not produced any breakthrough, and members continue to maintain a cautious stance, insisting that there should be movement first in agriculture, the Chair of the NAMA talks, Ambassador Don Stephenson of Canada, reported on 26 February.