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Globalization

  • Non-Aligned Movement gathers in Venezuela to resist dictatorship of dollar

    Officially founded in 1961 by post-colonial icons like Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Jawaharlal Nehru of India, and Yugoslavian leader Josef Tito, NAM was originally conceived as an alliance between countries seeking independence from both the US and Soviet power blocs during the height of the Cold War. Nearly 30 years since the end of the Cold War, the US is still attempting regime change operations or carrying out unparalleled economic aggression against NAM member states.

  • U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses

    Unlike medieval serfdom, people subject to this End of History scenario can choose to live wherever they want. But wherever they live, they must take on a lifetime of debt to obtain access to a home of their own, and rely on U.S.-sponsored control of their basic needs, money and credit by adhering to U.S. financial planning of their economies. This dystopian scenario confirms Rosa Luxemburg’s recognition that the ultimate choice facing nations in today’s world is between socialism and barbarism.

  • Trump’s Trade Threats are Really Cold War 2.0

    Trump’s trade tantrum is that other countries are simply following the same economic strategy that once made America great, but which neoliberals have destroyed. U.S. negotiators are unwilling to acknowledge that the United States has lost its competitive industrial advantage and become a high-cost rentier economy.

  • NAFTA renewed. Now what?

    Was the push to renegotiate NAFTA only about Trump playing to his base? Was Trump reacting to a decline in the American empire? Was it about moving away from multilateral agreements to bilateral ones where U.S. strength weighs heavier? Is the narrowing of options that the renegotiation of NAFTA exposed just about free-trade agreements, or does it point to a more general characteristic of capitalism today?

  • Neoliberalism’s Dark Path to Fascism

    Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible. Concentrating wealth in the hands of a global oligarchic elite while demolishing government controls and regulations always creates massive income inequality and monopoly power, fuels political extremism and destroys democracy.

  • One Key Way NAFTA 2.0 Reinvigorates Canadian Sovereignty

    The federal government should pursue new agreements — as New Zealand has done under the re-born Trans-Pacific Partnership — to drop ISDS. We should respect each other’s democracies and courts and, if some companies have doubts, they have the option to negotiate for ISDS in their government contracts, buy insurance against political risks, or just decline to invest in unreliable countries.

  • Review of the Renegotiated NAFTA: Benefits and Drawbacks to Canada

    The text of NAFTA 2.0, now to be known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, leaves out in their entirety Chapters 6 and 11 of NAFTA 1.0. By not being in the new agreement the provisions of these chapters are simply no longer applicable. This is a fact of major consequence, yet it has received very little coverage in the mainstream media.

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on NAFTA 2.0

    Canada and the United States just agreed on a new deal on NAFTA, one which would now be called the USMCA, the US–Mexico–Canada Agreement, as if that was easier to pronounce. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly within the agreement. This is a preliminary analysis. With our allies, we will continue to update you with more information.

  • Trudeau clings to Chapter 19 in NAFTA, but why?

    Let us also remember that the NAFTA talks not only lack transparency and genuine public input, but they are now being rushed, in part, so that they can be concluded under outgoing NAFTA-friendly Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, rather than Andrés Manuel López Obrador (who was elected on July 1 and is to be sworn into office on December 1). NAFTA is part of the architecture of corporate rule, the Chapter 19 provision doesn’t change that fundamental truth.

  • Trump: The De-Globalizer?

    What if, considering the motion towards peoples’ new self-determination, Trump’s amok run, his jumping from chaos to more chaos, to the sanction game no end – punishing, or threatening friends and foes alike, will lead to a genuine de-globalization of the world? If this were to happen then, we the 90% of the globe’s population, should be very grateful to Mr. Trump who has shown and created the path to enlightening – the enlightening of de-globalization.

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