Tuesday, September 16, 2003

WTO talks collapse in Cancun, Mexico: "The sensation of failure with which the five-day gathering ended triggered a burst of elation among activists and the representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), who gave shouts of joy and even jumped up and down and danced when they heard the news that no final statement had been agreed."

''This is a triumph of reason, a triumph of the poor countries and civil society, because we could not allow the rich countries to once again impose their views and their pressure,'' Alberto Villareal, the head of the environmental group Friends of the Earth International's trade campaign, told IPS."

The fundamental objection to the "free trade" talks is that under cover of trade, the agenda is to impose a pro-profit, pro-corporate, anti-labor, anti-environment, anti-social agenda across the whole world. In other words the neo-liberal agenda of privatisation, deregulation, de-unionisation and demolition of the welfare state.

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