Global civil society is celebrating the derailment of the WTO expansion talks. For more background on the ramifications of the Doha Round suspension, take a look at this Common Dreams article by Global Trade Watch's Lori Wallach and Deborah James. While the collapse of the Doha Round is great news for now, it also likely means that the Bush administration will redouble its efforts push an attempt to expand the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to Peru. Those of us fighting for global justice need to stay focused on the "pea" no matter what "shell" it's slipped under in the corporate globalization shell game! So, having smashed one shell — WTO expansion — it's time to shift 100 percent to the next fight.
It's now time to take action to derail the U.S.-Peru NAFTA expansion agreement! Contact your representative and senators to engage them with your concerns.
The Bush administration may push to pass the U.S.-Peru NAFTA expansion when Congress returns from its August recess. This is another cookie-cutter NAFTA expansion — no enforceable labor protections and new rights for corporations to challenge domestic health and environmental laws and to jack up drug prices. It would lead to even more lost U.S. jobs and contribute to the growing U.S. trade deficit, and it threatens the Peruvian Amazon basin — one of the most bio-diverse and environmentally sensitive areas on earth.
Thank you for all you have done to help derail the harmful WTO expansion negotiations and create a hotly-contested debate over the Oman Free Trade Agreement. We should all take a second to celebrate and congratulate ourselves. Now we need to focus on derailing the Bush administration's latest push for expansion of the NAFTA model!
When we dispose of these latest NAFTA expansion attempts, we can move on to changing how U.S. trade policy is made — more on that later.
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Your friends at Global Trade Watch
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