Deborah James

Deborah James is the Director of International Programs of the Washington, DC-based Center for Economic and Policy Research, and coordinates the WTO campaign of the OWINFS network. Prior to CEPR, she was the Director of the WTO Program of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she worked to inform civil society and governments worldwide about the potential impacts of the WTO's proposed Doha Round expansion. She was also the Global Economy Director of Global Exchange, where she did similar work around the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. She can be reached at djames@cepr.net.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005
WTO Meeting in Hong Kong: Corporate Globalization
From December 13 to 18, the World Trade Organization will hold its 6th ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, China, to negotiate the fate of public services, the global food supply, and jobs and development. Representatives from 148 countries will meet to shape the future of the global economy for the world's 6 billion people. WTO proponents are attempting to portray the crisis in negotiations as though the problem were the lack of European (particularly French) or Brazilian "ambition" to break through the deadlock.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Summit of the Americas, Argentina: Tomb of the FTAA
CARACAS, Venezuela -- "In the future, we will speak of US-Latin American relations in terms of the era before Mar del Plata, and the era after it," remarked President Hugo Chavez today on his weekly televised talk show, Al Presidente. Three weeks ago, Latin America scored a major victory over US economic and political domination in the Summit of the Americas in Argentina. Latin America may not be on the minds of most US citizens, but the seismic shift in relationship with the US is a major issue across the hemisphere.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
China: Time for Grassroots Diplomacy, Not WTO Expansion
The ethnic Tibetan farmer carves up yak meat for a barbeque our group of visiting Americans is about to share with local villagers in Shangri-La, China. Suddenly, we hear a strange chirping sound, like an exotic bird trapped in a tin can. The farmer puts down his knife and pulls out a better quality cell phone than any we've ever seen.
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Tuesday, October 04, 2005
World Social Forum, Venezuela: Another World Is Possible
January, 2005, Brazil President Chavez addresses the teeming Gigantinho stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil on the last day of the World Social Forum. The massive crowd cheers wildly; thunderous applause explodes each time he appeals for Latin American unity and denounces the Bush agenda.
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Thursday, August 04, 2005
Next Stop Post-CAFTA: Summit of the Americas Or, See You on the Beach in Argentina
The day before the passage of CAFTA in the US Congress, we received word that the US government had called for a meeting in Puebla, Mexico to try to revitalize the talks towards the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA.
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Thursday, July 28, 2005
Democracy Sold Out - CAFTA Approved by Pork and a Hill of Beans
At 12:03 am on July 28th, the House of Representatives approved the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement, CAFTA. CAFTA, which would expand NAFTA to Central America and the Dominican Republic, would devastate farmers, privatize essential public services, and accelerate the race to the bottom on wages in the US and all over Central America.
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Friday, July 01, 2005
CAFTA Squeaks by Senate, By Tiniest Margin Ever for Trade Bill in History
In a long awaited move, the Senate late Thursday night barely approved implementing legislation for the Central America - Dominican Republic - United States Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). CAFTA's approval was assured in the Senate, so this is no surprise. What is a surprise is that it was approved with the least number of votes for a trade bill in recent history.
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Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Bush at OAS: Same Old "Free Trade" Tune
This weekend, foreign ministers and ambassadors of 34 nations of the western hemisphere met in Ft Lauderdale, Florida at the 35th meeting of the Organization of American States. The meeting occurs during a time of major shifts in the relationship of the US with Latin America, particularly the erosion of US domination in the region due to a growing resentment of US double standards on democracy, and the growing rejection of the "Washington Consensus" economic model of corporate globalization in the region.
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Friday, May 20, 2005
Landless Peasants March in Brazil, Build a new Road by Walking
On May 17th, Brazilian news media reported that 50 people were injured as landless peasants clashed with police. Like our corporate media in the U.S., this focus overshadowed the real story; that 12,000 poor landless peasants had recently completed a Herculean 150 mile, 17 day-long march across the country to raise awareness about the crucial need for land reform in Brazil.
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Saturday, March 12, 2005
The Walking Zombie of the WTO
More than 240 activists from 23 countries gathered in Hong Kong last weekend to plan a strategy for mobilization against the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) this coming December. But didn't we already kill the WTO in Cancun in 2003? And come to think of it, wasn't it already dead in Seattle in 1999?
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