Its advocates say free trade is the key to progress and prosperity. But the panacea is not all it’s cracked up to be. The North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been in force for more than a decade, has been a recipe for disaster. The promise of economic gain has melted away to be replaced by the reality of raw corporate power. This issue charts the history of free trade and profiles the resistance to its continued expansion across Latin America.
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Opportunity and menace are the two sides of the human-trafficking coin. But Lily Hyde, writing from Ukraine, smells hypocrisy.
The language of corporations.
Indigenous people across the Andes are fed up with free trade. Co-authors Kathryn Ledebur and Sandra Edwards report from Ecuador and Bolivia.
Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer have been living with the caribou on one of the longest migrations undertaken by land mammals, across the Yukon and Alaska.
Mexico’s food security is threatened by American maize, argues Laura Carlsen.
Afonso Dhlakama of Renamo may once have been sponsored by apartheid South Africa but he deserves more influence in the democratic Mozambique of today, argues Ike Oguine.
Another world is possible if… by Susan George
Hugh MacLeod looks at the Zapatista opposition to the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.
The other Israel edited by Roane Carey and Jonathan Shainin
Patricia Ranald monitors Australia’s fight to hang on to its low-priced drugs scheme in the face of mounting US pressure.
Like Every Day - Women as second-class citizens. Photo by Shadi Ghadirian.
New trade treaties increase corporate control over patents. AIDS patients in Peru will pay the price, argues Stephanie Boyd.
Disaster relief as a transnational marketing opportunity in Haiti.
Calling me a CIA stooge is misleading, says Iraq’s interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi – I spied for 15 different spy agencies.
A false declaration claiming that Halakha commands the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians.
Action - the Fair Trade alternative.
Roger Burbach claims foreign investors have pushed Argentina to the wall. And now the country is pushing back.
The Government of Western Sahara operates not from its own capital city, L’ayoun, but from a small patch of desert over the border in Algeria.
Workers are caught in the cross-hairs as free trade targets the labour movement. A report by David Bacon.
World Fiction Special
This issue of New Internationalist not only analyses these developments but also showcases four exquisite short stories as examples: ‘Fat’ by Krys Lee from South Korea; ‘In The Garden’ by FT Kola from South Africa; ‘Ghosts’ by the Cuban-American Ana Menéndez; and ‘The Lake Retba Murder’ by Efemia Chela from Zambia and Ghana.
A relic of a bygone era – or a billion-strong social movement fighting for workers’ rights everywhere?
The reality of trade unionism today falls somewhere in between. In the Western world, union-busting laws, globalization and internal conflicts have left many trade unions reeling. In some countries of the Global South, trade unionists face discrimination, danger and even death. Meanwhile, workers’ rights are being sacrificed on the altar of corporate greed gone mad: zero-contract hours, sub-contracting, privatization, outsourcing and special economic zones are all part of a ‘race to the bottom’ being run by transnationals concerned only about their profits.
Yet all is not lost. From Colombia to China, Bangladesh to Barcelona, workers are still fighting for their rights – and, sometimes, winning. This issue, New Internationalist looks at the state of the unions, how they need to adapt to the new reality for workers in the 21st century, and why they are more important than ever.
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Personal stories from our own correspondents.
Interviews with inspirational people.
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Seeing the world through a Southern lens.
A regular column from some of the best writers of the South.
Taking aim at the rich and powerful.
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