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December 2004's Issue

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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Featured in issue 374

Time to ratify

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  • 7 Dec 2004
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Humanist challenge

  • 6 Dec 2004
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Revolutionary change

  • 5 Dec 2004
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Struggle for balance

  • 4 Dec 2004
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The 'So what?' test

  • 3 Dec 2004
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Mixed company

  • 2 Dec 2004
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Sciopero (Strike)

Sciopero (Strike) by Yo Yo Mundi.

Green light, red light

Opportunity and menace are the two sides of the human-trafficking coin. But Lily Hyde, writing from Ukraine, smells hypocrisy.

The Rough Guide to Rebétika

The Rough Guide to Rebétika

The language of international corporations

The language of corporations.

Ring of fire

Indigenous people across the Andes are fed up with free trade. Co-authors Kathryn Ledebur and Sandra Edwards report from Ecuador and Bolivia.


Burrow by Manzu Islam.

Free Trade - The Facts

Facts and timeline

  • 1 Dec 2004
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Interview with Leanne Allison and Karsten Heuer

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.

The bases of resistance

Resistance to US military bases.

The people of corn

Mexico’s food security is threatened by American maize, argues Laura Carlsen.

The Lessons of War

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.

  • 1 Dec 2004
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Another world is possible if...

Another world is possible if… by Susan George

Race to the bottom

Illustrated by Polyp.

Taking control in Chiapas

Hugh MacLeod looks at the Zapatista opposition to the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.

The other Israel: voices of refusal and dissent

The other Israel edited by Roane Carey and Jonathan Shainin

Affordable drugs? Forget it!

Patricia Ranald monitors Australia’s fight to hang on to its low-priced drugs scheme in the face of mounting US pressure.

Winds of change

The Pan-African Parliament opens in Johannesburg.

  • 1 Dec 2004
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Shadi Ghadirian

Like Every Day - Women as second-class citizens. Photo by Shadi Ghadirian.

Polyp's Big Bad World – December 2004

Homophobes of the World Unite!

Hanging in the balance

New trade treaties increase corporate control over patents. AIDS patients in Peru will pay the price, argues Stephanie Boyd.

  • 1 Dec 2004
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Good morning, night

Good morning, night by Marco Bellocchio.

  • 1 Dec 2004
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Hurricane Opportunity

Disaster relief as a transnational marketing opportunity in Haiti.

Iyad Allawi

Calling me a CIA stooge is misleading, says Iraq’s interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi – I spied for 15 different spy agencies.

  • 1 Dec 2004
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Kill in the name of God

A false declaration claiming that Halakha commands the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians.

  • 1 Dec 2004
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The voice of reason

  • 1 Dec 2004
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Action - Support trade justice, support fair trade!

Action - the Fair Trade alternative.

  • 1 Dec 2004
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Can't pay, won't pay!

Roger Burbach claims foreign investors have pushed Argentina to the wall. And now the country is pushing back.

Death Row blues

Death Row blues in Jamaica.

Western Sahara

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.

Up for grabs

Workers are caught in the cross-hairs as free trade targets the labour movement. A report by David Bacon.

  • 1 Dec 2004
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In God's country

  • 1 Dec 2004
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The world trading system is corrupt and unjust.

Littered with broken promises, the trail of free trade is leading the world to a dead end. Wayne Ellwood makes the case for change.

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Smiley-faced monopolists

For Facebook, Amazon and Google, we have traded our privacy for something we find useful and put on hold our support for ethical shopping in exchange for the ease of low (or no) price and almost-instant gratification. This month's magazine looks at just how far down the line we are and asks how deeply exploitative and anti-democratic is this new ‘surveillance capitalism’ under which we now live. This month’s contributors include security expert Bruce Schneier, psychologist Robert Epstein and engineer and software activist Prabir Purkayastha.


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After Ebola

The world’s media extensively covered the Ebola crisis at its peak, but now the epidemic’s impact on communities in West Africa has fallen off the news agenda. And while millions of donor dollars eventually poured in to help contain and defeat the virus, its after effects – social, cultural and economic – will continue to be felt for years to come. We take a critical look at the humanitarian response and health systems deficit. Ebola is not a new disease – it’s been around since 1976 – so why did over 11,000 West Africans die 2014-16? Did we learn the right lessons from the outbreak, and, with Ebola considered endemic in the region, is Sierra Leone ready if the virus returns?

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