December 2004

Free trade in the Americas

NI (No.374)


2 Letters

4 Southern Exposure
Radical photomontage from Iranian woman Shadi Ghadirian.

5 View from the South
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.

6 Currents
The Pan-African Parliament opens in Johannesburg; disaster relief as a transnational marketing opportunity in Haiti; resistance to US military bases; Death Row blues in Jamaica.
PLUS: Wordpower - the language of corporations.
PLUS: Speechmarks and Seriously

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

12 The people of corn
Mexico's food security is threatened by American maize, argues Laura Carlsen.

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

16 Taking control in Chiapas
Hugh MacLeod looks at the Zapatista opposition to the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas.

18 Free Trade -THE FACTS

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

22 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.

23 Race to the bottom Illustrated by Polyp.

24 Ring of fire
Indigenous people across the Andes are fed up with free trade. Kathryn Ledebur reports from Ecuador and Bolivia.

26 Can't pay, won't pay!
Roger Burbach claims foreign investors have pushed Argentina to the wall. And now the country is pushing back.

28 Action
The fair trade alternative.

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

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
Homophobes of the World Unite! by Polyp.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
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.

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

36 Country Profile - Western Sahara


NI-Japan (No.62)


Free trade in the Americas

<This month's article>
-Translation of "Keynote" (NI p9-11)
-Translation of "The people of corn" (NI p12-13)
-Translation of "Taking control in Chiapas" (NI p16-17)

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile -
Western Sahara" (p36)

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