Archive for March, 2009

(Mildly) Funny on Friday

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I just noticed this fairly amusing short film from the World Development Movement in the UK, about the EU’s trade policies – a bit slap-sticky, but makes a good point!

If you only read one thing from this blog . . .

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Maybe you should make it this report just published by the UK’s War on Want. Trading Away Our Jobs: How free trade threatens employment around the world is an incredibly valuable report, documenting in detail the way that free trade policies have systematically destroyed employment opportunities for people across the developing world, through use of [...]

China Calls for New Global Currency

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

It’s a big day when one of the world’s major powers calls for a fundemental reform of the global economy.  Britain’s Gordon Brown as been issuing vague calls for global financial reform, but no real concrete proposals. Now China has taken the lead, calling for a new global currency which seems to closely resemble the [...]

Taking The Credit – New Report on Financial Services Liberalisation

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

The World Development Movement in the UK have just released an excellent report into the impact of financial services liberalisation (which usually occurs through free trade agreements) for the world’s poor. The report says that Liberalisation of overseas markets has been pushed aggressively by the industry’s lobbyists via free trade deals, firstly at the World [...]

Deliciously good Fair Trade news from Cadbury

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

It’s not often that I get to blog about unambiguously good news here, so it’s a pleasure to report that Cadbury in the UK has committed to certifying as Fair Trade all the cocoa used in it’s Dairy Milk chocolate bars: This groundbreaking move will result in the tripling of sales of cocoa under Fairtrade [...]

Melbourne: Public Lecture – “The Doha Round and its implications for developing countries”

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Tuesday, 31 March 2009, 6 pm to 7 pm Professor Frank Garcia from the Law Faculty, Boston College; Director, Law & Justice in the Americas Program will be speaking on “The Doha Round and its implications (success or failure) for developing countries” The Doha Development Round, the current trade negotiation round of the World Trade [...]

Melbourne: Understanding Globalisation: A Short Course about Global Crisis & Global Justice

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Applications are now open for Global Trade Watch’s Understanding Globalisation course – an exciting short course for people interested to learn more about globalisation, global economics and their impacts on people and the environment. The course will run in Melbourne (Carlton) on Monday evenings from April 14 to June 15 2009. Understanding Globalisation is a [...]

Not much free about this “free” trade agreement

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

I guess I should write a bit about the Australia-ASEAN-NZ Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which was signed over the weekend in Thailand – it’s Australia’s biggest regional FTA to date. The mining industry loves it since it will let them export more Australian minerals to Asia. And the Textile Clothing & Footwear Union hates it, [...]