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By John Cavanagh

The end result of a five-year venture by way of the foreign discussion board on Globalization (IFG), this e-book offers an inspiring plan for relocating towards extra sustainable, humanistic versions of monetary prosperity with an emphasis on citizen democracies, neighborhood self-sufficiency, and ecological healthiness. parts of debate contain the 10 middle necessities for democratic societies in addition to substitute platforms of strength, agriculture, and production. Written through a most desirable team of 18 thinkers from all over the world and edited by way of best-selling authors John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, this revised and improved version represents the legit consensus of the dwelling democracy circulation. Delving into the main compelling choices to globalization up to now, it includes a chart at the results of globalization and 3 fullyyt new chapters at the international stability of strength, the media, and what traditional humans can do approximately globalization.

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Paul Bremer, administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, issued Bremer Order No. –based global corporations, but not so good for Iraqi freedom. As we go to press, by all accounts these Bremer orders have been incorporated into the operating rules of the new “sovereign” interim Iraqi government under Prime Minister Allawi. S. authority. The following are a few examples of the rules contained in Bremer Order No. 39: • Privatization: The order allows full privatization of all two hundred of Iraq’s state-owned enterprises.

There is also a similar pressure to privatize freshwater—rivers, lakes, streams—probably the most basic element of sustenance, always considered a part of the commons. These too may soon be converted into part of the global trade system. All of these and others are being rapidly privatized and commodified as part of the globalization project to bring ever more raw material—more territory (geographic and biological)—into play for corporate access, investment, development, and trade. ) Alarmingly, the privatization process is now also taking place in the realm of public services.

But the recent experiences in the WTO and the growing alliances with civil society are strengthening popular support in both the North and South for taking an independent stand in the interests of democracy, the environment, and the well-being of the poor. There are precedents for a grand alliance of progressive Southern leaders, global civil society, and sympathetic politicians in the North with the power to achieve sweeping institutional reform at the global level. Years ago, similar alliances between progressives in the North and popular leaders in the former colonies resulted in the dismantling of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and later of the empires of Europe’s colonial powers.

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