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  • Obama Czar Has Socialist Ties

    01/13/2009 12:13:30 PM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 15 replies · 1,290+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 12 2009 | Brit Hume
    Incoming Global Warming Czar Carol Browner was — until last week — listed as one of 14 leaders of a socialist group that advocates what's called "global governance" and says rich countries must shrink their economies to address climate change. The Washington Times reports Browner's name and biography were listed on the Web page for Socialist International . Mr. Obama's transition team says Browner's membership in the organization is not a problem and that it brings experience in policymaking to her new role. But House Minority Leader John Boehner’s spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier asks, “Does she agree with the group's positions...
  • More sugar for ethanol

    08/31/2007 7:53:42 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 24 replies · 754+ views
    Farm & Ranch Guide ^ | August 30, 2007 | Alan Guebert
    In the down-is-up world of American biofuels, success carries enormous costs. The latest evidence of these costs is an amendment tucked into the House version of the 2007 Farm Bill: As Mexican granular sugar flows into the U.S. in 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will oversee a supply-balancing program where the extra sugar can be purchased, at government-subsidized prices, by American ethanol makers. Sweet, eh? Moreover, if you think American corn growers are angered by seeing part of their fast-growing ethanol market legislatively handed to imported sugar, think again. Ethanol, after all, is the rabbit hole that swallowed logic...
  • China, Taiwan and the Battle for Latin America

    08/14/2007 8:03:03 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 5 replies · 296+ views
    Latin Business Chronicle ^ | August 13, 2007 | By Daniel P. Erikson and Janice Chen
    China appears to be using its economic might as a means to strip Taiwan of its Latin American allies. China’s economic engagement with Latin America responds to the requirements of a booming Chinese economy that has been growing at nearly 10 percent per year for the past quarter century. The economic figures are impressive: in the past six years, Chinese imports from Latin America have grown more than six-fold, at a pace of some 60 percent a year, to an estimated $60 billion in 2006. China has become a major consumer of food, mineral, and other primary products from Latin...
  • Bush promotes trade with Uruguay

    03/10/2007 7:26:13 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 513+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Thousands of protesters greeted Mr Bush's arrival US President George Bush has met his Uruguayan counterpart, Tabare Vazquez, as part of his five-nation Latin American tour to promote trade.Mr Bush arrived in Montevideo from Brazil - where he signed a deal to develop alternative fuel sources. Uruguay is keen to sign free trade deals with the US, even if it means leaving the Mercosur trade bloc. The tour attracted protests in Brazil and about 5,000 protesters gathered in Uruguay for Mr Bush's visit. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is conducting his own tour of the region and addressed 40,000 anti-Bush...
  • President Bush Discusses Western Hemisphere Policy

    03/06/2007 6:04:37 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 26 replies · 595+ views
    White House ^ | 05 March 2007 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C. Thank you all. (Applause.) Please be seated -- si ntese. Buenas tardes. Gracias por la bienevenida. For those of you not from Texas, that means, good afternoon. (Laughter.) And thank you for the welcome. I'm honored to be back again with the men and women of the Hispanic Chamber. I appreciate your hospitality. I'm pleased to report the economy of the United States is strong, and one of the reasons why is because the entrepreneurial spirit of America is strong. And the entrepreneurial spirit of America is represented in this room....
  • NAFTA Partners Think South

    02/23/2007 6:53:59 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 17 replies · 423+ views
    Embassy ^ | February 21st, 2007 | Vladimir Torres
    Latin America is back on the North American radar. In 2006, most references to the region were circumscribed to the electoral processes that took place in many of its countries, with very little in the way of active policy-making. With the renovated political realities sinking in, and hemispheric trends becoming more apparent, it's time for revamping diplomacy and co-ordinating actions on critical issues of the Americas. One increasing trend since the 2005 Summit of the Americas was a deepening North-South hemispheric divide. The collapse of the Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations seemed to leave the United States–and Canada–without...
  • Ministers Report to Leaders on Security and Prosperity Partnership Initiatives

    09/08/2006 6:05:14 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 9 replies · 522+ views
    Industry Canada ^ | September 7, 2006 | Minister of Industry, Canada
    The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry, together with their counterparts from the United States and Mexico, today released the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Report to the three North American leaders. The report outlines progress of collaborative initiatives between Canada, the United States and Mexico in such vital areas as security, the economy, transportation, the environment, and public health. "This report to Prime Minister Harper, President Bush, and President Fox marks the significant progress...
  • Timeline of the Progress Toward a North American Union

    09/04/2006 11:23:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1,688+ views
    Vive le Canada ^ | August 31, 2006 | Vive le Canada
    Canadian, U.S., and Mexican elites, including CEOS and politicians, have a plan to create common North American policies and further integrate our economies. This plan goes by various names and euphemisms, such as "deep integration", "NAFTA-plus", "harmonization", the "Big Idea", the "Grand Bargain", and the "North American Security and Prosperity Initiative". Regardless of which name your prefer, the end goal of all of these plans is to create a new political and economic entity named the North American Union (NAU) that would supercede the existing countries. Theoretically, it would be similar to and competetive with the European Union (EU). The...
  • International Property Maintenance Code.

    08/26/2006 10:21:10 PM PDT · by Jeremydmccann · 15 replies · 1,371+ views
    Key word being international, this is a master plan with a blank form for a homeowners association, city, county, township, state or any governing body really. This thing almost makes emminent domain look good. With emminent domain, you get the price of your home, or at least they say you do. With this thing you get nothing. I just started to look through this thing so I don't know all what it's about yet, but so far, wow! Read section 106.3. It says that if you fail to comply with a notice of violation or order served in accordance with...
  • The New World Disorder: $491 million NAFTA rail deal

    08/21/2006 8:56:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 1,595+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 21, 2006 | Jerome Corsi, Ph.D.
    A $491 million public-financing deal promoted by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a boon to commuters actually paves the way for shipping more cheap goods from China to the North American marketplace, charges a whistleblower. Ex-CSX Transportation employee Dave Nelson told WND the deal in Florida amounts to providing CSXT with a public subsidy. Money from the public purse will position the railroad company as a major freight carrier throughout Florida, transporting cargo containers filled with cheap goods coming into the NAFTA marketplace from China. CSXT is positioned to receive millions in the deal. Under the terms of the agreement,...
  • WTO appeal body reverses lumber ruling

    08/15/2006 10:13:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies · 511+ views
    The World Trade Organisation's Appellate Body, reversing an earlier panel report, on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. method for calculating anti-dumping duties on softwood lumber imports violated global free trade rules. A WTO dispute panel on April 3 rejected a challenge brought by Canada against a U.S. method known as "zeroing" for calculating anti-dumping duties on billions of dollars worth of softwood lumber imports. But in a 60-page ruling issued on Tuesday, the three judges on the WTO's Appellate Body -- its highest arbitration court -- found that the use of zeroing was inconsistent with the WTO's Anti-Dumping Agreement. "The...
  • North American Union Would Trump U.S. Supreme Court

    06/23/2006 9:28:50 AM PDT · by Jeremydmccann · 17 replies · 598+ views
    Human Events ^ | Jun 19, 2006 | Jerome R. Corsi
    The Bush Administration is pushing to create a North American Union out of the work on-going in the Department of Commerce under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America in the NAFTA office headed by Geri Word. A key part of the plan is to expand the NAFTA tribunals into a North American Union court system that would have supremacy over all U.S. law, even over the U.S. Supreme Court, in any matter related to the trilateral political and economic integration of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Right now, Chapter 11 of the NAFTA agreement allows a private...
  • Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway

    06/12/2006 6:23:16 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 776 replies · 15,005+ views
    Human Events ^ | June 12, 2006 | Jerome Corsi
    Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn. Once complete, the new road will allow containers from the Far East to enter the United States through the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas, bypassing the Longshoreman’s Union in the process. The Mexican trucks, without the involvement of the Teamsters Union, will drive on what will be the nation’s most modern highway straight into the heart of...
  • Joint Statement Between the United States of America and the Republic of Chile

    06/10/2006 7:26:48 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 39 replies · 714+ views
    The White House ^ | June 9, 2006 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Presidents George W. Bush and Michelle Bachelet underscored the increasingly strong and close ties that Chile and the United States enjoy, based on common values and objectives, including the promotion of democracy, development, economic growth, hemispheric integration, trade liberalization, international security, and combating terrorism. They recognized the link among development, peace, security, human rights, and social justice. They reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen the bilateral relationship based on these principles and to deepen the two nations' ongoing strategic dialogue on democracy and regional development, and other key shared priorities. They agreed that Chile and the United States, like all...
  • Can Lula Stop Chavez?

    05/24/2006 3:14:24 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 17 replies · 776+ views
    The Independent Institute ^ | May 24, 2006 | Alvaro Vargas Llosa
    WASHINGTON—A few months ago, Brazil was happy to let Hugo Chavez wreck the Free Trade Area of the Americas pact (FTAA) promoted by the United States and some Latin American countries. Chavez is now wrecking Brazil’s own plan for South American integration (ultimately compatible with the FTAA) and replacing it with Bolivarian megalomania. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s reaction has been to display a mind-boggling lack of leadership.In 1999, Brazilian statesman Roberto de Oliveira Campos said that Russia and Brazil were similar in that Russia was a superpower that discovered it was a Third World nation while Brazil...
  • Work in Progress: Prosperity in Home Countries May Not Stem Tide of Migrants to the US

    05/12/2006 5:20:15 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 7 replies · 479+ views
    YaleGlobal Online ^ | 9 May 2006 | Joel Millman
    For years, economists and politicians have said the solution to surging emigration is prosperity at home. If Mexico and other Latin American nations that send millions of migrants to the U.S. could grow fast enough, the theory goes, their residents wouldn't head north for work. Last month, Mexican President Vicente Fox, looking to influence the U.S. Congress's latest efforts at an immigration overhaul, pledged his country would do its part, creating good manufacturing jobs for Mexican workers on their home soil. He pointed to more than 100,000 job openings in assembly plants established within a few miles of the U.S....
  • E.U. Solution to U.S. Illegal Immigration

    05/05/2006 1:54:20 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 141 replies · 2,030+ views
    Santa Monica Mirror ^ | May 4 - 10, 2006 | Steven Hill
    Immigration issues are always ripe for demagoguery, particularly in an election year. But the solution to the very real problems along the U.S.-Mexican border can be found, ironically, in that other part of the world that American demagogues love to ridicule: old Europe. Two years ago, the European Union admitted 10 new nations into their backyard. Like Mexico, all of these nations were poor, some of them fairly backward, corrupt and recently ravaged by war and communist dictatorship. But the leaders of the European Union wisely created policies for fostering regional economic and political integration that make efforts like the...
  • Oppenheimer: Free-trade agenda has risen, is 'up and walking'

    03/07/2006 7:54:42 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 2 replies · 306+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | March 7, 2006 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Surprise! Last week's completion of U.S. free trade talks with Colombia - and the likely signing of similar deals with Ecuador and Panama in coming weeks - may mean that U.S. plans to create a hemisphere-wide free-trade area may not be dead after all.     Four months after the disastrous 34-country Summit of the Americas last November in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in which Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made big headlines by proclaiming that the U.S.-backed free-trade plan would be "buried for good" at the meeting, U.S. officials are boasting that the free-trade agenda is enjoying new momentum.     In...
  • Jerry Garza named to corridor coalition [North America's SuperCorridor Coalition VP]

    02/17/2006 12:43:27 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 514+ views
    LAREDO MORNING TIMES ^ | February 17, 2006 | JULIE DAFFERN
    Webb County Commissioner Jerry Garza has been chosen to represent the United States as vice president of North America's SuperCorridor Coalition. "I am very excited to have been selected by the county as a representative, and then by my new peers at NASCO for the vice presidency," Garza said. "I think it's good for Webb County because we've always said how important transportation and trade efficiency are for the county. Webb County will also benefit from lobbying on the tri-national level." Garza is one of three vice presidents chosen to represent Canada, the United States and Mexico in the nonprofit...
  • America As You Know It May Soon Be Over

    02/02/2006 4:40:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 89 replies · 3,343+ views
    National Health Federation ^ | January 19, 2006 | Cheri Tips
    NATIONAL HEALTH FEDERATION A NOT-FOR-PROFIT HEALTH ORGANIZATION                                                            PRESS RELEASE   ALERT America As You Know It May Soon Be Over   OPPOSE The North American Cooperative Security Act (NACSA) (S.853 & H.R.2672) by Cheri Tips January 19, 2006   This urgent alert is being sent to all Congress Members.     Even I, as a hardened health-freedom fighter, became physically ill putting this information together to alert you, the reader, to one of the most damning acts against America and its citizens. If you are a true American, the information that I will convey, should make your blood...
  • Panama agriculture minister resigns over US talks ("free trade" vs food safety)

    01/29/2006 11:44:09 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 30 replies · 745+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 10, 2006 | Doug Palmer
    PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama's agriculture minister resigned on Tuesday, alleging that a proposed free trade deal with the United States could expose the country to bird flu, foot and mouth disease and mad cow disease. Laurentino Cortizo told President Martin Torrijos he feared Panama could be forced to ignore its own food health standards in a free trade deal with Washington. "It worries me enormously that a relaxing of the sanitary measures could put the health and lives of Panamanians at risk," he said in his resignation letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. "Have you analyzed...
  • Cold storage operator fights to survive free-trade fallout

    01/26/2006 8:01:36 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 37 replies · 965+ views
    santa cruz sentinel ^ | January 23, 2006 | TOM RAGAN
    WATSONVILLE — The city's food-processing industry has wilted to a shadow of its former self. Only a trio of independent food-processing and cold-storage businesses remains. Ray Rodriguez, 59, owner of Farmers Processing & Cold Storage, a Castroville native and son of field workers, is one. Del Mar Food Products Corp. and BirdsEye are the others. There was a time when the city was so overrun with the likes of Rodriguez that it was nicknamed the "Frozen Food Capital of the World." That was the 1930s and '40s, well before the North American Free Trade Agreement appeared in the early 1990s,...
  • Free Trade: A Report Card

    01/20/2006 8:36:46 AM PST · by Willie Green · 35 replies · 1,125+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | January 19, 2006 | Barbara Anderson
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. President Bush went overseas recently to attend a meeting to promote FTAA, Free Trade Areas of the Americas. FTAA is a trade agreement to strengthen and extend NAFTA and parts of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to the entire Western Hemisphere, excepting Cuba. It will hand over control to corporate elites, threaten nations' abilities to govern democratically and the people's control over their own communities and land. It is being negotiated in secret. A massive protest occurred wherever President Bush appeared. Some, no doubt, hate the president and the U.S. in...
  • TxDOT teams up with international group on Trans-Texas Corridor

    01/19/2006 1:30:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 563+ views
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | January 18, 2006 | Dallas Business Journal
    In a rare endorsement, the Texas Department of Transportation is joining the North America's Supercorridor Coalition Inc., a nonprofit, international organization based in Dallas. The members of Nasco, founded in 1994, aim to develop the highway infrastructure from Canada through the United States to Mexico, particularly the Trans-Texas Corridor, which would widen and expand Interstate 35 into a mega-trade corridor. A press release Wednesday from Nasco and TxDOT said the two will work together to ensure development of the TTC, championed by Gov. Rick Perry. "The Texas Department of Transportation is formalizing its commitment to work closely with Nasco and...
  • Hemispheric threads

    01/19/2006 9:12:53 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 17 replies · 517+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2006 | Susan Segal and Eric Farnsworth
    Just as markets tend to overshoot, so does political analysis, and recent commentary on Latin America is exhibit A. Conventional wisdom is that the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and the recent elections in Bolivia late last year indicate that the United States and Latin America have parted company, definitively reversing the positive trends of the 1990s. Some have even accused Washington of "losing" Latin America, as if the region were ours to lose. Certainly, challenges do exist in the hemisphere, some of great consequence, but before we either overreact or, just as harmful, turn our...
  • Bush to lead Enterprise Florida delegation to South America [Jeb promoting Miami as FTAA seat]

    01/18/2006 6:22:32 AM PST · by summer · 60 replies · 679+ views
    Miami Today ^ | Jan. 12, 2006 | Claudio Mendonça
       Enterprise Florida representatives are to leave for South America on Wednesday (1/18) to promote trade in Florida, but more importantly to continue Miami's pursuit of the Free Trade Area of the Americas secretariat.    Spearheaded by Gov. Jeb Bush, the delegation will meet with officials in Quito, Ecuador, and Lima, Peru, through Jan. 20.    ..."This is not just a trade mission," said Manny Mencia, Enterprise Florida's senior vice president of international trade and business development. "It is more goodwill and advocacy subjective to promote Miami as the FTAA headquarters" in a region that comprises 800 million consumers with a potential combined...
  • From NAFTA to partnership: How do we get there?(Barf)

    01/17/2006 4:42:27 PM PST · by skandalon · 9 replies · 363+ views
    El Universal Online ^ | January 15, 2006 | Ricardo Pascoe
    When the leaders of Mexico, the United States and Canada announced last March that they had agreed on the terms of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, questions were raised as to what would be the scope of this new accord. Was the partnership different from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which went into effect on Jan. 1, 1994? Would it be a continuation of NAFTA? Or would it nullify NAFTA and replace it with a more up-to-date relationship between the three countries? Some of the language used in the documents outlining the partnership reflect new...
  • NASCO Maintains an Aggressive Focus on I-35 in 2006

    01/17/2006 11:58:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 843+ views
    NASCO Maintains an Aggressive Focus on I-35 in 2006Endorses Trans-Texas Corridor ConceptDallas, TX -- Interstate 35 received much attention in 2005 with Governor Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announcing the development of the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). The focus on transportation will increase substantially in 2006, as the ultimate alignment of TTC-35 becomes better defined and TxDOT continues to deliver on its commitment to finish projects planned on I-35. Today, nearly 9.5 million people, or about 45 percent of all Texans, live within 50 miles of I-35. This chronically congested interstate requires immediate and continuous attention. Realizing...
  • Guatemala to Strengthen Mercosur Ties

    01/12/2006 7:53:11 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 9 replies · 342+ views
    AP ^ | January 3, 2006 | Juan Carlos Llorca
    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Guatemala's government -- annoyed by the delay in CAFTA's implementation and the U.S. House of Representative's approval of a wall to keep out illegal immigrants -- announced Tuesday it would seek to strengthen its relations with the Mercosur trading bloc. "The decision to approach Mercosur has been made," Guatemalan Vice President Eduardo Stein told The Associated Press in a telephone interview, referring to bloc comprising Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Guatemalan officials will seek to establish contacts with Mercosur leaders at the upcoming inauguration of Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales, Stein said. Seeking ties with the South...
  • CAFTA-DR hits constitutional snags

    01/11/2006 11:16:53 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 112 replies · 1,269+ views
    Ag Weekly ^ | jamuary 11 , 2006 | Cathy Roemer
    The Central American Free Trade Agreement-Dominican Republic is struggling to get on its feet after six Central American countries, including the Dominican Republic, failed to meet a Jan. 1 preliminary start-up date. All CAFTA countries have ratified the agreement with the exception of Costa Rica, El Salvador being the first in December 2004 and Nicaragua the most recent in September 2005. "All countries recognized the Jan.1 date was an ambitious goal and that they might not have completed their implementation process by that time," said Stephen Norton, spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative office. At issue are the "technical changes"...
  • CAFTA Nations May Pay for Missed Deadline

    01/02/2006 10:35:26 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 147 replies · 1,043+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 31, 2005 | JUAN CARLOS LLORCA
    Six Latin American governments had hoped to start 2006 with a free trade zone that would open the U.S. market to their fledgling industries. Instead, they bogged down in making legal and regulatory reforms, delaying the trade union that was supposed to take effect Sunday. Proponents of the Central America Free Trade Agreement — CAFTA — fear the delay will mean painful business and trade losses in a region of widespread poverty. Countries that made extra investments in their products say the holdup postpones the long-anticipated payoff of access to U.S. markets for sectors such as the struggling textile and...
  • Good Bye, Congressman Jim Kolbe

    11/25/2005 12:48:39 PM PST · by Bob Haran · 68 replies · 2,348+ views
    November 25, 2005 | Bob Haran
    Regarding Congressman Jim Kolbe's decision not to run for reelection, in a word, "Hallelujah." When someone retires or passes away, we try to say something nice about that person, we downplay his negatives and point out his positives. I would like to do the same for Congressman Jim Kolbe, but I really don't have the time to do that much research, other then to say, I wholeheartedly approve of his decision to leave Congress. I'm sure Kolbe will be missed by Mexican President Vincente Fox, he is one of the best members of Congress Mexico has ever had in the...
  • Chavez vs. Free Trade

    11/18/2005 7:48:27 AM PST · by Valin · 42 replies · 771+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | 11/18/05 | José Idler and Mario Villarreal
    In the aftermath of the 2005 Summit of the Americas, the clash between two giants has reached full swing. Mexico and Venezuela, both within the top five economies in Latin America, are in the midst of an escalating diplomatic conflict in which they have recalled their ambassadors—a rare diplomatic move for Latin-American countries. It’s the resounding clash between two competing visions for Latin America, and this time, it’s not Venezuela vs. the U.S. Rather, it’s Venezuela vs. Mexico—or, more precisely, Chavez against those in Latin America who favor free trade. The dispute climaxed when the Venezuelan president called Mexican president...
  • Winners and losers at Americas Summit

    11/16/2005 7:03:09 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 19 replies · 593+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 1-11/08/2006, 2-11/16/2006 | 1-staff, 2-Jorge L. Arrizurieta
    [The following is an editorial appearing in the Herald on November 8, 2005, followed by a letter to the editor]OUR OPINION: HOPES FOR IMPROVEMENT IN LATIN AMERICA DEALT A SETBACK To judge from conventional wisdom, President Bush's trip to Latin America was a flop. Mr. Bush failed to gain ground on a free-trade agreement, and he was greeted by riots in Mar del Plata, Argentina, while U.S.-bashing President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela basked in the limelight of popular adulation. In this case, however, conventional wisdom is dead wrong.The trip may not have been a great victory for Mr. Bush and...
  • ‘I-69 is dead’

    11/10/2005 6:27:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies · 2,701+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | November 9, 2005 | Matt Whittaker
    ‘I-69 is dead’ State, federal officials disagree on status of road By Matt Whittaker The Monitor WESLACO, November 9, 2005 — There are not enough federal dollars for an Interstate highway to the Rio Grande Valley, state officials said Tuesday “I-69 is dead in the state of Texas,” Texas Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton told about 75 area city officials and business leaders at a lunch discussion about transportation issues. “The road fairy has been shot.” But federal lawmakers said the project to create an Interstate linking major commercial centers in Mexico, the United States and Canada is still alive and...
  • Will the US "Lose" Latin America?

    11/07/2005 3:01:45 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 682+ views
    Project Syndicate ^ | November 7, 2005 | Sebastian
    On November 4-5, the fourth Summit of the Americas took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina. The heads of state of the hemisphere’s democratic countries met to discuss economic, political, and social issues – and to lose another opportunity to create a new and healthier relationship between the United States and its Latin American neighbors.Indeed, the Summit amounted to nothing more than an outsized photo opportunity. No important issues were resolved, and no progress was made on the many topics that increasingly divide the countries of Latin America and the US. In particular, no progress was made on the creation...
  • President Bush Directs Tough Speech at Venezuelan President

    11/06/2005 1:43:50 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 25 replies · 1,626+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 6, 2005 | ELISABETH BUMILLER and LARRY ROHTER
    President Bush delivered a tough speech today aimed at Venezuela's leftist president, Hugo Chavez, calling on Latin America to chose between two competing futures -- an American-supported "vision of hope" versus another that "seeks to roll back the democratic progress of the past two decades." Such a democratic retrenchment, the president said, would be "playing to fear, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and blaming others for their own failures to provide for their people." Mr. Bush did not mention Mr. Chavez by name. But his barbs at the populist president were clear, and were in effect Mr. Bush's response to the...
  • Bush challenges influence of Chavez and Castro

    11/06/2005 12:51:29 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 35 replies · 1,401+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Nov. 6, 2005 | AFP
    BRASILIA (AFP) - US President George W. Bush ramped up his efforts to curb Venezuela and Cuba's clout in Latin America, accusing them of trying to "roll back" fragile democratic and free-market gains in the region. Amid concerns in Washington that poverty may enhance the appeal of anti-US, economically populist messages, Bush said in a speech that "ensuring social justice for the Americas requires choosing between two competing visions." "One offers a vision of hope. It is founded on representative government, integration into the world community, and a faith in the transformative power of freedom," he told student, diplomats and...

    11/06/2005 8:53:30 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 38 replies · 1,086+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/06/2005 | Mei-Ling Hopgood and Jack Chang
    MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina - President Bush faced harsh criticism from Latin American presidents over a free-trade proposal, but no clear winners and losers emerged. There were no clear winners or losers after the Fourth Summit of the Americas ended here Saturday: President Bush and 33 other leaders of the region wound up the two-day meeting brutally divided over a hemisphere-wide free trade zone first proposed in Miami more than a decade ago. Although the summit was supposed to have focused largely on the issue of job creation, the Free Trade Area of Americas dominated the debate, with Bush pushing...
  • Bush, Chavez clash on trade - violence mars opening of hemispheric summit (Chavez salutes Sheehan)

    11/05/2005 2:55:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies · 853+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | November 5, 2005 | Finlay Lewis
    MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina – President Bush pressed his free trade agenda on Friday at the opening session of a hemispheric summit in the face of a challenge by Venezuela's leftist leader Hugo Chavez and street violence by anti-American protesters. The disagreement between Bush and Chavez over trade unfolded against the backdrop of a daylong protest that turned from peaceful to unruly and lawless by evening as about a thousand rock-throwing militants burned an American flag and threw a gasoline bomb that ignited a blaze in a downtown bank at this seaside resort of 600,000. Argentine police responded with tear...
  • Mexico Fox: FTAA Possible Without Dissenting Countries

    11/04/2005 4:58:27 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 1 replies · 359+ views
    Dow Jones Newswires ^ | November 4, 2005 | Michael Casey
    MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina - Twenty-nine countries in favor of a planned Free Trade Area of the Americas may establish it without the participation of five dissenting countries, Mexican President Vicente Fox said Friday. Fox said these pro-FTAA countries - which include the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Chile - are discussing an alternative agreement. The five dissenting nations include the four members of the South American trade group Mercosur - Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - which have opposed plans to establish a deadline for relaunching FTAA talks, as well as Venezuela, which outright opposes the region-wide trade deal. Fox...
  • Bill Mandates Youngsters Learn Spanish

    11/01/2005 7:08:04 PM PST · by kingattax · 194 replies · 2,971+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | KEVIN BEGOS
    TALLAHASSEE - -- All Florida students in kindergarten through second grade would get mandatory Spanish lessons starting in 2007 under a new bill filed by state Sen. Les Miller, D-Tampa. "More and more of our young people need to learn a second language," said Miller, the Senate minority leader. "We just thought that this was a good start for these young people." Some people like the idea but wonder about its practicality. Younger students "learn a foreign language without pain," said Dorothy Carregal, superintendent of foreign languages for Hillsborough schools. But the legislation, Senate Bill 522, doesn't say how schools...
  • Florida FTAA Leads Mission to the Summit of the Americas in Argentina

    11/02/2005 4:58:52 PM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 1 replies · 320+ views ^ | Nov. 1, 2005 | PR Newswire
    Florida FTAA, Inc. is leading a delegation to the Private Sector Forum taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina and preceding the IV Summit of the Americas "Creating Jobs to Address Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance" taking place in Mar del Plata November 4 and 5. The Private Sector Forum is endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the OAS General Secretariat. About 200 executives from the hemisphere will discuss the role of the private sector in the creation of jobs to fight poverty, the promotion of democratic governance and transparency, education and technological innovation as well as trade, infrastructure...
  • Texas: Keystone State of the FTAA

    11/02/2005 11:49:59 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 71 replies · 1,623+ views
    The New American ^ | November 14, 2005 | Robert L. Dacy
    Because of its location, Texas is integral to the creation of the FTAA and the eventual merger of North and South America under a single regional government like the EU. A little more than two years ago, political allies of Texas Governor Rick Perry quietly passed legislation creating the "Trans-Texas Corridor" (TTC). With the connivance of a largely silent press, the most expensive project in the state's history became law with scant public notice. It's bad enough that the TTC will cost at least $185 billion, much of it derived from new toll taxes imposed on existing free roads. It's...
  • Costa Rica unions call strike to protest CAFTA

    11/01/2005 5:11:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 458+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10.31.05
    Costa Rican trade unions called on Monday for a one-day general strike next month to oppose ratification of a regional free-trade pact with the United States, which they fear could hurt standards of living. More than 200 unions and civic groups are expected to take part in the stoppage on Nov. 17, which seeks to pressure the Costa Rican Congress to reject the U.S.-Central American Free Trade Agreement, or CAFTA, union leaders said. Costa Rica is the only Central American nation yet to ratify the agreement. It has been approved by the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and...
  • CFR's Plan to Integrate the U.S., Mexico and Canada

    10/21/2005 12:23:51 AM PDT · by janetgreen · 161 replies · 2,473+ views ^ | July 13, 2005 | Phyllis Schafly
    The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has just let the cat out of the bag about what's really behind our trade agreements and security partnerships with the other North American countries. A 59-page CFR document spells out a five-year plan for the "establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security community" with a common "outer security perimeter.""Community" means integrating the United States with the corruption, socialism, poverty and population of Mexico and Canada. "Common perimeter" means wide-open U.S. borders between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. "Community" is sometimes called "space" but the CFR goal is clear: "a common...
  • Robert B. Zoellick Press Roundtable in Brazil (Confirms U.S. Pursuing "Plan B" Regarding the FTAA)

    10/16/2005 7:51:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 403+ views
    Scoop ^ | 10.14.05 | Robert B. Zoellick, Deputy Secretary of State
    Robert B. Zoellick, Deputy Secretary of State United States Embassy Brasília, Brazil October 6, 2005 DEPUTY SECRETARY ZOELLICK:Okay, well thanks for taking the time to come by. Let me just make a few opening comments about the purpose of my visit and then we will just open it up to questions. This primarily is an opportunity for me to consult with a close and important partner of the United States. I've been to Brazil a number of times before, I obviously see Brazilian officials regularly Celso Amorim was in Washington just about a week ago. But it gives me an...
  • Western Hemisphere leaders meet for Sixth Summit of the Americas, FTAA -- A Main Theme

    10/13/2005 11:17:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 272+ views
    News Ahead ^ | 10.14.05
    MAR DEL PLATA/BARILOCHE, ARGENTINA. 4-5 Nov 2005. The theme for the heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere’s democracies at the Sixth Summit of the Americas is, "Creating Employment to Confront Poverty and Strengthen Democratic Governance." It sounds new, but it restates the aims of the Free Trade Area of the Americas – to create greater prosperity for nearly 800 million people in 34 countries of the hemisphere – a pact that has missed its Jan 1 2005 target date.The choice of the theme suggests that the summit will tackle issues that are holding up talks about the...
  • Abolishing the USA

    09/28/2005 3:30:36 PM PDT · by Constitution Restoration Act · 49 replies · 2,764+ views
    The New American ^ | October 3, 2005 Issue | William F. Jasper
    For decades, federal officials have ignored the pleas of American citizens to secure our borders against an immense, ongoing migration invasion that includes not only millions of “common variety” illegal aliens, but also drug traffickers, terrorists, and other violent criminals. Now, under the pretense of providing security, the Bush administration is adopting an outrageous policy that, in effect, does away with our borders with Mexico and Canada altogether. Regular readers of THE NEW AMERICAN know that this magazine has been warning that this direct assault on our nationhood was coming, that it is part and parcel of the NAFTA-CAFTA-FTAA process....
  • Trade agreements hurt America

    08/27/2005 11:33:23 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 851+ views
    The Courier, Waterloo, IA ^ | Friday, August 26, 2005 | MRS. JOE SADLER
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. JESUP --- Why the Central America Free Trade Agreement? Why should anyone want to integrate the United States with Mexico and Canada, and destroy everything we know and love? Our country is so different in freedom from other countries in the world. The Council on Foreign Relations has a 59-page document establishing a five-year plan for the "establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security community" with a "common outer security perimeter." This plan calls for massive U.S. foreign aid to the other countries. It demands we implement "the...