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globalization alphabet soup
A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P R S T U W Z
- WBCSD World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Masquerading behind its carefully-cultivated image as a "green" industry lobby group, the WBCSD has been tremendously successful in promoting global market liberalization and self-regulation by business instead of government intervention as the recipe for sustainable development.
- WB World Bank
read: Colonizing the World's Economy
World Bank Meetings 2000: Washington April Prague September | 2001 Washington September (cancelled) Ottawa November | 2002 Washington April Washington September
- WEF World Economic Forum (spanish: FEM)
For years now, the CEOs of major corporations, hundreds of top international government officials and just plain rich people - from Bill Gates to Bill Clinton - have been meeting every year in Davos, Switzerland. This is where the real rulers of the world give the politicians their marching orders. This is where the schemes that lead to atrocities like GATT and the WTO are actually hatched. (more)
White Overalls (see Tute Bianche)
WHO World Health Organisation
subsidary organization of the UN
- WSSD World Summit on Sustainable Development
The world plunges into an abyss of economic desperation and environmental catastrophe. In response, as in Rio ten years ago, the global caretakers of the status quo clamour for "sustainable development." The WSSD is a grand spectacle of promising ideas and powerful rhetoric, designed to manufacture an image of positive, dynamic action. Yet the dry details and technical implementations of the pretty words have revealed the rotten core behind the mask: the same old neoliberal prescription for a world dominated by corporate capital and ruled by an unaccountable elite. This is the uncomfortable truth: a world devoted to profit can't sustain people and the planet. The international financial institutions (like the WTO, IMF, World Bank) enforce a world order of the bottom line while the "war on terrorism" justifies growing US aggression against dissent. The WSSD will only reinforce this system. It cannot be rehabilitated.
- WTO World Trade Organization
The World Trade Organization came into being on January 1st 1995, following the signing of the global free trade agreement GATT in 1994. The WTO's mandate is to remove obstacles to trade, and governments can ask its dispute settlement body to investigate whether another country's legislation might in fact be a trade barrier. WTO decisions are binding, and can be enforced through the implementation of trade sanctions against the disobedient government by all WTO member countries. The main WTO agreements are the Agreement on Agriculture, the GATS, the TRIM and the TRIPs
- read: WTO info
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