NAFTA – Ralph Nader, Free Trade And the Decline of Democracy 1. According to Nader, why are multinational corporations so supportive of NAFTA and the new GATT proposals? Multinational corporations are working hard to expand their control over the international economy and to undo vital health, safety and environmental protections won by citizen movements. 2. What will be the economic implications of NAFTA for the US Economy according to Nader? Enactment of the free trade deals virtually ensures that any local state, national effort in the United States to demand that corporations pay their fair share of teaxes, provide a decent standard of living to their employess or limit their pollution of air, water and land. 3. What, in Nader’s view are the potential political dangers of free trade? The trade agreements are crafted to enable corporations to play this game at the global level, to pit country against country in a race to see who can set the lowest wage levels, the lowest environmental standards, the lowest consumer safety standards 4. Why is Nader convinced that there are ‘no winners’ in free trade The corporate-induced race to the bottom is a game that no country or community can win There is always some place in the world that is a little worse off, where the living conditions are a little bit more wretched. 5. What is Nader’s alternative to an international economy based on free trade? Only national government representatives are allowed to participate in the trade agreement dispute resolution; citizen organizations are locked out.
Osama Bin Laden – Declaration of Jihad against Americans occupying the Land of the Two Holy Mosques 1. How does bin Laden perceive the Muslims’ place in the world? He develops an interest in Islamic theology and helps the Pakistani-Afghan border to aid Afghan holy warriors, and fought against the soviet troops and supported the Muslims 2. Why does bin Laden oppose the existing government of Saudi Arabia?...
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