Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This article sums up the NAU plan that seems to have had Vincente Fox as one of the originators. This plan may may a great deal of merit but its proponents seem to love the dark.
Fox's long-range goal is to expand NAFTA into a common market similar to the European Union. By extending democracy to the Guatemalan border, enacting labor rights, and raising the standard of living closer to that of the United States and Canada, he envisions a future in which the United States could dispense with immigration controls.
Friday, April 18, 2008
SPP might get a new name
But the authors argue the SPP is "far from dead."
Acknowledging the SPP has a "low profile" currently, the Frasier Institute authors stress that trilateral talks in the bureaucratic working groups constituted under SPP by the three governments are continuing on both security and competitiveness policy issues.
"Its critics may have tarnished the 'SPP brand,'" Moens and Cust concede, "but the precise areas of its work – to follow where NAFTA left off and to do so by incorporating post-9/11 security criteria as well as public safety and quality of life issues (pandemic illnesses and food safety) – are key Canadian interests."
The Fraser Institute paper also encourages the SPP working groups to develop "a better communications strategy," so that the public "can begin to understand its benefits."
The authors, however, are opposed to expanding the list of SPP advisers to include public interest groups or the media, preferring to stay with the closed-door advice offered by the 30 corporations picked by the chambers of commerce in the three countries to serve as members of the North American Competitiveness Council, or NACC.
They also concede that Mexico has been a "drag" on border security talks, especially since illegal immigration into the U.S. has continued, if not accelerated, under the SPP. They admit "there is an enormous problem of illegal entry, drug smuggling, and violent incidents on the Mexican border," while continuing to argue "there is also a very large legal and orderly flow of goods between Mexico and the United States."
In 1999, economist Herbert G. Grubel of the Fraser institute wrote a paper entitled, "The Case for the Amero," presenting the first arguments in print that a North American currency should be created on the model of the euro in the European Union as a replacement for the U.S. dollar, the Canadian dollar and the Mexican peso.
WND reported the third SPP summit, held last August in Montebello, Quebec, involved a series of closed-door meetings attended only by the three state heads, the cabinet members in attendance, the SPP trilateral bureaucrats assigned to head the 20 working groups established under the SPP and the NACC business leaders.
Next Monday and Tuesday, President Bush will meet in New Orleans with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Harper.
The White House has changed the name of the meeting from the "Fourth SPP Annual Summit" to simply the "North American Leaders' Summit."
Monday, March 31, 2008
The resolution drawing the most discussion was one opposing the Security and Prosperity Partnership, the North American Union and its superhighway system.
In 2005, Littlejohn explained, President George W. Bush met with former Mexican President Vicente Fox and former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. The trio signed the Security and Prosperity Treaty, which calls for construction of a transcontinental highway from Mexico, through the United States and into Canada.
"This will precipitate an end to the sovereignty of Mexico, Canada and the U.S.," said delegate Mark Adair.
"For those who believe world government is the way to go, like — I don't want to call any names, but, well, I'll say it — Barack Obama, this might not be a problem. But for myself, it's give me liberty or give me death. There'll be a quarter-mile stretch of eminent domain, along which loads of local communities will be lost," he predicted.
Polly Moren said the super highway would "split the U.S. down the middle. I've studied it for years. We can't be gullible. If we are going to do this, we can't allow foreign counties to build it. Let's do it with American ingenuity."
To support such a resolution, others said, would eliminate Interstate Highway 69, proposed for construction in this area. Delegates noted many in the room had worked long and hard on that plan.
Delegates passed the resolution to whispers of "hallelujah" and "amen" from the audience.
Following the meeting, Littlejohn said "I-69 would not be affected. There's a difference between it and the superhighway," he explained, "although I-69 could possibly be in the same corridor."
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Thursday night Monroy and Cruz gave a presentation to about fifty people at Studio 34, near the IWW office in West Philly. Using a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate their testimony, they spoke for two hours about the poverty, repression, and environmental health disasters that NAFTA is causing in Mexico's industrial belt. Photos of poverty-stricken "colonias" (slums), polluted waterways, deformed animals and dangerous factory conditions demonstrated the dire situation that Mexican workers and their families face on a daily basis. The corporations responsible for causing and perpetuating these conditions have names and addresses, and the speakers did not hesitate to name them. Chief among them was Michigan-based Key Safety Systems, global leader in the production of airbags, seatbelts and other automotive safety equipment. Ironically, conditions in and around their factories are among the most dangerous in Mexico. "We make thousands of seat belts every day," explained Cruz. "That means every day we save thousands of lives. Yet we are sacrificing our own lives to the factory. They are killing us." Monroy corroborated this declaration with evidence that chemicals admitted to have caused cancer, miscarriages and children born with brains outside their heads, continue to be used without adequate safety equipment. Air filters that have turned solid black from paint vapor are simply "shook out" instead of replaced. Meanwhile workers paid poverty wages ("salarios de hambre") that require a factory worker to spend three hours to earn what an undocumented immigrant worker in Los Angeles makes in twelve minutes. The speakers explained how these conditions make massive immigration across the border to the United States inevitable. All of the claims Monroy and Cruz made were meticulously documented. "The research is all there", said Monroy. "The laws are just not being enforced."
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