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Old 12-01-2005, 08:08 PM   #16
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Re: The Importance of Tomorrow (World AIDS Day)

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Email the key leaders and tell them to stand up for trade justice against the rich countries at the upcoming World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in December 2005. Act now at:
http://whiteband.org/Actions/wto/sth...n?o=typ&v=cpss

I agree, more free trade and (appropriately regulated) capitalism is what we should be striving for.
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Old 12-01-2005, 09:58 PM   #17
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financeguy, you know that that is not what that excerpt just said.

We're emailing world leaders to support FAIR tade not free trade (quite a difference).

And please, no quips in this thread.

For both me and I'm sure the AWF which shares this thread the memory of the millions of people dead from AIDS and those millions suffering from extreme poverty in Africa are too important to start a silly debate.

If you want to debate fair trade vs free trade, please start another thread.

Don't hijack the memory of these millions who have suffered so much.

That would be in poor taste.
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Old 12-01-2005, 10:13 PM   #18
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We're emailing world leaders to support FAIR tade not free trade (quite a difference).

But this is precisely the point. Practices which give subsidies and guaranteed prices to Western farmers for their produce and not to African farmers are neither free NOR fair. Free trade as I define it means trade without WESTERN GOVERNMENT enforced market distortion/subsidies. Wouldn't you agree?

I'm sorry if you think my advocacy of a better deal for African farmers constitutes 'hi-jacking the memory of millions who have suffered so much.'

As Bono said, and I agree with him, globalisation can benefit Africa if it is done in the right way.

The question is whether Western governments will continue to kow-tow to the powerful vested interests of European and US farm lobbies.

If e-mail campaigns like this encourage a fair deal for African farmers, then I'm all in favour of them.
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we just can not afford to do anymore for AIDS (period)
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:57 PM   #20
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I'm doing everything I can to rid the world of this terrible disease, and to support all of these great campaigns.
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Old 12-02-2005, 08:27 PM   #21
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This post is GREAT, deep!

I hope everyone will click on it and ponder its meaning.


And thanks to everyone who has posted their concern in this thread.

And please remember to sign the AWF's Virtual Candle for World AIDS Day.

Here's the website:

http://www.africanwellfund.org
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That's amazingly sad...really puts things in perspective.
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Old 12-02-2005, 09:22 PM   #23
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Re: The Importance of Tomorrow (World AIDS Day)

Where does personal responsibility come into all this?
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Old 12-02-2005, 09:40 PM   #24
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I emailed this link to everyone that I've already emailed the AWF virtual candle too.
Thanks deep..
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