HIGHTOWER: WTO Tries to Hide in Qatar

The World Trade Organization is like a two year old who thinks if he shuts his eyes real tight, we can't see him.

That's cute in a two year old, but definitely not cute behavior for the antidemocratic, autocratic WTO, the global trade entity through which corporations are seeking to establish themselves as supreme sovereigns over workers, the environment, and our own elected governments. This secretive, Geneva-based autocracy, which already has overturned several U.S. laws, has been the focus of a world-wide rebellion against the corporate elite that is running roughshod over We the People and our democratic institutions.

At its 1999 Seattle meeting, the exclusive WTO club was stunned to find itself confronted with 50,000 uninvited guests who ran these elites out of town with their tails tucked between their legs. After that, the WTO began cranking out press releases to polish its image, claiming that it really wants to have "a dialogue" with us peasants, that it really wants to be more open to the world's majority that's been excluded from its decision-making meetings.

Really? Then why has it chosen the tiny, Persian Gulf nation of Qatar for the site of its next international meeting? Short of rocketing its self-selected delegates and official guests to the moon, the WTO couldn't have chosen a place less open to ordinary citizens. Qatar is an oil-rich, totalitarian monarchy that does not allow its own people such basic rights as freedom of assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of the press. The ruling elite of Qatar do not allow political demonstrations or allow political parties that are critical of the government. Workers are not allowed to organize, and any citizens group has to register with the government and let security forces monitor its activities.

This is Jim Hightower saying ... The WTO hot shots can try to hide in Qatar, but we see them, and we see clearly now that the WTO wants no participation by the people in their global agenda.


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