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is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato
Thursday, April 05, 2007
We Wish You a Happy & Blessed Easter
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples: 'He has risen from the dead ... -- The Bible, Matthew 28:5-7 (NIV)
by Bill Smith, ARRA Editor: The ARRA Editorial Staff is taking a break for Easter. We hope that all of you who have helped us with resource information and all of our readers will have a happy and blessed Easter. We had a very busy first quarter this year and it is time to reflect on the meaning of Easter and to be with our families for a week. We will definitely be back at table researching and getting information to you on April 16th - maybe earlier. We also just posted an advanced release of Norm Allen's radio commentary that he will share tomorrow, Good Friday, on the "Out of the Norm Show" on Mtn Talk 97. While recalling an event that took place before our Lord was crucified, he shares about today's effort by liberals to stir up the public to make wrong choice(s) with the same historical result - the "innocent gets killed." His article is both timely and appreciated. We are truly blessed that when "the Innocent" - Jesus Christ - voluntarily gave Himself to be our substitute and was sacrificed as an atonement for our sins. He then also overcame hell and the grave and He rose from the dead. Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed! Tags:Easter, Jesus Christ, Matthew 28:5-7To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Norm Allen(Out of the Norm Show* 4/6/07 - Good Friday): So here is the ruler of the nation standing in front of a very passionate crowd and giving them the chance to allow a perfectly innocent citizen go free after some political and religious friction, or to free a man who had been responsible for deaths of innocent people and is a known terrorist. The ruler could be swayed especially if the crowd polls one way or another.
In the mob, the media has begun its work to persuade the crowd to get rid of the traditionalist and give the terrorist some leniency, after all, he could be just a victim of radical extremist and he should be understood instead of punished. The innocent man says nothing, as there is nothing to defend. The media frenzies the rhetoric and makes accusations of character problems, even as far as blasphemy. The crowd gets louder and the officials are ready to give in as the roars of “Give us Barabbas” fills the air. It doesn’t look good for the one who is just and right.
Last November, in the face of disillusion, conservative voters didn’t turn out, and allowed the crowd to be swayed to elect people who do not represent the mainstream population. An avowed atheist was elected to Congress from Fremont, California who stated that he wanted to do away with the “myths of religion”, do away with marriage contracts all together, and eliminate the military. A Muslim was elected to Congress from Ohio who practices a religion that makes our form of government his enemy. Those extremists fit well with the liberal team lead by kill-babies- retreat at all costs-love a gay person-Nancy Pelosi. If I were a Democrat, I would be embarrassed by these representatives, but most of all, I am furious with my own conservative constituents who didn’t work or even show up. So Congress gets what is sent, and instead of choosing people of character, people who have proven their devotion to the betterment of the country instead of self-empowerment, and preserves and defends the God given rights of all, we are stuck with people who were selected by disgusted default.
Shame on us all for not being as strong as we talk. Shame on us, for being willing to criticize and not being willing to defend. Shame on us, for allowing the worst Congress in our history to be placed in power. Shame on us for letting the loud mindless people who are so wrapped up in their own egos and self-importance like Rosie O, Charles Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards, let their cries be heard above the truth. Once again, we allow them to win; all they had to do was to cry “Give us Barabbas!”
And the innocent gets killed again.
------------------ [*Norm Allen is a Political Commentator & Radio Talk Show Host]Tags:Bible, terroristTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Chuck Baldwin: Please know that I cut my eyeteeth as a political activist with the so-called Religious Right. ... My personal history with the Religious Right goes back more than thirty years. That said, it is my studied opinion that many, if not most, of our national conservative Christian leaders have lost touch with the reality of our nation's ills and how to cure them. . . .
When will conservative Christians wake up? When will they come to understand that when it comes to political office, we are not electing Sunday School teachers? We are electing men and women to do one thing: faithfully discharge their duties to the Constitution of the United States. What matters more than religious rhetoric is whether or not our elected representatives fulfill their oath of office and obey the Constitution. (Of course, it should be obvious that we cannot be expected to trust a man who has no fidelity to his marriage commitment to be faithful to his commitments to the American people.)
America is in serious trouble, because our political leaders (from both parties) are continually ignoring and overtly disobeying constitutional government. They treat the Constitution (and their loyalty to it) as a pile of dung. This irresponsibility has brought our nation to the brink of the abyss. We are almost ready to lose our national identity, our culture, our standard of living, and even our military superiority. Our education system is in the toilet. Our manufacturing jobs have almost vanished, our nation is being systematically merged into a "North American Community," . . . It would be far better to have an honest, God-fearing man in the White House who is more concerned about faithfully following the Constitution than he is about giving a bunch of religious lip service. And that means we need to pay far more attention to his record than to his rhetoric. The day that our conservative Christian leaders and pastors wake up to that truth is the day that we can begin to restore this constitutional republic. Tags:Christian Right, Chuck Baldwin, conservativeTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Don Feder: There are any number of reasons for supporting Israel. Jews recall Zion at the happiest and the saddest moments of our lives. At the end of a Jewish wedding, the groom breaks a glass to symbolize our mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple. On Monday evening, the Passover Seder will conclude with "Next year in Jerusalem!
"For serious Christians, support for Israel is based on God's enduring word. Instead of weighing geopolitical considerations, or heeding the spurious advice of James Earl Carter -- Hamas' ambassador to the United States-- they follow Scriptures, period. End of story. ... For conservatives, Israel is our only – I repeat, our only -- reliable ally in a region of implacable foes and false friends. For authentic liberals (distinct from leftists), Israel is a bastion of democracy and human rights in a part of the world largely bereft of either. . . . [Read More] Tags:Don Fender, IsraelTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
by Michelle Malkin (her blog):Note: Earlier this month, six publicity-seeking imams filed a federal lawsuit against US Airways and the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Muslim clerics were removed from their flight last November and questioned for several hours after their suspicious behavior alarmed both passengers and crew members. Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Katherine Kersten reported last week that the imams, advised by the grievance-mongers at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, also plan to sue "John Does" -- innocent bystanders who alerted the authorities about their security concerns. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., has introduced legislation to protect John Does who report suspicious behavior from legal liability. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; talk show host Michael Reagan; Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, who heads the American Islamic Forum for Democracy; and Minnesota lawyer Gerry Nolting have all stepped forward to offer free representation to the imams' targets.
Dear Muslim Terrorist Plotter/Planner/Funder/Enabler/Apologist, You do not know me. But I am on the lookout for you. You are my enemy. And I am yours.
I am John Doe.
I am traveling on your plane. I am riding on your train. I am at your bus stop. I am on your street. I am in your subway car. I am on your lift. I am your neighbor. I am your customer. I am your classmate. I am your boss.
I am John Doe.
I will never forget the example of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who refused to sit back on 9/11 and let themselves be murdered in the name of Islam without a fight.
I will never forget the passengers and crew members who tackled al Qaeda shoe-bomber Richard Reid on American Airlines Flight 63 before he had a chance to blow up the plane over the Atlantic Ocean.
I will never forget the alertness of actor James Woods, who notified a stewardess that several Arab men sitting in his first-class cabin on an August 2001 flight were behaving strangely. The men turned out to be 9/11 hijackers on a test run.
I will act when homeland security officials ask me to "report suspicious activity."
I will embrace my local police department's admonition: "If you see something, say something."
I am John Doe.
I will protest your Jew-hating, America-bashing "scholars."
I will petition against your hate-mongering mosque leaders.
I will raise my voice against your subjugation of women and religious minorities. I will challenge your attempts to indoctrinate my children in our schools.
I will combat your violent propaganda on the Internet.
I am John Doe.
I will support law enforcement initiatives to spy on your operatives, cut off your funding, and disrupt your murderous conspiracies.
I will oppose all attempts to undermine our borders and immigration laws.
I will resist the imposition of sharia principles and sharia law in my taxi cab, my restaurant, my community pool, the halls of Congress, our national monuments, the radio and television airwaves, and all public spaces.
I will not be censored in the name of tolerance.
I will not be cowed by your Beltway lobbying groups in moderate clothing. I will not cringe when you shriek about “profiling” or “Islamophobia.”
I will put my family’s safety above sensitivity. I will put my country above multiculturalism.
I will not submit to your will. I will not be intimidated.
I am John Doe.
PASS THIS ON!
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Pro-life group says House lobbying bill threatens grassroots activism
by Jim Brown, OneNewsNow.com: Douglas Johnson is legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee in Washington, DC. He says HR 984 is one of a number of "assaults" on the First Amendment by the new Democratic leadership in Congress. This legislation is "part of an array of bills that are really intended, we believe, to chill the exercise of First Amendment rights by authentic grassroots organizations like right-to-life and pro-family groups and other groups that are out of favor with the elites, and thereby to enhance the power of certain inside players." HR 984 is an "attack" on American citizens' right to communicate with members of the federal executive branch. He argues that the legislation, if passed, would restrict the free-speech rights of grassroots organizations while it "enhances the power" of liberal groups.
HR 984, sponsored by Cong. Henry Waxman (D-CA), would require that every contact made by a citizen or a representative of a group of citizens to a political appointee in the executive branch be recorded in a government database and accessible on the Internet. HR 984 was approved 28-0 by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Waxman chairs. The bill is now awaiting a vote by the full House of Representatives. [Read More] Tags:First Amendment, free speech, grassroots, Henry Waxman, National Right to Life, religious freedom, US Congress, grassroots activism, To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
FRC Blog: Splashed across this morning's newspapers are photos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sporting a headscarf as she visited Syria, which included a stop at a mosque. While it is troubling that the leader third in line for the presidency (behind only the Vice President) would kowtow to a country that is a major purveyor in the trafficking of women, illegal drugs and terrorism, it's even more disturbing that she would concede by covering her head--which is usually seen as a sign of submission in the Muslim world.
On the home front we continue to uncover the anti-family efforts of this new Congress. The major accomplishments the new Democratic Leadership in the House can point to are furthering taxpayer funding of destructive human embryo research, de-funding (and demoralizing) our troops fighting the war against terrorists and passing a budget that would raise our taxes by at least $400 billion. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. Waiting in the on-deck circle are bills that would treat homosexuals as a special protected class, eliminate abstinence funding and use tax money for abortions--just to name a few. The more this Congress attacks the values important to American families, the clearer it is that they have strayed from their mandate. Tags:agenda, Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, SyriaTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Arkansas Legislative Session Ends - Recap of Status of Tracked Bills
HB1027"The Castle Doctrine" - right to protect one's home and property and self-defense legislation, died in the House Judiciary Committee.
HB1365A&P Tax Reform bill - a Citizen's Protection Bill "Requiring Voter Approval of Certain Tax Levies never made it out of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee
HB1536 - now Act 387 requires that sexually-oriented businesses not be located within 1000 feet of a child care facility, park, church, playground, public library, recreational area, residence, school, or other locations frequented by children.
HB1703 "Subversive plan to ditch the electoral college" and overturn the process that has worked well for over 200 years had passed by the House on a second vote but died Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs
HB1761Arkansas Freedom to Farm Act and an effort by concerned ranchers, farmers, and individuals working against the National Animal Identification System died in the House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development.
HB2120Voter ID Act was deferred and died in the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs.
HB2489 would have mandated that AR state institutions of higher education grant at least twenty-four (24) semester credit hours or equivalent course credit in subject areas to an entering freshman student for completion of the UN's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBP). It died in the House Education Committee.
HB 2768 would add to the “informed consent” requirements that physicians or their offices must disclose to women seeking abortions. Existing requirements include providing information about the health risks associated with the procedure. The addition would advise the woman that she can’t be forced to get an abortion. Pass both House & Senate & sent to the Governor.
HB2779Arkansas Taxpayer & Citizen Protection Act (Illegal Alien Bill) that would have dealt with purposely sheltering or harboring an illegal alien in Arkansas died in Senate Judicial Committee. The bill had passed the House.
SB69Limiting Scope of Eminent Domain Powers in Arkansas to Protect Property Owners' Rights in Arkansas had passed the Senate but died in the House Judicial Committee.
SB182 - now Act 579requires that merchants have “blinder racks” that cover the lower two-thirds of the covers of pornographic magazines they display in their establishments.
SB264Hate Crime Bill died in Senate Judicial Committee - would have had serious ramifications on limiting free speech where serious differences exist between what one group calls "sin" and another much smaller group now calls "morally acceptable." Bill had passed the House.
SB959Adoption Foster Care Bill which would have prevented state foster parenting or adoption by couples who are not married, or who are single with a live-in boyfriend or girlfriend, or singles who are homosexual failed in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill had passed the Senate.
SB981 Tuition for Illegal Aliens in Arkansas died in Interim Committee on Education.
Joint Resolutions: SJR7 Amending the Arkansas Constitution to Create a Constitutional Right to Hunt and Fish never made it out of the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs.
HJR1002 Proposing for Arkansas to Ratify the ERA Amendment died in the House State Agencies & Govt'l Affairs Committee.
HJR1005 to refer to voters an amendment to establish a State Lotterydied in the House State Agencies & Govt'l Affairs Committee. Tags:Arkansas,legislature, 2006-2007, legislation, tracked bills, 2007,
The Arkansas Dept of Finance & Administration said net available revenues for March totaled 318 (M) million dollars. The figure is three percent above last year. Net revenues were two-point-six percent above the forecast. The state's projected surplus of 919 (M) million dollars did not change with the latest revenue figures. The Legislature passed measures that set aside 456 (M) million dollars of the surplus to repair dilapidated school buildings and much of the rest of the surplus for various projects. And they couldn't afford to eliminate the remaining 3% in the State Grocery tax! Tags:Arkansas, increased taxes, surplus, grocery tax, Dept. of Finance and Administration
By Janet L. Folger: Abraham Lincoln once asked, "If we call the tail a leg, then how many legs does a dog have?" The reply: Five. "No," Lincoln said, "Just because you call a tail a leg doesn't make it so." Here's another question: If you call a liberal Democrat a Republican, how many Republican "front-runners" do we have? No, just because you call a Democrat a Republican doesn't make it so. And the "Eleventh Commandment"-- "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" -- doesn't apply to Democrats with a plastic "R" behind their name.
I've had enough of "conservatives" who try to appear "reasonable" by embracing high name-ID candidates who wouldn't know a conservative Republican value if it bit them in the primary. . . . And for the disgruntled "third party" enthusiasts, here's a newsflash: The Republican Party Platform agrees with those of us who stand for life, liberty and the family. You don't "jump ship" when it's our ship – we just need the right captain to steer it back on course. But the captain we need isn't Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani told the 1998 RNC summer meeting the way to get elected is to sacrifice "one principle here or one principle there." Sacrifice principles like "the right to life" here, "the right to bear arms there" and give special rights to homosexuals while you're at it. Even more liberal than the Democratic-controlled New York City Council, Giuliani pushed – for cash and prizes – for homosexual sex. He then codified the domestic partnership benefits package by granting all city employees tax-funded benefits just for engaging in dangerous homosexual behavior. Mitt Romney wants to subsidize sodomy by rewarding "homosexual (domestic) partners" with taxpayer-funded benefits, as well. . . .
No, Lincoln was right; renaming a tail won't give us a leg to stand on. The reality is we need a REAL Republican. And you just don't get one by pinning a "Republican tail" on a donkey. . . . [Read More]Janet L. Folger is president of Faith2Action; aAuthor of "The Criminalization of Christianity," and hosts a daily radio program and commentary heard in 100 markets. Background review - Did Rudy dress in drag? See : Rudy Giuliani (may get edited as presidential campaigns proceed) identifies that Giuliani appeared in public dressed in women's clothing at least three times:
- March 1, 1997, at the New York Inner Circle press dinner, an annual event in which NY politicians and the press corps stage skits, roast each other and make fun of themselves, with proceeds going to charity. In his appearance, he first imitated Marilyn Monroe. Then, he appeared in a spoofing stage skit "Rudy/Rudia" together with Julie Andrews, starring at the time on Broadway in Victor/Victoria (about a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman). Under his drag name "Rudia" and wearing a spangled pink gown, Giuliani said he was "a Republican pretending to be a Democrat pretending to be a Republican."
- Nov 22, 1997, during his Saturday Night Live hosting role, he played an Italian American grandmother in a bright floral dress during a long sketch that satirized Italian American family rites at Thanksgiving time.
- March 11, 2000, at another Inner Circle dinner. He was on stage in male disco garb spoofing John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, but also appeared in drag in taped video clips which reworked the "Rudy/Rudia" theme again. These included a bit in which he flirts with (normally dressed) real estate mogul Donald Trump, then slaps Trump for trying to get too "familiar" with him, and then afterward in an exchange with Joan Rivers that sought to make fun of his then-Senate race rival and fellow dinner attendee Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- In October 2001, Giuliani agreed to appear in drag on the gay-themed television series Queer as Folk to raise aid money for gay and lesbians affected by the Sept. 11 attacks, saying "If it means more money for relief funds, sure." However, the appearance never took place.
ARRA Question: Will he appear in Drag on the campaign trail or at he Republican National Convention or if elected, while occupying the White House? Tags:emperor, women's clothes, GOP, Janet Folger, presidential candidate, Republican, Rudy GiulianiTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Open letter to President Bush Free Border Patrol agents
by Phyllis Schlafly: Dear Mr. President: I am glad to see that you fired some U.S. attorneys. But you missed one: U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, who prosecuted border guards Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean instead of a professional drug smuggler, and who prosecuted Texas Deputy Sheriff Gilmer Hernandez instead of a professional people-smuggler. Yes, you have the presidential prerogative to hire and fire U.S. attorneys for any reason or for no reason. Any prosecutor has large discretion in whether to bring a case to trial or not, and the public has the right to know why he made that decision . . . [Read More] Tags:border control, border guards, Gilmer Hernandez, Ignacio Ramos, Johnny Sutton, Jose Compean, Open Letter, Phyllis Schlafly, President George BushTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson announced today that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. He announced on FOXNews on the Hannity and Colmes show. He will formally launch his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday in Milwaukee, Iowa and New Hampshire, entering a race that he argues is "absolutely wide open" to the kind of low-budget, highly personal and localized campaign he is waging.
In interviews, Thompson said he would build his campaign around such issues as health care, education and "medical diplomacy," his term for using America's health expertise and resources to win friends and nurture relationships with the rest of the world. "I think you're going to find some Republicans who would want to continue (in that direction) but the vast majority is looking for a new direction for the Republican Party. They're very concerned about the deficit, very concerned about a lack of engagement on health care and very tired of the war."See also:Tommy Thompson for President
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The Arkansas House rejected SB19 (35-45) that would have prohibited drivers under the age of 18 from using a cell phone while behind the wheel. The senate had previously approved the bill. In another teenage driving bill, the house previously rejected limiting the number of teenagers in a car during late evening hours. ARRA NOTE: proposed bills were introduced on a nonpartisan basis and were based on research which identified that both the rate of death for teenagers and the accidents by teenager significantly increased when teen drivers are distracted by cell phones and having several teens in the car especially during late hours. Obviously, research did not influence enough law makers to seek ways to save the lives of more teenagers or to reduce the number of accidents caused by teenage drivers. Tags:Arkansas, Cell phones, teen driving
Tom Toncedo Announces for President for 2008 [Video]
Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo announced today that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. Tancredo made his announcement on a conservative Des Moines-area radio show. Tancredo said he chose radio because talk radio had for years given him a platform for his stand against illegal immigration. He announced in Des Moines rather than Colorado because of the importance of Iowa in the nominating process.
Excerpt from his announcement:"While we fight around the world to defend our nation, we are entrenched now in a struggle here at home to define it. The crisis of illegal immigration threatens not only our economy and our security, but our very identity...The great tradition of American assimilation has broken down. The melting pot has cracked, and our Founding ideals are leaking through....For too long Americans have been force-fed candidates who ignore or mock their valid concerns about the security of our borders, the enforcement of our immigration laws, and the survival of our national heritage. That ends today."
When asked about other candidates with more money, Tancredo said he wasn't intimidated by other campaigns with more money and resources. "We have something they don't have - a group of people out there who are there because of an issue, and they're never going to have that. They can use their 100 million to try and buy constituency. I have it. It's natural. It's there." See also:Tom Tancredo for President and Below Video Last Friday: Tags:2008, GOP, presidential candidate, Republican, Tom Tancredo, videoTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
'Gay' cleric: Easter Message - Christ did not die for sin
Church of England traditionalists, wearied by the battles over homosexuality in the church and the clergy, will suffer again when a "gay" cleric tells BBC Radio 4 listeners that Christianity's traditional teaching on Christ's crucifixion for the sins of mankind is "repulsive," "insane" and makes "God sound like a psychopath."
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Sunday Telegraph: Rev Jeffrey John, who had to withdraw before taking up an appointment as bishop in 2003 after it emerged he was in a long-term homosexual relationship [sic. with Grant Holmes, a hospital chaplain], is set to ignite a row over one of the most fundamental tenets of Christian belief. Clergy who preach this Easter that Christ was sent to earth to die in atonement for the sins of mankind are "making God sound like a psychopath", he will say.
John's ... urges a revision of the traditional explanation, known as "penal substitution". Christian theology has taught that because humans have sinned, God sent Christ as a substitute to suffer and die in our place. "In other words, Jesus took the rap and we got forgiven as long as we said we believed in him," says Mr John. "This is repulsive as well as nonsensical. It makes God sound like a psychopath. If a human behaved like this we'd say that they were a monster." ... John's offers an alternative interpretation, suggesting that Christ was crucified so he could "share in the worst of grief and suffering that life can throw at us."
Church figures have expressed dismay at his comments, which they condemn as a "deliberate perversion of the Bible." Bishop Tom Wright accused Mr John of attacking the fundamental message of the Gospel. "He is denying the way in which we understand Christ's sacrifice." . . . "I'm fed up with the BBC for choosing to give privilege to these unfortunate views in Holy Week." The Rev Rod Thomas, of the evangelical group Reform, accused John of "attacking the fundamental nature of the Gospel". Reform, which represents about 600 clergy, opposed Mr John's nomination as bishop in 2003. Thomas said denying the "wrathful" nature of God was an attempt to play down the importance of sin and allow a more liberal approach to sexuality. [Read More] Tags:BBC, Church doctrine, Church of England, Easter, heresy, homosexual activismTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
WorldNetDaily: So-called "free trade" agreements are not free at all, victimizing the poor while benefiting the wealthy, says a new report by Oxfam International, the coalition fighting poverty, suffering and social injustice around the world. Nevertheless, a trend toward regional agreements and globalization continues, with an average of two bilateral or multilateral investment treaties being signed every week, according to the study. "In an increasingly globalized world, these agreements seek to benefit rich-country exporters and firms at the expense of poor farmers and workers, with grave implications for the environment and development," the report said . . . NAFTA has brought 1.3 million job losses to Mexico in 10 years. Other studies have explained how cheap agricultural imports from U.S. agribusiness concerns have made it nearly impossible for small farmers to compete. Many reportedly have been forced from their land and become illegal migrant workers in the U.S. . . . [Read more] Tags:NAFTA, NAU, North American UnionTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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