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Contrary to the received wisdom, global markets are not unregulated. They are regulated to produce inequality.
Kevin Watkins

WTO talar om en sak men gör en annan.
Manuel Roxas, handelsminister på Filippinerna, som var matvaruexportör 1994 men sedan dess blivit matvaruimportörNorrskensflamman 020418

The IMF represents the cruelty, cynicism, and crime with suits, computers and a lot of elegance. The IMF is a huge criminal, as any gangster, but one who dresses elegantly and who makes great decisions, who kills without staining its hands. With just one decision it makes, the IMF, in order to approve a loan, can decree death for millions of human beings or condemn them to an undignified life for a long time.
Subcomandante Marcos

För optimal vinst, investera i Export Process Zoner i Bangladesh! Bangladesh erbjuder den mest produktiva men billiga arbets-kraften. Fackföreningar och strejker är förbjudna i zonerna.
Bangladeshs regering i en annonstext riktad till utländska storföretagFar Eastern Economic Review 1990 / Kristina Bjurling & Helena Bergh de Medeiros: "Globala företag – globalt ansvar?", Forum Syd 2001, s 8

Det IMF och Världsbanken ägnar sig åt i Tredje världen är inte utveckling. Det är ekonomisk krigföring.
Susan GeorgeRöd Press #1/1991

Svält uppstår inte – den organiseras av spannmålshandeln.
Bertold Brecht

It's not war, it's not genocide, it's not ethnic cleansing, it's not a famine or an epidemic. On the face of it, it's just ordinary, day-to-day business. It lacks the drama, the large format, epic magnificence of war or genocide. It's dull in comparison. It makes bad TV. It has to do with boring things like water supply, electricity, irrigation. But it also has to do with a process of barbaric dispossession on a scale that has few parallels in history.
Arundhati Roy on corporate globalizationfrom "Shall We Leave It to the Experts?"

If you go back from England to the United States, to Germany, France, Japan, Korea - every one of these countries developed by radically violating the principles that are now being built into the World Trade Organization.
Noam ChomskyZNet Commentary (, May 30, 2000, Noam Chomsky,

Just between you and me, shouldn’t the World Bank be encouraging more migration of dirty industries to the LDCs [Least Developed Countries] ... The measurements of the costs of health-impairing pollution depends on the foregone earnings from increased morbidity and mortality. From this point of view a given amount of health-impairing pollution should be done in the country with the lowest cost, which will be the country with the lowest wages. I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that ... I've always thought that underpopulated countries in Africa are vastly underpolluted.
Lawrence Summers, Vice-President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, 1991 World Bank Memorandum, December 12, 1991 / The Economist, 7 February 1992 / 020619

De första 10 åren efter perestrojkan var en tid då existerande tillgångar delades upp. Nu är det tid att bygga nya. De senaste 10 åren har rysk affärsverksamhet bestått i att roffa åt sig tillgångar och pengar. Nu är affärer något som svarar mot marknadsbehov. Under de första 10 åren av rysk kapitalism helgade ändamålet alla medel. Nu betyder medlen och ryktet mycket. Efter 10 svåra år av kapitalackumulation är landet redo att gå framåt.
Anatolij Tjubais, kallad den ryska chockterapins faderFinancial Times 030711 / Internationalen #31/2003

In the 40 famous years of "democracy" that preceded Chávez, I estimate that about $200 billion fled from the country. Venezuela could be more industrialized than Sweden and enjoy Sweden's levels of education, if in truth there had been a distributive democracy, if those mechanisms had worked, if there had been some truth and credibility in all that demagoguery and all that publicity.
Fidel CastroIgnacio Ramonet (2006): "Fidel ordered Chávez

India's been having growth rate over the past decade of over 5 per cent. China's growth rate has been faster. Neither of them followed the dictum of having capital market liberalisation.
Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank, on how two asian countries weathered the global financial crisis by refusing to follow the advices of the IMFGregory Palast: "IMF and World Bank meet in Washington", BBC Newsnight 010427 / 020205

Dessa länder är inte underutvecklade - de är överexploaterade!
Michael Parenti

The principal beneficiary of America's foreign assistance programs has always been the United States. Close to 80 percent of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID's) contracts and grants go directly to American firms.
USAID, The United States Agency for International 020619

Tänk om västvärlden skulle sluta råna Afrika.
FevenOrdfront Magasin #1-2/2001

Den internationella arbetsfördelningen innebär att några få länder specialiserar sig på att vinna medan andra specialiserar sig på att förlora.
Eduardo Galeanour inledningen till Latinamerikas öppna ådror

Enligt Jämtin kommer Sverige att stödja förslag som ökar de fattigaste ländernas inflytande, förutsatt att det inte sker på bekostnad av Sveriges inflytande
Från Nätverket Jubels rapport från möte med biståndsministern, angående inflytandet i Världsbankens och IMF:s styrelserFlamman 050428

No substantial famine has ever occurred in any independent and democratic country with a relatively free press.
Amartya Sen 060404

Svält och konflikter är politiska problem. Men när det gäller de fattigare länderna så visar Sveriges utrikespolitik en total brist på vilja att påverka grundorsakerna.
Johan von Schreeb, ordförande i Svenska Läkare utan gränserDN 990517

I define globalization as the freedom of our corporations to invest where and when we want, to produce what we want, to buy and sell where we want, and to keep all the restrictions through labor law or other political regulations as slight as possible.
Percy Barnevik, Vice President of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum

This is about America's energy security... It's also about preventing strategic inroads by those who don't share our values. We're trying to move these newly independent countries toward the West... We would like to see them reliant on Western commercial and political interests rather than going another way. We've made a substantial political investment in the Caspian, and it's very important to us that both the pipeline map and the politics come out right.
Former US Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, a few months before the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia

We lack a Nuremberg to judge the economic order imposed upon us, where every three years more men, women and children die of hunger and preventable diseases than died in the Second World War.
Fidel Castro

If I speak out too strongly for the rights of my people, the US will phone my minister. They will say that I am embarrassing the United States. My government will not even ask, ‘What did he say?’ They will just send me a ticket tomorrow…
African delegate attaining the WTO-meeting in Quatar 2001John Pilger in New Statesman 011217

That was the extreme case. You turned over these assets to these oligarchs at a time when the government didn't have enough money to pay pensions to old people. It turned over billions of dollars to a few oligarchs for a fraction of the value of those assets.
Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank, on the IMF:s politics in RussiaGregory Palast: "IMF and World Bank meet in Washington", BBC Newsnight 010427 / 020205

Jag och mina kollegor är inte de enda som står inför rätta. Shell står inför rätta här. Företaget har förvisso smitit ifrån just denna rättegång, men Shells dag kommer.
Ken Saro-Wiwa, författare, till domstolen innan han hängdes av den nigerianska regimen för att ha protesterat mot Shells exploatering av landetNaomi Klein: "Bara rättvisa kan rädda Afrika", Aftonbladet 050614

...we will certainly remain here a long time so that we can also guarantee the security of the energy corridors which traverse this country.
General Michael Jackson, KFOR commander in Macedonia

We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate.
Lydia Maria Child

The immiseration of the majority is an integral part of the Free World package for the Third World, the unsavory aspects of the package - the terror, the direct spoilation of people and resources, and western complicity - must be rationalized and, as far as possible, kept under the rug.
Edward Herman

In Tanzania, the bank's idea of a poverty reduction strategy was to require the government to raise the price of medicine during an AIDS epidemic. In Bolivia, the bank's poverty reduction strategy was to demand increases in the price of water. That strategy produced riots. In Ecuador, the poverty reduction strategy included increasing the price of cooking gas by 60 per cent. The nation exploded.
Gregory Palast on the IMF:s "poverty reduction strategy"Gregory Palast: "IMF and World Bank meet in Washington", BBC Newsnight 010427 / 020205

Vad ska vi leva på? ... Vad för slags industriproduktion kommer att återstå för oss? Bara sådan som är lågteknologisk, arbetsintensiv och mycket miljöfarlig? Vill de kanske göra större delen av tredje världen till en enda jättelik frihandelszon med fullt av sammansättningsfabriker som inte ens betalar skatt?
Fidel Castro vid WTO:s femtioårsjubileum i maj 1998

Central to [U.S.] foreign policy has been the active attempt to deprive governments and peoples of the independence that comes from self-sufficiency in the production of food.
Ramsey Clark 2001interview in The Sun magazine,
August 2001

It was utterly outrageous. Wealthy countries exploited their power to spin the agenda of big business. The issue of multinational corporations as a cause of poverty was not even on the agenda; it was like a conference on malaria that does not discuss the mosquito.
Mark Curtis, Christian Aid’s head of policy, about the WTO-meeting in Quatar 2001John Pilger in New Statesman 011217

They'll take a strong position on petty larceny and petty theft, but on grand larceny, they'll look the other way.
Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank, on the IMFGregory Palast: "IMF and World Bank meet in Washington", BBC Newsnight 010427 / 020205

Sometimes I feel like joining the kids outside. When they say the system's unfair, they're not always wrong.
Mike Moore, Director-General of the World Trade OrganizationThe Economist, November 11, 2000, p. 85 / Mark Weisbrot: "One Year After Seattle: Globalization Revisited", CEPR 001127, 020705

The World Trade Organization operates on a one-country, one-vote basis, but most key decisions are made by the leading economic powers in "green room" meetings
UNDP 2002UNDP: "Human Development Report 2002", p. 10

Jag definierar globalisering som friheten för våra företag att investera var och när vi vill, att producera vad vi vill, att köpa och sälja var vi vill, och att hålla nere restriktioner genom arbetslagar eller andra politiska regleringar till att vara så små som möjligt.
Percy Barnevik, vice ordförande för World Economic Forum, inför toppmötet i New York

Världskapitalismen dödar fler varje år än vad Hitler gjorde. Och han var ändå galen.
Ken Livingstone, borgmästare i London