Having just returned from Washington DC and being in the belly of the beast-----Neo-liberal Brookings Institution and Neo-conservative think tank Johns Hopkins International Policy Institute sitting side by side in perfect GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL FASHION----I want to return to the bond market crash, the FED policy, and how the Federal government is juking the stats on unemployment, inflation, and GDP among other things.
First, I want to segue from Port of Baltimore as a global cargo container port to what the goal of operations of such a port in an International Economic Zone would be. Remember, they see these zones as massive corporate complexes with factories et al producing for the world----this is why China was so damaged environmentally and why so many Chinese citizens enslaved in these sweat shop factories. They are often located on the coast as the port of these cities acts to transport from these FOXCONN factories. This is what global port means in Baltimore's case. Baltimore has always been a global port---receiving cars from manufacturers around the world and shipping steel globally around the world for example. This has brought a billion dollars to state and local coffers for decades. The difference is the size and scope that makes these zones disaster areas in just a few decades with a population of workers just as devastated. For those union members thinking this super-sizing of the port would do the same for Longshoreman's union----they know this union is already being busted by privatization of ports.
We see here the definition of these Chinese Economic Zones being the same as the definitions being used by Obama and Congressional neo-liberals and neo-cons----and locally by O'Malley and Maryland Assembly and Baltimore Development Corporations and Johns Hopkins and their Baltimore City Hall pols. China did not develop these economic policies----this is US corporations and Clinton Initiative coming into China and building these super-cities and this is what has existed as neo-liberalism came to the US under Reagan/Clinton with a goal of doing the same in the US. Clinton had to lie, cheat, and steal to run as a Democrat while intending to do to the Democratic base of labor and justice as will happen if these International Economic Zones are allowed to move forward in the US. Clinton and neo-liberal pols have lied for two decades pretending to be progressive towards labor and justice and doing the opposite. National labor and justice organization leaders have known since the 1990s the goals of Clinton and neo-liberals---they are working with global corporations and against US labor and justice. This is why Americans do not know what is happening. These policies will make the US look just like China---complete with 18 hour work days, factory plantation living, and $2 an hour and going down from there. These Chinese SEZs are along the coast with ports just as are being set up in US cities by Wall Street and Ivy League universities tied to High Star Investment firm being handed privatized ports as in Baltimore.
NOTE HOW A SMALL TOWN WENT FROM 30,000 POPULATION TO 1 MILLION IN LITTLE MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS. THIS IS WHAT THE BALTIMORE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONE IS ABOUT. SO, IT IS NOT SIMPLY BALTIMORE-----IT IS THE REGION----AND THAT IS WHAT MARYLAND'S SUSTAINABLE GROWTH MEANS----NOT ENVIRONMENTAL----BUT MASSIVE GLOBAL CORPORATE COMPLEXES AND FACTORIES COVERING ALL THE LAND.
Special economic zone (SEZ)
Written by: The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica
- Alternative titles: ching-chi t’e-chü; jingji tequ; SEZ Special economic zone (SEZ), Chinese (Pinyin) jingji tequ or (Wade-Giles romanization) ching-chi t’e-chü, any of several localities in which foreign and domestic trade and investment are conducted without the authorization of the Chinese central government in Beijing. Special economic zones are intended to function as zones of rapid economic growth by using tax and business incentives to attract foreign investment and technology.
The first four special economic zones were created in 1980 in southeastern coastal China and consisted of what were then the small cities of Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and Shantou in Guangdong province and Xiamen (Amoy) in Fujian province. In these areas, local governments have been allowed to offer tax incentives to foreign investors and to develop their own infrastructure without the approval of the central government. Business enterprises have made most of their own investment, production, and marketing decisions, and foreign ownership of such ventures has been legalized. Though some of them began as little more than small towns, the new SEZs soon attracted foreign investment and became boomtowns, with rapidly expanding light and consumer-goods industries and growing populations—notably, Shenzhen’s population grew from some 30,000 in 1979 to more than 1,000,000 by the beginning of the 21st century.
Encouraged by the zones’ success, the Chinese government in 1984 opened 14 larger and older cities along the coast to foreign trade and investment. These “open” cities offered foreign investors much the same incentives as in the special economic zones, but their corporate income taxes were higher. In 1988 Hainan Island was made a separate province and a special economic zone, and in 1990 the Pudong area within the Shanghai municipality became a special economic zone with policies even more flexible than those already in force in the original four SEZs. In 1992 the Chinese government decided to adopt some of the same policies in some two dozen major cities in inland China, including many provincial capitals, as a means of encouraging foreign investment in them.
Clinton was central in connecting US corporations to these FOXCONN factory economic zones in China. Remember, this is neo-liberal economics----NOT COMMUNIST. China has not been communist for decades if ever.
China: Capitalist or Socialist?
Written by Bob Treasure, The Guardian, Australia Ever since the Peoples' Republic of China invited foreign capital into the country and behind the "Bamboo Curtain", China has been dismissed by most Left observers as selling out to capitalism and class society, with all its associated evils.
Of course capitalist commentators and "expert" economists gloat over the Chinese renunciation of socialist principles and their craven debt to neo-liberal market economics. "Proof that socialism is dead", they say.
What we need to see is the centralization of corporate campuses into what becomes all of a family's life. The corporate plantation takes care of you as people tied to these corporate campuses were trapped and isolated into very controlled communities. Wall Street is calling these contained corporate plantations -----socialism and in the US they are selling living and working co-opts which sound progressive but have a goal of being just these corporate contained communities in West and East Baltimore tied to UnderArmour-----the Hopkins and University of Maryland Biotech Parks----East Baltimore is getting a global battery manufacturing campus---and Amazon has its warehouse and will be bringing its global robotics corporation with campus.
So, imagine Baltimore's citizens being routed to living in one or the other corporate campuses and then being isolated in a controlled living/working situation earning so little as to not be able to own anything. Then add to that---no transportation because after working 18 hours you go to bed.
THIS IS WHAT ELECTION CAMPAIGNS IN MARYLAND CALL-----'CORPORATIONS TAKING CARE OF YOU'.
They want you to believe there is a growing middle-class in China----but the wealth inequity there is worse than in US today and we know the 1% have amassed all of America's wealth. They make it sound like being forced from peasant life of farms owned by families for generations was a good thing forced to these corporate campuses for $2 a day at hard labor. Believe me, poverty in rural communities is far different than poverty in urban communities -----it is civilized.
'The 1990s marked an important shift in China’s relations with America. As a candidate for president, Bill Clinton had denounced China’s leaders as “butchers” in the aftermath of Tiananmen Square. Once in office, he acknowledged the unique power of trade with China to fuel U.S. growth. American manufacturers won access to low-cost Chinese labor and the world’s most promising new market, and the flood of Chinese imports provided Americans with newly affordable consumer products that helped keep inflation in check. In March 2000, Clinton signed legislation that granted China “permanent normal trade relations.” The U.S.-Chinese trade relationship had become too big to fail'.
Limitations on Mass Movements in China
A number of traditional social factors have impeded the rise of a national protest
movement in China. Workers and peasants in China lack organizational linkages not
only to each other but also to other social groups that have led protest movements in
the past, such as students and intellectuals. First, many analysts argue that social
activities and organizations in China tend to be “cellular” and localized rather than
“horizontal” or involving counterparts elsewhere. For example, workers generally
have attempted to resolve their grievances within their own factories and appeal to
enterprise managers rather than to workers in other factories. This identification with
the enterprise is reinforced by common living areas and dialect and the lack of
broader forms of collective identity or solidarity, such as a trade union or church.
Similarly, rural protests, despite their numbers, have remained largely isolated and
scattered with narrow, economic demands, directed at local officials and not the
communist regime. Second, according to many analysts, educated and middle class
Chinese have largely benefitted from the rising economy, have not been affected by
the demonstrations, and have shown little inclination to champion the poor.
However, mass demonstrations have grown in size and sophistication in recent years,
patience with the central government in righting local government abuses has been
wearing thin, and a small but potent cadre of activists and intellectuals has persisted
in helping aggrieved groups.
. Egregious labor abuses
have long been reported in the Special Economic Zones (SEZs), where foreigninvested
companies produce Chinese goods for export. Urban development has
displaced homes and farmland and created environmental degradation in the
countryside. Growing numbers of laid-off SOE workers, workers in the SEZs,
peasants and urban residents who have lost their farmland or homes, and others have
engaged in mass protests, some of them violent, often after having exhausted legal
channels for resolving grievances. The poor in China lack not only economic but
also political resources. Workers are not allowed to form unions independent of the
state-controlled All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU). Most reported
protests, triggered by official unresponsiveness, corruption, violation of citizens’
rights and laws, or repressive tactics by authorities, began peacefully. Popular
protests also have been further fueled by a growing awareness and understanding of
Everyone has seen images on TV news of Chinese citizens walking around cities with surgical masks every time they leave the house. This is what International Economic Zones do----having a consolidated set of global corporate campuses tied into a single region as is happening in the US with economic zones in states like Maryland having a combined emmission of toxic manufacturing materials---toxic plant operations emissions----huge use of water and energy ----and toxic waste disposal ----all of this is what has made China an environmental nightmare and its citizens living with the world's lowest standards of life just so a few can be super-rich.
Imagine here in Baltimore all of this happening at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay-----Baltimore citizens living on these FOXCONN campuses having corporate preventative health care enough to keep you coming to work-----none if you become too sick to work. If you think this will not happen in the US----THINK AGAIN! IT WAS THE US WHO DEVELOPED THESE NEO-LIBERAL ECONOMIC ZONES JUST SO CORPORATIONS COULD BE UNFETTERED WITH PESKY ENVIRONMENTAL AND LABOR LAWS. That is what Trans Pacific Trade Pact is about-----creating global policy they think can trump a nation's sovereignty and Constitution to allow this free-for-all. These US International Economic Zones will operate JUST LIKE THESE IN CHINA!
China could face environmental disaster Mon, 2006-03-13 07:20 Martin Offline Joined: 2005-04-28 Quote:China must sharply improve environmental protection or it could face disaster following two decades of breakneck growth that have poisoned its air, water and soil, the country's top environmental official warned Saturday. The director of the State Environmental Protection Administration said that more than half of China's 21,000 chemical companies are near the Yangtze and Yellow rivers - drinking water for tens of millions of people - and accidents could lead to "disastrous consequences." "Facts have proved that prosperity at the expense of the environment is very superficial and very weak," Zhou Shengxian said at a news conference during the annual meeting of China's parliament. "It's only delaying disaster."
China's cities are among the world's smoggiest and the government says its major rivers are badly polluted, leaving hundreds of millions of people without enough clean drinking water. Protests have erupted throughout the country over farmers' complaints that uncontrolled factory discharges are ruining crops and poisoning water...
Regulator warns on China environment woes
Top Wed, 2006-04-19 15:41 #1 Martin Offline Joined: 2005-04-28 Premier Wen Jiabao: China pollution serious Quote:BEIJING, April 18 (Xinhua) -- "We cannot just sit for discussions behind the closed door while the sandy weather has raged outside for more than ten days," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced at a national conference on environmental protection. "Besides climatic factors, it mirrors the critical environmental situation we are facing," Wen said of Beijing being enveloped in yellow dust.
While addressing the conference held from Monday to Tuesday, Wen said China should be on high alert to fight against worsening environmental pollution and ecological deterioration in some regions, and environmental protection should be given a higher priority in the drive for national modernization.
The major targets of environmental protection during the recently ended tenth Five-Year Plan (2000-2005) were not achieved as scheduled, and new problems have emerged, he said.
China had set a target of cutting discharges of sulphur dioxideby 10 percent in 2000-2005. It set the same target for reducing emissions of carbon monoxide, but only managed a 2 percent cut, according to the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA).
"Lack of awareness, insufficient planning, and a weak legal framework can be blamed for the severe environmental pollution in the country," Wen noted.
The Premier has set out four priorities for current and future environmental protection. These include strengthening water conservation, controlling atmosphere and soil pollution, enhancingprotection of the national ecology, re-adjusting the economic structure and boosting the environmental technology and protectionindustry.
SEPA [Stete Environmental Protection Agency] has reported 45 other pollution accidents in the two and ahalf months after the Songhua River spill last November which had threatened water supplies of four million residents in the city ofHarbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.
Another accident listed by the administration was a cadmium spill along the Beijiang River in South China's Guangdong provincethat also threatened the local drinking and agricultural water supplies.
Other major water pollution incidents included chemical spills along Northeast China's Hun River, central China's Hunan's Xiangjiang River, and a diesel spill along the Yellow River in Henan Province, as well as an oil spill in Ganjiang River in central China's Jiangxi Province.
Wen ordered local governments on Monday to release information on energy consumption and pollutant emissions every six months, set plans to control emissions and step up environmental assessment of construction projects.
Protective policies on the exploitation of resources should be carried out and legal and supervisory systems established, acknowledged Wen, who also urged localities to allocate more moneyand raise public awareness of environmental protection.
China social stability suffers w worse environment Quote:Worsening environmental problems are threatening social stability in China as aggrieved residents resort to protests to make their voices heard, a senior official said this week. Severe pollution prompted at least 510,000 public disputes last year, which "caused a great threat to social stability," said Zhou Shengxian, head of the State Environmental Protection Administration. "Mass incidents," such as protests related to environmental problems, have been rising at an average rate of 29 percent a year, Xinhua News Agency quoted him as saying. "If environmental protection continues to lag behind economic growth, [pollution] will get worse and will be harder to control," Xinhua quoted Mr. Zhou as telling a national conference on environmental protection Wednesday in Beijing. "Local officials ... who fail to meet requirements will pay a price for turning a blind eye to the law," Mr. Zhou warned. His remarks highlighted the growing unease felt by senior Chinese officials at increasingly frequent environmental disasters.... Environmental woes mar social stability
China air pollution significant in United States Some years ago, I worked on an article about acid rain in Taiwan; found that at least some of the island's air pollution could be traced to Shanghai area. Here, findings show pollution from China travels much further - not that China unique in this, what with PCBs in polar bears etc.
Quote:By TERENCE CHEA Associated Press Writer MOUNT TAMALPAIS STATE PARK, Calif.
(AP) - On a mountaintop overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Steven Cliff collects evidence of an industrial revolution taking place thousands of miles away. The tiny, airborne particles Cliff gathers at an air monitoring station just north of San Francisco drifted over the ocean from coal-fired power plants, smelters, dust storms and diesel trucks in China and other Asian countries. Researchers say the environmental impact of China's breakneck economic growth is being felt well beyond its borders. They worry that as China consumes more fossil fuels to feed its energy-hungry economy, the U.S. could see a sharp increase in trans-Pacific pollution that could affect human health, worsen air quality and alter climate patterns. ... The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that on certain days nearly 25 percent of the particulate matter in the skies above Los Angeles can be traced to China. Some experts predict China could one day account for a third of all California's air pollution. ... . If current trends continue, China will surpass the U.S. as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the next decade, said Barbara Finamore, who heads the Natural Resources Defense Council's China Clean Energy program, which is helping the country boost its energy efficiency. ``China's staggering economic growth is an environmental time bomb that, unless defused, threatens to convulse the entire planet regardless of progress in all other nations,'' Finamore said. Even Chinese environmental officials warn that pollution levels could quadruple over the next 15 years if the country doesn't curb energy use and emissions. Beijing plans to spend $162 billion on environmental cleanup over the next five years, but the scale of the country's pollution problems is immense. ... China's environmental challenges are daunting, but the country is taking action to reduce its energy use and air pollution, said NRDC's Finamore. Beijing has set ambitious goals for increasing energy efficiency, fuel economy standards and use of renewable power sources such as wind and solar, she said. ``There are tremendous opportunities for China to slow the amount of pollution it pumps in the air,'' Finamore said. China's Air Pollution Reaches U.S. Skies
In China, development must mean env damage?
Quote:The State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) has finally found the culprit behind blood poisoning that has caused 179 villagers to be hospitalized in Northwest China's Gansu Province. The lead smelter in the vicinity of the victimized village in Huixian county has had its production license revoked, and the SEPA has promised that the culprit and the local watchdog will both be punished.
Further investigations will be conducted on the contaminated soil around the plant, and the Ministry of Health has joined hands with the local health department in treating the poisoned villagers.
What has happened to this plant and the villagers is a repetition of the mode of economic growth at the expense of the environment in most parts of the eastern region.
This suggests that the development of the west, at least in some places, is facing the same imperative choice between the environment and economic growth.
The too-painful lesson is that the villagers and decision-makers were too blinded by immediate gains to have a far-reaching vision about the impact of environmental pollution.
A local official was quoted as saying that most of the industrial projects attracted to the county have environmental problems. It was almost impossible to lure high-tech projects to such a poor county.
It seems that those poor localities in the west must choose between a clean environment and economic growth. Do they have another way out? We need an answer to this question for the development of the western region.
Clean environment or economic growth
From Port Coventry to an expanded port at Inner Harbor to the Sparrow Point industrial site-----dredging for deep water terminals has begun amid all concerns of toxic sludge ----no worries they say----we will dispose of all this responsibly. Imagine these large Chinese ports tied to these Chinese Economic Zones and then imagine several FOXCONN factory campuses all producing products for the world in this Baltimore Economic Zone-----and then think of all the materials needed for manufacturing coming into the port and all those products going out of the port------
The port being all of the above-----expansive and then think of the Chesapeake Bay estuary----a huge enclosed bay handling all of that global cargo ship transit and you have not only an environmental crisis in air, land, and fresh water----but you have a dead Chesapeake Bay.
You can bet these Baltimore players are going to take this as far as they can with absolutely no critical assessment of what it will do to the future. The citizens of Baltimore will almost all be heading to factory work while the Baltimore City pols and leaders no doubt wheeling and dealing from real estate to stocks in these FOXCONN corporations will lose all as Trans Pacific Trade Pact will negate any US contracts or rights to ownership of real estate or stock in a global corporate tribunal court. Remember, these Wall Street global corporations HAD TO MAKE PARTNERSHIPS AND MAKE PEOPLE RICH IN ASIA AND AFRICA BECAUSE THESE NATIONS CONTROLLED WHAT US CORPORATIONS WANTED----IN THE US THEY DO NOT NEED ANYONE TO TAKE WHAT THEY WANT----SO THE PLAYERS WILL BE THROWN UNDER THE BUS.
All of this will move quickly after this coming bond market crash. They intend to use the excuses of bond debt and handing all that is public to global corporations because of the recession/depression and bond debt at Federal, state, and local level. If these policies move forward----and all of Baltimore pols have pushed every deregulation/privatization policy Baltimore Development and Johns Hopkins wanted----these factories will be going in less than a decade with the port expansions in place in two decades. We will no longer be Baltimore----people will be working for the foreign corporations installed in these FOXCONN campuses working as third world labor.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOLKS! WE SIMPLY NEED TO GET RID OF THESE CORPORATE POLS IN BALTIMORE CITY HALL AND MARYLAND ASSEMBLY AND DECLARE BALTIMORE CITY A PROGRESSIVE DOMESTIC AND LOCAL ECONOMY AND CREATE ALL THE JOBS CITIZENS NEED AND INSTALL STRONG RULE OF LAW, EQUAL PROTECTION, AND PUBLIC JUSTICE KEEPING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AS CITIZENS AND OUR ENVIRONMENT AND BAY.
The New Sparrows Point
May 10, 2013 4:55:00 PM EDT
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
For almost 125 years, Sparrows Point was synonymous with steel; steel that built battleships and the Golden Gate Bridge. That proud tradition ended in 2012, when RG Steel closed the Sparrows Point steel mill.
We never viewed the Sparrows Point peninsula as the resting place of a declining smokestack industry, but as 5.3 square miles of land with a combination of assets rarely found in one place in the Northeast United States. We have every reason to believe the unique assets on the peninsula, led by explosive growth at the Port of Baltimore, will bring more than 10,000 new jobs to Eastern Baltimore County. Here’s why.
The Sparrows Point peninsula has 3,300 acres of industrially zoned land, over 6 miles of deepwater frontage, two commercial railroads, direct access to the Beltway and I-95, and a highly capable, motivated workforce. This combination is precisely what’s needed for industrial and maritime uses.
In February 2012, I established the Sparrows Point Partnership, a business advisory group chaired by Dan Gundersen, Executive Director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic Development, to study opportunities for business attraction and job growth on the peninsula. The Partnership identified four major market opportunities: port and maritime uses, clean energy, advanced manufacturing and assembly, and distribution, logistics and freight.
Port and Maritime
The expanded Panama Canal opens new global shipping opportunities, making a new marine terminal at Coke Point a real possibility for the peninsula. The Coke Point area can accommodate a dredge containment site that will allow maintenance, and therefore extended vitality, of existing port operations. Once the dredge containment site is filled out in about 10 years, a new marine terminal can be built on the site, creating an estimated 9,000 new family supporting jobs. Another 1,000 jobs could be created within three years on the east side of Coke Point near the turn-around basin, with a former iron ore pier immediately available for bulk commodities, including loading and unloading of automobiles.
Sparrows Point’s central location and available industrial land could accommodate clean, renewable energy facilities for solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, and small hydroelectric power generation. Maryland’s newly authorized offshore wind operations will require vast assembly and equipment staging areas compatible with the peninsula.
Sparrows Point holds market opportunities in advanced manufacturing and value added assembly for a range of products including high speed, heavy and light rail transportation, rail cars and ships, and marine vehicles. Additional opportunities relate to key export sectors such as electrical equipment, advanced fabrication of metal products, and specialized machinery.
With direct rail, port and interstate access, Sparrows Point holds potential for distribution and logistics parks that add value to the supply chain. New concepts such as “freight villages,” for example, offer warehousing space for various term leases, along with equipment and services supporting logistics and distribution activities.
Environmental condition of the property
Despite environmental contamination from more than 100 years of steelmaking, the Partnership concluded that environmental constraints should not deter industrial redevelopment for the vast majority of Sparrows Point. Remediation and redevelopment of about 80% of the site – approximately 2,400 acres -- should be feasible in the not-too-distant future. Five areas with the most serious contamination, totaling about 600 acres primarily at Coke Point, would require extensive, challenging remediation, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
For generations, Sparrows Point and the industrial neighborhoods of East Baltimore County have represented the promise of good paying jobs and the potential for greater economic prosperity. We now have a broad vision for how we can return that promise back to reality.
In the coming weeks, we will present this vision to the community for feedback.
With the Port in the lead, we have every reason to be optimistic that the new Sparrows Point will bring at least 10,000 new jobs and millions of dollars in new investment. And that benefits everyone in Baltimore County.