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EU-U.S. Summit Signals New Threats
To Natural Health Therapies

New transatlantic economic integration agreement and secret FDA-EU ‘confidentiality arrangement’ threaten the harmonizing of U.S. dietary supplement legislation to restrictive European regulations


The North American Union (NAU) appears to be modeling itself on a European Union (EU) that has already been subverted by corporate interests. As such, the direction that it is apparently heading in is clearly contrary to the health interests of American, Canadian and Mexican citizens.

December 17, 2007

In order to bring about a North American Union (NAU), the public first has to be conditioned to think of themselves as North Americans. In that regard, Thomas Donohue (president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) on June 16, 2006 remarked that "for CEOs, North America is already a single market, and business decisions are no longer made with a Mexico strategy — or a Canada strategy — but, rather, with a North American strategy… I think it's pretty clear now that it no longer makes sense to talk about U.S. competitiveness and Mexican competitiveness — or, for that matter, about the competitiveness of Canada. We are all in this together — we, as North Americans."
Read article by Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D., at newswithviews.com

October 9, 2007

Rice promotes LatAm trade deals
The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, has called on Congress to ratify free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Peru.
Read article at BBC News (UK)
Comment: Ms Rice was speaking at the headquarters of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Washington. The OAS plays a leading role in carrying out mandates established by North and South American leaders through the Summits of the Americas, and has provided support to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) process. As is the case with the North American Union, these agreements and mandates are being designed at the behest of, and in the interests of, big business.

August 28, 2007

U.S. under U.N. law in health emergency
Bush's SPP power grab sets stage for military to manage flu threats
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit in Canada released a plan that establishes U.N. law along with regulations by the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law during a pandemic and sets the stage for militarizing the management of continental health emergencies. The "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza" was finalized at the SPP summit last week in Montebello, Quebec. At the same time, the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, has created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and has been running exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.
Read article at worldnetdaily.com

August 22, 2007

Bush denies superstate rumors
President Bush and the leaders of Canada and Mexico yesterday ridiculed the notion that their countries are conspiring to create a regional supergovernment similar to the European Union. "I'm amused by the difference between what actually takes place in the meetings and by what some are trying to say takes place," said Mr. Bush, responding to concerns raised by conservative and liberal groups and some U.S. lawmakers. "It's quite comical actually, to realize the difference between reality and what some people on TV are talking about."
Read article in the Washington Times (USA)
Comment: Really, Mr. Bush? Funnily enough, "facilitating trade", which you cite as important for the U.S. to work with Canada and Mexico on, was precisely how the European Union supergovernment started out, in the form of a "Common Market" that was designed at the behest of, and in the interests of, big business. Or is this just comical too?

August 20, 2007

North American Integration and the Militarization of the Arctic
The Battle for the Arctic is part of a global military agenda of conquest and territorial control. It has been described as a New Cold War between Russia and America. Washington's objective is to secure territorial control, on behalf of the Anglo-American oil giants, over extensive Arctic oil and natural gas reserves. The Arctic region could hold up to 25% of the World's oil and gas reserves, according to some estimates. (Moscow Times, 3 August 2007). These estimates are corroborated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): "The real possibility exists that you could have another world class petroleum province like the North Sea." (quoted by CNNMoney.com, 25 October 2006). From Washington's perspective, the battle for the Arctic is part of broader global military agenda. It is intimately related to the process of North American integration under the Security and Prosperity Partnership Agreement (SPP) and the proposed North American Union (NAU). The SPP envisages, under the auspices of a proposed  "multiservice [North American] Defense Command", the militarization of a vast territory extending from the Caribbean basin to the Canadian Arctic. 
Read article by Michel Chossudovsky at globalresearch.ca (Canada)

July 9, 2007

A Peek Behind Closed Doors
Recently released documents uncover powerful business influence over SPP process
The Corbett Report has obtained minutes from the highly-secretive Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Ministerial Meeting held in Ottawa on February 23rd, 2007
Read article and view minutes at corbettreport.com
Comment: The Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) is one of the key catalysts pushing the North American Union.

July 5, 2007

NAU Plan Headed To Congress This Fall
A powerful think tank chaired by former Sen. Sam Nunn and guided by trustees including Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Harold Brown, William Cohen and Henry Kissinger, is in the final stages of preparing a report to the White House and U.S. Congress on the benefits of integrating the U.S., Mexico and Canada into one political, economic and security bloc. The final report, published in English, Spanish and French, is scheduled for submission to all three governments by Sept. 30, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies. CSIS boasts of playing a large role in the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 – a treaty that set in motion a political movement many believe resembles the early stages of the European Community on its way to becoming the European Union. "The results of the study will enable policymakers to make sound, strategic, long-range policy decisions about North America, with an emphasis on regional integration," explains Armand B. Peschard-Sverdrup, director of CSIS' Mexico Project.
Read article at blacklistednews.com

April 30, 2007

US and EU agree 'single market'
The United States and the European Union have signed up to a new transatlantic economic partnership at a summit in Washington. The pact is designed to boost trade and investment by harmonising regulatory standards, laying the basis for a US-EU single market.
Read article at BBC News (UK)

February 21, 2007

London stock trader urges move to 'amero'
In an interview with CNBC, a vice president for a prominent London investment firm yesterday urged a move away from the dollar to the "amero," a coming North American currency, he said, that "will have a big impact on everybody's life, in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico." Steve Previs, a vice president at Jefferies International Ltd., explained the Amero "is the proposed new currency for the North American Community which is being developed right now between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico." The aim, he said, according to a transcript provided by CNBC to WND, is to make a "borderless community, much like the European Union, with the U.S. dollar, the Canadian dollar and the Mexican peso being replaced by the amero."
Read article at WorldNetDaily

A top Democratic Party foreign policy specialist said on Friday that a "very small group" of conservatives is unfairly accusing him of being at the center of a "vast conspiracy" to implement the idea of a "North American Union" by "stealth." He called the charges "absurd." But Robert Pastor, a former official of the Carter Administration and director of the Center for North American Studies at American University (CNAS), made the remarks at an all-day February 16 conference devoted to the development of a North American legal system. The holding of the conference was itself evidence that a comprehensive process is underway to merge the economies, and perhaps the social and political systems, of the three countries.
Read article at newswithviews.com

January 4, 2007

Merkel promotes TAFTA with Bush
A U.S.-European economic partnership is critical to both regions' economies, new European Union President Angela Merkel of Germany says. The German chancellor met with U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House Thursday evening, four days after Germany assumed the rotating presidency of the 27-nation European Union and the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations. At the meeting, Merkel promoted the idea of closer economic ties between the EU and the United States, beyond removing more trade barriers to creating a trans-Atlantic free-trade zone, a spokesman said.
Read article at United Press International

December 22, 2006

North American Union leader says merger just crisis away
Robert Pastor, a leading intellectual force in the move to create an EU-style North American Community, told WND he believes a new 9/11 crisis could be the catalyst to merge the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Pastor, a professor at American University, says that in such a case the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America or SPP – launched in 2005 by the heads of the three countries at a summit in Waco, Texas – could be developed into a continental union, complete with a new currency, the amero, that would replace the U.S. dollar just as the euro has replaced the national currencies of Europe. In May 2005, Pastor was co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations task force that produced a report entitled "Toward a North American Community," which he has claimed is the blueprint behind the SSP declared by President Bush, Mexico's then-President Vicente Fox, and Canada's then-Prime Minister Paul Martin.
Read article at globalresearch.ca

October 30, 2006

The NAFTA Superhighway
By now many Texans have heard about the proposed “NAFTA Superhighway,” which is also referred to as the trans-Texas corridor. What you may not know is the extent to which plans for such a superhighway are moving forward without congressional oversight or media attention. This superhighway would connect Mexico, the United States, and Canada, cutting a wide swath through the middle of Texas and up through Kansas City. Offshoots would connect the main artery to the west coast, Florida, and northeast. Proponents envision a ten-lane colossus the width of several football fields, with freight and rail lines, fiber-optic cable lines, and oil and natural gas pipelines running alongside. This will require coordinated federal and state eminent domain actions on an unprecedented scale, as literally millions of people and businesses could be displaced. The loss of whole communities is almost certain, as planners cannot wind the highway around every quaint town, historic building, or senior citizen apartment for thousands of miles.
Read article by Congressman Ron Paul

September 25, 2006

10 universities participate in 'model Parliament' in Mexico to simulate 'integration' of 3 nations
In another example of the way the three nations of North America are being drawn into a federation, or "merger," students from 10 universities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada are participating annually in a simulated "model Parliament." Under the sponsorship of the Canadian based North American Forum on Integration, students met in the Mexican Senate for five days in May in an event dubbed "Triumvirate," with organizers declaring "A North American Parliament is born." A similar event took place in the Canadian Senate in 2005. The intentions of organizers are clear. "The creation of a North American parliament, such as the one being simulated by these young people, should be considered," explained Raymond Chretien, the president of the Triumvirate and the former Canadian ambassador to both Mexico and the U.S.
Read article at worldnetdaily.com

September 21, 2006

North America confab 'undermines' democracy
Attendee of high-level meeting says officials wanted to hide it from public
A closed-door meeting of high-level government and business leaders that discussed the merger of North America was designed to subvert the democratic process, charged an attendee of the confab in Banff, Canada. Mel Hurtig, a noted Canadian author and publisher who was the elected leader of the National Party of Canada, provided WND the agenda and attendee list of the North American Forum at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Sept. 12-14. Hurtig said the "secret meeting was designed to undermine the democratic process." "What is sinister about this meeting is that it involved high level government officials and some of the top and most powerful business leaders of the three countries and the North American Forum in organizing the meeting intentionally did not inform the press in any of the three countries," he said. "It was clear that the intention was to keep this important meeting about integrating the three countries out of the public eye."
Read article at worldnetdaily.com

August 2, 2005

President George W. Bush signs the Central America-Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement
U.S. President George W. Bush signs H.R. 3045 – the Central America- Dominican Republic-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) - a regional free trade agreement between the United States, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Click here to read President Bush’s speech and here to read the agreement.

June, 2005

Publication sponsored by European Commission publishes paper in support of further North American integration
The Jean Monnet/Robert Schuman Paper Series, a publication sponsored by the European Union Commission, publishes “ North America : Three Nations, a Partnership or a Community?”, a paper by Dr. Robert A. Pastor. One of the paper’s conclusions is that “If Mexico and North America succeed, then Latin America would have reason to ride the train toward a Free Trade Area of the Americas”.
Click here to read the paper.

May 17, 2005

Council on Foreign Relations task force publishes key report

A Council on Foreign Relations task force publishes a key report entitled ‘Building a North American Community’, the central recommendation of which is the establishment by 2010 of a North American economic and security community consisting of the United States, Canada and Mexico. From a natural health perspective, the sections of the report that are particularly of concern include the following:

  • Unnecessary delays in the approval for sale and distribution of innovative products can prevent timely access to new pharmaceuticals or medical technology that might save lives, or to new fertilizers or chemicals that could help industrial plants and farmers do a better job of protecting the environment.
  • “Tested once” for biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. The cost and quality of health care is a critical issue in all three countries. Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals play a vital role in providing new treatments that improve health outcomes and often reduce costs as well, but they face huge costs in developing and then winning regulatory approval for new products. Preliminary research suggests that regulatory cooperation in the areas of human and veterinary drugs, medical devices, pest control, and chemicals would raise the value of sales in these sectors by more than 10 percent, profits by 8 percent, and the rate of return on new products by an average of 4.8 percent. Two possible approaches to reducing the regulatory burden while maintaining rigorous standards to protect health and safety would be to adopt a “tested once” principle by which a product tested in one country would meet the standards set by another, or to establish a North America testing center with personnel from each country.
  • Integrating protection of food, health, and the environment. The North American market for agricultural and food products is highly integrated, and the intense disruption of this market by just two cases of mad cow disease demonstrates the need to ensure that regulatory processes are as integrated as their relevant markets. Greater North American cooperation also is essential in providing effective responses to threats to human and animal health and to the environment.

As can be seen, the Council on Foreign Relations appears to envisage the pharmaceutical and chemical industries as being amongst the key beneficiaries of a North American Union. Moreover, because dietary supplements are regulated as foods in the United States, integrating the “regulatory processes” and “relevant markets” for foods could seemingly involve harmonizing the relatively liberal dietary supplement regulations of the United States (i.e. DSHEA) to the more restrictive regulations that exist in Canada and Mexico.

Click here to read the relevant Council on Foreign Relations press release and here to read the report.

March 23, 2005

Launch of the Security and Prosperity Partnership Of North America
President George W. Bush (United States), President Vicente Fox (Mexico) and Prime Minister Paul Martin (Canada) announce the establishment of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America . The goal of the Security Agenda was stated as being “to further secure North America and ensure the streamlined movement of legitimate travelers and cargo across our shared borders.” The goals of the Prosperity Agenda were stated as being “to enhance the competitive position of North American industries in the global marketplace and to provide greater economic opportunity for all of our societies, while maintaining high standards of health and safety for our people”.
Click here to go to the Security and Prosperity Partnership website.

May 19-21, 2004

Pharma company sponsors key North American Union event
Evidence emerged that the pharmaceutical industry is directly involved in and promoting the development of a North American Union when Bayer, as Global Presenting Sponsor, provided significant financial assistance for the North American International Trade Corridor Partnership (NAITCP) 2004 Summit, in Kansas City, Missouri. Bayer company leaders also participated in the event.
Click here to see the event’s Executive Summary.

February 27, 2004

 Canada, Mexico and United States Sign Trilateral Cooperation Charter  
The Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Mark B. McClellan, Assistant Deputy Minister of Canada's Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) Diane Gorman, and the Federal Commissioner of Mexico's Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) Ernesto Enriquez Rubio announce the signing of the Trilateral Cooperation Charter. The purpose and mission of the charter are described as being to increase communication, collaboration, and the exchange of information among the three countries in the areas of drugs, biologics, medical devices, food safety, and nutrition. Many natural health campaigners, however, fear that the charter could become a gateway to the enacting of Codex vitamin restrictions in the United States.
Read FDA Press Release
Read the text of the Trilateral Cooperation Charter

January/February, 2004

Council on Foreign Relations publishes paper advocating further North American integration
The Council on Foreign Relations publishes a paper by Dr. Robert A. Pastor entitled “North America’s Second Decade”, which advocates further North American integration.
Click here to read Pastor’s paper.

November 1-2, 2002

Robert Pastor calls for creation of a North American Community
Dr. Robert A. Pastor presents “A North American Community. A Modest Proposal to the Trilateral Commission” to the North American Regional Meeting of the Trilateral Commission. Issues discussed in the proposal include the creation of North American passports for frequent travelers, the establishing of a single North American Customs and Immigration Service, the harmonizing of regulatory policies and the creation of a unified currency, the “Amero”.
Click here to read Pastor’s proposal.

June 11, 2002

“Toward a North American Community?” conference held
Sponsored and hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and organized by the Latin American Program’s Mexico Institute, the Canada Institute and the Project on America and the Global Economy (PAGE), a conference titled “Toward a North American Community?” examined the current relationships between the United States, Mexico and Canada, and investigated the future of North American integration. The Conference Report was produced by the Woodrow Wilson Center with a grant from the Ford Foundation.
Click here to read the Conference Report.

September, 1999

Canadian think tank publishes paper in favour of a common North American currency
The Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, publishes a paper by Herbert G. Grubel titled “ The Case for the Amero: the Economics and Politics of a North American Monetary Union”.
Click here to read the paper and here to read the Executive Summary.

January 1, 1994

NAFTA enters into force
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) enters into force.
Click here to view the North American Free Trade Agreement.

December 8-17, 1992

Leaders of U.S., Canada and Mexico sign NAFTA
President George H.W. Bush (United States), President Carlos Salinas de Gortari (Mexico) and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (Canada) sign the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in their respective capitals.
Click here to view the North American Free Trade Agreement.