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Suspension of FDI Rules Change in India

New Orleans              Dharmendra Kumar, campaign director of the India FDI Watch Campaign (, an organizational affiliate and campaign of ACORN International, has been emailing and telling me for days that the outcry against the Indian government’s recent announcement that it would open foreign direct investment to multi-brand retail was intense and unyielding in Delhi and throughout India.  The present has been led by small traders, street sellers, and birani shopkeepers.  Parties on both the left and the right have been united in opposing the government’s announcement.  Stories in news outlets in the US have focused on the huge opportunity they claimed would now be available to Walmart and its cohorts among other global big-box operators.  Kumar tells me that they are counting their chickens before they hatch.

In recent days the India the FDI Watch Campaign has indicated to me that they believe the government will be forced to suspend their announcement of the FDI modifications in multi-brand retail.  Our default position for years has been to point out to the government that even when FDI in retail has been modified in other countries, it has often been done over lengthy timelines, like the 10 year rollout in China.  Countries that have moved too quickly, have always paid huge prices in terms of domestic discontent and marketplace confusion.

Watch this story.  This is a political fireball in India that could scorch the government and everything in its path unless finally our demands are heard and time and due diligence are provided for existing business, communities, and workers.


Daily Caller: Left-wing organizing kingpin: Tea partiers out-organized Occupy Wall Street

** Below is an article taken from The Daily Caller, a right wing news site & blog of an exclusive “interview” with Wade **

By Michael Volpe

10:56 PM 11/24/2011

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) founder and Service Employees International Union organizer Wade Rathke acknowledged that the tea party movement has been more effective than Occupy Wall Street in influencing American politics.

Rathke was unequivocal about the Occupy movement, telling TheDC that “in no way has it had the political impact that the tea party movement has.” Yet because Occupy organizing is “still in its embryonic stages” while tea partiers have been organizing for more than two years, he cautions that “comparing the tea party movement to OWS is apples and oranges.”

While watching ACORN implode in the United States, Rathke has thrived in his new role as community organizer to the world by remaking ACORN International, known as Community Organization International in the U.S., into a worldwide community organization with near-global reach and power. And former ACORN board members say Rathke’s remarkable global turnaround is proof that most observers completely missed ACORN’s bigger picture and its broader goals.

Rathke generally had positive things to say about both the tea party and Occupy movements. “They are substantially mobilizing individuals around a set of principles,” he added. “It’s fascinating that they’re both appealing to many of the same people.”

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