APEC 2011

Background

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a 21-nation club of primarily industrialized or emerging economies. It was conceived in 1996, just as free-market deregulations and trade liberalizations were fostering economic advantages to industrialized nations, when there first emerged a greater consolidation of corporate power across nations, creating international legally binding policies that asserted less government regulations by weakening the labor force and dismantling environmental protections.

APEC member economies include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, United States, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Peru, Russia, and Vietnam.

To view the City’s APEC services information page, click here

APEC’s 21 member economies today account for 55 percent of global GDP, purchase 58 percent of U.S. goods exports, and comprise a market of 2.7 billion consumers. Seven of America’s top 15 trade partners are in APEC.

Proponents for APEC-related globalization efforts claim that by increasing international trade, it promotes diversity and multiculturalism, benefiting the third world by raising living standards and promoting democracy.

A major area of concern for activists is the negotiation of a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Nine APEC countries, but not the full 21 members, are in negotiations over this trade treaty. The nine countries are the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Peru, Malaysia, Chile, and Brunei. China and Japan are currently considering signing the TPPA.

From November 9-11, running concurrent with the 2011 APEC meeting in Honolulu, a group of activists is a counter-conference called Moana Nui. Notable scholars and activists such as Walden Bello from the Philippines, Jane Kelsey from New Zealand, and Lori Wallach of Public Citizen along with cultural practitioners from across the Pacific will discuss alternatives to corporate-led globalization.

For information on Moana Nui, visit moananui2011.org.

State says it spent less than expected on APEC
President Barack Obama concludes the APEC events with a speech at Koolina. Photo by Travis Quezon
Christopher Deedy pleads not guilty in fatal shooting of Kollin Elderts
Jamie Winpenny
A mugshot of federal agent Christopher Deedy, on trial for murder while in Hawaii for the APEC conference.
Comment: The ‘burden of reality’ in high profile court cases falls on you
Beth-Ann Kozlovich
Organizers of a march and protest on November 8 resolved to keep the public showing directed toward seeking justice for shooting victim Kollin Elderts and to show support for his family. Black armbands were passed out to participants as a memorial to Elderts.
Comment: Oahu pays high price for bad APEC deal
Eric Gill
A rare view from inside of the APEC conference: U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions on stage in front of the world's leading business executives.
Richard Heinberg says conflict, non-growth will be the result of APEC’s agenda
Beth-Ann Kozlovich
Richard Heinberg presented ideas at the Moana Nui summit based on more resilient, sustainable, and equitable communities. Photo from HawaiiConservation.org
APEC: Who really wins?
Arnie Saiki
Barriers line the streets of Waikiki for the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. Photo by Larry Darling
APEC traffic woes can be avoided
Jamie Winpenny
APEC motorcades will snarl Oahu traffic at times through the weekend.
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Protestors march for justice for shooting victim, against APEC
Jamie Winpenny
Protestors demand justice for shooting victim Kollin Elderts. The march to the Hawaii Convention Center begins at Old Stadium Park.
Shooting adds to local tension, APEC protesters call for justice
The above flyer, bearing the photo of a Kailua man who was shot over the weekend, has been circulated online. Hawaii groups are rallying in the name of the victim, Kollin Elderts, who was allegedly murdered by an armed agent here in Honolulu for APEC.
Arrested Occupy Honolulu members seek community support
Honolulu Police arrested demonstrators taking part in a peaceful protest at Thomas Square this weekend. Courtesy Photo
Occupy Honolulu encampment begins tonight
Ikaika M Hussey
Hawaii taxpayers foot the bill: Is APEC business our business?
Beth-Ann Kozlovich
In partnership with Totally Against Graffiti (T.A.G) and the APEC Hawaii Host Committee, over 1,000 volunteers spent a muggy October morning painting over graffiti, removing stickers, and picking up trash in the McCully, Ala Moana, Waikiki, Kapahulu and Moiliili neighborhoods. Courtesy Photo
HPD announces more City parks and facilities closures for APEC security
Several popular Honolulu parks and facilities will be closed to the public during APEC activities.
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APEC security restricts traffic cam access
Video for Honolulu traffic cams will be inaccessible to the public during APEC.
City issues sewer work traffic advisory
APEC security delays holiday camping permits
Oahu campers will have to wait for holiday permits due to APEC security.
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The APEC hook: Hawaii bites (Part 3)
Arnie Saiki
Fishing in rough waters off of Maui in 2006. Photo by Michael Sandoval
The APEC hook: Small fish in a big ocean (Part 2)
Arnie Saiki
Above: A circa 1997 photo released by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows the robotic arm of a three-person submersible aquatic vehicle reaching toward a hydrothermal vent in the east Pacific Ocean far off the coast of Chile. Photo by Pat Hickey -- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Below: Ocean side of Funafuti atoll showing the storm dunes, the highest point on the atoll. Funafuti is an atoll that forms the capital of the island nation of Tuvalu. Photo by David Jones
City announces Honolulu’s ‘APEC plan’
The APEC hook: When the shark guards the tuna (Part 1)
Arnie Saiki
Above: A great white shark herds small blue fin tuna in the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Niall Kennedy Below: Former U.S. President George W. Bush pauses during a trilateral APEC meeting in 2006 with then-Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and then-President Roh Moo-Hyun of the Republic of Korea. White House photo by Eric Draper
World Invitational Hula Festival changes venue
The World Invitational Hula Festival will be held at Blaisdell Center. Photo by Brian Schuckburgh
Globalizing the islands: The impact of APEC
Umi Perkins
Artwork by Santi Hitorangi promoting Moana Nui, a conference with the goal of issuing a challenge to Pacific Island nations and communities to look for cooperative ways to strengthen subsistence and to protect cultural properties and natural resources.
Filling the tourist hole: Industry buffs look to big spenders from far away
Beth-Ann Kozlovich
Filling the tourist hole: Industry buffs look to big spenders from far away
Above:A post card-esque Hawaii vacation isn't cheap these days. A standard room at Disney's Aulani resort in Koolina can cost around $400 for one night, if you're lucky. Photo by Loren Javier Below: Juergen Thomas Steinmetz of the Hawaii Tourism Association, not to be confused with the State-operated Hawaii Tourism Authority.
APEC surveillance: Do we care?
Jamie Winpenny
Public eyes, they're watching you.
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City bill proposes public video surveillance during APEC
Twelve reasons Hawaii should lead in social studies education
Mara Miller
Students discuss their presentations at the 2011 Central District History Day Fair. Courtesy Photos
Tent city: Hawaii ‘homeless’ efforts must be long term, for the right reasons
Beth-Ann Kozlovich
The Hawaii Convention Center's foyer is crowned with canvas canopies, intended to be "reminiscent of ocean white caps and the sails of voyaging canoes." The canvas canopies may also resemble the makeshift homes and shelters of the thousands of houseless people living on Hawaii's streets each day. Photo by Vernon Brown
Honolulu Mayor travels to Japan on goodwill tour
Downtown Neighborhood Board to discuss rail, noise, reapportionment
Letter: ‘Homeless’ people are still people
Letter to the Editor
Hawaii’s homeless plan: Are we in this for the long haul or not?
Beth-Ann Kozlovich
The belongings of a "Guardrails" beach residents, part of Waianae's "tent city," were carted off in caravans of vehicles last July by order of the City.
“You need to be told the truth about where the city is right now – It is not pretty.”
Opening Day 2011: Lawmakers champion solidarity in tackling Hawaii’s big issues
Members of the Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery (PASS) formed a circle holding signs asking lawmakers to pass legislation that would establish clear definitions and penalties for human trafficking in Hawaii. Hundreds of other Hawaii residents gathered outside the Senate and House chambers to send their messages as well. Above photo by Travis Quezon, Gallery photos by Rachel Ballard
Everyday people: Hawaii Institute for Human Rights director localizes a global process to civility
Beth-Ann Kozlovich
Joshua Cooper, above, is the director of the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, which is dedicated to promoting human rights principles and a culture of peace through education and advocacy. The organization advocates the use of public law instruments in implementing civil, political, economic, social, cultural, collective, and ecological rights as well as social justice in the development of a sustainable society in Hawaii.
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