New Economy
November 30 WTO Showdown

There were students, labor union members, greens, farmers, religious leaders, and human rights activists. The most dramatic confrontations took place on November 30 (N30), when thousands of protesters blocked WTO delegates from reaching the meeting.

Networking the Night Away: on the eve of the WTO

The following is part of a series of commentaries by people associated with YES! Magazine and Positive Futures Network on the events unfolding in Seattle at the time of the World Trade Organization's meeting.

Whose Rules?

The World trade Organization summit in Seattle could be a turning point in the politics of globalization. The summit was called to reduce barriers to the free, global flows of money and products. Opponents say these moves lower global labor and environmental standards and compromise local and national sovereignty. What might those who are concerned about sustainability, living standards, and community propose instead?