Ten years ago, the day NAFTA went into effect, indigenous people of Chiapas launched a rebellion against the death sentence they believed the new trade agreement represented. The Zapatistas later went on to spark a global movement
Why did the World Trade Organization talks in Cancun collapse? why were all those people out on the streets? Walden Bello, a central figure in resistence to the WTO, says a new constellation of power has emerged.
Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Report of the International Forum on Globalization
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.
WTO On-Site Report, November 30, 1999
Guest editorial on the Seattle WTO Protests, aired on KPLU, Tacoma, WA November 1999
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.
WTO On-Site Report, November 27, 1999
Speech given December 3, 1999 at WTO event
WTO On-Site Report, December 2, 1999
WTO On-Site Report, December 1, 1999
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?