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The IMF & The World Bank

 

Beast of the Month November 1999 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Should have included the World Bank, but written before the Seattle protests, this article proved prophetic as to where the focus of civil disobediance was heading.

ANARCHY IN THE U.S.A.

A conversation with anarchist philosopher John Zerzan.

POLICE STATE TARGETS THE LEFT

THE NEW BARBARIANS AT THE GATE

 

THE WTO

Op-Eds: WTO

First-Hand Report on Events in Seattle

WTO Protests: "Official" News Reports

The WTO & "Anarchists"

Post WTO Reports

Neurotoxic Symptoms In Chemical Warfare Casualties At Seattle WTO Meeting

 

From Disinformation:

A16: The World Bank Versus The World

Nick Mamatas (Laddertrick@gvny.com)

It was supposed to be the sequel the 1999 'Battle In Seattle', but the mass demonstration against the World Bank's semi-annual meeting in Washington DC was not nearly as successful as last year's disruption of the World Trade Organization's Millennium Round.

The World Bank, which launders money for large corporations by offering loans to poor countries in exchange for reduced trade barriers, lower environmental standards, aggressive anti-labor laws and the elimination of subsidies, is a key player in economic globalization. Once all the barriers are down, the client states have no choice but to accept heavy investment from multinational corporations, which extract natural resources and labor power but offer little in exchange. Not one country has successfully developed thanks to the World Bank's system, and those few Third World countries that have become industrial or trade powers (South Korea, Taiwan, the OPEC states) have done so by doing the exact opposite of what the World Bank prescribes.

A16 had a massive list of sponsoring organizations which ran the gamut from revolutionary socialist groups to mainstream environmental and labor organizations. However, organized labor was not out in force the way it was in Seattle (the most heavily organized city in the United States, and home to one of the last remaining fighting unions in the country, the 'International Longshore & Warehouse Union'). A16 protestors tended to be younger, less physically intimidating, less experienced, and worst of all, so committed to non-violence that DC police, old hands at crowd control, were able to play them for chumps.

They began attacking the protestors early on, raiding the offices of a16.org, one of the facilitators of the protests. People were arrested on trumped-up charges: the police claimed that flammable paint and propane tanks were going to be used to make 'molotov cocktails'. Propane, incidentally, is entirely unsuited to make molotovs, an attempt to set a slow-burning flame on a propane tank would kill the protestor holding the bomb. The paint, of course, was for signs, and the PVC pipes and chickenwire were not bought to make 'lock boxes' (handcuffs designed to stall arrest) but to make giant puppets.

During the protests, the police freely attacked demonstrators, then claimed that the protestors would not obey orders to disperse. More often than not, no such orders were given, unless they happened to be written on the side of a billy club. Also, while much of the city's traffic was shut down, few workplaces were - again unlike Seattle - where the 'city of trade' all but stopped trading during last year's unrest. DC's massive black population wasn't networked with, community leaders and church groups weren't contacted and many of the protestors ignored the fact that DC itself is a colony of the United States, one viciously underfunded. Not surprisingly, possibly sympathetic people in the neighborhoods were turned off to the protests, and even called the cops on a group of protestors who holed up in an abandoned rowhouse to escape the massive public beatings on the streets. The police also had the media well in hand, claiming to be respectful of the First Amendment even while wiping their bloody boots with it. The press ate that up too, while press contacts for the demonstrators wondered allowed about the 'anti-tampon movement'.

Hundreds of protestors were kept in stir for days, and more than a few were beaten. But what can only be called a tactical defeat may still be part of a broader victory. Class struggle politics (though not socialist or revolutionary ones) are back. Even conservatives like George W. Bush can't gloat at the poor anymore, they have to pretend to care, to be "compassionate." And more and more people are beginning to really care, every day. And we're becoming less compassionate towards the police every every day as well.

 

Disinformation Dossier On The Battle In Seattle

Disinformation Dossier On The World Trade Organization

 

AlterNet

What a Difference a Generation Makes

Don Hazen, AlterNet

Thirty years ago this spring, powerful demonstrations -- much like last weekend's A16 protests -- rocked the streets of Washington, leading to mass chaos and 13,000 arrests. Long-time activist Don Hazen was at both rallies -- arrested in 1971, reporting in 2000 -- and noticed that despite some significant organizational parallels, today's youth movement against the Powers That Be is better organized and better prepared than the activists of the early '70s.

When Corporate Media Covers Indy Media

Norman Solomon, AlterNet

During the recent protests in Washington against the World Bank and IMF, the leading cable news network became fascinated with independent media. Journalism free of huge economic interests -- what a concept!

POLICE USE LIMITED FORCE AS PROTESTERS PERTURB IMF MEETINGS

Jason Vest, AlterNet

Jason Vest happened to be in all the right places at all the right times to witness the major clashes of the A16 protests -- and the subtle dynamics behind both the activist and police tactics.

THOUSANDS JOIN FESTIVE BUT SERIOUS D.C. PROTESTS

Kenny Bruno, Corporate Watch

Were the IMF/World Bank protests successful? The official spin was that D.C. Cops provided business-as-usual conditions for the financial institutions, and therefore the protests were a non-event. Organizers disagreed.

Taking A16 Seriously

Jason Vest, AlterNet

What happened at the A16 protests was, to some extent, what progressives have always wanted: the mainstream media took the issues seriously.

Less Bank, More World

Marc Cooper, LA Weekly

After two days of hot protest and 1,300 arrests, activists have forced the officials of the IMF/World Bank into an unprecedented political retreat.

Youth of Color Fighting the IMF

Mary Jo McConahay, Pacific News Service

Though the mainstream media didn't show them, a striking number of young people of color and immigrants joined the A16 protests.

Lessons from Seattle

Geov Parrish, AlterNet

Can thousands -- or even millions -- of outraged citizens deflect the juggernaut of transnational capital?

 

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

Media analysis, critiques and news reports

E-mail: fair@fair.org

New York Times Op-Ed Page Shuts Out IMF/World Bank Critics

IMF Bars Community Journalists from D.C. Meetings

Media Distortion of World Bank/IMF Protests Starts Early

Pepper Spray Gets in Their Eyes: Media missed militarization of police work in Seattle

Robert Naiman Responds to Paul Krugman on World Bank Policy

Media Beat

When Corporate Media Cover "Independent Media"

(4/20/00)

Protests in Washington Clash With Media Spin

(4/13/00)

 

April 24, 2000

(Coverage of D.C. protests)

April 17, 2000

(Background to D.C. meeting)

March 20, 2000

(U.S. accepts IMF nominee)

March 13, 2000

(New IMF chief proposed under U.S. pressure)

March 6, 2000

(U.S. rejects IMF nominee)

February 28, 2000

(IMF & Brazil)

February 14, 2000

(IMF criticisms)

January 10, 2000

(Global economy)

December 20, 1999

(IMF & East Asia bailout)

November 15, 1999

(IMF resignation)

September 27, 1999

(IMF and debt relief)

 

CORPORATE WATCH

BREAKING THE BANK? A-16 Coverage

Regular updates from the protests at the Spring meeting of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington DC.

Beyond Street Tactics: The Anti-Corporate Globalization Movement After Washington

Police Raid Activist Center

April 15--CW reports on the spot from a Washington DC activist headquarters shut down by police on Saturday. The cops closed the "Convergence" center on a fire code violation. But activists who say it's a pretext to curb lawful protest remain undeterred. Get the view from the street.

Interview with Dr. Vineeta Gupta

April 14--Human Rights activist and physician Dr. Vineeta Gupta talks with Corporate Watch about World Bank efforts to privatize healthcare in Punjab, India. She says the result has been more death and disease for Punjab's poor.

BOYCOTT THE BANK

As thousands converge on Washington DC to protest World Bank and IMF policies throughout the week, activists are taking aim from an unexpected quarter: financial markets.

80% of the World Bank funds comes from bonds sold to institutional and individual investors. Activists fighting against World Bank policies today called for a boycott of World Bank bonds until the Bank cancels its debt claims against developing countries and ends destructive lending policies.

Groups in eleven countries, including South Africa, Ecuador and Pakistan, have joined the boycott. Because union pension funds, city governments, churches and universities own these bonds, organizers hope that ordinary citizens will pressure these groups to divest. They are also targeting Citigroup which buys World Bank bonds through its subsidiaries and also "underwrites," or sells Bank bonds.

ADD YOUR SUPPORT to the boycott by sending a FREE FAX to Robert Rubin, Chairman of the Executive Committee Citigroup Inc. and CEO John S. Reed.

Fax from our website

 

Mobilization For Global Justice

Fifty Years Is Enough

List of IMF/World Bank Protesters

Center for Economic Justice

Democracy Now!

Direct Action Media Network: Economic Policy

Direct Action Network (DAN)

Global Debt & Third World Development

IndyMedia

Institute for Public Accuracy

National Radio Project's "Inside Capital"

Pacifica Radio

World Bank Bonds Boycott

 

Yahoo!'s Page on the IMF/World Bank Protests

The Burden of Debt

Globalisation: What on Earth is it about?

The IMF and World Bank

Main points of Development Committee Statement

Online NewsHour: The World Bank/IMF Meetings

Policy.com/IntellectualCapital: IMF and World Bank

Will Poorest Countries Get a Break from Debt?

ZNet Global Economic Crisis

 

International Monetary Fund

2000 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

World Economic Outlook

World Bank Group

 

Photos

 

Washington Post

Protests Wind Down

 

Video

 

Protesters at K Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington Post

(Apr 17, 2000)

 

Rally at the Ellipse

Washington Post

(Apr 17, 2000)

 

IMF/World Bank Protest Organizer on Reasons for Opposition

BBC

(Apr 14, 2000)

 

Campaigners Against Global Capitalism Are United and Organized

BBC

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

World Bank, IMF Man the Barricades in D.C.

BBC

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

World Bank Meetings

Washington Post

(Apr 10, 2000)

 

Articles

 

The IMF's Dirty Dozen

Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman

Mother Jones

(Apr 6, 2000)

 

Evaluating Demonstration Coverage

The Oregonian

(Apr 24, 2000)

 

They Say They Want a Revolution

Business Week Daily

(Apr 20, 2000)

 

Bretton Woods Revisited

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 20, 2000)

 

Expanding Globalization's Agenda

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 20, 2000)

 

Methinks They Doth Protest Too Much

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 20, 2000)

 

Protesters 2, Multinational Monsters 0

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 20, 2000)

 

What the Corporate Press Does Not Know

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 20, 2000)

  

The Circus Comes to Town

Liberzine.com

(Apr 20, 2000)

 

Toward Global Consensus: What's Needed Is Dialogue, Not Conflict

Sacramento Bee

(Apr 20, 2000)

 

Police Prevent "A16" Protests from Shutting Down the IMF and World Bank

Seattle Weekly

(Apr 20, 2000)

 

Hostility to Free Trade No Aid to World's Poor

Abilene Reporter-News

(Apr 19, 2000)

  

Is the IMF Listening?

Asiaweek

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

 

The Demo That Fizzled

Baltimore Sun

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Protest's Mixed Review

Baltimore Sun

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

IMF-World Bank meetings

DAWN (Pakistan)

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Searching for Answers about Globalism -- in the Streets of D.C.

Business Week

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Success in Washington, D.C.

The Oregonian

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Global Give-and-Take

San Jose Mercury News

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Women Protest the IMF

shewire

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Whose Side Are They On?

Time

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

The Real IMF Protest Might Come in the Suites

U.S. News

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Hail to the Chief -- and His Cops

Washington Post

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Imitation Activism

Washington Post

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

In Defense of the Protesters--and the World Bank

Washington Post

(Apr 19, 2000)

 

Off-Target Protest

Boston Globe

(Apr 18, 2000)

 

The IMF Has Protesters Fooled

Cato Institute

(Apr 18, 2000)

 

Sensible Ones Are Protesting in the Streets

Irish Times

(Apr 18, 2000)

 

Protests Reflect Diverse Aims

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

(Apr 18, 2000)

 

A Rainy Day in Washington

National Post

(Apr 18, 2000)

 

Trade Issues Need Informed Hearing

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

(Apr 18, 2000)

 

Lessons From Seattle Learned Well

Seattle Times

(Apr 18, 2000)

 

Two-Track Growth

Washington Post

(Apr 18, 2000)

 

What the No-Growth Protesters Are Missing

Business Week

(Apr 17, 2000)

 

Takin' It To The Streets

National Review

(Apr 17, 2000)

 

The Insider: What I Learned at the World Economic Crisis

New Republic

(4/17/00)

 

Fixing the New World Disorder

The Oregonian

(Apr 17, 2000)

 

World Bank Protests -- What, Exactly, Is the Point?

Star Tribune

(Apr 17, 2000)

 

Globalization and Its Discontents

Salon

(Apr 16, 2000)

 

Unlikely Jailbirds

Salon

(Apr 16, 2000)

 

Free Trade's a Friend, Not Our Worst Enemy

Abilene Reporter-News

(Apr 15, 2000)

 

Will the World Be Ruled By Money or Human Rights?

Boston Globe

(Apr 15, 2000)

 

Globalphobia in the Streets -- Again

Cato Institute

(Apr 15, 2000)

 

Don't Demonize the Bank

Washington Post

(Apr 15, 2000)

 

Footing the Bill for Protests

Washington Post

(Apr 15, 2000)

 

Protest Plans Against Free Trade Misguided

Abilene Reporter-News

(Apr 14, 2000)

  

The Wrong Way to Exercise a Right

Baltimore Sun

(Apr 14, 2000)

 

What Exactly Is the Protest?

Christian Science Monitor

(Apr 14, 2000)

 

Celeste Takes It To The Man

Salon

(Apr 14, 2000)

 

Decaffeinated Protests

Salon

(Apr 14, 2000)

 

Valid Questions on the New Economy

Washington Post

(Apr 14, 2000)

 

Behind IMF Optimism on Growth Major Imbalances in World Economy

World Socialist Web Site

(Apr 14, 2000)

 

Don't Let the World Bank Off the Hook

Cato Institute

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

World Bank and IMF Drain Indebted Countries, Protestors Say

CBN News

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

Seattle Comes to Washington

The Economist

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

Another Washington Battle?

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

Dangerous Liaisons: The Left Goes South On Trade

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

Fighting the Power: Should the Left Join the Right?

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

The Globalization of Everything

Intellectual Capital

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

Seattle II? Anti-Globalization Forces Converge on Washington

Sacramento Bee

(Apr 13, 2000)

 

Globalization Threatens Workers, Thrills Investors

Business Week

(Apr 12, 2000)

 

Abolish the IMF

Forbes

(Apr 12, 2000)

 

The IMF Reads the Tea Leaves

Policy.com

(Apr 12, 2000)

 

Taking Offense at Defense Put Up by WTO Protesters

Seattle Times

(Apr 12, 2000)

 

Police Discourage Activists From Assembling

SpeakOut.com

(Apr 12, 2000)

 

Are IMF Bailouts Hazardous Waste?

Policy.com

(Apr 11, 2000)

 

Protest Week

Washington Post

(Apr 11, 2000)

 

What the World Bank Ought to Be Doing

Washington Post

(Apr 11, 2000)

 

The Wisdom of Debt Relief

Policy.com

(Apr 10, 2000)

 

Seattle, the Sequel

Mother Jones

(Mar 30, 2000)

 

Please, No More 'New' IMFs

Cato Institute

(Mar 21, 2000)

 

Does the IMF Need More Than a New Boss?

Policy.com

(Mar 10, 2000)

 

The IMF's Next Boss

Washington Post

(Mar 2, 2000)

 

Time for the IMF to Go Private

Financial Times

(Feb 22, 2000)

 

The Grab for IMF Brass Ring

Christian Science Monitor

(Feb 2, 2000)

 

World Government Is Coming. Deal With It

eNews

(Jan 27, 2000)

 

Can Bono Save the Third World?

Newsweek

(Jan 21, 2000)

 

Britain's "Debt Relief" and What It Means for the World's Poor

World Socialist Web Site

(Jan 5, 2000)

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