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Voice of the movement

20 October 2001
THE demonstrations in London and Glasgow last Saturday showed more than just the size of the opposition to the war. They also showed how that opposition is benefiting from the impact of the anti-capitalist movement from Seattle to Genoa.

Democratizing the Global Economy

17 February 2001
Kevin Danaher, a key organiser of the Seattle protests, has edited a new collection of articles on "the battle against the World Bank and the IMF". Democratizing the Global Economy contains a wide range of articles and is packed with useful facts about the way institutions such as the IMF bolster corporate power across the globe.

Bush faces protests and huge problems

27 January 2001
Tens of thousands of people protested against the inauguration of US president George W Bush last weekend. They took to the streets in Washington, Florida and Seattle to show they are opposed to how Bush and the Republicans stole last November's election.

Kevin Danaher: Taking on capitalism

20 January 2001
Kevin Danaher is the co-founder of the Global Exchange and an organiser of the anti-capitalist protests in Seattle. He will be speaking on the Globalise Resistance tour between 2 and 11 February. Here he writes about the challenges facing everyone opposed to the corporate agenda.

The global opposition

13 January 2001
There is a growing sense that different struggles around the world are closely connected. The Palestinian intellectual Edward Said recently wrote that the new intifada against Israel "is another example of the general discontent with the post Cold War order (economic and political) displayed in the events of Seattle and Prague".

Does globalisation help Third World?

13 January 2001
Labour development secretary Clare Short delivered a stinging attack just before Christmas on the people who had protested in Seattle and Prague. She suggested they were "self indulgent" and "intolerable", comfortable Westerners who have enjoyed the benefits of capitalism but are now trying to deny them to the Third World.

Seattle shockwaves

26 August 2000
"The great movement which began in Seattle has grown massively." That's the verdict of Todd Chrétien of Socialist Worker's US sister organisation on last week's demonstrations outside the Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles.

ATTAC

05 February 2000
Some 50 people attended a meeting in London last Saturday to launch the Association for the Tobin Tax for Aid to Citizens (ATTAC) in Britain. The tax, named after economist James Tobin, would be a levy on financial speculation. Katherin Matheison of War On Want addressed Saturday's meeting, as did a member of ATTAC from France. Across the Channel ATTAC has grown to some 70,000 members with 130 local groups in little over a year after it was launched by the left wing monthly paper Le Monde diplomatique. Most of those at Saturday's meeting were inspired by the Seattle protest against the World Trade Organisation. A series of further meetings is planned, including a joint conference with W

Fight for a better world

18 December 1999
Seattle shows new mood

Seattle spirit sweeps the US

18 December 1999
THE IMPACT of the Battle in Seattle is being felt across the US. In meetings around the country organised by the International Socialist Organisation, students, young people and workers have turned out to discuss the meaning of the protests against the World Trade Organisation. In San Francisco more than 500 people turned out on short notice to picket a WTO official who came to town from Seattle.

Inspiration from Seattle

11 December 1999
THE GREAT demonstration in Seattle will make its reverberations felt for years to come. One of its more minor side effects was that on Wednesday last week, much to my surprise, I found myself in the Newsnight studio defending the protesters against the World Trade Organisation from European commissioner Leon Brittan's criticisms.

Root of evil is capitalism

11 December 1999
THE MEDIA AND POLITICIANS ARE SAYING THAT THOSE WHO TOOK PART IN THE SEATTLE PROTEST HAD NOTHING IN COMMON. IS THAT TRUE?

'Taking on the rule of money'

11 December 1999
"THOSE WHO were arguing they were going to shut the WTO down were in fact successful today." That was the frank admission of Seattle police chief Norm Stamper on Tuesday of last week.

In every continent... Rage against the system

04 December 1999
RIGHT ACROSS the world people protested against capitalism this week. Their target was the World Trade Organisation. Tens of thousands marching in Seattle were attacked by police. Across France tens of thousands joined marches like the one shown here in Paris. In London and other cities across Britain people staged protests. Similar protests took place from Brazil to Bangladesh, from Argentina to Australia.

Our enemy is capitalism

04 December 1999
THE US city of Seattle was deeply divided on Tuesday. Police with armed personnel carriers waded into peaceful protesters. It was the first use of teargas and rubber bullets in Seattle since the Vietnam War. Even Glenys Kinnock was shocked at the police violence. She talked of the "extraordinary over-reaction of the police".

Join resistance to capitalism

27 November 1999
CAPITALISM'S ELITE will meet in Seattle in the US next week. They will gather for the World Trade Organisation summit. Representatives of 134 countries are expected to hammer out even more favourable conditions for the multinationals. They say they just want "free trade". But on the agenda are proposals to:

Make 'N30' a day to remember

20 November 1999
PROTESTS ARE to take place across Britain on Tuesday 30 November as part of a show of worldwide opposition to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO is made up of trade ministers from 134 countries who are due to meet in Seattle in the US.

No fairness in free trade

20 November 1999
DOES FREE trade benefit rich and poor alike? A few thousand rich and powerful individuals will be pumping out the message that it does as they meet in Seattle for the World Trade Organisation talks this month.

Standing up to big business bullies

06 November 1999
THE WORLD Trade Organisation (WTO) meets in Seattle in the United States at the end of this month. People across the world are preparing to protest against it. The WTO claims to be about ensuring fair play in international trade. Its real function is to act as the bully boy for the world's most powerful governments and multinational corporations. It helps patrol a world where eight giant corporations grab more wealth than half of the world's people combined and where 1.2 billion people live in abject poverty.

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