~ Beyond Seattle
Focus on the International Monetary Fund & the World Bank
This event was recorded by the Independent
Media Center and is posted on the A-Infos
Radio Project web site. Click on red links to download
audio recordings of the Teach-In panels.
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Triple Threat: WTO, IMF & the World Bank
More than fifty years
ago at Bretton Woods, the world's leading corporate, government,
and economic figures designed a new centralized world economic system.
It effectively placed global corporations in charge, via instruments
like the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and finally
the World Trade Organization. This panel presents overviews of this
global triad and its grim effects on the environment, small business,
social welfare, democracy, culture, sovereignty, labor, indigenous
peoples, and the global poor.
Jerry Mander, International Forum on
Anuradha Mittal, Institute for Food & Development Policy,
Herman Daly, University of Maryland, U.S.
Njoki Njoroge Njehu, 50 Years is Enough Network, Kenya
Daphne Wysham, Institute for Policy Studies, U.S.
Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange, U.S. Edward Goldsmith, The
Danny Kennedy, Project Underground,
12:30 - 2:45 p.m.
from the planet: IMF's and World Bank's Devastating "Structural
Panelists in this session present
specific reports about consequences of IMF and World Bank loans
on countries that were required to restructure their economies toward
corporate-based export systems. Often, the entire social, economic,
and political fabric of nations is laid waste, with particularly
gruesome effects on the poor, workers, and middle classes. Health
care, small business assistance, environment and natural resource
protections, and services to the poor are usually the first to be
eliminated. In the end, the economies are not lifted, and huge debts
Brent Blackwelder, Friends of the Earth,
Catherine Caufield, Author: Masters of Illusion: The World Bank
and the Poverty of Nations, U.S.
Emmy Hafild, Indonesian Environmental Forum (WALHI), Indonesia
Carlos Chen, Maya Achi, Guatemala
Bertha Lujan, Mexican Action Network on Free Trade, Mexico
Dennis Brutus, Jubilee 2000, South Africa
Catherine Tactaquin, National Network for Immigrant Rights,
2:45 - 5:00 p.m.
Technological Dimension: Globalization of Corporate Communications
& Military Technologies
and the Internet were supposed to enhance empowerment and democracy
but have instead become the crucial infrastructure for the globalization
of corporate commercial and political power. Now in the wake of
merger mania (Time Warner, AOL, EMI, et. al.),"information society"
is revealed to be centralized, corporatized, hegemonic, and globally
homogenizing. Similar developments among military technology industrieshidden
from public view, and exempted from trade rules, subsidy limits,
and even WTO controlsare creating a new global military infrastructure
that is designed to protect the new global corporate order.
Jerry Mander, International Forum on
Mark Crispin Miller, Project on Media Ownership, NYU, U.S.
Robert McChesney, Author: Rich Media, Poor Democracy, U.S.
Steven Staples, International Network on Disarmament & Globalization,
Randall Christine Forsberg, Institute for Defense & Disarmament
Andrew Kimbrell, International Center for Technology Assessment,
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. dinner break
6:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Casino Economy: The Anatomy of Global Control
The International Monetary
Fund sits at the hub of an international financial system that places
the interests of global investors, speculators, and corporations
above all other values. It seeks to force all countries to abandon
self-reliance, and open themselves to "free trade" in capital as
much as in commodities. This has made Third World countries especially
vulnerable to the whims of investment bankers and currency speculators
and it is a direct cause of the terrible global financial crises
of the last decade. This panel describes the details of how this
works, who gains and who loses, and what to do about it.
John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies,
David Korten, Author: The Post Corporate World, U.S.
Michele Chan-Fishel, Friends of the Earth, U.S.
William Greider, The Nation, U.S.
Yao Graham, Third World Network, Ghana
Tony Clarke, Polaris Institute, Canada
Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South, Thailand
8:15 - 10:30 p.m.
from the Planet: Effects of the IMF, World Bank, and WTO on Environment,
Energy, Agriculture, Biodiversity & Culture
This panel focuses on sectoral
effects of globalization policies, as expressed by its three main
institutions. We describe effects on farmers, food and agricultureespecially
from the forced introduction of biotechnologyon global fresh
water supplies, on forests and the environment, and on the choice
and application of energy systems, as well as the profound effects
upon democracy itself.
Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians, Canada
Vandana Shiva, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and
Mark Ritchie, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, U.S.
Victor Menotti, International Forum on Globalization, U.S.
Lori Wallach, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, U.S.
Oronto Douglas, Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria
Special guest: Ralph Nader, Public Citizen, U.S.
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