Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Battle of Seattle

WTO protests 10
Anti-globalization activists made headlines around the world in 1999, when they forced the Seattle WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 to end early with direct action tactics.

1999 Battle of Seattle: From the WTO protests in Seattle, 1999.

Indymedia Presents #370-Showdown in Seattle part 1

Indymedia Presents #371--Showdown in Seattle--5 Days That Shook the WTO part 2, Nov 30, 99
Indymedia Presents #372-Showdown in Seattle part3
Indymedia Presents #373-Showdown in Seattle part4
Indymedia Presents #374-Showdown in Seattle, 5 Days that Shook the WTO part5

The Real Battle in Seattle: The Seattle WTO People's History Project

Global Trade: Deeply Dysfunctional

From the point of view of environmental sustainability, global trade has become deeply dysfunctional. Take agricultural trade. As the International Forum on Globalization has pointed out, the average plate of food eaten in Western industrial food-importing nations is likely to have traveled 1,500 miles from its source. Long-distance travel contributes to the absurd situation wherein “three times more food is used to produce food in the industrial agricultural model than is derived in consuming it.”
About the WTO & Global Justice Movements | The Real Battle in Seattle

The story of resistance to the WTO in Seattle in '99 is one of how people power can change the world. It's a dangerous example for the elites and a powerful one for people. That's why for eight years, the corporate media, governments, and their police have waged a dis-information campaign about Seattle '99.

In fall '08, a major motion picture, "Battle in Seattle," will be seen across North America. It's a huge improvement over corporate media lies, but won't tell the motives or thinking of the people who shutdown the WTO. Only we can do that.

Stories are how we understand the world and thus shape the future- and the story of Seattle '99 shapes what people think of protest, corporate globalization and repression. It's time that we in the social movements tell our own stories, reclaim our own histories, and publicly fight damaging myths past and present. This website is doing just that!

World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 was a meeting of the World Trade Organization, convened at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, USA, over the course of three days, beginning November 30, 1999. A week before the meeting, delegates admitted failure to agree on the agenda and the presence of deep disagreements with developing countries. Intended as the launch of a new round of trade negotiations that would have been called "The Millennium Round", the negotiations were marred by poor organization and controversial management of large street protests. Developing country representatives became resentful and uncooperative on being excluded from talks as the United States and the European Union attempted to cement a mutual deal on agriculture. The negotiations collapsed and were reconvened at Doha, Qatar, in November 2001. The Doha venue enabled on-site public protest to be excluded. Necessary agenda concessions were made to include the interests of developing countries, which were learning how to form their own powerful negotiating blocs. Thus, the current round is called the Doha Development Round.

Anti-globalization activists made headlines around the world in 1999, when they forced the Seattle WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 to end early with direct action tactics.

Battle in Seattle - Movie - from Wikipedia: Battle in Seattle is a 2007 film and the directorial debut of actor Stuart Townsend. It is based on the protest activity at the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999. The film premiered on May 22, 2008 at the Seattle International Film Festival.

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