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EU: Court hits at Brussels secrecy
by Andy BoundsFinancial Times
November 8th, 2007
The European Union's secretive decision-making processes were condemned on Thursday in a legal judgment that should lead to more light being shed on how thousands of regulations affecting businesses are hatched.

CONGO: World Bank accused of razing Congo forests
by John VidalThe Guardian (UK)
October 4th, 2007
The World Bank encouraged foreign companies to destructively log the world's second largest forest, endangering the lives of thousands of Congolese Pygmies, according to a report on an internal investigation by senior bank staff and outside experts.

BRITAIN: Companies 'looting' a continent
by Fran AbramsBBC News
July 24th, 2007
Gordon Brown has signalled he wants to see poor countries develop through trade rather than aid.

WORLD: A Way for Resource-Rich Countries to Audit Their Way Out of Corruption
by Tyler CowenThe New York Times
July 12th, 2007
An Oxford economist has a new and potentially powerful idea: setting up an voluntary international charter to guide transparency efforts in resource-rich developing countries, in order to stave of corruption.

UGANDA: African forest under threat from sugar cane plantation
by Daniel HowdenThe Independent (UK)
July 10th, 2007
Conservationists in Uganda are fighting a last-ditch battle to stop the destruction of a forest reserve by a sugar corporation friendly with the government.

GERMANY:German Police and Protesters Battle Near Site of G-8 Meeting
by Reutershttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/03/world/europe/03germany.html?_r=1&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fOrganizations%2fG%2fGroup%20of%20Eight&oref=slogin
June 3rd, 2007
German police clashed with hundreds of protesters in the port of Rostock on Saturday following a much larger peaceful demonstration against the Group of 8 summit meeting next week in a nearby Baltic resort.

SUDAN: China accused of supporting Sudan rights abuse
Agence France Presse
May 18th, 2007
A leading opponent of a Chinese-financed dam in Sudan accused Beijing on Friday of fueling widespread human rights abuses, as Khartoum moved to relocate 70,000 villagers to make way for the project.

CONGO: New row over delay of Congo funds report
by Dino MahtaniFinancial Times
May 8th, 2007
The World Bank has withheld the findings of an inquiry into alleged mismanagement of bank funds in the Democratic Republic of Congo, raising fresh questions about the anti-corruption strategy of Paul Wolfowitz, the bank's president

CONGO: New row over delay of Congo funds report
by Dino MahtaniFinancial Times
May 8th, 2007
The World Bank has withheld the findings of an inquiry into alleged mismanagement of bank funds in the Democratic Republic of Congo, raising fresh questions about the anti-corruption strategy of Paul Wolfowitz, the bank's president.

ZAMBIA: 'Vulture' feeds on Zambia
by Ashley SeagerGuardian Unlimited
February 14th, 2007
A so-called "vulture" fund has been given permission by a British court to enforce a claim for tens of millions of dollars theoretically owed by Zambia.

WORLD: Private Sector 'Not the Answer to Poverty'
by Philip ThorntonIndependent (UK)
September 1st, 2006
Rich countries must deliver more money directly to poor nations to avert a growing health and sanitation crisis spreading across the southern hemisphere, Oxfam will say today.

WORLD: Firms admit paying bribes in World Bank program
Reuters
August 31st, 2006
A "healthy" number of companies have admitted paying bribes under a new World Bank disclosure program, which encourages firms that have worked on bank-funded projects to report corruption or fraud.

WORLD: Legalizing Human Trafficking
by Basav SenDollars & Sense
June 28th, 2006
The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), now being negotiated in the World Trade Organization (WTO), is likely to reduce migrant workers to the status of commodities.

NIGERIA: New Pipeline a "Recipe for Disaster", Locals Say
by Emad Mekay Inter Press News Service (IPS)
April 27th, 2006
Local communities in Nigeria are taking the World Bank before an internal auditor over claims that the lender neglected its duties and anti-poverty mission when it funded a controversial gas pipeline in the region, whose construction they say will harm the environment and area residents.

CHAD: Chad eases threats on oil, Darfur refugees
by Daniel FlynnSwiss Info
April 17th, 2006
Chad on Monday softened threats to stop sheltering Sudanese refugees and halt oil production following rebel attacks as the United States offered to broker a solution to a dispute with the World Bank.

URUGUAY: New Report May Show Way Ahead in Paper Mill Dispute
by Diana CariboniInter Press News Service
April 13th, 2006
A report from an unexpected quarter, the World Bank, has set forth a number of recommendations to mitigate the environmental impact of two paper pulp factories being built in Uruguay on a river that separates the country from Argentina.

IRAQ: Cut in Food Rations Hurting Poor Iraqis
by Daud SalmanEnvironmental News Service
April 3rd, 2006
A government decision to cut food rations has hurt poor Iraqis who cannot afford high prices on the open market, say economists and Baghdad residents.

WORLD:‘WE DON’T OWE THEM ANYTHING’
by Bikash SangraulaInter Press Service News Agency
March 29th, 2006
Over a hundred countries in the developing world have taken to neo-liberal policies thanks to the insistence of creditors from the north, including the G8, the World Bank (WB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). But after 20 years, it is clear that these policies have not worked. The poor are poorer with their governments spending a lot of money to pay back loans, activists say.

THAILAND: Court Ruling Hits Privatisation Plans
by Marwaan Macan-MarkarInter Press Service
March 27th, 2006
On Thursday, the supreme administrative court ruled that the planned sale of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), to raise an estimated 892.5 million US dollars, was illegal.

WORLD: Cleaning Up Its Reputation
by Rebecca BreamFinancial Times
March 6th, 2006
The mining industry has a worldwide image problem. In developing and developed countries alike, the public tends to regard mines as dirty, dangerous and disruptive — and those who stand to profit from them as greedy despoilers.

PERU: Substandard Peruvian Gas Pipeline Blamed for Spills
Environmental News Service
March 2nd, 2006
A pipeline crossing the Peruvian Amazon has spilled natural gas liquids four times since it opened 15 months ago because it was shoddily built by unqualified welders using corroded pipes left from other jobs, according to a new technical report by the nonprofit environmental consultancy E-Tech International based in San Diego.

PERU: Bank Rejects Rapid Review of Controversial Pipeline
by Emad MekayInter Press Service News Agency
March 1st, 2006
The main public investor in a controversial gas pipeline in Peru's Amazon rainforest that has ruptured four times already appears adamant not to bow to pressure from green groups demanding a full investigation after a study asserted that the pipeline is shoddily built and likely to break again.

WORLD: Hidden World Bank Whistleblower Report Made Public
Environmental News Service
February 10th, 2006
The Government Accountability Project (GAP) today released the Vaughn Report, commissioned by the World Bank as a guide to modernize the Bank's whistleblower protection policies. In the nine months since the Vaughn report was released on April 30, 2005, the World Bank has refused to publicly release the report, consult staff on Vaughn’s recommendations, or accept any offers from experts to help implement Vaughn’s analysis.

SOUTH AFRICA: GM debate fought on cotton fields of KZN
Reuters
February 7th, 2006
Taking a break from spraying his neat, one-hectare plot of young cotton plants with herbicide, Moses Mabika surveys the land that has been supporting his family for 45 years. He may not realise it, but he is standing at the epicenter of a heated debate about growing genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa.

WORLD: Partying at Davos
by Jeff FauxCommonDreams.org
January 23rd, 2006
The world’s rich and powerful are heading this week to their annual meeting in the plush mountain resort of Davos, Switzerland. Hosted by the great global corporations (Citigroup, Siemans, Microsoft, Nestles, etc.), some 2000 CEO’s, prominent politicians, pundits and international bureaucrats will network over great food, fine wine, good skiing and cozy evenings by the fire contemplating the world’s future.

BOLIVIA: Bolivia’s Morales rejects US domination
by Hal WeitzmanThe Financial Times
January 22nd, 2006
Evo Morales was sworn in on Sunday as Bolivia’s first indigenous president in a historic and emotional ceremony that set the tone for his new government, promising to move much the profits of Bolivia's natural resources to the people of Bolivia.

GHANA: World Bank Says No Excuses
Ghana Web News
January 1st, 2006
The World Bank Country Director, Mr Mats Karlsson, has stated that Ghana has no reason to complain about difficulties in managing its economy because it has all the resources for accelerated development at its disposal.

NETHERLANDS: ABN to Pay $80 Million for Violations
by Barnaby J. FederThe New York Times
December 20th, 2005
ABN Amro Bank, a global banking giant based in the Netherlands, has agreed to pay a total of $80 million in fines for violating regulations to prevent money-laundering, regulators and the bank said yesterday.

NEPAL: Nepal's Garment Industry Hangs by a Thread
by Jo JohnsonFinancial Times
December 19th, 2005
The pashmina bubble that buoyed the garment industry in the late 1990s has burst. Fashion trendsetters have moved on, leaving a glut of cheap Chinese knock-offs in their wake.

Brazil: Lula and IMF Agree to Renew $14bn Loan Program
by Raymond ColittFinancial Times
November 6th, 2003
The left-leaning government of Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, Brazil's president, agreed in principle with the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday to renew its expiring loan programme by one year.

MEXICO: Conference Draws 2,000 NGOs from 83 Countries
by Diego Cevallos
September 8th, 2003
This week's World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference in the Mexican resort of Cancun will also serve as a showcase and podium for nearly 2,000 civil society organisations from 83 countries, whose members have been flowing in by the plane- and busload.

Ethiopia: Prime Minister Hits Out at IMF
BBC
September 1st, 2003
Ethiopia's prime minister has hit out at continuing pressure from international financial organisations to push forward the country's privatisation process. Ethiopia has sold off part of some state enterprises, including 30% of the main telecoms operator.

Latin America: Churches Call for Alternative to Free Market
by Marcela ValenteInter Press Service
May 2nd, 2003
BUENOS AIRES-- Leaders of Protestant churches of Latin America, tired of alleviating social problems that they blame on neo-liberal free market policies, have decided to advance their own alternative proposals to governments and the multilateral lending institutions.

WORLD: Internal Review Criticizes World Bank Mining, Oil and Gas Projects
by By Emad MekayInter Press Service
April 2nd, 2003
The World Bank should revamp its lending policies for mining, oil and gas projects to avoid corruption, mismanagement and poor economic performance spreading in countries that rely on such industries, says a confidential study by the Bank's internal review body.

ARGENTINA: Leap in Unsafe Abortions
by Marcela ValenteInter Press Service
March 12th, 2003
Hospital admissions arising from unsafe abortions in Argentina rose 50 percent in five years, and multiplied by a factor of 2.5 in some provinces -- a lethal consequence of the economic crisis and soaring poverty.

Mali: Doubts Grow About Debt Relief
by Emad MekayInterPress News Service
March 10th, 2003
International creditors of Mali have agreed to cancel $675 million of its debt over time under a controversial debt relief scheme, rewarding the West African nation for its pro-free market economic restructuring plan, they say.

WORLD: The Planet is Running Out of Fresh Water
by Maude BarlowThe Guardian
February 26th, 2003
The private sector was the first to notice: the planet is running out of fresh water at such a rate that soon it will be the most valuable commodity on earth.

BOLIVIA: Citizens, Media Excluded from Bechtel Trial by World Bank Tribunal
WTO Info
February 25th, 2003
Citizens excluded from $25 million suit against Bolivia for company's failed water privatization scheme Washington, DC- The Bechtel Corporation was handed a powerful victory last week, when a secretive trade court announced that it would not allow the public or media to participate in or even witness proceedings in which Bechtel is suing the people of Bolivia for $25 million.

SWITZERLAND: Police Ward Off Protesters at World Economic Forum
by Alan CowellNew York Times
January 26th, 2003
DAVOS, Switzerland -- While participants in the World Economic Forum here debated the consequences of a possible war in Iraq, police officers with tear-gas grenades and water cannons mounted a huge security operation to keep protesters away from the delegates, who included Secretary of State Colin Powell.

INDONESIA: Protesters Challenge Price Increases
BBC News
January 15th, 2003

Hundreds of protesters in Palu, Central Sulawesi, threw rocks at the provincial headquarters of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's political party. Police fired off at least two rounds of warning shots.

There have been daily protests since the government increased fuel prices by 22% a fortnight ago as part of a package of economic reforms approved by the International Monetary Fund.


Argentina: Government Defaults on Internatioal Loan
BBC
January 15th, 2003
Argentina has failed to make a crucial $681m debt payment, dealing a further blow to hopes of an economic recovery.

Venezuela: World Bank Freezes Oil Loans
BBC News
January 10th, 2003

The World Bank has frozen the distribution of $225m in loans to Venezuela's oil industry until the country ''normalises''.


World: IMF Strong-Arms Debtors Despite New Lending Guidelines
by Emad MekayInterPress Service
December 10th, 2002
WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (IPS) -- Three months ago the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it had adopted a new set of lending guidelines that would permit borrowing countries to take control of their economies like never before.

BRAZIL: Debt Takes Precedence Over War on Child Labor
by Ricardo de BittencourtInterPress Service
November 20th, 2002
Child labor has not yet been eradicated in Brazil due to cutbacks in social spending aimed at ensuring payments on the foreign debt, Social Watch, an international network linking non-governmental organisations from 60 countries, said Wednesday.

BOLIVIA: Time to Open Up Secret Trade Courts
by Jim ShultzPacific News Service
November 8th, 2002
Two years ago, rioters protesting increased water rates forced a Bechtel, U.S. company, in Bolivia to pack its bags and leave. Now, in a harbinger of the loss of local control through globalization, the corporation is striking back in secret proceedings.

WORLD: Call for Reparations to Indebted Countries
by Alejandro KirkInter Press Service
October 21st, 2002
The external debt of developing countries should not just be cancelled but the debtors compensated, civil society activists told a meeting of international officials, business leaders, scientists and non-governmental organizations members in Prague Saturday.

Brazil: Will the Workers Party Win the Elections?
by Mark TranGuardian
October 2nd, 2002
Come Sunday, Latin America's biggest country could elect its first leftwing leader for 40 years, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the Workers party. With 41% support in the polls and 20 points ahead of the next challenger - ruling party candidate Jose Serra - Lula, as he is commonly known, could win the presidency outright in the first round.

US: Activists Decry Police Tactics in Anti-Globalization Protests
Agence France Presse
October 1st, 2002
Police used unconstitutional tactics and abused their authority when they arrested hundreds during the weekend anti-globalization protests, activists charged. Police arrested more than 650 people in three days of protests coinciding with the annual World Bank and IMF meetings.

US: Protestors Call for Environmenal and Economic Justice at World Bank Meeting
by Roxanne KhamsiEnvironment News Service
September 29th, 2002
Dupont Circle was full to capacity this afternoon with several thousand people for a permitted rally protesting economic and environmental injustice, and the possibility of war in Iraq. The protest was part of a weekend of demonstrations timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Canada: Firm Paid Bribes to Win Lesotho Dam Job
Environment News Service
September 18th, 2002
MASERU, Lesotho -- Advocates of corporate accountability are pointing to the sweeping implications of a landmark verdict delivered Tuesday by the High Court in the tiny kingdom of Lesotho that a Canadian multinational company was guilty of paying bribes to win contracts on a dam project.

Chad/Cameroon: World Bank OKs Pipeline
Environment News Service
September 16th, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC -- The construction of a 650 mile long buried pipeline to carry oil from landlocked Chad in central Africa to Cameroon's Atlantic coast is one step closer to reality over the objections of environmental and human rights groups.

Brazil: IMF Loan Leaves Next President Little Room to Maneuver
by Matthew FlynnAmericas Program
August 21st, 2002
The U.S. administration's backing of a $30 billion loan package arranged for Brazil by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) marks an abrupt change in President George W. Bush's policy of not bailing out developing countries, and its impact may be seen in the results of October elections in the hemisphere's biggest country.

Uruguay: Latest Country to Reel Under Latin American Crisis
by Andrs GaudinLatin America Press
August 19th, 2002
Uruguay, once the Southern Cone's financial paradise, found itself in the eye of a new political and economic storm stemming from the crisis that has rocked Argentina since December.

Brazil: Stocks Surge After IMF Bailout, Problems Remain
by Peter MuelloAssociated Press
August 8th, 2002
Brazil's currency and stock prices soared Thursday on optimism that a $30 billion aid package from the International Monetary Fund will calm skittish investors, although the underlying problems that fed market anxieties haven't gone away.

US: Policy Makers in Denial About World Economy
by Mark WeisbrotAlterNet
August 5th, 2002
US should take an honest look at what has happened to most low- and middle-income countries during the past 20 years.

Burkina Faso: Thousands March Against Privatisation and for Higher Wages
UN Integrated Regional Information Networks
July 18th, 2002
Thousands of workers went on strike on Thursday and marched through the main streets of Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou, to protest against privatisations and to press demands for salary increases. The procession and strike were organised by the country's trade unions.

G8: Africa Aid is ''Peanuts,'' Say Activists
Agence France Presse
June 28th, 2002
Group of Eight leaders launched their long-awaited action plan for Africa, promising a new dawn for the continent, but aid activists said the promises amounted to peanuts.

World: Activists Oppose Public Financing of Caspian Oil Pipeline
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
June 26th, 2002
Sixty-four mainly European nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from some 37 countries are asking international financial institutions (IFIs), like the World Bank, and bilateral export credit agencies (ECAs), including the United States Export-Import Bank, to deny funding for a multi-billion-dollar oil pipeline project to run more than 1,000 miles from the Caspian Sea to Ceyhan, a Turkish port on the Mediterranean.

USA: Farm Bill Will Export Misery to Africa
by Warren ViethLos Angeles Times
May 27th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- The White House and Congress are trumpeting their determination to bring economic opportunity to the people of Africa. But first, a few million sub-Saharan farmers will have to suffer.

Central Asia: World Bank Chief In Talks Over Pipeline
Agence France Presse
May 16th, 2002
KABUL -- World Bank chief James Wolfensohn said Wednesday he had held talks about financing a fuel pipeline to channel massive gas reserves from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to India or Pakistan.

AFRICA: Controversy Continues to Dog Major World Bank Projects
by Jim CasonAllAfrica.com
April 25th, 2002
The World Bank president's June meeting could do worse than to consider Uganda's Bujagali Dam project and Tanzania's Bulyanhulu Gold Mine. The two large-scale projects are being supported by the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Miga), as part of a broad strategy to increase economic growth and alleviate poverty.

UK: Report Says World Bank, IMF Policies Provoke Worldwide Protests
by Jim LobeOneWorld US
April 22nd, 2002
At least 23 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas experienced protests or civil unrest last year as a result of their governments' pursuit of policies backed by the International Monetary Fund (news - web sites) (IMF) and the World Bank, according to a report released this weekend.

US: IMF and World Bank Meetings Open as Protestors Gather
Reuters
April 20th, 2002
Chanting, singing and beating drums, tens of thousands of protesters converged on the U.S. capital on Saturday to demonstrate against the U.S.-led war on terror, Israeli military actions in the West Bank and globalization

Colombia: World Bank, IMF Threw Economy Into Tailspin
by Tony AvirganBaltimore Sun
April 4th, 2002
WASHINGTON -- As the United States drifts deeper into the Colombian quagmire of drugs and war, policy-makers need to take a new look at the problems of poverty, joblessness and hopelessness that have made that country such a trouble spot.

Palestine: Restrictions leave Economy "Near Collapse" Says World Bank
by Alan BeattieFinancial Times
March 27th, 2002
Restrictions on the movement of goods and people in Israel and the occupied territories in response to the 18-month old intifada have brought the Palestinian economy close to collapse, according to a new report by the World Bank.

US: NY Cops Pushed Legal Limits in WEF Protests
by Esther KaplanThe Village Voice
February 13th, 2002
New York City police commish Ray Kelly may be congratulating his Shea-honed troops on ''a tough job well done,'' but several activists and attorneys say policing of the World Economic Forum protests last week was a civil rights disaster. They cite baseless arrests, punitive detentions, and surveillance so aggressive it may have crossed the line even in this Ashcroft era.

BRAZIL: World Social Forum for Global Equity, Say Activists
Agence France Presse
February 2nd, 2002
Activists at the second annual World Social Forum rejected the label ''anti,'' saying they were working for democracy and equitable distribution of wealth.

BRAZIL: Porto Alegre Day One
by Martha HoneyForeign Policy in Focus
January 31st, 2002
Under a strong summer sun and a broad political proclamation that "Another world is possible," tens of thousands of activists from around the world are arriving here for the second annual World Social Forum. The host, like last year, is Brazil's southernmost major city, capital of the state of Rio Grande de Sul.

India: Dam Being Built on Backs of Poor, Critics Say
by Leena PendharkarSan Francisco Chronicle
January 17th, 2002
DOMKHEDI, INDIA -- Each day, Bhola Mundya Vasave and his sons till the soil that has been in their family for 12 generations.

Argentina: Food Emergency as Gov't Looks into Capital Flight
by Marcela ValenteInter Press Service
January 16th, 2002
BUENOS AIRES -- The Argentine government declared a food emergency Wednesday as demonstrations intensified outside banks in several cities in protest against strict banking curbs. The justice authorities, meanwhile, began investigating reports of massive transfer of capital out of the country.

USA: IMF Model Fueled Argentina's Economic Collapse
by Robert KuttnerBoston Globe
January 7th, 2002
The economic collapse of Argentina is the latest failure of the one-size-fits-all model that the United States tries to impose on developing countries. Critics of this model are often attacked as protectionists, tools of special interest groups, anarchists, and worse. But in fact they include some of the world's most eminent economists.

US: Nobel Laureate Encourages Global Justice Movement
by Tim ShorrockInter Press Service
October 16th, 2001
Joseph Stiglitz, whose critiques of free market fundamentalism cost him a senior job at the World Bank in 1999 but won him the Nobel Prize for economics last week, has succinct advice for the global justice movement: Keep it up.

USA: IMF and World Bank Cancel Meeting
Associated Press
September 17th, 2001
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank announced Monday that they had canceled this year's annual meetings, saying security agents need time to focus on issues raised by last week's terrorist attacks.

USA: IMF/World Bank Set to Call Off D.C. Meeting
by Mark EganReuters
September 12th, 2001
Staff at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank were resigned Wednesday that their upcoming annual meetings at the end of September would be cancelled, saying an announcement was expected within days

USA: Diverse Globalization Foes Head for DC
by Manny FernandezWashington Post
September 5th, 2001
Zirin has been organizing meetings with his Latino neighbors in Washington's Mount Pleasant community, talking to them about fighting the Goliaths of globalization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Capano has been spreading the word about the two institutions in Lynn, Mass., arranging a bus caravan to head to Washington with fellow union members eager to give the world's bankers an earful.

Argentina: President Optimistic Despite IMF Loan Conditions
by Bill CormierAssociated Press
August 23rd, 2001
Argentina's president, having just secured $8 billion in emergency aid from the International Monetary Fund, announced plans for a referendum this year on cost-cutting moves aimed at fighting a recession.

USA: World Bank, IMF Meetings Shrink Amid Security Concerns
Inter Press Service
August 11th, 2001
Security concerns have forced the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to drastically scale back plans for their annual meetings here next month. The agencies say the meetings, usually held over the course of about a week, will take place on Sep. 29 and 30. Their executive boards are expected to formally approve the change Tuesday. The meetings had been scheduled for Sep. 28 through Oct. 4.

US: Letter from Inside the Black Bloc
by Mary BlackAlterNet
July 25th, 2001
The following story was sent to us anonymously (Mary Black is a psuedonym) two days after a violent protester was killed in Genoa, Italy. While we may not share the author's opinion about Black Bloc tactics, it is a perspective that hasn't been fully covered, even in the progressive media, and as such deserves publication.

ITALY: Genoa Awaits Protestors
by Alessandra StanleyNew York Times
July 19th, 2001
British by birth, Ms. Brown is married to an Italian and works at a hair salon that will not open for business on Friday when President Bush and seven other government leaders arrive. Neither will almost all of the other shops and restaurants inside the so-called red zone, a secure six- square-mile area where leaders will meet from Friday though Sunday. Some anti-globalization groups have pledged to penetrate the zone.

EU: Anti-Globalization Movement Prepares for Genoa Summit
Agence France Presse
July 11th, 2001
Nine days ahead of this month's G8 summit in the Italian city of Genoa, an ever-developing anti-globalization movement prepares to make its presence felt.

Turkey: Markets Fall on IMF Standoff
by Ben HollandAssociated Press
July 6th, 2001
Turkish financial markets fell sharply Friday amid fears that the government was making no headway in persuading international lenders to release $3.3 billion in loans that will finance an economic recovery plan.

PNG: Police Shoot Anti-World Bank Protestors
by Jerry BauaiIndyMedia (Sydney)
June 26th, 2001
3 UPNG students are dead and several more in a critical condition; several have also disappeared into police custody. The students have had a 5-day blockade of the government buildings.

UN: African Leaders Say Debt Hampers Fight Against AIDS
by Lewis MachipisaInter Press Service
June 25th, 2001
African leaders used the opening of the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV-AIDS Monday to assail the international community's response to the deadly epidemic for failing to match the speed and seriousness with which the disease is infecting their citizens. Official after official rose to drive home the message that the death of more than 20 million people, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, demands that more money be committed to the fight.

Spain: Riot Police Seemingly Unprovoked in Attack on Protestors
Associated Press
June 24th, 2001
Riot police made what appeared to be an unprovoked attack Sunday on anti-globalization protesters gathered in a city park following a midday march down a main boulevard. At least 32 people were slightly injured and 19 were arrested.

ITALY: Prime Minister Expects 100,000 Protestors at G-8 Summit
by Alessandra StanleyNew York Times
June 19th, 2001
Worried about a repetition in Italy of the violent protests that occurred at a European Union meeting in Sweden last weekend, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said today that he wanted to open a dialogue with demonstrators who are planning to march at the Group of 8 summit meeting in Genoa next month.

Lesotho: Foreign Contractors Put on Trial for Bribery
by Chris McGrealThe Guardian
June 19th, 2001
European and Canadian engineering companies, four of them British, are alleged to have paid an official about 3m for contracts for one of the continent's biggest engineering projects, the 1bn construction of huge dams to supply water and electricity to South Africa, which entirely surrounds the mountainous kingdom.

SWEDEN: Thousands of Protestors Converge on EU Summit
by Kim GamelAssociated Press
June 14th, 2001
Thousands of anti-globalization and environmental activists converged Thursday on this port city as President Bush joined 15 European Union leaders for a summit expected to focus on the widening gap between Washington and its European allies.

Colombia: Tens of Thousands Protest IMF
Associated Press
June 8th, 2001
Tens of thousands of teachers, state workers, and students have protested budget reforms mandated in agreements between Colombia and the International Monetary Fund.

Spain: World Bank Cancels Meeting
Reuters
May 22nd, 2001
The World Bank on Saturday said it had canceled a conference on how to fight poverty due to take place in Spain next month because of concerns anti-globalization groups would try to disrupt the event.

Zimbabwe : World Bank Says 'We have failed'
by Rangarirai ShokoPanafrican News Agency (Dakar)
April 11th, 2001
A World Bank official admitted Wednesday the institution's policies in Zimbabwe had failed, ironically blaming the failure on the government's willingness to follow its instructions as ''per book''.

Africa: World Bank Study Says Forcing Unpopular Reforms is Ineffective
by Gumisai MutumeInter Press Service
March 27th, 2001
Aid cannot buy economic reforms the World Bank concedes in a new study on Africa which shows that imposing conditions to force developing countries to adopt unpopular reforms has in many cases been ineffective.

Nigeria: Workers Buck IMF
by William WallisFinancial Times
March 22nd, 2001
The Nigerian Labour Congress yesterday threatened to render Africa's most populous nation ungovernable if President Olusegun Obasanjo went ahead with plans to phase in the deregulation of fuel supplies in an attempt to end chronic shortages.

Argentina: Political Fallout From Austerity Plan
by Oscar MartinezAgence France Presse
March 19th, 2001
The Argentine government found itself Monday struggling to contain political fallout from the announcement three days earlier of major public spending cuts, as the first protesters took to the streets.

USA: Right Wing IMF Critic Named to Treasury Post
by Paul Blustein--Health GAP CoalitionWashington Post
March 6th, 2001
Kenneth W. Dam, a law professor and former top State Department official, will be nominated to become deputy secretary of the Treasury, the White House announced yesterday.

SOUTH AFRICA: Financial Institutions Eye Public Services
by Gumisai MutumeInter Press Service
March 6th, 2001
Anti-privatisation protestors are expected to descend on the streets of Johannesburg this month as they demand a reversal of the sale of their municipal water supply to French multinational Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux.

MEXICO: Rocks, Tear Gas at Cancun Protest
by Traci CarlAssociated Press
February 28th, 2001
Injured protesters were loaded into ambulances and tourists strolled past bloodstained streets in this beach resort after police charged a group of anti-globalization demonstrators,kicking and beating those they could catch.

Tanzania: World Bank/IMF Refuse to Cancel Africa's Debt
Associated Press
February 24th, 2001
The heads of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund told 12 African leaders it would be impossible to cancel the entire debt of the world's poorest nations, as many have asked.

SWITZERLAND: Police Barricade Davos to Prevent Protests
by John A. Dillon and Malini GoelForum News Daily
January 28th, 2001
The police used water cannons and steel fences to stop protesters on Saturday from getting within a mile of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos.

Thailand: Premier-Elect for Softening IMF Terms
Inter Press Service
January 11th, 2001
In his first media interview since his party's landslide win in the Jan. 6 national election, telecommunications tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra also said his government would try to soften the ''tough'' terms imposed on Thailand by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Argentina: Public Fed Up with Austerity
by Elizabeth LoveSan Francisco Chronicle
December 14th, 2000
President Fernando de la Rua's most pressing problem is a cash crunch, in large part a result of interest payments coming due on $144 billion in foreign debt. Investors are concerned that the $280 billion economy cannot grow enough to stay solvent.

Kenya: Protests Against World Bank-Driven Land Reforms
by Judith Achieng'Inter Press Service
December 7th, 2000
Kenyan human rights activists are adding their voices to those already opposed to the World Bank driven land reforms, which they say, seek to make land "just another commodity" to be subjected to the whims of market forces, at the expense of millions of landless peasants.

India: Dam Protesters Confront World Bank Chief
by Frederick NoronhaEnvironment News Service
November 13th, 2000
Over a thousand environmental protesters today stormed police barricades in New Delhi, and marched up to the offices of the World Bank, demanding they be allowed to meet with visiting Bank president James Wolfensohn.

USA: World Bank and IMF Have Stake in Elections
by Gumisai MutumeInter Press Service
November 5th, 2000
Bush, the Republican candidate for the Nov. 7 US presidential elections, is more leery of the current role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, analysts say.

India: Anti-Narmada Dam Campaigner on Hunger Strike
by Ranjit DevrajInter Presss Service
October 27th, 2000
Famed anti-Narmada dam campaigner, Medha Patkar, Friday entered the third day of her hunger protest, in the city of Bhopal, the capital of central Madhya Pradesh state. The state is the home of most of the quarter million, mainly indigenous people to be displaced by the four billion-U.S. dollar Sardar Sarovar dam.

USA: World Bank Lambasted for Ignoring Racial Dimension of Poverty
by Gumisai MutumeInter Press Service
October 25th, 2000
Race has become such a scary word to the World Bank that its officials found themselves referring to it as the 'R-word' while responding to charges that the institution had skirted race in its recent World Development Report.

South Africa: Cholera Could be Linked to Water Fees
SAPA and Woza News
October 24th, 2000
The cholera outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal, which has claimed 31 lives, could be related to the government's growth, employment and redistribution (GEAR) strategy, the National Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Monday.

Czech Republic: A World Bank Economist's Odyssey in Kafka's Prague
by Antonio AndradeBusiness World (The Philippines)
October 9th, 2000
Columnist Walden Bello met an old contact from the World Bank during the World Bank-IMF joint annual meetings in Prague, Czech Republic, on Sept. 26 to 28. The following is his account of the events that unfolded around him during that fateful conference. Antonio Andrade is not his real name.

Kenya: Civil Servants Face Job Loss Due to IMF Policies
by John KamauGemini News Service
October 6th, 2000
Betty Kavila is one of the 25,783 civil servants who are to be retrenched in October as a condition set by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to resume lending to Kenya.

Turkey: Swedish Firm Pulls Out of World Bank Dam Project
Environment News Service
September 29th, 2000
One of the leading partners in a controversial hydroelectric dam project in southeastern Turkey pulled out of the scheme this week.

Czech Republic: Protesters March on IMF Meeting
Reuters
September 26th, 2000
Some 5,000 demonstrators marched towards Prague's Congress Centre on Tuesday in a bid to besiege the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings.

Czech Republic: Festive Demonstrations in Prague
Agence France Presse
September 26th, 2000
The front line was a scene of confrontation, with riot police three-deep stopping protesters, occasionally by leaking tear gas in their direction and by truncheon blows, from advancing toward the Congress Center on the other side of the several-hundred-meter(-yard)-long bridge, where delegates from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are holding their annual plenary meeting.

USA: Protesters Disrupt Morning Rush in Washington DC
Washington Post
September 26th, 2000
Police arrested 32 protesters who sat down and linked arms to obstruct the 1900 block of L Street NW during rush hour this morning. The demonstrators were part of a group of 200 who marched and chanted for "global justice" and for the rights of local parking attendants to join a union.

Czech Republic: Protestors Demand More Action on Debt Relief
Reuters
September 25th, 2000
International debt relief campaigners took to the streets of Prague on Sunday angrily demanding that the world's creditors finally make good on promises to write off large swathes of poor countries' debts.

Czech Republic: Havel Brings IMF/WB Face-To-Face with Critics
Reuters
September 24th, 2000
Czech President Vaclav Havel brought leaders of the IMF and the World Bank together with their critics on Saturday in the hope dialogue would replace demonstrations as the keynote of this week's gatherings.

WORLD: NGOs Tell World Bank "Don't Hijack the Internet"
by Gumisai MutumeInter Press Service
September 21st, 2000
Non-governmental organisations and academics are alarmed over the Global Gateway, a portal website project which the Bank says will be the ''the premier web entry point for information about poverty and sustainable development'' but which the NGOs say is flawed and non-participatory.

Czech Republic: Prague Prepares for Anti-Globalization Protests
UN Wire
September 5th, 2000
The International Monetary Fund and World Bank will hold their annual meeting in Prague next month, attracting nearly 18,000 officials, private bankers and journalists, as well as 20,000-40,000 protesters.

USA: Alternative Summit Meetings Examine Globalization
by Grant McCoolReuters
September 5th, 2000
Activists, businessmen and government leaders met on Tuesday in the shadow of the U.N. Millennium Summit, agonizing over the future of economic globalization following the disruption of the WTO in Seattle and how to narrow the widening gap between rich and poor.

India: Outcry at Police Action Against Dam Protestors
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
August 24th, 2000
Human rights and environmental groups are condemning state police in India for preventing about 500 people from attending a public hearing on a controversial dam planned for the Narmada river.

Brazil: Grassroots Referendum on Foreign Debt
by Axel BuggeReuters
August 23rd, 2000
Worries by Brazil's government over plans by a grassroots movement to hold a plebiscite on the country's huge debt costs gathered steam this week as the vote aiming to force attention on deep social inequalities approached.

India: World Bank Admits Failure of Coal Project
UN Wire
August 14th, 2000
According to the report, thousands of villagers in eastern and central India received no compensation after state-owned Coal India used a $530 million loan from the World Bank in 1997 to raze their homes in a coal mine modernization scheme. Although resettling, compensating and retraining farmers as entrepreneurs was part of the loan deal, Coal India had no experience in these activities and was unable to carry them out.

Czech Republic: IMF Prepares for Prague Demonstrations
Associated Press
July 31st, 2000
The director of the International Monetary Fund said Monday he is confident that authorities in Prague are ready to handle possible riots during the IMF and World Bank meeting that will be held in the Czech capital in September.

USA: Bolivia Makes the Style Page; Anti-Corporate Protests Ignored
by Gregory PalastWashington Post
July 26th, 2000
In April, five people were shot dead in Bolivia, a military policeman was lynched and the president declared a state of siege following a general strike that shut down much of the nation. At the end of it all, for the first time in a decade anywhere in the world, American and British corporate giants, the targets of the protest, were booted out of the Andean nation, a stunning reversal of the march of globalization.

South Africa: IMF Can Only Bring Misery
by Trevor Ngwane and George DorThe Sowetan
July 12th, 2000
Last Friday, Horst Koehler, newly-appointed head of the International Monetary Fund, received a hostile response from the anti-privatisation forum, Jubilee 2000, the campaign against neoliberalism and the South African Communist Party.

USA: World Bank Out of Chinese Resettlement Project
by Gumisai MutumeInter Press Service
July 7th, 2000
WASHINGTON -- The World Bank has caved in to pressure from one of the biggest anti-World Bank campaigns by non-governmental organisations forcing China to use its own funds to resettle farmers on Tibetan territory.

USA: Environmentalists Question Uganda Dam Project
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
June 22nd, 2000
WASHINGTON -- World Bank funding should not go toward building a large hydroelectric dam in Uganda when smaller scale renewable energy, like wind and solar, would more likely benefit the East African nation's rural poor, according to environmental groups here.

USA: Activists Target IMF Meeting
by John MadeleyThe Observer (London)
April 9th, 2000
Their target in Washington is the spring meetings of the Bank and International Monetary Fund, which begin next Sunday. The protest campaign against the sister institutions begins tomorrow with the launch an international campaign to persuade corporate investors not to buy World Bank bonds.

USA: Where Was the Color at A16 in DC?
by Colin RajahColorLines
April 1st, 2000
After Seattle, the movement set its sights on mobilizing for the annual Spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. this past April 16. Known as A16, these actions were also hugely successful.

Bulgaria: Up to 10,000 Protest IMF Ausertity
Associated Press
March 22nd, 2000
Up to 10,000 people gathered in downtown Sofia on Wednesday to protest the country's unemployment, poverty and temporary-employment contracts.

USA: IMF on the Ropes
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on Corporations
March 21st, 2000
But these jujitsu tactics may be running out of steam. Political momentum against the IMF ratcheted up in recent weeks, when the Meltzer Commission, a bipartisan advisory commission to the U.S. Congress, released its report.

Mozambique: Leaders Call For Debt Cancellation
Panafrican News Agency
March 15th, 2000
Leaders of the Southern Africa Development Community Tuesday called on the international community to cancel all foreign debts owed by Mozambique.

USA: Wolfensohn Responds - Limiting the World Bank
by James D. WolfensohnWashington Post
March 13th, 2000
During the past few days a good deal of coverage has been focused on the Meltzer Commission Report on the International Financial Institutions, and what it might mean for the World Bank. Let me take this opportunity to lay out some real concerns that we at the bank have, and also to set the record straight.

USA: Between Revolution and Reform - The Meltzer Commission's Vision
by Martin WolfFinancial Times
March 8th, 2000
The ''report of the international financial institution advisory commission'' sounds so innocuous. It is not. In the current US debate, it will be explosive. The question is whether it will end with pure destruction or efficient replacements for the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and regional development banks of today.

Mozambique: Country Staggers Under Debt Despite Devastating Floods
Financial Times
February 23rd, 2000
Mozambique, hit by the worst floods in 30 years, is having to pay $1.4 million a week in debt service, the Jubilee 2000 Coalition revealed in a statement to the press on 23rd February.

Thailand: Outgoing IMF Chief Hit With Pie
Associated Press
February 13th, 2000
Thailand -- The outgoing chief of the International Monetary Fund got a rude retirement present Sunday when an American anti-free trade activist penetrated security at a trade conference and hit him with a pie in the face.

Brazil: IMF -- Shut Up or Get Out
Associated Press
February 12th, 2000
The International Monetary Fund has retracted criticism of Brazil's anti-poverty plan in the wake of national indignation and calls for IMF representative Lorenzo Perez to be kicked out of the country.

USA: Protestors at WTO Plan DC Follow-Up
by John BurgessWashington Post
January 26th, 2000
Activist groups that paralyzed downtown Seattle during the World Trade Organization conference late last year plan to converge on Washington in April to protest a joint meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

INDIA: Creating dispensable citizens
by Usha RamanathanThe Hindu
This is not merely about whether the dam should be constructed or not. It is about condoning state inaction and then blaming the victim.