|Colombia: World Bank, IMF Threw Economy Into Tailspin|
by Tony Avirgan, Baltimore 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 Beattie, Financial 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 Kaplan, The 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: Porto Alegre Day One|
by Martha Honey, Foreign 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.
|Argentina: Food Emergency as Gov't Looks into Capital Flight|
by Marcela Valente, Inter 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 Kuttner, Boston 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 Shorrock, Inter 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|
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 Egan, Reuters
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 Fernandez, Washington 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 Cormier, Associated 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 Black, AlterNet
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 Stanley, New 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.
|Turkey: Markets Fall on IMF Standoff|
by Ben Holland, Associated 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 Bauai, IndyMedia (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 Machipisa, Inter 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.