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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.

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.

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