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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.

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