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Walden Bello: The Corporate Free Trade Project Reloaded

Compared to 1994, the capacity of the South to resist the free trade project and come up with a trade paradigm with a different vision and based on different principles is greater today

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Walden Bello: Greece: Same Tragedy, Different Scripts

Cafés are full in Athens, and droves of tourists still visit the Parthenon and go island-hopping in the fabled Aegean. But beneath the summery surface, there is confusion, anger, and despair as this country plunges into its worst economic crisis in decades.   The global media has presented Greece, tiny Greece, as the epicenter of Read more…

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Walden Bello: The Migrant Condition

Migrants’ rights have to be addressed on two fronts: end the neoliberal policies that are responsible for creating poverty in their home countries, thus forcing them to emigrate, and demand that they are given full rights in their host countries. (Speech delivered at the People’s Global Action Conference during the Global Forum for Migration and Read more…

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Walden Bello: Porto Alegre Social Summit Sets Stage for Counteroffensive against Globalization

Porto Alegre is not exactly a Third World city. Located in one of Brazil’s more prosperous states, Rio Grande do Sul, and populated by people mainly of European stock, this city of 1.2 million people is First World when it comes to infrastructure and social services. In fact, it ranks near the very top of Read more…

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Walden Bello: When Davos Meets Porto Alegre: A Memoir

Walden Bello* Porto Alegre, Brazil "Hemingway said that the rich are different from you and me. How can anyone expect the people in Davos to understand the crisis that globalization has visited on the lives of people like those of us here in Porto Alegre?" That was going to be my opening line. When I Read more…

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Walden Bello: 2000: The Year of Global Protest against Globalization

Walden Bello* The last year will probably go down as one of those defining  moments in the history of the world economy, like 1929. Of course, the  structures of global capitalism appear to be solid, with many in the global  elite in Washington, Europe, and Asia congratulating themselves for  containing the Asian financial crisis and Read more…

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Walden Bello: MELTZER REPORT ON BRETTON WOODS TWINS BUILDS CASE FOR ABOLITION BUT HESITATESBy

Walden Bello During the heated debate on whether or not to raise the US quota in the IMF in 1998, the US Congress voted for the quota increase but attached several conditions, including the creation of an independent body to look at the missions and performance of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Read more…

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