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Under Pressure from Poor Nations, World Trade Organization Agrees to...
17 Nov 2001
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert Weissman, editor of the Multinational Monitor, who discusses the important issues debated at the World Trade Organization's ministerial summit and the future of the international anti-globalization movement.
Under Pressure from Poor Nations, World Trade Organization Agrees to Make Affordable Medicines Available to Treat Those in Need

Interview by Between the Lines' Scott Harris.

Under extremely tight security, delegates to the World Trade Organization arrived in the Persian Gulf city of Doha, Qatar, to convene the international trade group's fourth ministerial meeting. The WTO had touted this gathering as historic due to the invitation extended to both China and Taiwan to join their club. But the main goal here by wealthy industrial nations was to win an agreement that would launch a new round of comprehensive negotiations on a number of new trade issues.

It's been two years since the tumultuous WTO summit in Seattle, where tens of thousands of demonstrators succeeded in shutting down the controversial institution's meeting and bringing international attention to trade regulations that many critics believe places profits before people. But in Qatar, a small authoritarian nation which tolerates no dissent, very few representatives of non-governmental organizations were allowed to attend the meeting, which began Nov. 9. But while human rights, labor and environmental activists not able to travel to Qatar held demonstrations around the world, delegates of poor developing nations in Doha attempted to challenge the blueprint for globalization drafted by wealthy states led by the U.S. and the European Union.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Robert Weissman, editor of the Multinational Monitor, who discusses the important issues debated at the World Trade Organization's ministerial summit and the future of the international anti-globalization movement(A RealAudioVersion of this interview may be found At http://www.btlonline.org).

Contact the Multinational Monitor by calling (202) 387-8030 or visit their Web site at www.essential.org/monitor

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