Led by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in anti-poverty development work and Christian charities, the demonstrators demanded complete debt forgiveness by the year 2000.
But all the promises on debt relief for the Third World at the 1998 G8 summit turned out to be just rhetoric, so much hot air to present a compassionate image for media consumption. Similar pledges were made to help eradicate poverty at the subsequent 1999 Cologne and 2000 Okinawa summits, with few measurable results.
It was at the Seattle meeting of the World Trade Organization in late 1999 that simmering anger against the world's rich and powerful boiled over into street protests that were broadcast all over the world by (ironically) corporate media. This media, which both expresses and wields political, economic, and military power, and is virtually uncontested in putting a corporate spin on everything that happens, is an instrument of psychic behavioral mass control second to none in the history of the human race. It's controllers remain anonymous to the average American, who seem to be generally unaware of its function, which, to paraphrase Noam Chomsky, is to make the population sympathetic to the agendas of the power elite, by alternately propagandising and narcotising them.
Naturally CNN, ABC, CBS,NBC, MSNBC, Fox and even PBS (increasingly underwritten by corporate sponsers such as Exxon/Mobil) and all the other parroting corporate media did not give serious consideration to the ideas expressed by the protesters, casting them in the usual misfit/sociopath category in an attempt to blunt their threat. But even through the media filter the message went out to the corporate world that their days of unscrutinized monopoly of power are over.
One of the key rallying points of the foes of globalization is that it undermines the sovereignty of nations while increasing the power of unaccountable corporate influence and its supra-national instrument...
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