The Battle in Seattle: The Story Behind and Beyond the WTO Demonstrations

The Battle in Seattle: The Story Behind and Beyond the WTO Demonstrations

by Janet Thomas
     
 

November 30, 1999, is seen as a day of infamy-the day the World Trade Organization was battled head-on in Seattle. Media coverage, with its images of gas masks, tear-gas victims, bullying cops, rampaging hoodlums, and ruffled WTO dignitaries, presented a riveting picture of violence in the streets. But there was another battle of far greater consequence. People

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November 30, 1999, is seen as a day of infamy-the day the World Trade Organization was battled head-on in Seattle. Media coverage, with its images of gas masks, tear-gas victims, bullying cops, rampaging hoodlums, and ruffled WTO dignitaries, presented a riveting picture of violence in the streets. But there was another battle of far greater consequence. People from around the world converged that day to show solidarity for working people and to voice their concerns about child labor, the environment, and global economic justice.

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Library Journal
Professional journalist and amateur activist Thomas gives a breathless eyewitness account of the 1999 anti-World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. Like the demonstrators themselves, this book combines postmodern media savvy and a seemingly na ve belief in the power of individuals to combat economic globalization. Thomas writes in impassioned prose about the Battle in Seattle the clash between those protesting the economic and social costs of unrestrained global trade and the Seattle police. While not objective, Thomas's account provides an alternative to the mainstream media view of the protestors as mindless anarchists and economic malcontents. Recommended for public libraries with current events collections and academic historical collections. Duncan Stewart, State Historical Society of Iowa Lib., Iowa City Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
An in-depth look at the anti-globalization rallies in Seattle in November, 1999, examining philosophical, ethical, and economic causes. Thomas, a Washington State author, reproduces correspondence between the organizations involved in protesting against globalization and the World Trade Organization and includes contact information for said organizations. Written for a popular audience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555911089
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
11/13/2000
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Janet Thomas was born in Wales and lived in Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, before moving to Seattle when she was sixteen. She has lived within ferry range of Seattle for more than 30 years. The former editor of Spa magazine, Janet has written a book on hostel travel, now lives on San Juan Island in Washington.

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