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Thursday, January 31, 2002

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  • Today Is the Opening Day of the Conference of the Elite and Powerful: What Is the World Economic Forum?

    Today is the opening day of the World Economic Forum at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in midtown Manhattan, and the site of the grand annual retreat of the world’s movers and shakers is a maze of police barriers, concrete barricades, flashing lights, blue uniforms and bomb-sniffing dogs. Only authorized vehicles and residents are allowed past checkpoints set up on the blocks surrounding the hotel.

  • Making Another World Possible: A Report From the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre

    Well, as the WEF is kicked off in NYC today, a very different kind of gathering is coming together in Porto Alegre, Brazil. For the next few days, thousands of activists are converging at the World Social Forum to weave a new vision of reality, one in which humans and nature replace profits and power as the center of concern. The forum’s theme: another world is possible.

  • Protests Against the World Economic Forum: New York Activists Strike Back Against Corporate Terror

    Globalization critics say the World Economic Forum is a nerve center for neoliberal economics. Its members are the "top decision makers" of the political and business worlds. In an attempt to offset its image of a global establishment, the World Economic Forum has brought religious leaders, academics and experts, news media representatives and union leaders to join business leaders. WEF organizers also say that a quarter of the almost 3,000 participants have come from developing countries.