New Internationalist

Resistance is Fertile!

Issue 365

50 Years Is Enough, set up in 1993, is a coalition of over 200 organizations committed to the fundamental transformation of the IMF and World Bank. These are its platform demands: • Open all World Bank and IMF meetings to the media and the public. Cancel all impoverished country debt to the World Bank and IMF, using the institutions’ own resources.

• End all World Bank and IMF policies that hinder people’s access to food, clean water, shelter, healthcare, education and the right to organize. (Such ‘structural adjustment’ policies include user fees, privatization and economic austerity programmes.)

• Stop all World Bank support for socially and environmentally destructive projects such as oil, gas and mining activities, and all support for projects such as dams that include forced relocation of people.

• Full funding for the Global Fund to Fight aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and an end to support for trade initiatives that undermine access to affordable and generic lifesaving medications for hiv/aids and other diseases.

There will be a mass mobilization in Washington DC during the IMF/World Bank meeting from 22 to 26 April 2004.

Contact: 50 Years Is Enough Network
3628 12th St NE, Washington DC, 20017, US. tel: +1 202 IMF BANK (463 2265) email: web:

Join the movements and campaigns challenging the IMF and World Bank’s economic reign during their 60th anniversary year?


Focus on the Global South c/o CUSRI, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand tel: +66 2218 7363 65 email: web:
An information base for the global justice movement, aiming to link development at the grassroots and the macro levels.

Friends of the Earth International PO Box 19199, 1000 GD Amsterdam, Netherlands tel: 31 20 622 1369 web:
International home of the environmental campaign, with national groups in all NI reader countries.

IFI WatchNet
Connects organizations worldwide which are monitoring international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, the IMF, and regional development banks.

International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
5 Boulevard du Roi Albert II, Bte 1,1210 Brussels, Belgium tel: +32 2 224 0211 email: web:
Has 233 affiliated organizations with a combined membership of 151 million.

SAPRIN (more here).

Third World Network 121-S, Jalan Utama, 10450 Penang, Malaysia tel: +60 4 2266728 / 2266159 email: web:
An independent non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in North-South issues with regional offices in Accra, Delhi, Geneva and Montevideo.

World Bank Bonds Boycott Center for Economic Justice, 733 15th St NW, Ste 928, Washington DC 20005, US tel: +1 202 393 6665 email: web:
An international grassroots campaign that is building moral, political and financial pressure on the World Bank.

World Social Forum Rua General Jardim, 660, 8º andar, sala 81 Cep 01223-010, São Paulo, Brazil tel: +55 11 3258 8914 email: web:
The annual Forum is increasingly becoming the beating heart of the global justice movement.


AID/WATCH 19 Eve St Erskineville NSW 2043 tel: +61 2 9557 8944 email: web:

Friends of the Earth Australia PO Box 222 Fitzroy VIC 3065 tel: +61 3 9419 8700 email: web:


Bretton Woods Project c/o Action Aid, Hamlyn House, Macdonald Rd, London N19 5PG tel: +44 20 7561 7610 email: web:

Jubilee Research c/o NEF, 3 Jonathan Street London SE11 5NH tel: +44 20 7820 6350 web:

World Development Movement 25 Beehive Place, London SW9 7QR tel: +44 20 7737 6215 email: web:


Halifax Initiative 153 rue Chapel St, Suite 104, Ottawa, ON, K1N 1H5 tel: +1 613 789 4447 email: web:

Social Justice Committee 1857 Boulevard de Maisonneuve ouest, Suite 320, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1J9 tel: +1 514 933 6797 email: web:


Debt and Development Coalition Ireland All Hallows, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 tel: +35 31 857 1828 e-mail: web:


Jubilee Aotearoa / Debt Action Network c/o Christian World Service, PO Box 22652, Christchurch tel: +64 3 366 9274 email: web:


Food First 398 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94618 tel: +1 510 654 4400 email: web:

Global Exchange 2017 Mission St, #303, San Francisco, CA 94110 tel: +1 415 255 7296 web:

Institute for Policy Studies 733 15th St NW, Suite 1020 Washington DC, 20005 tel: +1 202 234 9382 web:

International Rivers Network 1847 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94703 tel: +1 510 848 1155 email: web:


50 Years Is Enough Network, Empty Promises: The IMF, the World Bank and the Planned Failures of Global Capitalism. Available at $5.50 from:

Sarah Anderson, John Cavanagh and Thea Lee, Field Guide to the Global Economy, New Press, 2000.

Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, Global Showdown: How the New Activists Are Fighting Global Corporate Rule, Stoddart, 2002.

Walden Bello, De-Globalization: Ideas for a New World Economy, Zed, 2003.

Patrick Bond, Against Global Apartheid: South Africa Meets the World Bank, IMF and International Finance, Univ of Cape Town, 2001.

Robin Broad, ed, Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy, Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

John Cavanagh and Jerry Mander, eds, Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible, Berrett-Koehler, 2002.

Ha-Joon Chang, Globalization, Economic Development & the Role of the State, Zed/TWN, 2003.

Kevin Danaher, ed, Democratizing the Global Economy: The Battle Against the World Bank and the IMF, Common Courage Press, 2001.

William F Fisher and Antonio Negri, eds, Another World Is Possible: Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum, Zed, 2003.

Naomi Klein, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate, Picador, 2002.

Notes from Nowhere, We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anticapitalism, Verso, 2003.

World Development Movement, Debt and Destruction in Senegal, 2003.

Zoe Young, A New Green Order?: The World Bank and the Politics of the GEF, Pluto Press, 2002.


Another World is Possible: Northern Voices at the 2002 World Social Forum 50 Years Is Enough Network, tel: +1 202 463 2265

Green Gold Cheekystreak Productions,

Suits and Savages: Why the World Bank Won’t Save the World Conscious Cinema Productions,

To Be A Woman Visafric Productions - InterChurch Coalition on Africa tel: +1 416 9271124 Two Trevors Go To Washington

Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, the World Bank and IMF

Profits of Doom

Life and Debt

Global Village, Global Pillage Center for Economic Justice tel: +1 202 393 6665

Profit and Nothing But

The Money Lenders: Update 2000

Banking on Life and Debt Maryknoll World Productions

The War of Water Oswaldo Rioja,

Organize your own ‘Global Justice Film Festival’ by sending for the Global Justice Film Project Organizing Kit. Cost: $15 in the US, with international orders subject to additional charges due to shipping costs. Contact tel: +1 202 463 2265, or order by mail from 50 Years Is Enough (see above).


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