What’s New April 2002

This page lists recent changes made to this site such as new pages, or updates to existing sections. The "Find Out More" links will take you to the changes. If this jumps to the middle of a page, you can easily scroll up to understand the context of the new information a bit further.

Date of Update


April 30, 2002

  1. More protests around the world at corporate globalization. Since September 11, 2001, there appears to be even less discussion on the negative effects around the world that corporate-globalization has had. But globally, protests have continued as criticisms on the impacts on poverty, environmental degradation and so on, continue. In April 2002, there was a large protest at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington, D.C. with estimates ranging from 70,000 people to 200,000 people turning up. A few updates have been added to the protests page listing other places around the world where protests have occurred in recent months and years. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Free Trade and Globalization / Causes of Poverty / Trade and Economic Issues

  2. The militarization of space seems to be continuing. In 1967, the United Nations Outer Space Treaty was agreed to, saying that space should be reserved for peaceful uses. However, in recent years, there has been an increasing turn towards the militarization of space for economic and geopolitical reasons. A few updates and links have been added to the section on the militarization of space. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Arms Control / Geopolitics

  3. Justifying arms sales can amount to propaganda. While some might argue the need for arms sales to fight the "war on terror" and while some governments may be only too willing to receive such arms, for a long time, there have been a myriad of techniques used to justify arms sales to the populations at large, from military industrial complex lobbying, to supporting hollywood films, sponsoring major events, and so forth. A few updates to this page have been added. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Arms Trade / Geopolitics

  4. The International Criminal Court was established in April 2002. From July 1, 2002 onwards, any acts of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity committed after this date can be tried by the Court. While only the beginning, the road to the required ratifications has been full of controversy. In Rome, July 1998, the ICC was given the initial go-ahead with a vote of 120 to 7. The seven who voted against were USA, China, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Qatar and Yemen. While numerous other countries have also voiced some concerns but have in principle supported the Court, the U.S. position has angered many human rights and social justice groups, as well as other nations friendly to the U.S. Some minor updates have been added to the ICC page. Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Geopolitics

  5. A few additional articles on various aspects of the so called "war on terror" have been posted. Articles include those on the issue of the media, of the geopolitics, articles from various authors and web sites around the world. (See the growing list of articles at the following link.) Find Out More »
    - Related Section(s): Middle East / Geopolitics