What’s New September 2003

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Date of Update


September 28, 2003

  1. The 5th World Trade Organization Ministerial Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico collapsed. Richer countries wanted to talk about newer issues that mostly they themselves would have benefited from. Poorer countries wanted to finish older issues mostly on agriculture that affected them the most, especially the impact of European and U.S. subsidies on their own agriculture and lack of access to those markets. This difference seemed, once again, to highlight the hypocrisy of the richer countries, that preach free trade to the poor, but practice protectionism for themselves. This impasse led to the end of the talks for now but for the first time showed the developing countries make a successful and united stand to represent their concerns. This page has been updated with more information, links and resources.
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    - Related Section(s): Free Trade / Corporations / Sustainable Development / Causes of Poverty / Trade Related Issues

  2. Updates to the Iraq section have been made. Updates include more about media related issues and propaganda, about the existence or not of weapons of mass destruction, about the lack of security, events at the United Nations, about oil contracts, the financial costs and more.
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    - Related Section(s): Iraq / Middle East / War On Terror / Propaganda

  3. Some 3 million people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo since conflict started in 1998. Over 2 million have been driven from their homes. Updates to the DRC page have been made highlighting this, and other impacts of the conflict, as well as more background information and links to other resources.
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    - Related Section(s): Conflicts in Africa / Geopolitics

  4. A few additional articles on various aspects of the "war on terror" have been posted. Articles include those on the war on freedom, some geopolitical issues and on unanswered questions from the events on that fateful day.
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    - Related Section(s): Middle East / Geopolitics

  5. Some additional information has been updated and added concerning the rights of children and the impact of conflicts.
    Child Rights »
    Children, Conflicts and the Military »
    - Related Section(s): Human Rights / Geopolitics

  6. Some additional information has been added about Venezuela. The coup attempt last year has been accompanied by growing protests against the president, Hugo Chavez. But what a lot of media reporting seem not to mention is that an equally large number of protests are in favor of Chavez, and show a deep class divide between those in support of Chavez and those against. Outside influence has also been reported, including claims by Venezuelan military intelligence that the CIA planned to bring down Chavez's plane on route to New York at a United Nations conference.
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    - Related Section(s): Propaganda / Mainstream media / Human Rights / Geopolitics