Since 1950 world trade has expanded 15 fold bringing unprecedented prosperity. Free trade is the engine of globalisation. In Seattle – high tech capital of the United States – 135 trade ministers gathered for talks to further break down barriers to world trade. An army of journalists turned up to report on the schism between the rich and poor worlds and between the two great trading blocs, Europe and North America. But anticipating that there might be a different story to tell, Earth Report had its own reporter on hand. Battle of Seattle covers what may prove to be the start of a new international politics. The opponents of globalisation massed in one of the largest demonstrations in the US since the Vietnam War to accuse the World Trade Organisation of putting profit before principle, threatening the environment and making poor people poorer.
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