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Counter Summit Schedule

Experts Discuss Issues of Globalization this September 22-24

A three-day Counter Summit organized by INPEG will be held this September 22-24 in Prague during the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings. The Summit will feature prominent experts and activists from around the globe, and offer lectures and discussions exploring the devastating impact of World Bank and IMF policies.

Each day of the Counter Summit will focus on a different issue at each different location. Issues will include economic globalization, ecology, labor, and grassroots organizations.

The Counter Summit will take place at four locations in Prague on Sept 22-24 from 10:00 to 19:00, with slight variations per location. The locations are:

Cinema Aero:
Biskupcova 31, Praha 3 - Zizkov
Cultural House Domovina: Na Maninách 32, Praha 7 - Holešovice
Cultural House Vltavská: Bubenská 1, Praha 7 - Holešovice

The schedule of the Counter Summit follows, although additional speakers will be noted within the coming week. For more information, contact

"Economic Globalization"

Cult. House Vltavská
Friday 22. Sept. 10:00 - 20:00

This thematic block will include sessions with experts from many different fields, including sociology, political science and philosophy that believe economic globalization is not the pathway to more democratic freedom and economic justice.
Speakers will include sociologist Walden Bello (Address entitled: Prague 2000 toward a globalized world), philosopher Mark Kingwell (The relationship between economic globalization and citizenship), political scientist Alex Callinicos (Anticapitalism in theory and practice), philosopher Silvia Federici (Problems of the Third World) and philosopher George Caffentzis.

Cultural House Domovina
Saturday 23. Sept. 10:00 - 20:00

The second part of the economic globalization thematic block will be focused on Eastern Europe and structural adjustment programs (SAP).
Speakers will include political scientist Boris Kagarlitzky (Eastern Europe as a new periphery), journalist Naomi Klein (Problem of Multinational Corporations), Eric Toussaint, president Committee for the Cancellation of Third World Debt ("From North to South, From West to East: the Structural Adjustment Policies versus our alternatives") and Czech sociologist Jan Keller.

Cultural House Domovina
Sunday 24. Sept. 9:00 - 15:00

To close the economic globalization block, speakers will include economist Samir Amin (Alternatives to militarization and globalization) and Les Levidow (IMF and Neoliberalism).
Followed by panel discussion.

"Grassroot Movements Exchange"

Cinema Aero
Friday 22. Sept; 8:00 - 17:00
Sunday 24. Sept; 8:00 - 17:00

Two days in the Cinema will focus on grassroot organizations.
Movements represented include David Bleakney, national representative of Canadian union of postal worker (CUPW), delegate from the Brazilian Landless People Movement Movimento Sem Terra (MST) and the Phillipines Peasant Movement (KMP).

"Labor Movements"

Cinema Aero
Saturday 23. Sept; 8:00 - 17:00

This block is focused on how economic globalization affects labor rights and the lives of workers.
Speakers will include Jeff Engels (Long Shore Union, Sailor´s Union from Seattle), Andrew Flood from the Irish anarchist organization Workers Solidarity Movement, and Belgian delegates.


Cultural House Vltavská
Friday 22. Sept. 13:00 - 18:00

This block will focus on various ongoing campaigns, including the RCADE (A Coalition for an Abolition of External Debt) campaign to cancel foreign debt and the WB Bonds Boycott campaign.

"Ecological Debt"

Cultural House Vltavská
Saturday 23. Sept. 9:00 - 18:00

This block will explore the history and effects of Ecological Debt. Will include workshop organized by the Ecuador Friends of Earth (FOE), relating environmental destruction to IMF and World Bank policies.