Experts Discuss Issues of Globalization this
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.
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.
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
Cinema Aero: Biskupcova 31, Praha 3 - Zizkov
Cultural House Domovina: Na Maninách 32,
Praha 7 - Holeovice
Cultural House Vltavská: Bubenská 1,
Praha 7 - Holeovice
schedule of the Counter Summit follows, although
additional speakers will be noted within the
coming week. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cult. House Vltavská
Friday 22. Sept. 10:00 - 20:00
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
Saturday 23. Sept. 10:00 - 20:00
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
Sunday 24. Sept. 9:00 - 15:00
close the economic globalization block, speakers
will include economist Samir Amin
(Alternatives to militarization and
globalization) and Les Levidow (IMF and
Followed by panel discussion.
Friday 22. Sept; 8:00 - 17:00
Sunday 24. Sept; 8:00 - 17:00
days in the Cinema will focus on grassroot
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
Saturday 23. Sept; 8:00 - 17:00
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.
Friday 22. Sept. 13:00 - 18:00
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.
Saturday 23. Sept. 9:00 - 18:00
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.