Al-Ahram Weekly   Al-Ahram Weekly
2 - 8 December 1999
Issue No. 458
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875 Issues navigation Current Issue Previous Issue Back Issues

Not quite a free for all
The WTO ministerial meeting in Seattle has attracted a record number of protesters. But is this simply a response to a now established hegemony, writes Thomas Gorguissian from Seattle
Civil society against the WTO Mohamed Sid-AhmedMohamed Sid-Ahmed argues that the battle now underway in Seattle between fifty thousand demonstrators and the World Trade Organisation involves issues far beyond world commerce
Who elected the WTO?
Will the 21st century see a handful of unelected and unaccountable global giants lord it over the rest of humanity? Or will justice prevail? Faiza Rady previews the Seattle 'Counter Summit'
Developing strategies
How can developing countries ensure they are not left out in the cold? Aziza Sami attended a meeting of the G15 group in Cairo just days before the WTO ministerial talks
Sleepless in Seattle
Negotiations may continue around the clock but the Egyptian delegation is determined they will not leave the table empty-handed, reports Niveen Wahish
China takes the plunge
After 13 years of failed negotiations, last week's deal between Beijing and Washington at last paves the way for China's admission to the World Trade Organisation. Sameh Naguib examines the implications


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