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This Happened

This Happened—November 30: The Battle For Seattle

The sometimes violent protests against the 1999 World Trade Organization summit in Seattle is considered the birth of the No Global movement, which sought to bring attention to the harmful effects of globalization, especially on the most vulnerable.

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What was the Battle for Seattle?

The 1999 WTO protests in Seattle, sometimes dubbed the Battle For Seattle, was a series of protests surrounding the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999. The Conference was set to be the launch of a new millennial round of trade negotiations, but the clashes between demonstrators and the police and widespread destruction of private property soon took over everyone's attention.

What happened in the aftermath of the WTO protests

On November 30th, after the first day of protests when downtown streets and intersections could not be cleared and many businesses were vandalized, the Governor declared a state of emergency. The protests were publicized worldwide, and the city was criticized for mishandling the protests and for being unprepared. Months of analysis followed, exploring issues surrounding the rights of free speech and assembly, abuse by law enforcement officers, and the mistreatment of individuals taken into custody. An estimated $20 million of damages were reported by private property owners.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

India, That (Imperfect) Template For A Two-State Solution

At the moment, a two-state solution to end the conflict between Israel and Palestine seems impossible. But should a miracle occur, there is one example that, although not perfect, could serve as a model to build a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural federation: the ethno-federal democracy of India.

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Crowd in New Delhi, India

Prem Shankar Jha*

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NEW DELHI — In a televised news conference on October 28, Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had opened a “new phase” in the war by sending ground forces into Gaza and expanding attacks from the ground, air and sea. It’s “very clear objective” he said, was destroying Hamas’s military and governing capabilities. A past master at depicting every Israeli act of oppression as defense, he linked Hamas’s October 7 attack to the Holocaust and roared ,“We always said, ‘Never again’. Never again is now.”

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