IntroductionTurning Point


THREE LANDMARK EVENTS in 2003 punctuated the end of “the Golden Era” of corporate-driven economic globalization, the domination of the so-called Washington Consensus, and the ability of the United States to unilaterally dictate the course of global economic and political affairs.

One key event took place alongside the sunny beaches of the Mexican resort city of Cancun. Thousands of delegates representing governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from all over the world, plus tens of thousands of protesters, joined trade ministers from all member countries of the World Trade Organization to see if global trade talks, shattered in Seattle in 1999, could be successfully revived. On September 14, 2003, they ...

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