The liberals and lefties bashing Nader for (apparently) costing Gore the election are just wrong, not to mention counterproductive. Nader led the Greens to some important gains -- but capitalizing on those victories will be a major challenge.
A new generation of activists that came of age in Seattle is now taking their fight to upcoming protests in DC, Boston, LA and other cities all over the country. Their politics are not always clearly defined, but there's a common sense of urgency these young activists share, a belief that the economic and social imbalances of the world are volatile, intolerable and immoral. Veteran journalist Marc Cooper takes a long, hard look at the new activist landscape.
After two days of hot protest and 1,300 arrests, anti-IMF/World Bank activists can claim a decisive victory. Ten, 15, maybe 20 thousand determined young protesters have forced the officials of the IMF/WB into a never-before-seen political retreat: an avalanche of statements and communiques promising more accountability, more sensitivity and more attention to the needs of the Global South. ItÕs almost certainly a feint, but even so it means progress in tearing down facade that the IMF and World Bank are aiding the Third World.