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In some respects you are already living in
it. The clothes in your local store were probably stitched
together in the factories of Asia. Much of the food in your
local supermarket will have been grown in Africa. It's easier
than ever to buy music from Mali, read novels from Colombia
and watch films from Iran. The world is shrinking.
Globalisation has not only made the world
smaller. It has also made it interdependent. An investment
decision made in London can spell unemployment for thousands
in Indonesia, while a business decision taken in Tokyo can
create thousands of new jobs for workers in north-east
This might seem a very natural development
if you live in a country like Britain, with its long
international history as a trading nation and imperial power.
Bringing the world closer together may throw up new
opportunities for cultural and economic interaction, but it
also exposes us to the negative aspects of life on a shrinking
planet, whether it be the threat of global warming, the
international traffic in women for sexual exploitation or the
spread of AIDS throughout Africa and Asia.
More and more people across the world are
acknowledging the threats posed by globalisation.
Anti-globalisation demonstrations at the World Trade
Organisation's Ministerial Meeting in Seattle in November 1999
were reported on TV screens across all continents.
The protestors come from many different
countries and many different backgrounds, but they are united
by one aim: to ensure that globalisation works in the
interests of all the world's people, not just a fortunate few.
Pilger was live online to discuss his film on globalisation
'The New Rulers Of The World'. Click
here to read the discussion.