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THE NEW RULERS OF THE WORLD?

Globalisation. You hear about it on TV and you read about it in the papers. We are all part of one big global village, where national borders and national identities no longer matter. But what is globalisation? And where is this global village?

John Pilger, documentary "The New Rulers of the World"

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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 England.

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.

John Pilger was live online to discuss his film on globalisation 'The New Rulers Of The World'. Click here to read the discussion.


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