Untangling Genoa

| July 30, 2001

Untangling Genoa
W hat really happened at last week's G8 summit in Genoa, Italy? What does it all mean? And what's next for the global justice movement? Still trying to figure it out ourselves, we scoured the reports that poured in from across the Web for the best first-hand accounts and analyses of what went down. Here's just some of what we found.

Free Market Martyrdom?
by Jeff Sharlet, Killing the Buddha
Probably the most interesting analysis we've yet seen is Killing the Buddha's surprising take on the death of anti-globalization protester Carlo Giuliani in Genoa. "Between the alleged logic of free market true believers and the passion of heretics in the street," argues KtB co-editor Jeff Sharlet, "there exists not only a political disagreement but a fundamental theological divide." Sharlet identifies the rhetoric of faith as it's used by both sides in this struggle, and predicts that the language of martyrdom will now raise the stakes. The holy war protesters may now be plotting won't be fought simply over economics, but the nature of belief in the new millennium.

• Starhawk's Reports
by Starhawk, Independent Media Center, Vancouver
Starhawk is a noted author and organizer who was in the Genoa IMC offices near the time of a brutal police raid in which dozens of peaceful activists and journalists were beaten and arrested. Check out her gripping two-part account from the streets of Genoa.
first report
second report

The Battle of Genoa
by Walden Bello, The Nation
A blow-by-blow of the events in Genoa.

Stay Home for a While
by Katharine Ainger, Guardian of London
Carlo Giuliani, the young Italian shot dead at the G8 Summit, is not the first casuality of the movement challenging the globalization of neoliberal capitalism.

What the Protesters in Genoa Want
by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, New York Times (requires registration)
In this New York Times op-ed piece, Hardt and Negri argue, "Genoa is proof once again that there is no national power in control of the present global order. Consequently, protests are directed at international organizations like the G8, WTO and IMF." They make the crucial point that the protesters are not anti-globalization. Rather, they're for an alternative form of global cooperation that values democracy, ecology, and social justice over power and profit.

First Tear Gas, Now Bullets
by Sarah Ferguson, Village Voice
Activists weigh in on the cost of confrontation.

News Dissector: Covering Violence
by Danny Schechter, Media Channel
As "riots" erupted in the north of England, journalists in London, including the Media Channel's Danny Schechter, took part in a seminar aimed at improving coverage of conflict. Though not specifically about Genoa, Schechter has some keen insights into how media coverage of such events actively contributes to the misery and violence, and what to do about it.

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