Seattle: WTO-free zone

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Fri Apr 23 09:08:31 PDT 1999

Today's WSJ reports that Seattle is "bracing for protesters" at the World Trade Organization meeting this November. It says Seattle's city council has voted "to make the city a global-investment-treaty-free zone." Seattle is home to Boeing and Microsoft, two companies with massive global sales that thrive on the tightened intellectual property restrictions and pried-open trade regimes embodied in WTO/MAI-style treaties. Can any northwesterners on the list enlighten me on how the locals reconcile this?


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