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Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 15:16:09 -0400
From: Nettime's irony analyst <nettime-l {AT} bbs.thing.net>
To: nettime-l {AT} bbs.thing.net
Subject: Re: <nettime> WTO goes ethical [4x]


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   WTO goes ethical                                                                
     "Jason Diceman" <J.Diceman {AT} westminster.ac.uk>                                   

   RE: WTO goes ethical - it's a fake!                                             
     "Jason Diceman" <J.Diceman {AT} westminster.ac.uk>                                   

   Re: <nettime> WTO to shut down, refound under new charter                       
     "Vivek Durai" <vivek {AT} mumbai.kochhar.com>                                        

   <nettime> WTO to shut down, refound under new charter                           
     "Kate Armstrong" <kate27 {AT} bellatlantic.net>                                      



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Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 01:26:37 +0100
From: "Jason Diceman" <J.Diceman {AT} westminster.ac.uk>
Subject: WTO goes ethical

According to the official press release below, the WTO is going to disband
and reform as a human rights champion.  I guess this is the effect of all
that protesting.  My question now is, will the new organization be more
transparent and democratic or is this just a huge PR maneuver? Is this the
beginning of a new vision in international trade that aims for equality of
resource distribution?  I have my doubts, but it sound like a step in the
right direction.



May 23, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION WILL DISBAND, REFOUND UNDER NEW CHARTER

[.....]

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Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 03:43:59 +0100
From: "Jason Diceman" <J.Diceman {AT} westminster.ac.uk>
Subject: RE: WTO goes ethical - it's a fake!

Sorry... the WTO press release is a fake.

In my excitement to be the first to tell others about the new world order, I
forgot to give an extra level of research into the facts (this is why I am
not in journalism).

Truth is: gatt.org, a mock WTO website produced by the good people at
RTMark, created the fake press release.

You can understand the mistake if you compare
http://www.gatt.org
with
http://www.wto.org

I was wondering why the WTO had my email address.  Forgot I had signed up
to the RTMark list 2 years ago.

Sorry about that.  Guess this proves culture jamming does have an effect.

In a way, I'm kinda glad it is not true... now we still have something to
protest about ;-)

Other fake websites can be found at:
http://directory.google.com/Top/Society/Activism/Media/Culture_Jamming/Spoof
_Websites/


Thanks to Toby Slater for bringing this to my attention.
http://www.tobyslater.com

>From now on, I promise, all mass emails will be thoroughly checked.

- - JD 



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Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 15:46:42 +0530
From: "Vivek Durai" <vivek {AT} mumbai.kochhar.com>
Subject: Re: <nettime> WTO to shut down, refound under new charter

Please do not post fraudulent news releases.

The website www.gatt.org is not an official site.

The owner of the domain name is....

Prince, J  (JP4605)
jonathan {AT} KILLYOURTV.COM
   Prince and Associates Inc
   1414 17th St #300 NW
   Washington, DC  20036
   US
   202-462-8537 202-462-8537

as distinct from wto.int which is owned by the WTO.

WTO is not disbanding. The content on the website is clearly contrary
to the official WTO stance:

http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/10mis_e/10m06_e.htm

Even to the dumbest observer, it should be logical that
an organization that has taken decades to form cannot
be wished away so easily, especially without large-scale
deliberations *between member states*.




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Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 10:39:04 -0400
From: "Kate Armstrong" <kate27 {AT} bellatlantic.net>
Subject: <nettime> WTO to shut down, refound under new charter

Another brilliant prank by our friends at killyourtv.com

Kate




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