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Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 15:16:09 -0400
From: Nettime's irony analyst <>
Subject: Re: <nettime> WTO goes ethical [4x]

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   WTO goes ethical                                                                
     "Jason Diceman" <>                                   

   RE: WTO goes ethical - it's a fake!                                             
     "Jason Diceman" <>                                   

   Re: <nettime> WTO to shut down, refound under new charter                       
     "Vivek Durai" <>                                        

   <nettime> WTO to shut down, refound under new charter                           
     "Kate Armstrong" <>                                      


Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 01:26:37 +0100
From: "Jason Diceman" <>
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




Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 03:43:59 +0100
From: "Jason Diceman" <>
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:, a mock WTO website produced by the good people at
RTMark, created the fake press release.

You can understand the mistake if you compare

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:

Thanks to Toby Slater for bringing this to my attention.

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

- - JD 


Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 15:46:42 +0530
From: "Vivek Durai" <>
Subject: Re: <nettime> WTO to shut down, refound under new charter

Please do not post fraudulent news releases.

The website is not an official site.

The owner of the domain name is....

Prince, J  (JP4605)
   Prince and Associates Inc
   1414 17th St #300 NW
   Washington, DC  20036
   202-462-8537 202-462-8537

as distinct from which is owned by the WTO.

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

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*.


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

Another brilliant prank by our friends at


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