You couldn't say that the global justice movement has melted away. But then, you couldn't say that it remains a vital force in shaping the concerns of media outlets, international financial moguls, world leaders or even the pulpits of anarchist rabble rousers. The war in Iraq, climate change and peak oil - all class A concerns for humanity to be sure - have tended to eclipse the critique of "neo-liberal globalization" at the top of the public activist agenda, making the mass mobilization of protesters in Seattle, to name only the movement's iconic congregation, a distant memory.
In early June, the battle over the world's food supply moved to Rome where the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held an international summit to discuss rising food prices, climate change and biofuels cultivation. There was much coverage of the summit in the world's media, often focusing on the high profile appearance of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe or the Iranian president Mahmud Ahmedinejad, yet few commentators looked into the rotten heart of the exercise.
Somalia is the forgotten front in the "War on Terror." Americans are rarely told anything about what goes on there, who the actors are and, more importantly, the reasons behind conflict in the Horn of Africa. Hence it is not surprising that there has been no concerted activist challenge to U.S. support for Ethiopia's war in Somalia, but such a challenge is urgently required.