Category Archives: World Social Forum

Disaster – earthquake and nuclear explosion

Ciranda (shared coverage of World Social Forum)

Tuesday 15 March 2011, by Yoko Akimoto

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We see new figures whenever we switch on TV…It is quite clear that the nuclear power plants in Fukushima are beyond control… Sadly enough, the earthquake have made us think how we should live a life.. A report of Yoko Akimoto, Secretariat, ATTAC Japan. Continue reading Disaster – earthquake and nuclear explosion

100 religious gather in Dakar to meet AEFJN

C. Fouarge

On 10th February, about 100 religious took part in the meeting about AEFJN and economic justice in Africa that was held at the St Dominic Fraternity in Dakar.  They had come for the World Social Forum 2011 from Senegal, Zambia, Uganda, the DRC, Mali, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Sudan and Ethiopia and also from the United States and Brazil. Continue reading 100 religious gather in Dakar to meet AEFJN

The World Social Forum, Egypt, and Transformation

 Common Dreams

 by Immanuel Wallerstein

 The World Social Forum (WSF) is alive and well. It just met in Dakar, Senegal from Feb. 6-11. By unforeseen coincidence, this was the week of the Egyptian people’s successful dethroning of Hosni Mubarak, which finally succeeded just as the WSF was in its closing session. The WSF spent the week cheering the Egyptians on – and discussing the meaning of the Tunisian/ Egyptian revolutions for their program of transformation, for achieving another world that is possible – possible, not certain. Continue reading The World Social Forum, Egypt, and Transformation

Development aid: Enemy of emancipation

Pambazuka News

Firoze Manji

In an interview with Basta! at the World Social Forum (WSF), Firoze Manji, editor-in-chief of Pambazuka News, discusses the problems of the ‘aid industry’, the resurgence of Africa’s popular movements and the need for a new people-centred ideology.  In attendance at Dakar’s World Social Forum (WSF), the Kenyan scholar Firoze Manji gives us his thoughts on the renaissance of popular movements in Africa. The editor of Pambazuka News, he is very critical of the ‘aid industry’, an industry which hampers Africans’ recovery of their continent, made rotten with corruption and the pillaging of natural resources. Continue reading Development aid: Enemy of emancipation

Third of Zimbabwe’s registered voters are dead

The Guardian

Electoral roll includes people up to 120 years old, report finds

David Smith, Africa correspondent

A Zimbabwean woman shows her dyed finger after voting in the 2008 presidential election. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Nearly a third of Zimbabwe‘s 5.5m registered voters are dead, research has found. Others appear to be up to 120 years old, improbably outstripping the country’s average life expectancy of 43.  The independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) said the country’s electoral roll was a “shambles” and should be overhauled before fresh elections, which could be held this year. Continue reading Third of Zimbabwe’s registered voters are dead

Reconciling Social and Environmental Needs

IPS/TerraViva
By Mario Osava*
SALVADOR, Brazil, Jan 31, 2010 (IPS) – One of the greatest challenges facing the world today is to attend to the urgent social needs of the planet’s population, and particularly the one billion people living “on the brink of survival”, while dealing with the equally urgent demands of the environment. Continue reading Reconciling Social and Environmental Needs