Thousands to Meet in Montreal for World Social Forum WSF

… on August 9-14 – Published on The Bullet, Socialist Project’s E-Bulletin No. 1288, by Pierre Beaudet, Aug 3, 2016.

… The WSF originated in 2001, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, as a response to policies designed to accelerate globalization, a process seen by corporate leaders and governments as well as powerful institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF as the recipe for prosperity. NGOs and social movements from Brazil and from abroad gathered to examine the impact of globalization on the lives of working people and the poor and discuss how to alter globalization to redress the fundamental problems of inequality, environmental degradation and lack of democracy.  

The WSF Matures: … //

The WSF and Challenging the Hard Right:

Those gathering in Montreal for the WSF are also especially concerned with the growth of an authoritarian politics of hate and blame as embodied, for example, by Donald Trump in the U.S., Marine Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in Holland. This dangerous current seeks to exacerbate the rising repression against refugees, migrants, Indigenous peoples and many disadvantaged communities.

Changing the social and economic conditions that offer fertile ground for the resurgence of the extreme right is among the urgent tasks the groups and individuals meeting in Montreal will turn their minds to at the World Social Forum. As the WSF slogan puts it: “Another world is needed. Together it is possible.”

Selection of events sponsored by Centre for Social Justice, CIDSE, Comboni Network, MAM, MAB, Socialist Project: … //

Short program with events …: PDF, 2 pages.

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(Pierre Beaudet is a member of the International Council of the World Social Forum and was involved in every stage of the process leading to the event in Montreal. He teaches at the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa).

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Sorry Bernie, No Hillary, We Are Revolutionaries, on Dissident Voice, by Jim Prues, Aug 3, 2016;

Shaky State of North-South Relations, on naked capitalism, by Yves Smith, August 3, 2016;

It is Not Ridiculous to Reject Hillary, and It is Not Undemocratic to Disrupt the DNC, on Dissident Voice, by Kieran Kelly, August 3, 2016;

The U.S. Military Pivots to Africa and That Continent Goes Down the Drain, on TomDispatch, by Nick Turse, Aug 2, 2016;

Crimes Against the Future, on TomDispatch, by Tom Engelhardt, July 24, 2016;

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