Bamako WSF 2006 – updated

Thematic and methodological proposals of Bamako WSF 2006 – updated on January 23, 2006.

The themes which are being discussed in Bamako are formulated under a common approach to countries.They and are not specific only to the African continent. Although they are being considered with a particular feeling, they come from experiences through common fight and dialogue between social movements around the world. They take into account the different themes selected by the polycentric forums organized in Caracas and Karacachi.

The major themes to be developped during the forum are as follows:

1. War and Militarism-Security and Peace: economical war; international relationships militarism; military occupation of territories and people; criminalization of social fights; violence; “Civilizations’ war”; cultural and economical misery and war justification; violence and access to power and resources.

2. Globalized liberalism: worldwide scale apartheid and pauperisation; Power, knowledge and resources concentration and exclusion of the larger number number of people; justified and organized social injustice; exclusion and pauperisation as the cause of capitalism, speculation and exclusion of social services; urban apartheid: pauperization and mass exclusion from social services and employment access; circulation of currencies and goods/closed doors to people; migrations and development, migrations and human rights; migrants rights and aggressive nationalisms; marginalisation of the African continent and marginalisation of people; African continent people’s development and sovereignty rights violation; social, economic and cultural rights violation; economic and racial segregation; the damage reparation issues; northern and southern asymmetry and the sovereignty of the people.

3. Aggressions against peasantry: depreciation of peasants’ knowledge; threat on traditional agriculture and on the agrarian systems; privatisation of seeds and introduction of GMOs; private property of the soil; threat on social peace and expropriation of peasants through their lands; rural pauperisation; loss of food sovereignty and dependency; loss of diet systems and patterns; food aid to expand the development of new markets for rich countries.

4. Alliance between patriarchal and neo liberalism systems, and marginalisation of women’s fight: patriarchate; violence and exclusion; religions, patriarchate and domination; sabotage of women rights and citizenship; exclusion to the access of resources, land and different means of production; Women’s fight for dignity.

5. Culture, Media and Communication: Criticism and reconstruction • Diversity and common life; protection of cultural rights and of minorities; cultural identity; multi culturalism; cultural hegemony and domination; folkorisation of culture; cultural pauperisation. • Media, communication and up straitening of opinions and visions through the world; speculation of media, communication and culture; medias, mass communication and symbolic violations; rights to communication and expression; new information technologies for mass communication or for the market control.

6. Destruction of ecosystems, biological diversity, and resources control: resources and life privatisation, loss of biodiversity, desertification, deforestation, fight for access to resources and against their spoiling, natural resources and wars, intellectual property and privatisation of knowledge and knowing, life resources: water, land, seeds, energy.

7. International order: The United Nations implementing riches’ hegemony; why and how to rebuild the UN? United Nations’ Chart in the future; privatized international right; asymmetric right; international financial institutions and neo colonialism; solidarity and cooperation: equality or re implementation of inequalities? Sovereignty of people and international right; Which palce for southern alliances? How to rebuilt the southern front?

8. International trade, debt and economic and social policies: debt cancellation; damage reparations; structural adjustment policies; WTO and the world market speculation; multilateral commercial agreements; Free Exchange Agreements;

9. Social fights, social and human rights, social organisations, and political rights: pauperisation, exclusion; precarisation; social inequalities; employment and gender exploitation; children rights; human traffic; disintegration of human dignity; social and political repression and oppression; education and reproduction of capitalistic norms; alternatives of education; right for life, health, etc…; social and solidarity economy; alternatives of social experiences; social fights for justice; struggle for liberty and democracy and against political oppression; the role of State and social organisations; rebuild unions and integrate vulnerable social actors; young’s fights; institutions and democracy; the process of World Social Forum in the construction of Alternatives.

10. Alternatives: conditions for a social project, democratic evolutions and rehabilitation of the People’s sovereignty.

Other WSF 2006 links:

January 20, 2006;

January 21, 2006;

January 22, 2006;

January 23, 2006.

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