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The power to stop the system

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By Nativo Lopez, published at the International Viewpoint online, May 2006.

At an April 22 meeting of organizers in Chicago, Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association, spoke about the importance of the next step in the struggle against vicious anti-immigrant legislation – the Great American Boycott on May 1.

WE HAVEN’T seen anything as odious and hateful as the Sensenbrenner legislation since the Fugitive Slave Act of 1857. People should look it up—another law that asked citizens to participate in the persecution of others and the returning of escaped slaves to their former masters.

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Athens European Social Forum – An Unquestionable Success

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By Ingrid Hayes, see on this site of the International Viewpoint – In spite of widespread apprehension beforehand in the global justice movement, the Athens forum did not show that the process of the European Social Forum (ESF) was running out of steam. The ESF, which took place from the 3rd to the 7th of May, was a success both for the Greek organizers and for the European global justice movement.

With all due respect to Liberation or Le Monde (French daily newspapers), who are always prompt to proclaim the death of the social forums and the global justice movement, it has to be said that the reality and the experience of the militants who came to participate in the European Social Forum (ESF) in Athens flatly contradicted them. Before the forum we were insisting on the need to “find a second wind” and admitting some difficulties and fears. This Greek edition of the ESF dissipated many of them.

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ESF European Social Forum, Athens

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ESF Press Release, see on this site of the International Viewpoint – The success of the 4th European Social Forum (Athens 4-7th May) exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. With 100, 000 people participating in the rally and with more than 35,000 participants attending the seminars and workshops, the Forum proved both the potential of the Greek movements and the strength of the alterglobal movement. For four days, Athens was the European capital of resistance, for four days, tens of thousands of people have been sending the message: Another world is possible!

Beside the mass participation we should also mention some qualitative characteristics of the 4th ESF:

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World Economy – Tendencies and Tensions

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By Eduardo Lucita, see on this site of the International Viewpoint
But first some links:

Bad news for poor;

How should Socialists see World War I;

a continent turns left;

New successes, new challenges.

The attack on the Twin Towers on September of 2001 may be considered a turning point in the world both political and economic situation, which accentuates pre-existing tendencies but which also incorporates new elements. The North American military redeployment and economic recuperation are at the center of this process.

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Successful Social Entrepreneurs … a book review

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Linked with our presentation of Veronica Khosa – South Africa.

Linked also with our presentation of SOS Social Centre Mamelodi – South Africa.

Review of Chapter Eighteen: Six Qualities of Successful Social Entrepreneurs, November 30, 2005 – “One of the most intriguing papers I came across in my research,” David Bornstein 1) writes in How to Change the World, “contrasted the behavior of ‘highly successful’ and ‘average’ entrepreneurs and found that the most successful entrepreneurs were not necessarily more confident, persistent, or knowledgeable. The key differences had more to do with the quality of their motivation.” According to Bornstein, motivated entrepreneurs exercise more foresight, do better and more planning, and search and exploit more opportunities.

They seek long-term gains over short-term profits, and their business is their passion.

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The Narmada Dam Project – India

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Linked with our presentation of Medha Patkar – India.

Linked also with our presentation of the NGO Narmada Bachao Andolan – India.

The Narmada Dam Project, known officially as the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP), is a project involving the construction of a series of large hydroelectric dams on the Narmada River in India. The project was first conceived of in the 1940s by the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The project only took form in 1979 as part of a development scheme to increase irrigation and produce hydroelectricity. Of the 30 large dams planned on river Narmada, Sardar Sarovar is the largest. With a proposed height of 136.5 m, it’s also high on discord between the planners and the Narmada Bachao Andolan. The government claims the multi-purpose project will irrigate more than 1.8 million hectares – most of it in drought prone areas like – Kutch and Saurashtra.

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Fourth International Summer Camp July 2006

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A new generation to build a new Europe – The 23rd youth camp of the Fourth International will take place near Perugia in Italy from 29th July to 5th August.

Over 500 young people from all over Europe are expected to come together for a week of political discussion, exchange of experience, self-organisation and having a good time. They will discuss the neoliberal offensive in all its forms – from the war in Iraq to the war on the right to free education- plan the fightback and map out the strategy necessary to gain another Europe, another world while at the same time finding out at first hand what’s the same and what’s differnt in the politics and partying of each country.

For more information, nscriptions by each country etc., go to this page of the International Viewpoint.

WSIS about the Internet Governance Forum

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From Ken and Titi Akinsanmi: Paradigma Initiative Nigeria, and Global Teenager Project, and Schoolnet Africa org.

Some information on the meeting of the Advisory Groups for the Internet Governance Forum which is on-going in Geneva:

1. The major objective of the constituted group is to prepare the agenda and structure of the IGF meeting in November (Greece);

2. As indicated in Para. 72 of the Tunis Agenda the IGF mission is to facilitate the multi-stakeholder dialogue on Internet Governance, policies on it and other emerging issues around ICTs;

3. Beneath is the Paragraph 72 clarifying the mandate of the IGF (see also Para. 73);

4. It is hoped by the end of Wednesday a final draft of the Agenda for the Greece meeting would be had ? with finalisation done virtually by the AG team;

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WSIS Education, academia and research taskforce

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Suggested theme for the first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum:
Defining and fostering Open Educational Ressources (OER) on line, around issues of interoperability, access, public infrastructure, in the context of Internet and digital learning technologies.

a. A concise formulation for the proposed theme:

The open educational Resources concept belongs to the larger open access to knowledge movement in the Sciences and the Humanities that promotes free and unrestricted access to knowledge. An OER site provides open access to the primary teaching materials for courses taught at educational non-profit institutions.

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WSIS Report from Information Society Week in Geneva

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First: I will upload the most important documents and statements mentioned in this update on www.una.dk/wsis as soon as possible. Warm regards, Jane.
The main topic to follow during the past week has, perhaps surprisingly, been the proceedings of the 9th session of the CSTD, although especially the discussion on the action line implementation also required some attention. It is not yet quite clear in which direction things are going. However some core were issues debated throughout the week, these included:

1. First of all it had, at the beginning of the week, not yet been firmly settled the CSTD (via ECOSOC) is going to be responsible for the system-wide follow-up, although this is actually stated in paragraph 105 of the Tunis Agenda. During the week however it seemed that this was widely accepted.

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a google video

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5137581991288263801&q=loose+change

And a link:

http://www.pentagate.info/sommaire-en.html

for spanish: http://www.heidi-barathieu-brun.ch/es/archives/3

International Convention of Local Communities

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On 28 and 29 October 2006, Geneva will host the International Convention of Local Communities. Its purpose is to
* strengthen ties between communities dedicated to democratic values and public services
* reinforce cooperation among all parties who are mobilising including elected authorities, union organisations, social movements and NGOs who support the effort
* promote and enact the « Ličge Resolution » adopted at the previous Convention held in Ličge in October 2005.

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Petro-Euro: A reality or distant nightmare for the U.S.?

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Here an article published on Aljazeera.com on April 30, 2006 – In the current ‘crisis’ over Iran’s plans to develop nuclear technology, the real reason for open U.S. hostility towards Iran is often over-looked. For the past few years, Iran has been planning to open its own oil exchange — the Iranian Oil Bourse (IOB) — with the alleged goal of becoming the dominant centre of the Middle East oil trade. Currently there are only two oil trading centres in the world; New York and London and both trade only in U.S. Dollars. What will make the proposed IOB different is that it has stated that it will trade in Euros not Dollars.

The dollar has long been the dominant currency for international oil trade and the U.S. economy has benefited hugely from this status as it has led to being the world’s largest reserve currency kept by State Banks the world over. It is an open secret that since the 1970’s, OPEC (i.e. Saudi Arabia) has been instructed by the U.S. to only trade in US Dollars.

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WSIS follow ups

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Some strange behavior of the internet makes arriving this newsletter – sent on March 23, 2006 – arrive only today in my mailbox, and this is not the first time it happens. My provider claiming innocence, there should be any reason BEFORE the mails are reaching them. Whatever, here some new links about the work done by busy people after the World Symposium for the Information Society in Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005:

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Moore books and publications on ECONOMY

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The publication Al-Ahram weekly online, its Economy file;

IDRC books in Economy, free online-books from 1995 to 2006;

Economic Autonomy and Democracy – Hybrid Regimes in Russia and Kyrgyzstan, by Kelly M. McMann, not yet published – available from June 2006;

Research and Publications (from 2001 to 2006) of the Policy Institute, Edinburgh EH2 4NA, England;

Another economic item: what the Empire Wars are costing the United States in US National Dept: see this at every second changing amount on the head of this Al Jazeerah info front page;

… (to become) world’s first oil-free Economy, an article by John Vidal;

The global economic governance programme of the University of Oxford & the University College, Oxford, publications and speeches, and … without politics;
Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Documents and Publictions, and … without politics;

Improving global economic Governance;

IV EU-LAC SUMMIT

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You will find the declaration of the fourth European-Latin American SUMMIT in Vienna, Austria, 12 May 2006, named DECLARATION OF VIENNA, under the following link in pdf:

http://ec.europa.eu/comm/world/lac-vienna/docs/declaration_en.pdf

also availale in french, german, spanish and portugues under this link:

http://ec.europa.eu/comm/world/lac-vienna/

Articles on Economy

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You may find regularly updated pages with items like ‘Conflict Regions, Culture, Economy, Education, Environment, General Info, Health, Human Rights, Military, Men, News, One World, Peace, Politics, Religions, Social Justice, Urgent Actions, Women’ on this page of Better World Links.
Click on Economy and you find four sub-categories:
# Exemplary People on Economy, then: Norbert’s Bookmarks – Exemplary People on ECONOMY
# Capitalist Economy / Globalization
# G8, WB, IMF, WTO, WEF, WSF, MAI, GATS, NAFTA, Free Trade
# Alternative Economy

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Report on the international situation

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By François Sabado, IV Online magazine : IV377 – April 2006.

We reproduce here the written version of the report which François Sabado presented to the International Committee in February 2006 to introduce the debate on the international situation.

The international situation is characterised by a major contradiction between the deepening of neoliberal counter-reforms and popular resistance to neoliberalism. There is popular rejection, there is a very deep crisis of political and ideological legitimacy but the steamroller of neoliberalism continues to advance. That leads to a great electoral instability, above all in the dominated countries.
I. Some characteristics of the neoliberal counter-reforms.

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The EU and Africa: Towards a Strategic Partnership

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This is the ambitious title of a new strategy for Africa that the EU adopted last December. It is aimed at promoting sustainable development in Africa, based on a “strong political dialogue between equal partners”, as Louis Michel, the EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, recently explained. One prominent feature of the Africa strategy is an attempt to improve co-ordination between the Commission’s various Africa strategies and policies and the EU Member States.

Which contents from the fields of development, security and trade are stressed in the Africa strategy, and what roles will the Member States and the Commission assume in its implementation? How credible is the principle of a coherent overall strategy for Africa? Can partnership among equals at all be asserted between the EU and Africa’s states? We are going to explore these issues on the 30th May 2006.

Tuesday, 30. May 2006, 9:00 am to 6:30 pm, Deutsche Welle – Gremiensaal  Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn.

Download the Programme.

the WSIS civil society education, academia and research taskforce

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Comments for Action line C7 – e-learning – by the WSIS civil society education, academia and research taskforce.

Action line C7 starts with stating: “Everyone should have the necessary skills to benefit fully from the Information Society”. However, the civil society education, academia and research taskforce underlines that in order to achieve this aim it is of key importance to, in addition to ensure multi-stakeholder participation, define clear and concrete measures which can be incorporated in both national and global strategies.

One such key measure is:

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2 conferences to come – with a virtual participation

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John McAuliff, Executive Director from the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, proposes 2 Conferences, with a possibility of virtual participation. Join us in Washington, DC, June 19 – 22, 2006.
Normalization of Diplomatic, Economic and Cultural Relations:

Conference I: Legacies – Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam, Unfinished business.
Conference II: Lessons – Cuba, Why not Cuba?

Draft agenda and registration form here.
Virtual Participation, Join us in spirit and on line – a virtual participation link will be established.
Write to John McAuliff
Thirty-one years ago a tragic and unnecessary war ended after taking the lives of 58,000 Americans and at least three million Cambodians, Laotians and Vietnamese.

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