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Hunger ... and aid: shades of the hidden truth from Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Monga, is a famine like situation most strongly observed in several northern districts of Bangladesh, has been recurring every year for decades. The two months of monga between September and October is marked by a dire lack of food, which arises due to the absence of non-agricultural employment and the agricultural lean season coinciding. The misery of millions of poor people for years on end, is, in fact and essentially, not an economic problem but a political one. A new book on this and the politics of aid... released at the WSF by APC's Bangladesh member VOICE.

WSF coverage: Opening of the World Social Forum – Another Africa is possible?

NAIROBI, Kenya

Wahu is small and charismatic when she more yells than talks. “Africa is not poverty, Africa is not HIV, Africa is not dying. Africa is the human spirit. Another Africa is possible. We are refusing to die. Let me hear you audience; another Africa is possible. Let us welcome all our guests to Nairobi.”

Wanted: toilet skills at the WSF

NAIROBI, Kenya

The private yet very important room! The toilet is one room that every human being -- regardless of race, social status or gender -- can never avoid. To most people, visiting the washroom requires high degree of secrecy. Yet, often, this secrecy is seldom given priority especially in public places.

Salamieh Community Telecentre Never forgets to celebrate the Christmas Eve with its dear special needs students

Never forgets to celebrate the Christmas Eve with his dear special needs children in Salamieh Community Telecentre

WSF coverage: Internet and power cuts derail publicity for the World Social Forum

NAIROBI, Kenya

The frequent power cuts and lack of Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet

has affected the coverage of the seventh edition of the World Social Forum. The following are voices of journalists on the ground at the Kasarani Media Centre, in Nairobi. Read the exclusive comments by journalists on the ground.

Economic impact of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

GOA, India

Michal Janda of E-Connect, Czech Republic reminded us of this interesting study about economic impact of free and open source (Free Software Foundation ">FOSS

) available from
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/ict/policy/doc/2006-11-20-flossimpact.pdf
. E-Connect's English pages are here

WSF coverage: A tale for two forums

NAIROBI, Kenya

Nairobi and the Swiss resort of Davos are set apart not only physically – ideologically too the Davos economic forum’s belief in conventional Trickle Down is a world apart from the WSF’s faith in building Another World.

Communication not a WSF priority

NAIROBI, Kenya

"Community-level media is a step towards democratisation, but it's not enough ... If 93 percent of the audience is still captive of the monopolistic structure of corporate media, we will make little progress in enhancing democracy". This was said while the forum is seen as unable to reach millions for lack of resources.

WSF coverage: What a day!

NAIROBI, Kenya

It was no ordinary day at the Forum yesterday. An angry crowd protested, stopped the traffic, and created confusion. It was the worthy WSF that found itself at the end of the of the protesters’’ anger. Some 200 them from the slums demanded to be let into the stadium, forcing Forum organiser Jose Chacon to order the giant metal gates open.

WSF coverage: Where do we go from here?

NAIROBI, Kenya

The WSF needs a broader audience than just those attending the forums urged a range of delegates debating its future. The future of the World Social Forum (WSF) itself came under scrutiny at a string of sessions Tuesday with participants making repeated calls for more grassroots involvement and a sharper focus in future years. There appeared to be a general consensus that the WSF was effective at providing spaces for debate and was useful to attendees, but there was concern that it lacked direction and tended to be too insular.

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