AFRICAN STRUGGLES, GLOBAL STRUGGLES
Social Movements Assembly at the World Social Forum
Nairobi, 24 January 2007
More than 2000 activists loudly and energetically endorsed this statement at the Social Movements Assembly in Nairobi.
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.
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.”
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.
The frequent power cuts and lack of 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.
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.
At the World Social Forum the International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) entered in a dialogue with the Italian Minister for Development Co-operation, Patrizia Sentinelli, about the involvement of social movements in policies that may result from the agreement to be signed today to convert Kenya’s debt with Italy, worth 44 million euros.
Check this blog by Jose Sorian titled “la historia de Internet en ALC por sus protagonistas” at http://interred.wordpress.com/. Thanks to Adolfo Dunayevich of APC for putting out the link. Some other links on that blog’s blog-roll: Convergencias de gente en la red; LANIC – Historia de Internet en ALC; and recuerdos de la red.
Premier technological institute IIT Bombay is to launch the Indian chapter of Creative Commons during its annual Technology Festival of India, later this month (January 2007). The Creative Commons (CC) is a global non-profit working to expand the range of creative work available for others "legally to build upon and share."