globalization, global justice

Current on global justice

Arundhati Roy on India, Iraq, U.S. Empire and Dissent. The Indian writer-activist was interviewed for an hour on Amy Goodman's radio show Democracy Now! broadcast on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006. The link is to the written on-line transcript of the show, which is a wide-ranging discussion on the effect of neo-liberal globalization and politices in India; the visit of G.W. Bush and his encouragement of Indian nuclear development; dam-building; the war in Iraq; occupation there and in Kashmir; the role of the artist and dissent.

World Social Forum 2006: Bamako (Mali); Caracas (Venezuela); Karachi (Pakistan). The Forum movement began in 2001 when activists met to counter the annual gathering of heads of government and industry in Davos, Switzerland. In 2006 meetings are being held on each continent, for a 'polycentric' forum. Forums in Bamako and Caracas were held in late January, the Karachi meeting will be delayed until March because of the earthquake devastation. See an interview with a key organizer of the Bamako forum, Dr Aminata Dramane Traoré, and a description of Bamako and workshops on women's concerns by Ana Agostino. An excellent listing of articles and reports on the forum in Mali is at "a portal on Southern civil societies." A report from Caracas on BBC shows US peace activist Cindy Sheehan participating. We have a
report on the Caracas meeting on our WLOE/Spanish section
See a recent analaysis in The Nation magazine:
(March 6, 2006 issue) The World Social Forum: Protest or Celebration? by Michael Blanding.

Bolivia Cheers Its New President by Juliette Beck, Yes! Magazine
February 2006: Evo Morales promises changes in historic inaugural

"Many of us dream of a different way of life–a new society that values more than the egotistical pursuit of money. We dream of a world that honors nature, diversity, equality, creativity, and cooperation. We seek a culture, a way of relating and being, that is life-affirming and an end to the mindless greed that is rapidly destroying the very environment that life depends on.

On January 22, an Ayamaran Indian who grew up in poverty—so harsh it claimed four of his siblings—was sworn in as the president of the Republic of Bolivia. Evo Morales Aima was swept into office by Bolivia's indigenous majority and social movements that celebrated in masse this weekend with tears of joy and music flowing in the streets. Many of these people were celebrating a dream come true..."

Women Say "No" to the WTO: A MADRE Statement on the Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization, December 2005.

Women and the debt crisis

Landmark Victory in World’s First Case Against Biopiracy!
The Neem tree and its valuable products are protected as a traditional community resource.

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