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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Another world is possible

Tens of thousands of people descend on Venezuela for the ever-growing movement against imperialism and the mainstream media closes its eyes:

"The overarching WSF [World Social Forum] theme 'Another World Is Possible' and opposition to 'imperialism' and war are the common denominators among the broad range of organisations and individuals gathered in Caracas this week, where one of this year's three Forums is taking place. The first phase was held Jan. 19-23 in Bamako, Mali, and the third is scheduled for late March in Karachi, Pakistan.

"he wide variety of organisations and participants was expressed by the multicoloured march, in which some 15,000 activists representing dozens of local and visiting organisations took part starting on Tuesday evening and stretching into the wee hours of the morning along two avenues in the southern part of the capital.

"Some 70,000 participants had registered for the WSF as of Wednesday, for around 1,800 activities organised by just over 2,000 different civil society groups."

For more information, see here, here and here.


Blogger Progressive Atheist said...

Activists from the United States will probably find that they are unable to attend these conferences as they will find their names on Bush's no-fly list. There are 80,000 people on this list, and you don't get to find out about whether you are on the list or not until you turn up at the airport after you have paid for your ticket.

Friday, January 27, 2006 9:17:00 pm  
Blogger Glenn Condell said...

Yes, but the assassins Pat Robertson prays for (and that have no doubt been discussed) won't be on the list.

They might pop Hugo one of these days but the massive movement of South American peoples away from the US won't be stopped by a lone gunman; a whacking might even galvanise it further. The Bush admin is so reliably cack-handed they might even do it.

Saw footage of Harry Belafonte during the week - destroying a fool called Wolf Blitzer (who rather shamefully played the Holocaust card in an unintentionaly revealing moment) on CNN. There were clips of Harry and Chavez at rallies in Venezuela, hugging and shaking hands.

The two of them more accurately represent the hopeful future of the Americas than anything the Beltway has to offer.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 11:49:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

I saw that interview too and was pleasantly surprisded by Belafonte. While there is much truth to Belafonte's ahcrge against Busj, I did think it was innapropriate to make in the presence of another world leader. It risks radicalising the message.

His interview with Blitzer showed his to to a posed, raional and clear thinker and he remianed very respectful thorughout. At the end of the interview, Blizter, who is a White House shill, seemed partially won over if not entirely in agreement. His ovious attempts to trap Belafonte with cliche's about WWII fell flat.

Sunday, January 29, 2006 5:33:00 am  

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