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IPS/Terra Viva - Porto Alegre, Brazil, Jan 31, Feb 5, 2002.

quinta-feira 31 de janeiro de 2002, por IPS/TerraViva,

IPS- Porto Alegre 2002

UPDATED 02/05: World Social Forum: Peace, Health and Little Violence

While the 15,230 delegates representing 4,909 organisations from 131 countries debated alternatives for globalisation and urged an end to wars as they gathered at the conferences and seminars of the II WSF, a multitude of anonymous people worked behind the scenes. Their task: to ensure peace at an event that officially drew 51,300 participants to Porto Alegre (though estimates put the number higher due to the influx of people in the last days of the Forum).

UPDATED 02/05: A Year Full of Work Before Porto Alegre 2003

With tears and chants, the World Social Forum II ended today at Porto Alegre's Catholic University Campus.While thousands of participants emotionally shared the feeling - repeated over and over again through loud speakers - that this world has a chance to be different, if people wish so, Carlos Haddad, of the WSF's Brazilian Committee reminded everybody of the tasks ahead before the next appointment, Porto Alegre 2003.

UPDATED 02/05: FSM: Paz, Saúde e Pouca Violência

Enquanto os 15.230 delegados de 4.909 organizações de 131 países debatiam alternativas para a globalização e pediam o fim das guerras nas conferências e seminários do II Fórum Social Mundial, uma multidão de pessoas trabalhou nos bastidores anonimamente.

UPDATED 02/05: WSF Support for Permanent UN Forum on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Monday's WSF conference on human rights was wide-ranging as panellists touched on issues ranging from state repression of the trade union movement in Indonesia, to Israeli occupation of Palestine, to the urgent needs of millions of people for shelter.

UPDATED 02/05: Building Civil Society: Internet Skills Are Not Enough

Civil society organisations should appropriate the new information technologies to promote their objectives, but doing so will not be enough if they do not also renovate their strategies and mechanisms for grassroots participation, action and theories in the field of communications.

UPDATED 02/05: Stop! We want to get off

Economists from southern countries yesterday made a rather belated appeal for trade treaties and agreements signed by poor countries to be revisited, slowed down or stopped, because they pushed their economies into a deeper abyss.

UPDATED 02/05: Democratising Democracy

Democracy cannot be half-hearted if it is survive in the age of neo-liberalism, is what leading practitioners had to say at the Conference on Participatory Democracy.

UPDATED 02/05: Give God Some Credit

In a world that seems to have abandoned spirituality to focus on material existence, WSF participants were walked through the basic tenets of eastern religion as a tool for socio-economic development at Monday's Principles and Values conference.

UPDATED 02/05: Internet 'Dashboard Device' for Navigating Development

Navigating the development seas can be a hazardous enterprise for your ordinary activist, who faces neo-colonialist pirates armed to the teeth with all manner of ready-to-fire data.

UPDATED 02/05: Global vs. Regional vs. Local

On the last day of conferences at the WSF at Porto Alegre some of the top ideologues of the worldwide opposition to neo-liberalism and corporate-driven globalisation tackled some sticky questions facing the movement.

UPDATED 02/05: Civil Society Urged to Join Anti-TRIPS Fight

Popular support for the struggle against the World Trade Organisation's agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is essential if the movement is to advance, say advocates of such apparently unrelated areas as free access to software and banning patents on living organisms and life-saving medications.

UPDATED 02/05: Irradiation: Opponents Fight to Be Taken Seriously

What can you do when your NGO's stance is rejected by reputable, internationally-recognised organizations? When transnational corporations repeatedly insist that your position has no merit? For the US-based organisation, Public Citizen, the answer is to fight on - a David taking on the Goliaths of this world.

No Excuses for Domestic Violence

To thunderous applause Jurandir Freire Costa, the only man on a panel otherwise consisting of six articulate and outspoken women, began by saying all the right things: domestic violence is an aberration and must be stopped. Men must be held accountable for their crimes. Society must make a greater commitment to getting rid of patriarchy.

Juan Somavía: Trabalho decente deve ser o piso social da globalização

O Diretor Geral da Organização Internacional do Trabalho (OIT), o chileno Juan Somavía, diz que ele faz de seu mandato um instrumento de promoção do ''trabalho decente''. Nesta entrevista, fala de suas impressões sobre o Fórum Social Mundial, do papel da OIT, dos direitos dos trabalhadores e da necessidade de integração entre os objetivos econômicos e sociais da globalização.

Juan Somavía: Decent Work Should be the Social Foundation of Globalization

Juan Somavía, the Chilean Director General of the International Labor Organization ( ILO) says he makes his mandate an instrument to promote decent work. In an interview, he gives his impressions about the World Social Forum, the role of ILO in promoting decent work for all, workers‚ rights and the need to integrate economic and social objectives in policies, processes and institutions to transform globalization.

Mano dura con los inmigrantes en Inglaterra

El Ministerio del Interior de Gran Bretaña propondrá al parlamento una serie de medidas legislativas para deportar inmigrantes indocumentados a un ritmo de 2.500 por semana.

Blair Could Surpass Idi Amin with New Expulsions

A White Paper being prepared by Britain's Home Office aims to send back potentially hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants.

Enron Saga a Lesson against Globalisation

While the latest Enron internal report, released Saturday, confirmed what everybody already knows - that top Enron executives took millions of dollars 'they should never have received' - Indian economists say this saga teaches valuable lessons against corporate globalisation.

Olivio Dutra: A Positive Balance from the II Forum

The governor of the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul, Olivio Dutra, summed up the proceeds of the II World Social Forum in a very positive note as the host and person responsible for the meeting's infrastructure and accommodations.

Olivio Dutra: Balanço Positivo do II Fórum

O governador do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul, Olívio Dutra, faz um balanço bastante positivo do II Fórum Social Mundial na condição de anfitrião responsável pela infra-estrutura e hospedagem do encontro. "Está funcionando bem, há um clima de receptividade e hospitalidade do povo de Porto Alegre e do Rio Grande do Sul, e as conferências e oficinas estão muito concorridas", disse o governador.

'The alternative is not civil society but civil disobedience' - Naomi Klein

After the euphoria of gathering thousands of people from all corners of the globe at the second WSF at Porto Alegre it was time for activists to reflect hard about the shape and future direction of the entire movement.

'A alternativa não é a sociedade civil, mas a desobediência civil' - Naomi Klein

Após a euforia de congregar milhares de pessoas de todos os cantos do mundo no segundo Fórum Social Mundial em Porto Alegre, a hora chegou para que os ativistas reflitam seriamente sobre a forma e a direção futura do movimento como um todo.

Contrôler les institutions internationales pour manifester notre solidarité

Comme l'Allemagne, l'Espagne, l'Italie ou le Royaume-Uni, la France est un membre important de l'Union européenne (UE) et elle peut contribuer à infléchir ses politiques, voire, dans certains cas, à les mettre en échec, notamment à l'Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC) ; elle dispose d'un siège d'administrateur au Fonds monétaire international (FMI) et à la Banque mondiale ; elle est membre de l'Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE) où les décisions se prennent par consensus et requièrent donc sa voix ; elle fait partie de l'Organisation du traité de l'Atlantique Nord (Otan), régie en théorie par la même règle de l'unanimité ; elle est membre titulaire du Conseil de sécurité de l'Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU).

Walden Bello: 'The World Economic Forum is on its way out'

Walden Bello, a Filipino environmental activist and executive director of the Bangkok-based Focus on the Global South, spoke with TerraViva about the second World Social Forum, its emerging contours and outlook.

Walden Bello: 'O Fórum Econômico Mundial está em baixa'

Walden Bello, ambientalista filipino e diretor executivo da Enfoque no Sul Global, sediada em Bangkok, falou à TerraViva sobre o Fórum Social Mundial, seus contornos e seu panorama emergentes:

Latin American Women Ready for Rio+10

Women from around the world are anxious to play a leading role at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+10), next September in Johannesburg, South Africa, where women's groups from Latin America plan to shine the spotlight on the importance of social justice.

Mujeres de America Latina listas para Río+10

Grupos de mujeres de todo el mundo están ansiosas para participar como protagonistas en la Cumbre Mundial sobre Desarrollo Sostenible (Río + 10), que se realizará en septiembre del año próximo en Johannesburgo, Sudáfrica, y las de America Latina dicen que se se ocuparán de destacar el tema de la justicia social.

Frei Betto: 'We don't know where to hang our dreams'

A school should be a laboratory for social inclusion, says Brazilian writer and liberation theologian Frei Betto, 'a laboratory in which the outcomes of this Forum become the ongoing work of education, of teaching our students that a different world is possible.'

Frei Betto: ''Não sabemos onde dependurár os sonhos'

A escola deve ser um laboratório de inclusão social, diz o escritor brasileiro Frei Betto. "Um laboratório onde o que está sendo gestado neste Fórum fosse um trabalho permanente da educação, de exercitar nos alunos que é possível um mundo diferente", acrescenta.

Future WSF: Palestine or Bust

Will the next WSF - or at least the one in 2004 - be held in Palestine? A formal invitation is being drafted for presentation to the WSF Secretariat, said Palestinian representative Mustafa Barghouthi at a press conference Sunday.

Self-Confidence Key to Preserving Cultural Identity

To many people, Africa is all about war and more war. Not that there is a shortage of conflicts on the continent, but that is not all there is to Africa. However, to shake off this rotten image, Africans, and the developing world in general, first have to regain their self-confidence, according to the WSF conference on culture and identity yesterday.

Prefeito Tarso Genro: "Em Porto Alegre, o mundo se dá as mãos"

O mundo se deu as mãos mais uma vez em Porto Alegre para clamar por uma nova sociedade fundamentada na cooperação e na solidariedade, disse ao TerraViva o prefeito de Porto Alegre, Tarso Genro, em uma breve entrevista sobre o II Fórum Social Mundial e sobre as perspectivas do terceiro fórum, que também será sediado na capital gaúcha.

INTERVIEW: José Antonio Ocampo

José Antonio Ocampo, Undersecretary General of the United Nations is here at the WSF with a message from the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Ocampo, who is also the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), is making a pitch for civil society participation in the upcoming Conference on Financing for Development at Monterrey, Mexico.


Neo-liberal Mad Cows and Food Sovereignty

02/02/2002 SE Chomsky desceu à Terra

And Chomsky descended in Earth

Sobre la diversity e autre coisas


'Tower of Babel' Aims to Give Birth to a New World


The generous support of the Commonwealth Foundation in funding the participation of the following journalists is gratefully acknowledged:

Zarina Geloo
Ranjit Devraj
Dionne Jackson Miller
Lewis Machipisa
Satyanarayan Sivaraman