NEW YORK, Feb 10, 2011 (IPS/TerraViva) – While the international community is now talking of a triple global crisis â€“ food, climate and economic – a weeklong session of the World Social Forum (WSF) is coming to a close in Dakar, Senegal. Continue Reading
DAKAR, Feb 9 (TerraViva) – Some are calling it the second scramble for Africa – the growing appetite of external interests in securing huge tracts of land in Africa, displacing the small-scale farmers who form the backbone of the continent’s own food security. Continue Reading
Thandi Winston interviews CANDIDO GRZYBOWSKI, from the Brazilian Institute for Social Economic Analyses.
Candido Grzybowski. Credit: Marcus Vinni/iBase
Sometimes described as one of the most influential intellectuals in Brazil, Candido Grzybowski is a philosopher and sociologist and has been the director of iBase, the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses since 1990.
“When we started in 2000, started discussions, it was in the main a reaction to the World Economic Forum, the Davos Forum,” Grzybowski says of the origins of the World Social Forum. “The owners of the world, the big companies with some governments and with a discourse of ‘no alternatives,’ globalisation, neo-liberalisation and so on.
“And for us it was a matter of saying, ‘We cannot continue only to say this is not the solution, we must try to build a thing independent of that, and to give an idea of not just an economic idea of the world we live in, of the planet we live in, of the society we live in, but a social idea of the economy, of power, of everything.
DAKAR, Feb 8 (TerraViva) – The liberal doctrines imposed on the world’s poorest countries no longer have a place in modern societies, says the former president of Brazil, Luiz InÃ¡cio Lula da Silva. Continue Reading
HARARE, Feb 7 (IPS) – Zimbabwe’s government says selling state-owned enterprises will revive loss making enterprises that are now a burden on the national budget. Activists say the move will only transfer public wealth into private hands. Continue Reading
BERLIN, Feb 5 (IPS/TerraViva) – European non-governmental organisations combating neo-liberal globalisation find their position vindicated by the ongoing socio-economic and environmental crisis upsetting the world. Continue Reading
TOKYO, Nov 12, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Currency and trade tensions may have grabbed the headlines from the two-day summit of the Group of 20 advanced and developed economies, but the bigger story is how the tables have turned and given developing countries a much stronger voice at the international negotiating table. Continue Reading