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Why the World Social Forum Needs to Be Less Like Neoliberalism

January 16, 2006 Josh Lerner 0

January is a special month for the global left. Every year at this time, progressives and activists convene at the World Social Forum, usually in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In January 2005, I too was eagerly awaiting my first trip to the Forum, imagining a week of cross-cultural communication, strategic organizing, and inspiring celebrations. Although I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I did know one thing – the Forum would be an alternative to neoliberalism. So why did I walk away from Porto Alegre worried mostly about the similarities between the Forum and neoliberalism? And is there still reason to be worried, as the 2006 Forum approaches? […]

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Panama official quits over free trade

January 11, 2006 Cyril Mychalejko 0

Panama’s agricultural minister resigned yesterday "to sound off an alarm" over the potential effects of agricultural policy changes the U.S. is pushing on his country.  Laurentino Cortizo said diminished regulations that are being negotiated could mean […]

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China and Latin America

December 28, 2005 Cyril Mychalejko 0

China’s increasing ties with Latin America, and especially Cuba, could lead to increased calls for a greater U.S. military presence in the region. The Miami Herald reported in an article that China has become Cuba’s […]

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Activists Protest History of Infamy at the School of the Americas

November 27, 2005 Stuart Schussler 0

"The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them because they’re equally guilty of murder," said President Bush on Veteran’s day.  However, the 15,000 activists who congregated on November 18-20 at the School of the Americas (SOA) weeks later in Columbus, GA reminded the US president, and the rest of the world, of the U.S. government’s role in training and harboring terrorists throughout Latin America.


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