LatAm Presidents Attend Social Forum

February 02, 2009

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Brasilia, Jan 29 (PL) - Five Latin American presidents are in the Brazilian city of Belem Thursday, participating in the World Social Forum (WSF), a recognized international space to challenge corporate hegemony.

"Regional leaders must complement each other in a common battle," Bolivian head of State Evo Morales said Wednesday, invited to the meeting along with his peers Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Rafael Correa (Ecuador), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil).

Focused on analyzing alternatives to deal with the global crisis, the ninth edition of the WSF is being attended by 4,000 social movements from 150 countries worldwide.

Delegates examined yesterday the problem of native Latin American peoples, particularly the situation of indigenous people of the Amazon.

They denounced the increasing deterioration of important regions due to deforestation, promotion of crops in detriment of forests, and the boost of irrational mining and cattle projects.

Participants also condemned the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and the prolonged US blockade on Cuba, as well as expressed solidarity with the Caribbean island, devastated by three powerful hurricanes some months ago.

Created as a part of the World Economic Forum of larger powers, under the theme "A better world is possible," the WSF, to be run until Sunday, expects to hold over 2,000 workshops, seminars, conferences and meetings.

World Social Forum on Eco-Crisis?

Brasilia, Jan 28 (PL) - The decline of the international financial system and the crisis of capitalism are on the table Wednesday at the Ninth World Social Forum (WSF), to run until February 1 in the Brazilian city of Belem.

Representatives from 4,000 social movements of 150 countries will have the opportunity to explain their points of view in nearly 1,000 workshops, seminars, and meetings.

Presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil), Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay) and Michele Bachelet (Chile) have so far confirmed their attendance at this world meeting.

The federal universities of Para and Rural de la Amazonia will be the venue of some meetings, which will also analyze the food crisis and dangerous environmental problems gripping the planet.

The forum, which again opens spaces for progressive forces opposed to neoliberal globalization, started Tuesday with a long walk through Belem streets.

More than 100,000 people participated in the rally, where they spoke out against the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip and in solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Brazil Hosts World Social Forum

Brasilia, Jan 27 (PL) - The ninth edition of the World Social Forum (WSF), to be run until February 1, is to start Tuesday with a long walk by more than 100,000 participants through Belen streets.

The opening ceremony includes cultural actions with African and indigenous songs, solidarity marches with Palestine and condemnation of Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.

Also on the list is a cultural presentation from the South American continent's different indigenous groups, and over 2,400 activities in the federal universities of Para and Rural de Amazonia.

The WSF is an alternative position to the World Economic Forum to be run in Davos, but unlike the Swiss meeting that will analyze the economic crisis, the Brazilian forum will deal with world environmental crisis and food security.

Presidents Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil), Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay) and Michele Bachelet (Chile) have already so far confirmed their attendance to this meeting.

This is the ninth edition of the WSF, a movement that emerged in Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul in 2001 under the theme "A better world is possible" and has had a great international repercussion.

The second, third and fifth Brazilian editions of this forum took place in 2002, 2003 and 2005, respectively, the fourth meeting was held in Mumbai, India in 2004, the sixth event was run in three countries, Venezuela, Mali and Pakistan, in 2006, the seventh forum was in Kenya in 2007, and the eighth one, in 2008, in over 80 countries, undergoing as the Global Call for Action.