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The Risks to World Social Forum Posed by Its Own Success
The World Social Forum could become a victim of its own success, as loud calls for translating ideas and talk into action and practical results threaten to generate divisions and frustration.
Social forum activists rail against Bush
In the run-up to historic elections to choose a new Iraqi government, activists burned an effigy of US President George W Bush, railing against the occupation of Iraq amid doubts American troops will ever leave the country.
Globalisation activists debate IMF
Participating in the World Social Forum for the first time, the IMF and World Bank have promised social and leftist activists that they are increasingly heeding calls for a more aggressive fight against poverty.
Globalization Activists Debate IMF, World Bank
Participating in the World Social Forum for the first time, the IMF (news - web sites) and World Bank (news - web sites) promised social and leftist activists on Saturday that they are increasingly heeding calls for a more aggressive fight against poverty.
Reclaiming 'Our' UN - And Changing It
As the United Nations turns 60, the international civil society movement is aiming to create ''a global alliance'' to forge changes that go beyond what the UN or its members are currently willing to do in transforming the world body.
Global counterforum draws over 100,000 social activists
The exclusive ski resort of Davos, Switzerland, is on the other side of the globe from the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. This week, both are host to conferences of people trying to change the world. The two could hardly be more different.
A Tale of Two Forums in Worlds Apart
The exclusive mountain resort of Davos, Switzerland has brought together a few select rulers -- both economic and political -- for a World Economic Forum. The river city of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil is hosting some 120,000 members of civil society in a World Social Forum. The two forums are being held at the same time but they are set apart by more than distance.
Raucous Return to Porto Alegre
Traffic ground to a halt and bus passengers asked each other what was going on. The sound of drums broke through the routine noises of the afternoon, prompting office workers to look out their windows upon a sea of flags waving in rhythm. Then it was obvious: the World Social Forum had returned to its birthplace.
World Social Forum marches for peace in southern Brazil
Some 200,000 antiglobalization activists from around the world took part Wednesday in the Walk for Peace in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre at the onset of the fifth World Social Forum.
Brazilian President Lula Leads Global Call to Fight Poverty
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Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva led a global call Thursday for a worldwide fight against poverty. In his address to the fifth World Social Forum, however, the leftist leader was also the target of harsh criticism from party activists even farther left on the political spectrum.