Monday, 2 February 2009

Ever heard of the World Social Forum?

If you hadn't I wouldn't be surprised. You see our great 'free' media has pretty much ignored it completely. There was an interesting post on CiF which I read today but that is all I have seen. Contrast this with the wall to wall coverage of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The reason why the World Social Forum, which was attended by 100,000 people, hasn't made the papers is because it presents an alternative to the world capitalist domination which is celebrated so avidly annually at Davos. Rupert Murdoch, owner of associated newspapers, is a regular attender so its no surprise that his papers aren't keen to lavish column inches on the World Social Forum.

This years World Social Forum was held in Belem, Brasil and hosted by President Lula. In all five South American leaders, including Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales attended the forum and criticised the failed neo-liberal economics of Rupert and his wealthy chums in Davos. There is an excellent quote from Lula in the posting I referred to above:

"The economic crisis affecting Latin America, cried Lula, was not caused by "the socialism of Chávez" or by "the struggles of Evo" [Morales, the president of Bolivia], but by the bankrupt policies and lack of financial control of wealthy states outside the continent. "And who is the god to whom they have appealed?" he asked rhetorically. "Why, the state!""

Nice to see gloomy faces at Davos and Lula sticking two fingers up to them. Maybe with our crumbling economy next year the capitalist press will have to start taking some more notice of the World Social Forum. Whether they like it or not.


Anonymous said...

Yes, there was an article in The Guardian on 30 Jan; this paper does, at least, aim to cover such events and I would recommend it to you. Easier to navigate than the wbe, and you can always recycle the paper afterwards


Howard Thorp said...

I read the Guardian and I saw it. The Guardian is the usual exception, sometimes the Independent. In terms of column inches in the Guardian WSF didn't do nearly as well as WEF.

Anonymous said...

I can't see the Green Party as on of the organisations listed as supporters of the Put People Firsts event on 28 March?


Howard Thorp said...

neither can I and I'd like it to be there