22 January 2007

"Another World is Possible" - World Social Forum 2007 - Nairobi

The 7th World Social Forum opened in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday and runs through the 25th of January. According to the WSF Charter: "The World Social Forum is an open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences and interlinking for effective action, by groups and movements of civil society that are opposed to neoliberalism and to domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism, and are committed to building a planetary society directed towards fruitful relationships among Humankind and between it and the Earth." As a platform for debate and interaction among activists from around the globe, this seems like a useful and hopeful antidote to the various but quite regular summit meetings held by political and economic elites.

The "liberal" media seems thoroughly unimpressed or uninterested. To the best of my knowledge The New York Times has not recognized the event, The Guardian devoted six short skeptical paragraphs to it in the business pages. And while the cover story of The Economist frets about the threat that inequality poses to globalization, a search of their web pages turned up no notice either. Democracy Now! (1/19/07) and Open Democracy both ran stories, but The Nation and In These Times remain silent on the event. If "another world is possible" it will be hard for folks to know.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Africa correspondent of The Economist. I've spent the last couple of days trawling through the stands at the WSF. I'll be interviewing a range of participants including European leftists, Franciscans, Vietnamese government flaks, and particularly African thinkers on issues that demand solutions now, such as getting a fairer deal for slum dwellers in developing countries. JML

22 January, 2007 14:13  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

That is terrific. I suppose I am being a bit unfair to think that reporters would say something in advance of an event - after all you are meant to write about what is or has happened. But the editorial team might've made some mention of the opening. I suspect the World Economic Forum would've reeived some advance play? In any case, I'll look for your reports. Thanks for the feedback!

22 January, 2007 14:46  

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