World Social Forum
Boaventura de Sousa Santos*
IS THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM APPROACHING A POINT OF CRISIS ?
A NOTE TOWARDS A DEBATE ON THE WSF GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
Jai Sen on behalf of CACIM*
THE PRESENT CONTEXT : A FUNDAMENTALLY NEW EXPERIMENT
Millions of women and men, organizations, networks, movements, trade unions from all parts of the world the January 26th will act together all around the globe to show that another world is possible
On January 22, 2008 at least seven global press conferences will announce details of the 2008 decentralized World Social Forum Global Day of Mobilization and Action. Millions of people all over the world will march, speak, celebrate, and dialogue in villages, rural zones, and urban centers. They will mobilize on the date of the 26th of January to coincide the Global Day of Mobilization and Action with the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland to confront this important neo-liberal gathering of the elites.
At the Seventh World Social Forum (WSF), held in Nairobi, Kenya, in late January, the most controversial topic was not HIV-AIDS, the US occupation of Iraq, or neoliberalism. There was a rough consensus on these issues. Aside, of course, from the lively internal politics of the WSF, perhaps the topic that generated the most heat was China's relations with Africa.