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European Social Forum

European Social Forum Preparatory Assembly- the Left Organises

The largest delegations in Frankfurt came from Greece, France, Germany, Italy and Turkey. The attendance from Eastern Europe including Russia has also markedly increased. There were smaller, but active delegations from Austria, the Basque Country, Belgium, Denmark, Portugal and Sweden, plus a representative from Palestine. The biggest “absence” was the British, including a complete “no show” from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). Read more...

European Social Forum: A crisis of direction

The EPA takes place in the midst of an important period of sharpening class struggle. The forces of resistance to the coalition waging the “war on terror” have inflicted significant defeats on it. The effectiveness of resistance in Lebanon forced withdrawal of the Israeli invaders, the occupation in Iraq has entered its final stage – where withdrawal is being openly debated and the Afghan occupation has become a major war. Read more...

Athens ESF: Fourth European Social Forum a success

Around 30,000 people attended the fourth European Social Forum in Athens on 4-7th May, a figure larger than the London ESF (25,000) in a much smaller country (Greece has a population of 10.7 million, not the 60 million or so of the other venues. Another factor which might have made it smaller was the very late postponement of the event by a month, forced on the organisers by the Italian elections. Read more...

Athens ESF: Declaration for the social forum

We, the Assembly of Social Movements, meeting at the Fourth European Social Forum in Athens in May 2006, declare our total opposition to the global order of neoliberalism, imperialist wars, poverty and exploitation - in short, global capitalism. Without the overthrow and complete uprooting of this system, all ideas of another world based on human rights, equality, economic and social development for all, will remain an empty utopia. Read more...

Athens ESF: For a working class women's movement

Resistance to the negative effects of globalisation, particularly through the conscious anti-capitalist movement, has shown that we can unify against a common enemy. While much of the process of globalisation has been to unify the process of exploitation around the globe, there is no doubt that some sections of society are more acutely affected than others. In particular, the rural and urban poor of the least developed countries, the migrants and refugees from poverty and war, and the masses of newly unemployed in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Across all the areas, and in the rich countries, it is women whose lives have changed the most, who suffer the greatest hardship, and who are absolutely key to resisting global capitalism. Read more...

Athens ESF: Appeal for the building of a new Revolutionary Youth International

Neo-liberalism can be defeated! That is the message from the momentous struggle of the French youth, students and workers against the CPE. Bold militant and courageous action that shakes the governments of the rich and powerful is the way forward for our great movement. Chric and De Villepin wanted to legalise precarite – our movement said no! Read more...

Declaration to the Athens ESF

We, the Assembly of Social Movements, meeting at the Fourth European Social Forum in Athens in May 2005, declare our total opposition to the global order of neoliberalism, imperialist wars, poverty and exploitation - in short, global capitalism. Without the overthrow and complete uprooting of this system, all ideas of another world based on human rights, equality, economic and social development for all, will remain an empty utopia. Read more...

Fourth European Social Forum a success

Around 30,000 people attended the fourth European Social Forum in Athens on 4-7th May, a figure larger than the London ESF (25,000) in a much smaller country (Greece has a population of 10.7 million, not the 60 million or so of the other venues. Another factor which might have made it smaller was the very late postponement of the event by a month, forced on the organisers by the Italian elections. Read more...

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