Elsewhere on the web

The section « Elsewhere on the web » proposes each month, one or two texts selected according to their interest in supplying the general debate on the situation and the alternatives from the perspective of social movements. A link to the first publication website will be posted on each article. This section is supplemented by texts proposed by partner sites, not exceeding one or two texts per site and per month.

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Publications selected by Intercoll

The World Social Forum: The counterweight to the World Economic Forum

, by Isabel Ortiz

This week the 2024 annual meeting of the World Social Forum (WSF) was held in Nepal. There were fifty thousand participants from over 90 countries, exchanging strategies to address the multiple global crises, from climate catastrophes to unfettered capitalism, inequality, social injustice, wars and conflict.

The zapatista uprising, 30 years on

, by Bernard Duterme, CETRI

Thirty years after the uprising of 1 January 1994, the question arises : is the battle half-lost or half-won ? While the rebels of Chiapas may not have succeeded in reforming Mexico’s constitution, decolonising its institutions or even gaining a foothold in the country’s political scene, they have nonetheless given unprecedented local, national and international visibility to peasant and Indigenous struggles for redistribution and autonomy.

The third world war, the BRICS+ and the salvation of the planet

, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

For a hundred years, Europe has been on the brink of war while healing the wounds of the previous war. Each time, the reasons are different, but they have in common the fact that, although they were born here, they take the world with them and thus become global. (...) Peace was to last. The peace that lasted was the one made possible by the Cold War and the many regional hot wars in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. What’s new now?

Economic, social and cultural rights finally part of the international agenda

, by CETIM

Following the request of the Human Rights Council (HRC), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights organised a workshop to discuss “practical ways to further enhance and strengthen” the work of this body “in promoting and protecting economic, social and cultural rights within the context of addressing inequalities”.

Binding treaty on TNCs: threats to the process

, by CETIM

The 9th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group charged with developing a legally binding international instrument on transnational corporations and other enterprises of a transnational nature, held in Geneva between 23 and October 27, 2023, was once again the scene of manoeuvers on the part of its presidency.

The terror of the terrorized

, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

In Europe, the region of the world in which I find myself, within thirty years (between 1914-1945) there were two world wars which resulted in seventy-eight million deaths and at least one horrible genocide, the Armenian genocide; within eighty years there were two more horrible and well-known (…)

1932: and in seven years’ time?

, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos

"Without soul or memory, Europe is incapable of seeing the similarity between the images of death and destruction in the Warsaw ghetto during the desperate Jewish uprising of April 19, 1943, and the images we see of the Gaza Strip. Gaza is Europe here and now."

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La presunta muerte del Consenso de Washington

, por MESTRUM Francine

John Williamson murió el 21 de abril de 2021. Fue el economista que esbozó y bautizó con precisión el «Consenso de Washington», las políticas que el Banco Mundial, el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI), la Reserva Federal y el Tesoro de EE. UU. acordaron imponer a los países endeudados del Sur. En aquel momento, en 1990, estas políticas de «ajuste estructural» ya se aplicaban en el Sur desde hace una década con consecuencias sociales desastrosas. Se redujeron los gastos sociales, se privatizaron los servicios públicos, se desregularon los mercados laborales y millones de personas perdieron su empleo. John Williamson destacó que las políticas sociales quedaron fuera del consenso.


, by Walden Bello

The failures of liberalism made illiberalism popular. But the inevitable crises of the Marcos-Duterte regime offer opportunities for progressive organizing.
As a progressive activist, I am dismayed at the election of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the former dictator, by a landslide in the (…)

How did we get here?

, by DE SOUSA SANTOS Boaventura

Ukraine’s sovereignty cannot be questioned. The invasion of Ukraine is illegal and must be condemned. The mobilization of civilians ordered by the Ukrainian president can be read as a desperate act, but it does suggest that a guerrilla war looms in the future. Putin should remember the experience of the US in Vietnam: no matter how powerful, an invader’s regular army will ultimately meet with defeat if the people being invaded rise in arms against it. All this makes us antecipate an incalculable loss of innocent human life. Still barely recovered from the pandemic, Europe is bracing itself for a new challenge, one of unfathomable proportions. In the face of all this, one’s perplexity could not be greater.