On the eve of the European Social Forum, Italy’s Party of Communist Refoundation (PRC) organized a two-day meeting (on November 5-6, 2002). On the agenda: the EU and the question of war, social and citizens’ rights, an economic perspective and a political alternative; and a proposal for a European political party.
The document ’Contribution of the PRC to the Discussion on a European Alternative Left’ starts from the new world situation, where ’the first war of the epoch of globalization, a policy of global and permanent war’ is posed.
The European Social Forum held in Florence in November 2002 will go down in the history of the workers’ movement.
At the end of the Europan Social Forum a meeting of the social movements made two calls - opposition to a Europe based on neo-liberalism, and for an end to war!
Flavia d’Angeli is a member of the national leadership of the Partito della Rifondazione Comunista of Italy and Olivier Besancenot was candidate for the Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire (LCR - French section of the Fourth International) at the French presidential elections in 2002. Shortly before the European Social Forum, they spoke about their hopes for the event.
The result of the elections of October 2002 represents a great shift in the relationship of forces in Brazilian society. The Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT - Workers’ Party) won the Presidency of the Republic, electing Lula with 61% of the votes, and became the biggest party in the National Congress with 91 deputies and 14 senators. The victory of the PT was a popular victory and a serious defeat for neo-liberalism.
The World Social Forum in Porto Alegre is a political space under construction - a space for developing alternatives and resistance to neo-liberal globalization and imperialism. It’s a process of convergence, linking up social movements, NGOs, critical intellectuals, new political vanguards and radical activists.
Former army colonel Lucio Gutiérrez was elected as president of Ecuador on November 24, 2002. The following statement was adopted by the Corriente Democracia Socialista (Ecuadorian section of the Fourth International) following the first round of the elections on October 20, 2002.
At a time of the debacle of neo-liberalism and a loss of governmental legitimacy coinciding with a growth of workers’, popular and student struggles, the Third Congress of Uruguay’s ’Corriente de Izquierda’ (CI) was held on September 14-15, 2002. The CI has 350 activists and some 800 members. It groups radical left militants of diverse origins (Trotskyists, Tupamaros, independents).
At the beginning of September in Germany, when the federal electoral campaign entered its final phase and all eyes were on the floods in the east of the country, a veritable social bomb exploded: France Télécom announced its intention to cease financial support for its subsidiary, MobilCom.
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