From January 25 to 30, the first World Social Forum convened in Porto Alegre, Brazil - grassroots activists, international NGOs and social movements in the global struggle against neo-liberalism. The World Economic Forum, which held its own annual meeting from January 25 to 30 in Davos, Switzerland, barricaded itself against hundreds of anti-globalisation protestors.
It was an audacious gamble: bringing together hundreds of representatives of movements opposed to neo-liberal globalisation from all over the planet in a big city in southern Brazil.
As it does every year, the World Economic Forum, comprising around a thousand of the world’s chief decision-makers and some heads of state, met at Davos.
In the balance sheets that marked the beginning of the New Year, the People’s Republic of China occupied a special place. In Washington, representatives of the establishment seem convinced that the major competition on the international scale in the coming decades will be between the US and China.
With China launching the market economy, all types of enterprises, in particular the privately owned ones, unabashedly go after profits and squeeze whatever they can from the workers. Infringements of workers’ rights have become rampant.
After their electoral defeat in March 2000 at the hands of the Popular Party, the main parties of the left in the Spanish state have held some stormy congresses.
At the end of October 2000 the sixth Federal Assembly (congress) of the United Left - Izquierda Unida (IU) - took place.
The sixth federal assembly of the IU was a setback for those who wished to confine its activity to settling the question of who was to succeed Julio Anguita.
On July 23rd, 2000, the 35th Federal Congress of Spain’s Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol (PSOE) came to an end.
The red wave has been confirmed. The electoral results for the Workers’ Party (PT) in Brazil’s municipal elections of October 30th, 2000 were favourable in the north and south of the country. The strength of the PT as a national party of opposition to president Fernando Henrique Cardoso (FHC) surprised the right and created a new environment for the presidential elections of 2002.
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