Monthly Archives: February 2011

Preliminary Notes on the World Social Forum 2011, Dakar

The latest World Social Forum took place in Dakar from the 6th to the 11th of February.  It was followed by a two-day meeting of its International Council which began the assessment exercise, that will continue in the next months, … Continue reading

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Bringing down the walls

by Taran Khan One of the innovations of WSF 2011 is the Dakar Expanded format, which saw events being linked to different parts of the world through Skype and the internet. On the campus itself, things were a little different, … Continue reading

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The case of the missing Afghan

by Taran Khan Headline: Has anyone seen Afghanistan at the Forum? I haven’t, at least not yet, and I’ve looked. Granted, I may have been looking in the wrong places, or perhaps its been addressed in broader based anti-war/anti occupation … Continue reading

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Between University Campus and Banlieue… with an eye on Egypt.

As the forum finds a more regular pace than the halting initial, commotion and emotion is brought by dramatic confrontations between supporters of the Saharawis people and Moroccan activists allegedly on the books of the Moroccan Interior Ministry who forcefully … Continue reading

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May the dances begin. The opening march at the World Social Forum 2011.

The World Social Forum 2011, opened officially yesterday, after days of informal and preparatory events to the biannual convention, with a march that sealed the hopes of success and the excited mood that had been mounting in the Senegalese capital … Continue reading

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Scenes from a march

It begins with a with a few flags coming together at street corners, attracting curious glances from passers-by, and courteous waves from passing cars. As we get closer to the venue of the march, the numbers grow, and the rhythmic … Continue reading

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Ice creams, regime change and the search for the registration desk at Dakar

With events in Egypt and Tunisia creating a moment of incredible change on the continent, there could not have been a better time for Dakar to host the 2011 World Social Forum Continue reading

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