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As we arrived this morning at the stadium where the World SocialForum is taking place, the traffic had come to a standstill. Which ispretty normal for Nairobi. But as we got out of the car to walk thefinal distance it became clear that this was no ordinary gridlock.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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African stories by African journalists

Legendary journalist Mohamed Amin’s son Salim wants to empower the continent’s scribes.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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One Uganda, one people?

Opposition leader Besigye swoops into town as President Museveni is inaugurated.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Mercury rising

Day 2 of the Forum and the wazungu (white people) are allstarting to turn various shades of pink from sunburns and heatexposure. The drums and singing are a constant thrum in the backgroundas thousands move from workshop to workshop or just wander aroundsluggishly browsing the various stalls. .…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Kiswahili crash course

Of the few languages I’ve had the privilege to learn (badly) in my life, Kiswahili(Swahili) is my favourite. It’s wonderful expressionism and rich use ofproverbs is a window into a different way of looking at life andcommunicating with one another. .…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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A Green OPEC?

Despite the underwhelming emphasison climate change at the World Social Forum, there were a fewinteresting sessions and issues worth noting, many of which might nothave been labeled as strictly ‘climate change’ sessions.One in particular was a workshop on biofuels, organized by the Global Forest Coalition.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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NGOs a No-Go at the WSF?

There are some more reflections coming out about the recent WorldSocial Forum. South Africa-based scholar activist Patrick Bond does a nice roundup of some of these and provides some further analysis about the various opinions about what is needed for the Forum’s future. .…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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World Social Forum 2007: Warts and all

NAIROBI. There are a few things about Kasarani stadium, the venuefor the 2007 World Social Forum, that seem at odds with the spirit ofthis now institutionalised annual civil society gathering. The gates,razor wire and sentries stopping-and-searching at the main entrancecertainly contradict the spirit of openness that the WSF purports tofoster.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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Kenya Occupy protesters charged over live pig protest

Activists furious at MP’s demands for higher pay, faced tear gas and water cannons from police. Musa Haron reports from Nairobi.…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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What's hot and what's (ironically) not

The World Social Forum is a good place to be if you want to get ahandle on the biggest issues that grassroots activists are working on,that communities and movements are resisting, and that we all need totake notice of. This year, the four that really stood out for me are(in no particular order, and making no attempt to be exhaustive, pleaseadd your own!): .…

  • Fri Jul 8 08:20:00 2016
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