Issues / Human Rights

As plans begin to be laid for the World Social Forum’s next round, many are asking if it will become a serious political platform or merely a street party.
Porto Alegre, Brazil ­ As the sixth and final full day of the World Social Forum dawns here on southern tip of Brazil, delegates prepare for a now-familiar routine of dawn to dusk forums, side meetings over meals, and impromptu protests in the foyer of th
On Friday, the WSF got down to serious discussions with seven simultaneous morning sessions examining "the production of wealth and social reproduction."
Every incoming plane into Porto Alegre is overbooked, all hotels, hostels, and empty apartments are full, makeshift campsites are sprouting in city parks, and the crowds in cafes converse in a mix of languages.
Not a shot has been fired--yet--at Afghanistan's Taliban, but the country's beleaguered population already is paying a heavy price for the ruling militia's pariah status as host to alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.
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