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A polycentric forum… : For a convergent social movement
Eric Toussaint. International Viewpoint : News and Analysis from the Fourth International (November 2005)
The next World Social Forum is to be… polycentric. It will take place in 2006, in a «decentralised» fashion, in Caracas (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela), Bamako (Mali) and Karachi (Pakistan).

Anti-capitalism, social forums and the return of politics
Chris Nineham. International Socialism : Anti-capitalism, social forums and the return of politics (Winter 2006)
Six years after its coming out party at Seattle, the anti-capitalist
movement faces its biggest challenges yet.

Chavez calls for ‘socialism or death’
Jim McIlroy & Chris Kerr. Green Left Weekly (February 1, 2006)
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proclaimed “socialism or death” in finishing his rousing speech to a rally of around 10,000 people at the Polihedro Stadium on January 27. The rally was a feature of the Latin American section of the Sixth World Social Forum held in Caracas on January 24-29.

Impressions on the movement for global justice in Africa
Jean Nanga. International Viewpoint : News and Analysis from the Fourth International (April 2006)
In January 2004, the World Social Forum (WSF) was for the first time held outside Brazil: in Mumbai, India. This year the WSF has been organised in polycentric fashion, in Bamako (Mali), Caracas (Venezuela) and – a little late because of the recent earthquake in Kashmir – in Karachi (Pakistan). The objective of this mobility is to root the dynamic of the movement for global justice among other peoples also confronted with the aggression of neoliberalism.

Preparations Unfold for 6th World Social Forum in Venezuela
Margarita Windisch & Susan Price. : Venezuelan Views, News and Analysis (Oct 31, 2005)
In January, the Sixth World Social Forum will take place on three continents: Africa (in Mali), Asia (in Pakistan) and Latin America (in Venezuela). The Caracas forum is scheduled for January 24-29 on the theme “Another world is necessary, with you it is possible.”

Protest or Celebration?
Michael Blanding. The Nation (February 16, 2006)
The same question echoed in the back of thousands of minds as the Sixth World Social Forum (WSF) opened here in January: “Where’s Hugo?” In fact, on the day of the forum’s opening march, self-styled socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was in Bolivia attending the inauguration of fellow left-wing President Evo Morales. Chávez’s presence, though, was everywhere in Caracas–on T-shirts laid out by vendors on the march route (outnumbering by 2 to 1 the face of revolutionary heartthrob Che Guevara); on pins with the flag of Venezuela, handed out by volunteers; in the chants of enthusiastic supporters; even in the talking Chávez dolls sold along the street.

The Karachi Social Forum
Taria Ali. CounterPunch : America’s Best Political Newsletter (March 28, 2006)
While we were opening the World Social Forum in Karachi last weekend with virtuoso performances of sufi music and speeches, the country’s rulers were marking the centenary of the Muslim League [the party that created Pakistan and has ever since been passed on from one bunch of rogues to another till now it is in the hands of political pimps who treat it like a bordello] by gifting the organisation to General Pervaiz Musharaf, the country’s uniformed ruler.

The Karachi Social Forum and its international significance
Pierre Rousset. International Viewpoint : News and Analysis from the Fourth International (April 2006)
Europe solidaire sans frontières (ESSF) participated in the World Social Forum in Karachi. The report which follows is not descriptive (number of seminars and so on.), but seeks to share some elements of analysis on this new experience and its significance – taking account of the fact that this was the author’s first visit to Pakistan.

The Social Forum of the Americas
Lydia Sargent. Z Magazine Online (March 2006)
The planning committee of the World Social Forum (WSF) 2005 decided that 2006 would be a year of “polycentric” (decentralized) meetings around the world. Gatherings were to be held in Africa, South America, Pakistan, and Thailand. Michael Albert and I, representing Z, attended the Social Forum of the Americas in Caracas from January 24-29, 2006””he was there to speak at a few of the sessions, I was there to film several events.

World Social Forum opens democratic space
Pip Hinman. Green Left Weekly (April 5, 2006)
It had been touch and go for this six-day World Social Forum, postponed from January because of the devastating earthquake last October. But in the end, more than 35,000 people attended – mostly Pakistanis but also activists from 59 other countries – and created an unprecedented political space for progressive activists to speak out in military-run Pakistan.


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