The recent third World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre (Brazil) was held
in a period in which great changes are taking place in the world situation. This
was reflected in the huge number of visitors to the WSF. For the first time
there were more than 100,000, which is a clear sign of the changing mood across
the whole of Latin America.
The EU summit that was recently organized in Thessalonica from June 19 to 21
was met with tens of thousands of Greek workers and youth showing their
opposition to the this international club of capitalists gangsters. The European
"leaders" were discussing the new EU Constitution and the problems of illegal
The 1990's has seen a huge increase in poverty around the globe. The gap
between the rich and the poor is getting wider, and if current trends continue
then it will be the year 2147 before areas such as Sub-Saharan Africa can hope
to halve the number of people in poverty.