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Madrid 2010: The Peoples' Alternative Summit - Enlazando Alternativas 4

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Enlazando Alternativas 4

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Ponente(s)

Brid Brennan, Gonzalo Berrón, Susan George

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Enlazando Alternativas

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Convocatoria a la Cumbre de los Pueblos Enlazando Alternativas 4

En mayo del 2010, bajo la presidencia española de la Unión Europea, en la ciudad de Madrid se reunirán los Presidentes y Jefes de Estado de la Unión Europea, América Latina y Caribe. El “Viejo Continente”, reconvertido hoy en la Europa del capital y la guerra buscará en esta nueva Cumbre impulsar políticas y mecanismos para favorecer el capital financiero y las grandes corporaciones transnacionales, a través del saqueo de los recursos naturales y la privatización de los servicios públicos disfrazados de promesas de desarrollo. Esta Cumbre se celebrará bajo los efectos de una crisis financiera, económica, medio ambiental y social que ha provocado en Europa más paro y precariedad y en América Latina más pobreza y exclusión social.

En Europa, los movimientos sociales y organizaciones asisten a un avance progresivo de las derechas, y a un ataque cada vez más contundente y agresivo al conjunto de los derechos y de las conquistas laborales, económicas, políticas, sociales, culturales y medioambientales. La reciente aprobación del Tratado de Lisboa —de manera antidemocrática al haber negado la participación directa de la población— favorecerá, entre otros elementos, los intereses de las transnacionales a través de los acuerdos de libre comercio y la liberalización de las inversiones, perjudicando los derechos de los pueblos y el medio ambiente. La Europa fortaleza, militarizada, xenófoba, inhumana, con menos servicios públicos y más privatizaciones no es nuestra Europa. A esa Europa del capital, la guerra y sus crisis oponemos la solidaridad entre los pueblos.
   
En América Latina y el Caribe, las resistencias de los movimientos sociales continúan desarrollándose, y al lado de algunos gobiernos latinoamericanos luchan por defender su soberanía y llevar a cabo, no sin dificultades y contradicciones, nuevos proyectos políticos de cambio social. Estos esfuerzos son atacados con acciones criminales como el golpe de Estado en Honduras, una amenaza objetiva para todo el continente. Asi como la llegada de Barack Obama no ha supuesto un cambio de política de Estados Unidos para la región — como lo muestra la instalación de bases militares en Colombia —, de la misma manera y coincidiendo con el aniversario del bicentario de las independencias, la Unión Europea ataca los procesos de integración regional, usando como buque insignia al gobierno español y sus transnacionales. Disfrazadas de cooperación y desarrollo con los tratados de libre comercio, las nuevas carabelas de la reconquista buscan consolidar su dominio en la región

La Red Biregional Europa América Latina y Caribe « Enlazando Alternativas » se moviliza por cuarta vez en la construcción de un espacio político biregional. Como lo hicimos en Guadalajara, México (2004), Viena, Austria (2006) y Lima, Perú (2008). La Cumbre Alternativa de los Pueblos, Enlazando Alternativas 4, a realizarse del 14 al 18 de mayo del 2010, servirá para fortalecer nuevas convergencias solidarias entre nuestros pueblos, las resistencias populares emergentes y para construir un espacio político y de movilización biregional, a pesar de la criminalización de los movimientos sociales.

Llamamos a todas las redes sociales, sindicales, fuerzas políticas y movimientos de la sociedad civil a sumarse al proceso de preparación y participar en Madrid en la Cumbre Alternativa de los Pueblos, Enlazando Alternativas 4, en defensa de la soberanía de los pueblos, los derechos humanos, la democracia participativa, los derechos sindicales, de las mujeres, de los pueblos indígenas, la justicia social, la defensa del medio ambiente, contra el cambio climático y la paz, donde quiera que sea.

No somos invisibles, lo hemos demostrado. Decía Gandhi “Primero te ignoran, luego se ríen de ti, luego luchan contra ti. Y después tú ganas”

Están luchando contra nosotras y nosotros.

Para firmar la convocatoria, escribe un correo a: red.enlazandoalternativas@gmail.com o entra aquí: http://www.enlazandoalternativas.org/spip.php?article534

   
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Friday, May 14, 2010 to Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Linking Alternatives 4

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Brid Brennan

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Enlazando Alternativas

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Call to the Peoples' Summit, Linking Alternatives 4

In May 2010, the Presidents and Heads of State of the European Union (EU), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will meet in Madrid under the Spanish Presidency of the EU. The “Old Continent”, restructured today as the Europe of capital and war, will seek, at this Summit, to push policies and mechanisms favoring finance capital and the big transnational corporations, the plundering of natural resources and the privatization of public services disguised as promises of development. This Summit will take place under the shadow of a financial, economic, environmental and social crisis that is causing increasing unemployment and precarity in Europe and poverty and social exclusion in Latin America.

In Europe, social movements and organizations witness a continuing advance of the Right, and an increasingly powerful and aggressive attack on the labour, economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental rights that have been won in the past. The recent approval of the Lisbon Treaty — in an anti­democratic way which denied the direct participation of the people — will favor the interests of transnational corporations through free trade agreements and the liberalization of investments, to the detriment of the rights of the peoples and the environment. This Fortress Europe, militarized, xenophobic and inhumane, with less public services and more privatizations is not our Europe. To the Europe of capital, war and crisis, we counter­pose solidarity among peoples.

In LAC countries the resistances of the social movements continue to develop. Alongside some Latin American governments, they struggle to defend their sovereignty and, despite difficulties and contradictions, undertake new political projects for social change. These efforts are attacked by criminal actions such as the coup d'etat in Honduras, which poses a serious threat for the entire continent. The election of US President Barack Obama has not led to a change in US policy in the region — as demonstrated by the installation of US military bases in Colombia. In a similar way, two hundred years after independence, the EU attacks the processes of regional integration, using the Spanish government and transnational corporations as its flagship. Disguised as cooperation and development aid, the new galleons of the re­conquest seek to consolidate their domination of the region through free trade agreements.

The bi­regional Europe­Latin America and Caribbean network, Enlazando Alternativas, together with other networks, is mobilizing for the fourth time to create a bi­regional political space, as we did in Guadalajara, Mexico (2004), Vienna, Austria (2006) and Lima, Peru (2008). The Peoples' Alternative Summit, Enlazando Alternativas 4, scheduled to take place from 14th to 18th May 2010, aims to strengthen emerging popular resistances and new convergences and solidarities between our peoples. Despite the criminalization of social movements, it will aim to build a bi­regional political space for mobilization.
 
We are calling on all the social networks and organisations, trades unions, political forces and civil society movements to join the preparation process and participate in Madrid in the Peoples' Alternative Summit, Enlazando Alternativas 4 in defense of peoples' sovereignty, human rights, participatory democracy, labour rights, the rights of women and indigenous peoples, social justice, the defense of the environment in the face of climate change, and the establishment of peace.

We have shown that we are not invisible. Gandhi once said: “First they ignore us, then they mock us, then they fight us, then we win”.

Now they are fighting us.
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Please, sign the call in: red.enlazandoalternativas@gmail.com or send an e-mail to: http://www.enlazandoalternativas.org/spip.php?article534

   
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Friday, May 14, 2010 to Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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Alternative Regionalisms

Putin and Europe on the same crisis page

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As expected, the economic crisis has led to social unrest. Most workers have seen little result from the victory over the crisis that government officials and observers announced as far back as the middle of last year. In place of increases to production, employment and the standard of living, Russians have seen improvements to a few statistics and greater corporate profits. Meanwhile, the... Read more

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Default in Europe

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Democratisation
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When the Arab emirate Dubai was on the verge of bankruptcy, the international financial speculators became worried. The rating agencies simultaneously came to correct their assessments. The bankers started to check if their debtors were solvent. Another financial crisis is in the air.It turned out that not only Ireland and Latvia, but also Greece and Spain face a default. Iceland has already... Read more

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Alternative policies to solve the crisis

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Speaker(s)

Myriam vander Stichele, Pedro Páez Pérez, Wiert Wiertsema

Programme

16.30 – 17.00 Lecture by Pedro Páez Pérez
17.00 – 17.15 Reaction of panelists Myriam Vander Stichele (SOMO) and Wiert Wiertsema (Both Ends)
17.15 – 18.00 Q&A
18.00 – 18.30 Drinks

Registration

Before Monday Nov 2nd at pietje.vervest@tni.org

Admission Free

Bio’s

Mr. Páez Pérez is former Minister for Economic Policy Coordination in Ecuador and currently the President of the Ecuadorian Presidential Commission for the New Regional Financial Architecture - Banco del Sur and Member of the UN High-level task force on the financial crisis (Stiglitz Commission). Professor Páez Pérez is a strong advocator for a New Regional Financial Architecture that is at the service of the people and the environment. For more information on Mr Páez Pérez’ policy, read page 3 of this report.

Myriam Vander Stichele works at SOMO and is a fellow of TNI. Currently she focuses on the services sector and more specifically on the financial sector, especially in the light of the financial crisis and with particular attention to the liberalisation of financial services through trade agreements.

Wiert Wiertsema coordinates the capital flows program of Both ENDS that focuses on the impacts of capital flows for sustainable development efforts. He has been involved in campaigns on multilateral development banks, climate finance, debt issues, export credit agencies and trade & investment. More recently he is involved in mapping the implications of the latest financial crisis, in particular for developing countries.



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Tuesday, November 3, 2009
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Barack Obama, Iran, and the nuclear danger

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Nuclear weapons
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Peace & Security
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The award of the Nobel peace prize to Barack Obama on 9 October 2009 is widely understood not as a reward for actual achievement during his first nine months in office but as a declaration of belief in his potential to achieve a resolution of some of the world's most perilous conflicts. It's true that the United States president has moved sharply away from the political narrative that guided... Read more

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A real green deal

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'Green Economy'
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'Green Economy'
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Climate Justice
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There are moments when a radical idea quickly goes mainstream. A cause for optimism but also caution; an opportunity for a practical challenge. The ‘green new deal’, a proposal for a green way out of recession, is such an idea (see interview with Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, Red Pepper, June/July 2009). It has now been adopted in some form, in theory if not in corresponding action, by... Read more

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