The Transnational Institute will take part in the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada, from 9 to 14 August 2016. Staff from TNI will be active in the space “People and the Planet Before Profit: Moving away from Free Trade and Extractivism to Dismantle Corporate Power”. Hundreds of organisations and movements will meet to discuss resistance, establish strategies to expand the many progressive alternatives activists build in their daily lives, and take action together to change the prevailing neoliberal capitalist system, which creates inequality and exclusion and destroys our environment.
The absence of over 70 percent of international delegates, denied temporary visa by the Canadian government, overshadowed the World Social Forum. Despite this saddening fact TNI's team managed to host and participate in a broad and diverse range of discussions, workshops and activities, for instance in the convergence space of “People and Planet before Profit. Moving away from Free Trade and Extractivism to Dismantle Corporate Power”.
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Andrew Gavin Marshall is a freelance researcher and writer based in Montreal, Canada. He has written for a number of publications, including AlterNet, TruthOut, CounterPunch, Roarmag, and Occupy, among others, and has done a number of radio and television interviews, including with Russia Today, APTN and CBC Radio.
Timothé Feodoroff is a political scientist and activist who brought his enthusiasm to TNI shortly after graduating from an MA in Agricultural and Rural Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague) in 2012. His work focuses on land, water and fisheries issues, and other related issues such as the bioeconomy....