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La cooperación internacional financia una paz de monocultivos en un ambiente de militarización en Colombia

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Este documento analiza la cooperación internacional en Colombia, específicamente los llamados Laboratorios de Paz, como una propuesta que busca asegurar los intereses económicos de países europeos y empresas extranjera. >Descargar PDF (282KB)

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The United States: Orchestrating a Civic Coup in Bolivia

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Bolivian President Evo Morales is visiting the United Nations and the Organization of American States this week to report on the recent US coup attempt against his government. Roger Burbach provides a story of US efforts over the past three years to topple Morales.... Leer más

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Más allá del altruismo: EE.UU. Bolivia y el ATPDEA

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Al verse obligado a abandonar el país el pasado 13 de septiembre señalado como ‘persona no grata’ por sus vinculaciones con la oposición, el entonces embajador estadounidense en Bolivia, Philip Goldberg, dijo que su expulsión traería “efectos serios”. Dichos ‘efectos’ no tardarían en conocerse. El 17 de septiembre, el gobierno estadounidense anunció la inclusión de Bolivia en la lista de... Leer más

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Change Triumphs in Ecuador's Constitutional Referendum

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Ecuador's new constitution was approved with 64% voting "yes" on Sept. 28. "No" won 28% of the votes, 7% were invalid, and 0.7% left blank, according to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.... Leer más

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Bolivia’s popular upheaval

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A popular upheaval is sweeping Bolivia, threatening the departmental capital of Santa Cruz, the bastion of the right wing rebellion against the government of Evo Morales. Some twenty thousand miners, peasants and coca growers are moving on the city to reclaim state institutions occupied by autonomist forces. They are also demanding the resignation of the Santa Cruz prefect (governor), Rubén... Leer más

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Confronting right wing rebellion, Bolivian President Evo Morales' commitment to democracy evokes memories of Salvador Allende

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Democratisation
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As the powerful economic and political elite aligned with the US works to destabilise the country, Evo Morales maintains his commitment to constructing a popular democracy.... Leer más

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Agua : bien común, gestión publica y alternativas

Los objetivos de Seminario son: * Analizar los actuales conflictos de la privatización y comercialización del agua, en la búsqueda de la construcción de una gestión pública y comunitaria en las Américas. * Analizar los retos, problemas y desafíos de la gestión pública y comunitaria del agua en las Américas en base a la discusión de lo público bajo el tema transversal del control y la participación social. * Realizar un balance autocrítico de la lucha por el agua como un bien común en las Américas, analizando el papel de los diferentes gobiernos y evaluando nuestras resistencias y propuestas en torno de la gestión pública y comunitaria del agua y la asociación público–público, público–comunitario y comunitario–comunitario. *Impulsar a través de proyectos concretos la cooperación público-público entre sistemas comunitarios, cooperativas y empresas públicas de agua que asistan al evento. *Impulsar y apoyar el desarrollo de una base organizativa y conceptual de aprendizaje colectivo para que los sistemas de agua públicos, organizaciones sociales que inciden en los mismos y otros actores relaciones con ellos puedan, si así lo quieren continúen y profundicen en el futuro, los objetivos planteados en los puntos 1 a 4. Más información
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Water: common good, public management and alternatives

The "Water: common good, public management and alternatives" conference is a collaboration between Reclaiming Public Water(RPW) Network and red VIDA and was organised by an organising commission with the participation of Adriana Marquisio, Carmen Sosa, Claudia Campero , Danilo Urrea, Marcela Oliver and Philipp Terhorst. This regional conference in the Americas on public and communitarian water alternatives is part of the RPW strategy of holding regional seminars. In January of this year a regional European event was held in Brussels and in September an Asian regional conference will be held in Chennai, India. More than 50 communitarian and public water systems, activists and trade unionists will attend the conference. The objective of the seminar is mutual exchange and collective learning between the following types of participants: * communitarian water systems * water cooperatives * alternative organisations of water management * community and public associations that manage water or basic sanitation * public companies and workers trade unions * Organisation with direct relation to the above mentioned. 1. General Information Number of days of the seminar – 3 Place: Cochabamba, Bolivia Date: August 23-25, 2008 2. Participants Members of the RED VIDA network and some organizations in the Americas that are part of: 1. Community waters systems 2. Water cooperatives 3. Alternative water management organizations 4. Community and public associations that manage water and/or basic sanitation 5. Public companies and workers' unions 6. Groups with direct impact on one of those mentioned above. 3. Objectives 1. To analyze the current conflicts surrounding the privatization and commercialization of water, in order to construct public and community management in the Americas. 2. To analyze the challenges and problems of public and community water management in the Americas, based on a discussion about public models under the transversal theme of control and social participation. 3. To evaluate the struggle for water as a common good in the Americas in a way that is critical and self-critical, analyzing the role of the different governments and evaluating our resistances and proposals regarding public and community-based management of water and public-public, public-community and community-community partnerships. 4. To encourage public-public cooperation through concrete projects between community systems, cooperatives and public water companies that attend the event. 5. To encourage and support the development of an organizational and conceptual foundation for collective learning so that public water systems, social organizations and other related actors can, if they wish, continue and further develop the objectives proposed in points 1-4 in the future. 4. Themes 1. The reason behind the conflicts and the struggle against the privatization and commercialization of water. There are many experiences of resistance and confrontation against the privatization and commercialization of water at a global level, above all in the so-called and badly named “Third World” countries. These privatization policies, objects of resistance and confrontation, only seek to benefit major multinationals in their infamous thirst for profit. Pro-neoliberal governments and pseudo progressive governments receive multi-nationals with open arms, giving them all the legal and economic advantages. As a result, the battle against the privatization of water has emerged not only against the privatization of this element in and of itself, but also in terms of what it represents as a maximum expression of capital and neoliberalism. At the same time, the commercialization of water represents a danger, not only when the shadow of privatization hangs over public or community water companies, but also when these public companies tend towards privatization under the same logic of profit and gain. 2. a) Our resistance to the privatization of water and the need to view it in a critical and auto-critical manner. Frequently our perspective only focuses on a partial problem, which is the privatization or contamination of water. However, we need a broader and deeper perspective. For this reason, in places where it has been possible to recover the water company in order to maintain or convert it into a public company, there have been many conflicts related to inefficiency, corruption and other problems. Generally, the principal conflict stems from the fact that it has not been possible to overcome the institutional rationality that gives rise to capital. In fact, it is possible to affirm that it is not enough to have public management efforts that come from below and are transparent unless these are accompanied by more far-reaching transformations. b) Water organizations and social movements in their local environments and their links to networks at different levels (regional, global) have found ways to strengthen themselves and to exchange ideas and information through associations. These tools are in an initial phase and therefore there are few experiences to date. These are new types of active solidarity, whose main actors are public companies and community systems; therefore these suddenly are not only subjects of conflict, but also transforming subjects that can construct management models and contribute to change in other places. 3. Current conflicts for water and the new neoliberal privatization attack; Conflicts over water are not limited to a discussion about its distribution, but go beyond that. They include the irresponsible management of water that prioritizes commercial, industrial or agro/industrial uses over human consumption, subsistence agriculture and ecosystems. It is definitely an integral problem that is related, for example, to development polices that have an impact on water and territories and are implemented by many countries, including those that have supposedly progressive governments. Governments prefer to encourage mining exploitation, the construction of dams and mono-crops dedicated to the production of cellulose and/or agro-fuels and deforestation ahead of the protection of life. Even if the framework policies of a country seem to be moving toward change (Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil), national policies frequently remain caught in a logic of commercialization and private appropriation (Public-Private joint ventures are an example of this). This structural limitation in the organizational field of water and sanitation comes from World Bank policies and those international organizations (such as the World Water Forum) that create obstacles and impede progressive policies at every level and scale (from the local to the global). On the other hand, the multi-nationals and the international bodies that support them, like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, have not relinquished their aim to continue seeking profit from water. For this reason in many places they are encouraging public-private companies, service contracts, infrastructure built by private firms as well as the monopolization of water sources and their contamination which are all forms of privatizations. This front of attack represents a new danger. 4. The struggle for water as a common good and for the management of our own lives; We talk about water as a common good in order to confront the logic of capital that converts everything into merchandise, but also to escape from the logic of a right as an obligation, which may represent progress but does not respond to the understanding of water as a common good for all beings. We have seen that the struggle for water as a common good requires imagining the world in a different way; it represents recovering the capacity to manage our own lives. The experiences of community-based, traditional, or autonomous management are key to the promotion of an alternative vision. There is a need to strengthen these forms of management that generally represent more democratic and participatory forms of management and control. 5. Round tables/Themes for discussion 1. Current conflicts surrounding the privatization of water/ the new fronts of neoliberalism. 2. Challenges, problems of public management: Social control, regulations and laws (constitutional reforms), public companies, redefining what is public, community-based. 3. Exisiting Public-Public Cooperation/Partnership agreements and possible ones; What has taken place in practice, challenges to progress, forms of cooperation, success, challenges, etc.; How to implement cooperation mechanisms among peoples, communities, and entities to solve the problem of access to water, avoiding the tools of the capitalist model (loans from international financial bodies, commercial consultancies, etcetera) How to promote, from the social movements, cooperation mechanisms versus Free Trade Agreements. More info on Red VIDA website
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