UK European Social Forum Newswire Archive
23-11-2004 14:59Here's a link to a 7 minute video clip of the London ESF, the storming of the palace and the demo after, which I found on indymedia Germany. I do NOT post this here to spark off the polemic debate whether the grassroots at the ESF were racists (please don't start again). It's just that I thought the video was quite inspirational...
20-11-2004 18:03Airbus fails to Expropriate Farmland in Germany- Jobs go to French Unions
15-11-2004 18:06After struggles with a paranoid ZANU PF regime the Zimbabwe Social Forum erupted in central Harare. Running from the 28th to the 30th of October the forum saw the uniting of grassroots forces and the birth of a new hope. Its transparent and horizontal organising made it an event owned and controlled by all. This article offers an insight into the difference between a horizontally organised, anticapitalist ZSF and the elitist, neoliberal hijacking of the ESF.
13-11-2004 20:38LONDON, October 24—The European Social Forum (ESF) came to London last weekend, bringing in over 20,000 people, overwhelmingly from continental Europe. But those who bought into the standard ESF promise that “another world is possible” found themselves trapped in “Ken’s World.” That is Ken Livingstone, New Labour’s Mayor of London. This event was bankrolled, orchestrated and tightly controlled by the Mayor’s office with the able assistance of supporters of Socialist Action who are highly paid executives in his administration and the unpaid services of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). This “anti-capitalist” shindig was so tame that it was endorsed by the labour statesmen and House of Lords hopefuls of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
Framing the FIT - Turning the Tables - Watching the Watchers
*FIT = Forward Intelligence Team (the political police unit with lots of nice cameras who specialise in filming, harassing and intimidating people at meetings, demonstrations and actions and who also scribble copious amounts of 'intelligence' in their notebooks and help compile 'watch lists' of activists).
10-11-2004 10:31Yannick Etienne, a prominent activist in the Batay Ouvriye (Workers' Fight) organisation in Haiti, participated in the European Social Forum in October 2004.
08-11-2004 14:14Letter published in the Guardian about censorship of the grassroots at the European Social Forum.
04-11-2004 19:11The Socialist Workers Party's (SWP) condemnation of a popular action against Labour politician Ken Livingstone at the recent European Social Forum (ESF) in London marks a significiant move to the right for the SWP. It is a deliberate attempt to help the state demonise and criminalise direct action in the run up to the G8's visit to Scotland next year.
03-11-2004 18:13The media seemed to have certain preconceptions about the ESF participants. Having personally experienced the ESF we felt the picture painted by mainstream media was inaccurate and set out to find out for ourselves just what kind of people were here and what they’re reasons for coming here were. The article is a summary of the interviews done at the ESF.
03-11-2004 15:51some useful links to clarify our position
01-11-2004 10:46A number of unions and NGOs have signed a statement claiming that violence was used to stop free speech at the ESF and singling out the Wombles as inciters of this.
It also claims that the whole ESF organising process was inclusive from the start.
30-10-2004 13:41examination of the circumstances surrounding the invitation of the iftu leader, sobhi mashadani, an iraqi collaborator, to the esf; explanation of the way he was driven from the forum; analysis of his relationship with tuc & unison; criticism of the formalistic handling of the question of "free speech" characterising it as a process of exercising dictatorship in the name of democracy
29-10-2004 09:40Territory and Deterritory: Inside and outside the ESF 2004, new movement subjectivities
27-10-2004 15:482 letters from this weeks Socialist Worker.
27-10-2004 08:46Feature from the Edinburgh Student:
27-10-2004 08:43From International Committee of the Fourth International:
27-10-2004 08:41Statement from many of the Italian Delegation involved in the ESF process: