Monday, January 22, 2007

Western Sahara on the agenda at World Social Forum

The World Social Forum is meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this week, and Western Saharan decolonization is part of the Forum's focus on Africa.

The World Social Forum is held every year to present an alternative view of the world from that presented concurrently in Davos, Switzerland, by the World Economic Forum. Besides having an important function in world politics and economics, the World Social Forum sounds like a ridiculous good time because every group except multinational corporations and the World Bank sends a delegation. In a blog post on the Forum that I can't find anymore, a guy wrote about hanging out with people from all over the world, including Sahrawis who said he could drop by "their occupied territory" anytime.

There's a nice article on the World Social Forum and the Western Sahara on Indybay, written by T. Rose (of Western Sahara listserv fame).

I took the World Social Forum's Wikipedia article's first picture, one that has nothing to do with the Western Sahara. But who can resist Noam Chomsky, the man who wrote an excellent book and proceeded to write it over and over again? I've only found passing references to the Western Sahara in his writing, which is a shame because it's becoming more and more apparently a case of Western interference.

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