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(en) Europe, For those who are still not sure the World Social Forum and the reginals are a kind of Trotskist Fronts.

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 30 Jun 2004 08:33:16 +0200 (CEST)


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"these are the throughts of the Italian comrades on the
SWP/Socialist Action grouping so far leading the ESF. It was n't
meant to be publisc but it's played a useful role. ciao"
English translation of Italian document of 10 June reporting on
programme group meeting, Paris 29-30 May.
The meeting was more tiring than the previous ones and was
often tense, conflictual and disagreeable. This was due mainly to
the more powerful groups in the British delegation (the SWP or
Socialist Workers' Party, Socialist Action which is the
political grouping around the Mayor Livingstone and the RMT
and other small trade unions which are involved), which
attempted to impose their own themes, ‘axes' and
‘titles', were constantly unwilling to enter into real
dialogue, tried to impose their own way, were often arrogant or
used blackmail, repeatedly refusing to accept decisions and titles
which had already been decided hours before. The result was that
many of the other delegations were exasperated and were
frequently compelled to raise their voices or in turn threaten to
leave. In general terms the work is still affected by the
provincialism of the British contingent and their distance from the
rest of Europe: they believe the matters they are dealing with in
their ‘province' are of universal importance and the
whole thing is aggravated by their incapacity or unwillingness to
discuss things. This does not concern the entire British
delegation: the other half are not used to shouting and it would
have been far more constructive if they had been able to play a
central role. However, they were happy that we are starting to
struggle against a more authoritarian and non-communicative
way of doing things and that we shall be circulating in the UK a
report which is very severely critical of these types of behaviour
and those who are responsible for them. [The term British is used
throughout this document to refer only to the disruptive
‘vertical' element of the British delegation, unless
otherwise specified]

We are telling you this not to put you off but to ask you to make
the maximum effort for the next meeting in Berlin: it would be
dangerous to allow the whole process to drift aimlessly, so this is
a matter of damage limitation in order not to put at risk the entire
process of the ESF, including what happens after London.

In Paris we managed to redefine the six axes and the titles of
some plenaries which will number around 24 (and not 12 as the
British were initially asking) and could even reach a maximum of
30. Also the plenaries will probably last about 3 hours, even
though the British asked for some of two hours and some of
three. At the end no final decision was taken.

In Berlin, first in the Programme Group meetings and afterwards
in the European Assembly it should be possible to reach a
conclusion about the plenaries and decide the criteria for the
seminars.

As the Italian delegation we asked that each plenary should
include time for general information about and analysis of the
overall issue then give the specific cases and the alternative
proposals. We confirmed support for parity, with a 50%-50%
female/male ratio of contributions and at least one by a
“non-white” person.

The general title of the London Forum: For Another Europe or
Another Europe is Possible.

There were many problems involved in translating the titles from
one language to another and the decision was taken to define
them, maybe in a rather different way, collectively in the four
languages of the main delegations which were present and we in
particular insisted that the titles appear in Italian in the report as
well. And now we come to the titles of the axes and the plenaries
which have been more or less defined.
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The full text is in
http://www.enrager.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=13899&sid=3b1093e2f65edbf985792e12b18cd8c4#13899


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