These days, world history is being written in Cairo and other North-African cities and countries. But the ten-year old World Social Forum, which took place in mid-February in Dakar, Senegal, has proven itself to be an indispensible transnational space of encounters, for the development of strategy, or for launching campaigns. For many activists, the Forum began already one week before the official opening, with a migration caravan from Bamako, Mali, to Dakar, which sought to both inform people, and learn from and network with them, about the complex interrelationships surrounding the issue of migration. Beyond this one, a number other caravans towards the Senegalese capital had been organised as ways for their participants to highlight their respective issues, and to learn about other conditions and situations.
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The Raw Materials Initiative, launched in 2008 by the European Commission, stressed the EU’s dependence on ‘strategically important raw materials’ such as ‘high-tech’ metals like cobalt, platinum, rare earths and titanium as well as other raw materials, such as wood, chemicals, hides and skins. The key problem with securing access to these materials was said to be the ‘proliferation of government measures that distort international trade in raw materials’, notably export taxes and ‘restrictive investment rules’. The main countries applying these restrictive measures were identified as the emerging countries of China, Russia, Ukraine, Argentina, South Africa and India. But other developing countries, notably in resource-rich Africa and South America, were also on the EU target list. (from the text)…
The New Resource Grab: How EU Trade Policy on Raw Materials is Undermining Development – WEED, 2010, in German, English and French