* Dispatches from Dakar
Interview recorded at the World Social Forum 2011 in Dakar, Senegal
This interview series aims to highlight key issues that emerged during the
World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal in 2011, featuring voices from around the
world involved in social justice struggles, from the fight against corporate
landgrabbing, to the mobilization against the upcoming UN climate summit in
Durban South Africa, to the global boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS)
campaign against Israeli apartheid. Please download/listen to these interviews
which were produced in Dakar for broadcast on community radio stations globally
by journalist and community organizer Stefan Christoff.
* Dispatches from Dakar I
Patrick Bond on mobilizations against UN climate summit Durban 2011
In this segment of Dispatches from Dakar we hear from Patrick Bond of the
Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South
Africa. Bond speaks on the current mobilization in South Africa and globally
against the upcoming UN climate summit to take place in Durban, South Africa
between November 28th & December 9th. Activists are converging on the UN
climate summit after the widely perceived failure of the COP 15 conference in
Copenhagen, Denmark. to adequately address the roots of global climate crisis.
In this interview Bond details the mobilization efforts in South Africa lead-by
communities directly impacted by climate change both in Durban and globally.
* Dispatches from Dakar II
Desmond D'Sa on community mobilizations in Durban against 2011 UN climate
In this segment of Dispatches from Dakar we will hear from Desmond D'Sa from
the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance speaking on grassroots
organizing currently taking place in Durban, South Africa to protest the UN
summit on climate change to take place between November 28th & December 9th
2011. In this interview D'Sa outlines a climate justice from South African
perspective, highlighting recent extreme weather events in the country and the
fact that communities in South Africa directly impacted by climate change have
not been consulted or involved in the upcoming UN conference in their city.
* Dispatches from Dakar III
Ahmad Jaradat of Alternative Information Center on Palestine solidarity at WSF
In this segment of Dispatches from Dakar we will hear from Ahmad Jaradat from
the Alternative Information Center in Palestine who speaks on activities taking
place at the World Solidarity Forum at Cheikh Anta Diop university in
solidarity with Palestine. Specifically Jaradat speaks on the key role that the
World Social Forum has played in recent years in advancing the global boycott,
divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Israeli state. Hundreds
attended activities on Palestine at the World Social Forum in Dakar which
backed a plan launched by the Boycott National Committee in Palestine for March
30th to be a BDS international day of action.
* Dispatches from Dakar IV
Lungisile Ntsebeza speaks on struggles for land rights in South Africa
In this segment of Dispatches from Dakar we hear from Lungisile Ntsebeza
specialist in land reform struggles in South Africa based at the University of
Cape Town. Ntsebeza speaks on ongoing land reform struggles in South Africa
after the end of official apartheid and details corporate mining projects being
undertaken on the little remaining public lands in the country. In this
interview we hear a critique on the current African National Congress (ANC)
governments inaction on moving toward genuiene land reform in South Africa
despite national rights enshrined in the Freedom Charter.
* Dispatches from Dakar V
Blessing J. Karumbidza speaks on corporate land grabbing in Africa.
In this segment of Dispatches from Dakar we will hear from Blessing J.
Karumbidza activist and researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of
South Africa speaking on contemporary corporate land grabs in Africa and
grassroots struggles for food and economic sovereignty in Africa. In this
interview Karumbidza speaks on the relationship between current international
corporate land practices in Africa in a historical context of European
* Dispatches from Dakar VI
Naomi Klein speaks on climate justice struggles.
In this segment of Dispatches from Dakar we hear a presentation by author Naomi
Klein given in Dakar, Senegal, focusing on climate justice struggles globally
and the importance of confronting state and corporate attempts at
geoengineering the environment. Klein speaks about contemporary climate
catastrophes such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a tipping point
on environment globally and the importance of the upcoming climate justice
mobilization in Durban South Africa against the UN-backed Climate conference in
November and December 2011.
* Dispatches from Dakar VII
Mamy Rakotondrainibe on corporate land grabs in Madagascar.
In this segment of Dispatches from Dakar we hear from Mamy Rakotondrainibe an
activist from Collectif pour la Défense des terres malgaches working to raise
awareness and struggle against mass corporate land grabs in Madagascar. In
recent years land contracts have been signed between the government of
Madagascar and major corporations, often in the name of economic development,
that will lead to millions of hectares of Madagascar lands being lost to the
people of the country.
* Interviews produced for broadcast on community radio stations globally by
journalist and community organizer Stefan Christoff based in Montreal, thanks
to CKUT community radio in Montreal for providing technical assistance and
Montreal Media Co-op for hosting the Dispatches from Dakar interview series.
Stefan is at: http://www.twitter.com/spirodon
Stefan Christoff / email@example.com
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