Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors

[NGO FORUM ON ADB/HOLDING ADB ACCOUNTABLE SINCE 1992] We – grassroots movements, non-government organizations and civil society networks from Asian countries and the rest of the world welcome the fact that we were invited to submit our proposals and concerns during the process of drafting the Energy Sector Strategy of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB).  We note that a number of these proposals … Continue reading Open Letter to the AIIB Board of Governors


Por Pablo Solón Desglobalizarse no es aislarse ni promover la autarquía, sino impulsar una integración mundial diferente que no esté dominada por el capital. Desglobalizarse es pensar y construir una integración alternativa que tenga en su centro a los pueblos y a la naturaleza. La globalización no es un proceso de creciente interdepen-dencia e integración hecho posible gracias al avance de las comunicaciones y el … Continue reading Desglobalización

The Rights of Mother Earth

  By Pablo Solón The rights of Mother Earth are a call to abandon the existing dominant anthropocentric paradigm and to imagine a new Earth society. For anthropocentrism, human beings are at the center of everything and are superior to all other beings and elements that are part of the Earth. Humans are the only ones who possess consciousness, values and morals. Humanity and nature … Continue reading The Rights of Mother Earth


By Elizabeth Peredo Beltrán Ecofeminism is a critical theory, a philosophy and an interpretation of the world that seeks to transform it. It brings together two emerging currents of political theory and practice into one approach that aims to explain and transform the current system of domination and violence by focussing on the critique of patriarchy and the overexploitation of nature and their impacts on … Continue reading Ecofeminism

The Commons

By Christophe Aguiton[1] In academic and activist circles today, there is a lot of discussion on the “common goods” or the “commons.” What are the commons? Is it right to talk about common “goods” as physical or natural resources or knowledge? Or, on the contrary, are the commons a kind of social relation or a way of collectively managing the different elements and processes that … Continue reading The Commons

Vivir Bien

[Versión en español] by Pablo Solón Vivir Bien or Buen Vivir is a concept that is under construction and that has passed through many different moments. There is not just one single definition of Vivir Bien and today this term is under dispute. At present, there are institutions linked to big business that now speak of Vivir Bien, but in an understanding that is very … Continue reading Vivir Bien

What is Systemic Alternatives?

Español We are experiencing a systemic crisis that can only be solved through systemic alternatives. What humanity is facing is not only an environmental crisis, an economic crisis, a social crisis or an institutional crisis. It is a crisis of humanity and of the Earth system. This systemic crisis has been triggered by the capitalist system, whose relentless pursuit of endless growth and profits at … Continue reading What is Systemic Alternatives?

The World Social Forum at the Crossroads

The World Social Forum at the Crossroads See you in Montreal next August 9-14 Pierre Beaudet In 2001, Brazilian popular movements convened, with the support of organizations from elsewhere around the world, a Forum in Porto Alegre to facilitate the discussion among activists from civil society in turmoil, above all in Latin America, where the winds of change blew hard! There was lots of excitement … Continue reading The World Social Forum at the Crossroads

AMÉRICA LATINA: el final de un ciclo o el agotamiento del posneoliberalismo

[François Houtart] América Latina fue el único continente donde las opciones neoliberales fueron adoptadas por varios países. Después de una serie de dictaduras militares, apoyadas por los Estados Unidos y portadoras del proyecto neoliberal, las reacciones no se hicieron esperar. La cumbre fue el rechazo en 2005 del Tratado de Libre Comercio con los Estados Unidos y Canadá, el resultado de la acción conjunta entre … Continue reading AMÉRICA LATINA: el final de un ciclo o el agotamiento del posneoliberalismo

Latin America in times of lumpencapitalism

Progressive illusions devoured by the crisis [Jorge Beinstein, ALAI AMLAT-en, 01/04/2016] The global situation is characterized by a deflationary crisis driven by the great powers. The fall of commodity prices, whose most signal effect, as of mid-2014, was that of oil, reveals deflated international demand, while the financial upsurge, that has been a strategic prop of the system over the past four decades, has stagnated. The … Continue reading Latin America in times of lumpencapitalism

Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements

[Katherine Walsh, Society for international development, 2010] In a world long organized around the western capitalist principle of living better and its correlate: having more‘development’ is a term and concept with a historically weighted significance. For many, it is, in essence, the‘paradogmatic’ (not just paradigmatic) frame against which the Global South in general and Latin America in particular have both measured themselves and been measured. … Continue reading Development as Buen Vivir: Institutional arrangements and (de)colonial entanglements