A Radical Approach to Humanitarian Relief from IIRE on Vimeo.

On the 23rd February 2012, the IIRE oganised an international public meeting to discuss the politics of Humanitarian Rleif in the Third World. Speakers from France, Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka exposed their experience and reflections in building humanitarian aid programs which promot social equality and human emancipation from the grassroots.

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Natural disasters are becoming more and more a central issue of politics in the Third World, which is situated in the crossroad of socio-economical exploitation, and capitalist climate change. The answer to these catastrophes has often been taken on by independent NGO's and international agencies, both in the countries affected and in the First World countries where the funds are gathered. However, the way in which the aid is organised, and the actors who take it in charge, is not politically neutral.
 

The magazine Jaarboek Kritiek organised on Friday the 27th of January a debate with the German activist Detlef Hartmann. More than thirty people were present.

Hartman gave a fascinating account on the current global economic crisis and on the possibilities for resistance. In the discussion with the public, the underlying causes of the crisis were analysed. The international aspects of the resistance against the crisis were shown: a new internationalism with grass roots organisations of women and peasants at the forefront in actions in the Third World. The question was also asked to what extent capitalism has become vulnerable through the use of ICT technologies.

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The editorial staff of the magazine Kritiek organises an important public meeting in Amsterdam. The well known theoretician and activist Detlef Hartmann will talk about the economic crisis, the reorganization of capitalism and the possibilities of resistance.