Unlike the famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the Asian Global Justice School (AGJS) at the International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) in Manila was a showdown between political heavyweights, with much less violence and much more love and cooperation – that is, until the karaoke comes out!
The organisation of an International Women’s Seminar was decided in February 2012 by the leadership of the International.
The response was very important. About 30 women will be attending the seminar, coming from Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka and Switzerland.
We received donations for helping with the travel costs of the participants from the Third World to an amount of more than 2000 €. The International paid also part of the travel costs.
Participants in the 2012 School. Professor Kwame Nimake is first on the left.
For the second year, the IIRE will be hosting the Summer School on Black Europe (24th June-5th July), which reaches now it’s sixth edition. We publish an interview we had with Professor Kwame Nimako, the main organiser, at the end of last year’s session.
Now that the Seminar is approaching its end, we would like you to tell us something about this seminar and what have you been discussing these last two weeks.
On Sunday the 8th April 2012 Boots Riley, the legendary anticapitalist MC from the hip-hop band The Coup, visited the IIRE for a public talk on the Occupy movement and the General Strike in Oakland.
Followed by a concert of The Coup in the neighbour venue Studio/K. See a presentation of both events in this video.
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 promote social equality and human emancipation from the grassroots.
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.