Anti-Globalism takes shape

An anti-globalization summit has opened in Brazil. Olivio Dutra, governor of host state Rio Grande do Sul, welcomed some 3,500 politicians and activists to Porto Alegre for the five-day World Social Forum, the self-styled nemesis of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Mr. Dutra urged participants to turn ''indignation into an organized movement'' to fight unemployment, poverty, discrimination, war and environmental destruction. Participants cheered Cuba and booed the United States as they sought to find an alternative model for the world economy than the globalization touted at the forum in Davos, which also opened Thursday. Workshops and debates are to start today on such issues as human rights, social justice and sustainable development. According to the Associated Press, speakers include Danielle Mitterrand, widow of late French President Francois Mitterrand; Dita Sari, an Indonesian student activist who led the movement to topple President Suharto; Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman; and Eduardo Galeano, a Uruguayan political writer.

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