Asienhaus-Rundbrief 1/2003, 2.1.2003

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In Kürze:
1.) 25.1.: Initiative zur Gründung eines AK Militär in Südostasien
2.) 2. - 7.1.: Asia Social Forum in Hyderabad, Indien
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ad 1: Initiative zur Gründungssitzung eines AK Militär in Südostasien
Samstag, 25. Januar, 12 - 16 Uhr, Asienhaus, Bullmannaue 11, 45130 Essen
Kontakt: klaus.fritsche@asienhaus.de oder ingo.wandelt@t-online.de (Anmeldungen sind zur besseren Organisation der Veranstaltung erwünscht)

Im Zusammenhang mit der Erstellung der neuesten Ausgabe der Zeitschrift südostasien, die in diesen Tagen unter dem Titel „Generaldirektoren. Militär und Wirtschaft in Südostasien“ erscheint, ist die Idee gewachsen, sich kontinuierlicher mit diesem wichtigen Thema zu befassen. Den Rahmen dazu soll dieser Arbeitskreis bilden, der sich interdisziplinär mit den Streitkräften und militärischen Organisationen in den Gesellschaften Südostasiens befassen und darüber informieren soll.

Eingeladen zur Teilnahme und Mitarbeit ist jeder, der sich in seiner Arbeit und in seinen Interessen zu Südostasien mit militärischen Organisationen und Aspekten der Gesellschaften Südostasiens befasst. Erste und vorläufige inhaltliche Themen- und Arbeitsbereiche können sein:

- das Militär und seine Rolle in den Gesellschaften Südostasiens
- militärische Organisationen und ihre Strukturen in Südostasien
- militärisches Handeln und Konflikte in Südostasien

Im Zentrum dieses ersten Treffens sollen dabei die Erörterung über interessierende Themen sowie über die Möglichkeiten und Formen der Arbeitsweise dieses Arbeitskreises stehen. Diskutiert werden soll auch die Überlegung, im Mai oder Juni 2003 in Köln eine erste Veranstaltung in Zusammenarbeit mit der Deutsch-Indonesischen Gesellschaft Köln durchzuführen.

Klaus Fritsche, Ingo Wandelt
Essen, den 17.12.2002

ad 2) 2. - 7.1.: Asia Social Forum in Hyderabad, Indien

Heute wird das Asia Social Forum in Hyderabad eröffnet. Der folgende Text gibt einen Überblick über die Aufgabenstellung des Asia Social Forum. Nähere Einzelheiten finden Sie im Internet unter www.wsfindia.org.

About the Asia Social Forum

The Asia Social Forum (ASF) 2003 provides a forum for an open dialogue among the movements opposed to capitalist led globalization. The only criteria is that the participants are opposed to imperialist globalization as well as religious sectarian violence, and have a commitment to democratic values, plurality and peace. The ASF 2003 is open to the social movements and organizations, networks, coalitions, alliances and campaigns that are committed to fight against neo-liberal globalisation and ethnic/caste/religion/gender based discrimination and who are willing to meet in consonance with the World Social Forum (WSF) Charter of Principles.

The ASF 2003 is a step towards calling on the movements who work in Asia and are opposed to neo-liberal globalization to take initiatives and to collaborate for the start of the WSF process in Asia. The ASF 2003 is being hosted by WSF, India and will be held in the city of Hyderabad in India from January 2 to 7, 2003. In the World Social Forum process the ASF, 2003 is the first Asia level event to be convened with an understanding that Asian Social Forum event would be repeated over a period in all the sub-regions of Asia.

The thematic content of Asia Social Forum (ASF) 2003 is defined by the Charter of principles and the policy guidelines adopted by the World Social Forum, India. It will be hosted as an open space to the movements for free discourse, debate, interaction and discovery. It will try for the participation of a rich diversity of mass organizations, people’s movements and citizens’ groups. It will organize the forum as a platform for participatory formulation of alternatives to the dehumanizing world order resulting from the policies and practices of neo-liberal globalization. It is conceived as a process capable of generating a movement of ideas and of building a development approach based on the vision and strategies devoted to realizing all human rights for individuals, communities and people. It will endeavor to contribute to creating a new political climate of dialogue across differences and sensitize them of the need to add to the existing repertoire, new ways of resistance.

The World Social Forum was conceived in Brazil as an international forum against neo-liberal policies and capitalist led globalisation around the slogan: “Another World Is Possible”. The World Social Forum (WSF) has emerged in the movements working against capitalist led globalization as a forum that seeks to provide a space for discussing alternatives, for exchanging experiences and for strengthening alliances between social movements, unions of the working people and NGOs. The Asian Social Forum 2003 is a milestone in that journey. The process of ASF, 2003, in the WSF spirit, would be open, inclusive and flexible, and would the movements opposed to capitalist led globalization working all over Asia. WSF India believes that another world and another Asia is possible; the ASF 2003 is an expression of this hope.

The Asia Social Forum 2003 provides space for proposing conferences with participation of 4,000 delegates each and a range of seminars – large and small – and workshops. The WSF India seeks the participation of mass organisations, social movements and other groups who would take the initiative and responsibility in organising such events. The opening and closing sessions, the cultural programs, public lectures and testimonials are being organised by WSF India.

 Thematic Areas

The Asia Social Forum 2003 will be organized around the identified six thematic areas. Their scope is provided here below in broad indicative terms only as a point of entry in to the process of working out more elaborately the agenda for discussion to be proposed by the participants interested to organize the events in Hyderabad as a part of the ASF 2003. We give below themes by the programme committee:

The organisations who are interested to hold the events being proposed by them as a part of the ASF 2003 in Hyderabad are requested to go through the brief notes attached here on each of the proposed thematic area. In each thematic area, as illustration, the brief notes indicate the sub-areas and the possible topics. Participants are free to add under each of the thematic area many more new sub-areas and topics. Participants are also free to consider even those topics that cut across the boundaries of proposed thematic areas for the organization of a dialogue of their choice.

While proposing the events, the participants may go beyond academic discussions on the impacts of neo-liberal globalisation and also offer concrete alternatives and strategies of resistance. It may also include struggles and experience of and victims testimonials to involve them in the WSF process of an open dialogue.

Participating organisations are invited to formulate the proposed subject matter of their choice in the shape of conference/panels, seminars and workshops as a part of the ASF 2003. Participants are expected to indicate the information details sought in the proposal format attached to give a clear idea to the organizers of the nature and content of the event so as it is appropriately in the proposed overall structure.

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