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CADTM Latin America and Caribbean continental assembly was held in Port-au-Prince
4 November 2013

A CADTM Latin America and Caribbean continental assembly was held in Port-au-Prince from 31 October to 2 November 2013.

Before the assembly, on 29 October, Eric Toussaint gave a conference at Port-au-Prince University on the subject of the global crisis of capitalism, which was attended by 200 people mostly in the 20 - 25 age range.
Eric Toussaint examined the crisis that began in 2007 – 2008, demonstrating the interrelationship of the financial, economic, food, climate, and institutional crises.

Eric Toussaint et Camille Chalmers

He continued with an overview of the events of the last hundred years, from the First World War up to today to explain the most important lessons learned, before concluding on the actions carried out by the CADTM.
His talk was followed by a very interesting exchange with the audience thanks to a wide range of Questions: Is capitalism approaching its final phase? What do you think about grass roots globalisation? What revolutionary strategies should we adopt? What do you think about the Chinese presence in Africa, restitution claims by Caribbean countries, and the impact of consumerism on the food crisis? Does ignoring one’s cultural heritage weaken a country? Are the events in Libya part of the Arab spring? How does capitalism seek to make profits from climate change? Does capitalism not impose its own form of democracy? What does “Third World” mean today? What can be made of European socialists like François Hollande and his Mali intervention? What about Chavez-Morales-Correa?

As you can imagine, this enabled us to dig deep into these and other issues.

Public étudiant

On 30 October, CADTM delegates from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Haiti, Belgium, and France (delegates from Venezuela and Colombia could not be present due to circumstances beyond their control) joined different social movements struggling in the fields of Human rights, feminism, food self-sufficiency, debt, and popular education.

On the morning of the 31st the PAPDA (Haitian organisation member of CADTM) held a press conference to present CADTM actions. A dozen local radio stations and a dozen local television stations showed up.

At midday, a meeting between the CADTM and 6 progressive Haitian political parties was held.

Finally at 4 o’clock, there was a conference at the university, open to the public, to debate the euro crisis.

Translation : Mike Krolikowski and Charles La Via


Abya Yala Nuestra América
Abya Yala est le nom donné par les Indiens Kunas du Panama et de la Colombie au continent américain avant l’arrivée de Christophe Colomb et des européens. L’expression « Abya Yala » signifie « terre dans sa pleine maturité » dans la langue des Kunas. Le leader indigène aymara de Bolivie Takir Mamani a proposé que tous les peuples indigènes des Amériques nomment ainsi leurs terres d’origine, et utilisent cette dénomination dans leurs documents et leurs déclarations orales, arguant que « placer des noms étrangers sur nos villes, nos cités et nos continents équivaut à assujettir notre identité à la volonté de nos envahisseurs et de leurs héritiers. ». Abya Yala est choisie en 1992 par les nations indigènes d’Amérique pour désigner l’Amérique au lieu de le nommer d’après Amerigo Vespucci.