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    Public health issues on one side of the global affect the other side. Money spent on improving the health of vulnerable populations improves the health of all.

    ?..We are at a crucial moment, where world leaders are debating how to cope with the financial crisis and minimize its effects, mainly on their own financial systems. We have seen a shameful amount of money being put on the fly to support their economies, money that was never available to end the suffering of millions in the developing countries. Now civil society has the opportunity to raise its voice to be heard by leaders at the upcoming meetings of the G20 in London and the G8 in Rome. Business as usual is no longer an option,? says Constantino Casasbuenas, from the Oxfam International team in Bel?m..."

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    World Social Forum Meeting - Brazil 2009

    Activists gather for World Social Forum

    By BRADLEY BROOKS ? 2 days ago
    BELEM, Brazil (AP) ? Some 100,000 activists of all stripes converged on this steamy Amazon city Tuesday, opening the World Social Forum with a rambunctious march to the beat of samba drums.

    An afternoon jungle downpour could not drown the spirits of those who came from all corners of the globe to participate: Socialists, environmentalists, anarchists, Indians, communists and even a fellow dressed as a pirate.

    The massive meeting ? coming amid the worst global economic crisis in decades ? was held for the first time in the Amazon region, an especially poignant fact for attendees.

    "During a financial crisis, the environment is the first thing to be pushed off the agenda of most governments," said Andrew Riplinger, 22, of Chicago. "I think having the social forum here in Belem, surrounded by the rain forest ? it's keeping environmentalism on the table."

    The streets of Belem were overflowed ? by both water and the activists, who came wearing homemade shirts extolling every social cause under the sun. Massive banners were unfurled, trumpets blared a chaotic chorus as Indians from across the Amazon performed traditional dances, barefoot, bodies ornately painted and heads adorned with the feathers of exotic birds.

    Local fire officials and media estimated that 100,000 people were in Belem for the ninth World Social Forum and 50,000 took part in the march.
    "I'm here to fight for land, health and education," said one parading Indian, an older man who gave his name only as Miguel.

    Attendees see this year's forum as more vital than ever, with participants saying the world's economic crisis gave legitimacy to their demands for alternative development models.

    The celebration in the Amazon was geographically half a world away ? and ideologically on another planet ? from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where a dour mood and a decidedly slimmer list of global luminaries was expected to prevail. The social forum was first held in 2001 in southern Brazil as a direct response to that economic meeting in Europe.

    Standing on the deck of the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, docked in Belem, the environmental group's top Amazon campaigner Paulo Adario said this year's social forum was being held in the perfect locale.

    "The destruction of the Amazon is being propelled by the globalization of the Brazilian economy ? cattle and soy for export," he said.

    "Socio-economic problems and the environment are interconnected. That is why it is very important to have the forum here, so we can highlight both issues."