SOCIALISM CONFERENCE: MANILA, NOV 27,28 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 November 2010 12:49

SOCIALISM CONFERENCE PROGRAM

University of the Philippines (Diliman campus)

College of Social Work and Community Development

Quezon City

November 27-28, 2010, Saturday & Sunday

 

FIRST DAY

Nov 27/Saturday

 

 

Time

Topic

Speakers

 

9:00am

 

REGISTRATION

 

9:40-10:00am

Cultural Introduction

Teatro Pabrika

 

10:00am-10:20am

(20 mins)

Conference Opening: The need for socialist alternatives

Reihana Mohideen, Chairperson, Transform Asia Gender & Labor Institute

 

10:20am-12:20am

(2 hrs)

Plenary Session

The capitalist economic crisis and imperialist wars

A discussion on the deteriorating economic crisis characterized by the smashing of the welfare state programs in Europe and advanced capitalist countries and the working class resistance against it. In Third World countries, the crisis takes the form of imperialist wars to control resources and markets.

 

  • Stuart Munckton, Socialist Alliance, Australia
  • Rasti Delizo, PLM/Sanlakas, Philippines
  • James Miraflor, Freedom from Debt Coalition, Philippines

 

Facilitator: Jofti Villena

 

12:20nn-1:00pm

LUNCH

 

 

1:00pm-3:00pm

(2 hrs)

Plenary Session

Renewing socialist feminism

The panel will be a discussion of the experiences of socialist parties in developing the socialist feminist alternative in the context of the renewal of ‘socialism for the twenty-first century’ in Latin America.

 

  • Vivi Widyawati, KPRM-PRD, Indonesia
  • Ann-Margarethe Livh, President, VIF, Sweden
  • Reihana Mohideen

 

Facilitator: Jofti Villena

 

3:00pm-5:00pm

(2 hrs)

Plenary Session

Socialist strategy

A discussion on the strategy by the working class and the dominated sectors in seizing state power.  A comparison of the strategy and tactics being undertaken by various socialist parties in their own home-fronts.

 

  • Arul Arutchelvan, General Secretary, PSM, Malaysia
  • Vipar Daomanee, Turn Left Organization, Thailand
  • Ric Reyes, Katarungan, FDC, Philippines
  • Sonny Melencio, Chairperson, PLM, Philippines

 

 

5:00pm-6:30pm

(1hr, 30 mins)

FEATURE TALK

 

The Left in Indonesia: Post-Suharto

A post-Suharto situationer on the Indonesian left. The strategies for change of the various groups and their endeavors for unification.

 

  • Muhammad Ridha, PRP
  • Paulus Suryanta, KPRM-PRD
  • Wahida Baharuddin, PRD

 

2ND DAY

Nov 28/Sunday

 

 

OPTIONAL

8:30am

Socialism RUN

 

A jog or a stroll along the UP oval as a fresh start of the morning for delegates.

Assembly: Conference venue

 

 

9:00am-9:15am

Cultural Introduction

 

Teatro Pabrika

 

9:20am-9:35am

Guest speaker: Capitalist Crisis, Socialist Initiatives

Dr. Francisco Nemenzo

 

9:35am-9:45am

Greetings from the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Charge d’affaires Manuel Perez Iturbe

 

9:45am-10:45am

(1hr)

FEATURE TALK

Cuba Today

A presentation on the socialist economic restructuring that is happening in Cuba, the U.S. blockade, the Cuban 5, and other issues faced by socialist Cuba today.

Ambassador Juan Carlos Avencibia Corrales

 

10:45am-12:45noon

(2 hrs)

Plenary Session

Environmental crisis and socialist alternatives

If capitalism is causing severe environmental crisis in the world today, how can socialism be an alternative and environment-friendly system? How can the socialist alternative reverse the effects of the environmental degradation?

  • Red Constantino, Philippines
  • Stuart Munckton
  • Vi Pham, Co-founder, CECAD, Viet Nam
  • Gerry Arances, Philippines

 

12:45nn-1:30pm

LUNCH

 

 

1:30pm-2:10pm

(40 mins)

Vietnam Today

How is “market socialism” faring in Vietnam today? How can we compare the country’s development with capitalist Asia? What are the prospects of socialist renewal and peace and development in Vietnam.

  • Mr. Bui Ba Binh, Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation; Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations

 

2:10pm-3:40pm

(1hr, 30 mins)

FEATURE A

 

The working class today and its leading role

How do socialists assess the revolutionary potential of the working class today, in the era of “globalization” and the dispersal and atomization of the labor force?

 

  • Dr. Bharat Raj Pahari, Gefont, Nepal
  • Leody de Guzman, President, BMP, Philippines
  • Arul Arutchelvan, Malaysia

 

3:40pm-4:40pm

(1hr)

Closing Plenary

A discussion on the call of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and his party – the United Socialist Party of Venezuela or PSUV -- for the formation of the Fifth International, a gathering of socialist parties and militant working class formation in the world today, and the summary of the 2-day conference.

  • Arul Arutchelvan, Malaysia
  • Sonny Melencio, Philippines

 

 

Facilitator: Luke Espiritu

 

 

 

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