On May 11, 1996, the CBS television program 60 Minutes made famous one of the more notorious statistics in the history of Iraqi-US relations. In an interview of then secretary of state Madeleine Albright, correspondent Lesley Stahl said, "We have heard that a half million children have died as a result of the sanctions [in Iraq]. That's more than died in Hiroshima."
The World Social Forum's greatest achievement in Nairobi was creating this space where over 70,000 people representing social movements from all over the world could gather and reflect on successes and strategize for the future. One key thing that came out was the formation of the Africa Water Network.
Many Guatemalans are rich in family and traditional culture. Yet under the soil lies something that's important to corporate interests. These corporations are willing to sweep aside all that is beautiful about Guatemala, to dig up the earth for a drop of oil or a piece of gold.
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"I want to use the word 'conspiracy,' but it isn't a conspiracy because it's not illegal. But there is an incredible array of tools and institutions set up in this country to keep us from understanding what's really going on in the world."