Alternatives for social justice

Alternative Economy in the Arab Region

May 2017
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“Alternative economy in the Arab region : concepts and issues“ by the Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA) explores, through case studies , existing and possible economic alternatives from different countries (i.e Jemna oasis in Tunisia, Srifa cooperative in Lebanon, Nubaseed in Egypt , self-administrated communal lands in Morocco) by identifying key factors of success and failure of such experiences. The book questions how economic alternatives can survive under capitalist systems and to which extent they can develop to an Alternative Economy.

Contributors : Salameh Kaileh – Layla Riahi – Jana Nakhal – Noureddine Bessadi – Raja Kassab – Ayman Abdelmoati – Marzuq Alnusf – Gennaro Gervasio – Mohamed El Agaty

This publication is the result of our joint cooperation with the Arab Forum for Alternatives as part of our effort to support progressive organizations and initiatives that challenges and debunk neoliberal ideologies and propose alternatives for a just development in the region that prioritizes public interest.

Social disparities and class distinction in the Arab region

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The publication “Social disparities in the Arab region“ by the Arab Forum for Alternatives (AFA) from Egypt diagnoses social disparities in several countries of North Africa and Western Asia that are characterized by different political paths and specific social contexts but similar socio-economic impacts, mainly resulting from decades of dominant neoliberal policies. The texts discuss structural causes of the growing class gap and highlight the main challenges to the achievement of social justice in the region.

Contributors: Mohamed Said – Fathi Chamkhi – Mongia Hedfi – Said al Hashmi – Maan Dammag – Fadila Akkache – Omayma Kamal – Saadi Khalid Ali – Abdelmawla Ismail – Heba Khalil – Wassim Laabidi – Joseph Dhaher – Zuhair Tawfiq – Toufiq Haddad – Mohamed El Agaty

This publication is the result of our joint cooperation with the Arab Forum for Alternatives as part of our effort to support progressive organizations and initiatives that challenges and debunk neoliberal ideologies and propose alternatives for a just development in the region that prioritizes public interest.

Journal Carto Citoyenne – Citizen Cartography Journal

December 2016
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This publication was made possible through the cooperation with the Fédération des Tunisiens pour une Citoyenneté des deux Rives (FTCR) and Altercarto, “the Citizen Cartography” initiative. Its purpose is to set in place a working tool that aims to map the economic and social data of Tunisia in order to strengthen citizen-based dialogue with a rigorous and participatory approach. Wanting to innovate in their methodology and to actively involve the public, the Citizen Cartography project in 2016 set up five encounters: a thematic conference and a day of mapping workshops. The Citizen Cartography Journal contains articles about each subject, and more insights about the project. (The publication is in French).

Free trade agreements – Colonial agreements against the people

December 2016
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This book by Attac Maroc was originally published in 2015 in Arabic and French and is geared towards readers in Morocco who want to learn more about the devastating effects of trade agreements on the country. We have translated it into English, because the different texts provide insight for the interested in other parts of the world as well, and we hope that this contributes to a wider international exchange between activists and initiatives struggling for the democratic interests of people.

EU-Tunisia: Illusion of peace and shared prosperity

December 2016
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The long-awaited Tunisia 2020 investment conference was concluded on 30 November. During this conference, The European Union reiterated its support to Tunisia, but the high cost of the EU policy-based loan strategy is in stark contrast with the meager support provided to the country. While the communicated objective of the European Union in the region is to promote employment and socioeconomic resilience as the best counter-measure to radicalization and migration, it is difficult to believe that austerity policies and an increased dependence on European countries can contribute to the effort of an “area of peace and shared prosperity”.

Odyssey of the Alternatives Ibn Battuta

November 2016
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A group of civil society organizations used the momentum of the preparation for the COP22, for strengthening a Euro-African movement for climate justice. An “Odyssey of the Alternatives” has been sailing across the Mediterranean since 19 October. It will participate to climate and environment activities in Spain, France, Italy, Tunisia and Algeria before reaching Morocco and participate to the COP.

The Struggle for Energy Democracy in the Maghreb

November 2016
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The European Union and its member states claim that its international relations are guided by values and principles based on democracy and human rights. Countless projects are financed and implemented in this regard. Europe’s hunger for energy is no exception in this context, and this brochure, authored by Hamza Hamouchene, serves as an introduction to this topic. Hamouchene’s text outlines the blatant disregard for the will of the people in areas of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia that are subject to the production of energy for Europe. The brochure also serves as an introduction for climate activists to these North African countries, providing an overview of the region’s popular struggles for climate justice.

Social justice in the Arab region between street politics and political paths

January 2016
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This book tackles a number of issues related to social justice in details through eight chapters which examine regional issues or comparative case studies in the Arab region. The issues disscussed in the book are numerous, and range from the neo-liberal project in the Arab region to the different aspects of the struggle for social justice in civil society, social movements…

The coming parliament and social justice legislations

January 2015
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The concept of social justice is not just a concept that is linked to economy in its technical sense, yet it has as well political dimensions, one of the most important dimensions is spreading the spirit and culture of peaceful coexistence among citizens, that citizens without the feeling of justice among themselves, the society cannot be in a state of stability, which in turn affects all various classes.

Towards a positive role to achieve social justice in the Arab world

December 2014
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Arab revolutions have shown in the past years that the followed economic models that was backed by the European Union has failed to achieve the promised development goals, and resulted in a clear reduction in citizens’ access to economic and social rights. In spite of the endorsement of the European Union on that, it still adopts policies in the course of the Deauville partnership, which goes in line with international financial institutions, which are still promoting more liberalization of trade and finance, privatization and attracting foreign direct investment, as well as austerity in spending to meet the State budget deficit .

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