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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – While world leaders meet in Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum, social entities and movements debate in Porto Alegre around issues concerning democracy, poverty, human rights and the environment at the World Social Forum. With this year’s theme, Peace, Democracy, People’s Rights and Planet’s Rights, participants hope to debate the current global scenario and construct a new development model.

The Forum created in 2001 was designed to meet at the same time as government officials were meeting in Switzerland. While Economic Forum participants discuss economic issues . . .

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