We are within sight of launching Tricontinental: Institute of Social Research, with offices in Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, New Delhi and Sao Paulo. On March 1, we'll have our website alive and ready to go. For now, we have our social media pages - at Facebook and on Twitter - alive and well. Please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Also, visit our website to sign up for our materials (there is a silly little video there as well). As I mentioned earlier, this newsletter will slowly transition to become the weekly newsletter from the Tricontinental. It will have
In 1969, the Honduran poet Roberto Sosa published a book called Los Pobres. The title poem is haunting. It opens,
The poor are many
impossible to forget.
The poor are also impossible to forget because they lead their struggles for emancipation from the injustice of our social order.
Last week, I spent a little time with Abahali baseMjondolo (People of the Shacks) movement based in Durban (South Africa). They gave me a full sense of their philosophy of 'living politics'. It allowed me to better understand their movement, which I had read about thanks to the work of
Greetings from Johannesburg.
Zambia is a country that is not often in the news. But it should be. It is a major source of copper for the world. Indeed, its copper is sluiced out by major multinational corporations based in Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and China. What is extraordinary is that the children that grow up on the land above the copper mines suffer from an illiteracy rate of 60%. That is shameful. There needs to be scrutiny on these multinational corporations that have made it their business to drain the wealth out of Africa w
Turkey made the inevitable move into Syria with air strikes and artillery bombardment of Kurdish positions along the Turkish-Syrian border. Turkish and allied troops have entered Syria, moving towards the town of Afrin. The policy, which Turkey has made clear, is to remove Syrian Kurdish control over the land along the border which the Kurds call Rojava, or Western Kurdistan. The Kurds - organized as the YPG and the YPJ as well as the Syrian Democratic Forces - are well dug in with a network of tunnels and hardened bunkers to give t
South African Metalworkers Mourn the Death of South Africa's Radical Trumpeter, Hugh Masekela - Bra Hugh
[The picture above was taken by Alf Khumalo, one of South Africa's most important photo journalists, of a 16 year old Masekala after he received a trumpet from Louis Armstrong. Below, Masekala and Miriam Makeba with Soweto Blues with a commentary from Makeba]
23 January 2018
NUMSA mourns the passing on of Bra Hugh Masekela
The leadership of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and all its members and the working class in general, mourn the departure of Bra Hugh Masekela.
Our sincere and deepest condolences to his family, friends and indeed the music lovin
Looking at the photographs by Shahidul Alam - pictured above - in Dhaka last week reminded me of the migrants from Ethiopia who returned home from Saudi Arabia without shoes. His pictures were about Bangladeshi migrants in Malaysia, but the stories seemed to mirror those of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia. These are people who remit more money to their home countries than the Foreign Direct Investment that goes into them, and yet while the FDI merchants are treated as saviors, the migrant workers are treated as criminals. There is no secret to why this is so. It is the infrastruct
Shithole? That is what US President Donald Trump is said to have called certain countries of the three continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America. This is familiar language. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once called Bangladesh a 'basket case'.
It is well worth remembering that in 1757 Major General Robert Clive of the East India Company described Dhaka as 'as extensive, populous and rich as the city of London'. Before the Select Committee on East India (1840) Sir Charles Trevelyan said, 'The population of the town of Dacca has fallen from 150,000 to 30,000 an
<Dhaka> Tomorrow, January 11, I'll be giving a lecture - On the Ruins of the Present: Imperialism Today - in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thanks to Shahidul Alam, the crack photographer, for asking me to give the Golam Kasem Lecture 2018 (Golam Kasem, known as Daddy, was a pioneer photographer of Bangladesh - on whom, see Shahidul's essay: http://www.shahidulnews.com/when-the-mind-says-yes.). The photo is by Golam Kasem.
6:00 pm Welcome Address
Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik
6:10 pm 7th Golam Kasem Daddy Lecture
‘The Ruins of the Present: Imperialism Today’