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Tricontinental: Institute of Social Research
admin Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:39

 

 

Dear Friends,

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

Focus on Zambia, Where Hunger Exists Besides Copper Wealth

Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/03/2018 - 02:36
Chellah Tukuta Rancen
Photo Chellah Tukuta Rancen

 

 

Dear Friends,

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

Migrants Without Shoes
Looking at the photographs by Shahidul Alam - pictured above - in Dhaka last week
admin Thu, 01/18/2018 - 04:02

 

Dear Friends,

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

Welcome to 2018

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:14
Massive Protests Erupt in Iran

 

Dear Friends,

Welcome to 2018. It promises to be a year of protest and unrest.

It begins in Iran. These are little understood protests. It says a great deal about the impoverishment of the use of a class analysis in the corporate media that it would like, therefore, to link these protests to the Green Movement of 2009. Those are utterly different - different classes and different horizons. Indeed, the standard bearer of their reformism is now in power in the government and the more radical elements of the Green Movement have been long made marginal.

In Alternet today, I have a brief report

Palestinian Girl in the Picture Writes to the Artists and Writers Who Wrote to Trump: her spirit is irresistible

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 12/17/2017 - 19:17
Amal

 

 

A week ago or so, I signed a letter in response to Donald Trump's abominable statement on Jerusalem. It was a note that was published in The Guardian and it was signed by about a hundred artists and writers. The text is short,

The Guardian reports (10th December) President Macron’s comment that recent US moves on the status of Jerusalem are a threat to peace. They are much more than that.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump seeks to achieve through a declaration what Israel has been trying to do for fifty years through force of arms: to erase Palestinians, as a

Artists' Letter on Trump and Jerusalem

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:40
Palestinians hold a poster of Donald Trump during a protest outside the Damascus Gate

 

 

[I signed a letter that condemns Trump's statement on Jerusalem. This was signed by over a hundred artists from across the world]

 

The Guardian reports (10th December) President Macron’s comment that recent US moves on the status of Jerusalem are a threat to peace. They are much more than that.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump seeks to achieve through a declaration what Israel has been trying to do for fifty years through force of arms: to erase Palestinians, as a political and cultural presence, from the life of their own city.

The Palestinian people of Je

Contradictions: Fascism, Hurricanes, Wars

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:11
Demonstration in Delhi by Sudhanva

 

Dear Friends,

This week, in Kerala and in other parts of India, the Left went out on the streets to fend off a challenge from the fascistic forces - led by the RSS. The Hindu Right's government in Delhi attempted to create mischief in Left-led Kerala, but it was held back by the mobilization of the people. The Left, in this state of 34 million people, built a wall against hatred and intolerance. The picture above, which I love for a million and a half reasons, is taken by Sudhanva (the Managing Editor of LeftWord Books) and is from the demonstration in Delhi.

At Alternet, I have a short re

50 Años Como El Che

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 05:23
50 Años Como El Che

 

Dear Friends,

I am coming to you early this week because today is an important day - the 50th anniversary of the murder of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in the little town of La Higuera, Bolivia. Near where Che was killed sits a statue, erected in 1997, which is said to be the shrine of Santo Ernesto, as the local townspeople call him (see below). The town has become a shrine not only to Che, but to the industry around Che - the cult of the martyr, the commodities to be sold. It would disgust Che. But then he would have to realize that for many people he stood for something. This celebration is no

Strikes, Wars, Floods

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/16/2017 - 13:43
Sikar

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from Sikar, Rajasthan (India). The farmers of the state, organized by the All-India Kisan Sabha, have fought a tough battle against the BJP-ruled government. They wanted the government to implement a set of recommendations from a government commission on the agrarian crisis. The demands, as I note in this blog post here, are basic - humane and uncontroversial if we lived in a different kind of system.

But, of course, we don't live in a different kind of system. We live where we live, in these times of peculiarly harsh intensity. Facts are brutal these day

Unemployment, Social Contract, Modi in Israel

Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 23:48
Antonio Berni

 

Dear Friends,

Traveling from one side of the Mediterranean Sea back to the other - from Spain to Morocco and back - provides a vivid appreciation of the way the histories of these countries are intertwined. Not merely during the time of the Nasrid sultans of Andalusia, but also during the Spanish occupation of Morocco and during the military coup led by Franco in 1936 that began in Spanish occupied Morocco and came northward to inaugurate the Spanish Civil War. Even so now, when unemployment racks both sides of the sea - from Barcelona to Fez. That is the heart of the story which I am shar