Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem – against international custom – drops the pretence of the United States as a neutral actor. The slaughter of over a hundred Palestinians killed in cold blood followed, while thousands have been injured in a ‘continuous Naqba’ that began in 1948 and persists today. Meanwhile, shackdwellers with the Abahlali baseMjondolo occupy land in Germiston, hungry for land and to meet their basic needs. In Venezuela, we are just days away from the May 20 Presidential election. While Maduros’ victory is likely, it is less likely that the West will recognize the results; democracy is only celebrated when the West’s preferred candidates win. Otherwise, it is denigrated. To read our newsletter, click here.

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The Venezuelan people will go to the polling stations across the country on Sunday, May 20th. This dossier looks at what is at stake in these elections. We provide an overview of the regional and national context in which the elections will take place and explore the forms and consequences that the U.S. intervention has had in Venezuela. Lastly, this dossier looks at the experiences, tensions, and alternatives that have developed in the past and that characterize today’s Bolivarian revolution and perspectives towards the future. 

What to make of the war in Syria? It is a bewilderingly terrible war – so many killed, so much destruction, so many thrown out of their homes and into a hostile world. An end seems unlikely. Peace negotiations open and then close. Our latest Tricontinental dossier provides some context for this war. It offers a window into how toxic the debate has been about this conflict, how difficult it has been to agree even on the basic facts. To enrich our discussion, we present an interview with Syrian economist Omar Dahi.

In the Ruins of the Present traces the challenges posed by globalization and what these challenges produce for our society. The first attempt to address the problems of globalization was neo-liberalism. It failed. Next came cruel populism, which expresses itself in narrow, hateful terms. It will also fail. The Left is weak – decomposed by globalization. The need of the hour is for the Left to recompose itself, to become a vital force for a fragile humanity.