The picture is taken by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury of the Drik Gallery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It suggests something about the water crisis that has taken hold of human society. Cape Town in South Africa is ready to run out of water. In our Third Newsletter, you will read a little bit about our Dossier #2 Cities Without Water. You will also read about the war in Syria, the topic of Dossier #3, which is under preparation. Finally, you will read about the great farmers’ struggle in India – a fight that forced justice to smile. To read the newsletter, click here.


Water is a class issue. Its distribution has never been equitable. What the residents of Cape Town will struggle with is what more than one billion residents of informal settlements across the planet deal with each day. They too have little access to piped water and no sanitation system. They have to fetch water from afar and have to rely upon open fields to relieve themselves. What has already a afflicted the very poorest on the planet has now become a grave peril as it inflicts itself upon a major city. Our Dossier #2 looks closely at cities without water.

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.

Tension remains across the Korean Peninsula. Despite moves to dissipate the dangerous rhetoric by both the North and South Koreans, the underlying threats remain in place. A reader of the mainstream – mostly Western – media would assume that the threats were all authored by North Korea, indeed that if the North simply gave up its nuclear weapons programme that all would be well. But this is not the whole story. Our Dossier no. 1: Crisis in the Korean Peninsula unravels the problems that bedevil the people of Korea.