Sixteen years ago the United States began a new phase in its war on Iraq. The lives lost from Raytheon-produced weapons were, according to US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, just an “error”. But so many of these acts were intentional war crimes. Chelsea Manning is still paying the price for exposing these acts as such. She was arrested–again–just two weeks ago for refusing to comply with the US. And, as you will read in this newsletter, she is not the only one acting against the US. Turkey, Italy, and of course Venezuela are also showing signs of “disobedience”. Even as Tropical Trump—Jair Bolsonaro—joins the US President this week to discuss Brazil’s possible entry into the NATO alliance, the extremely disliked leader still has to answer to China at the end of the day. The “needle moves away from US domination” and with it, there may be shift away from patriarchal power too—just read the charter of demands Indian women’s organisations have released as ‘the largest democracy in the world’ goes to the polls next month.
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.
Globalisation and Its Alternative lays out Samir Amin’s assessment of the concept of globalisation as well as his concept of ‘de-linking;’ that is, for the Third World to compel imperialism to accept its conditions and to be able to drive its own policy. Amin’s perspective helps us understand the current crisis of capitalism and imagine a world based on a multi-polar, internationalist people’s agenda, rather than one driven by global capital.
As the world’s largest tropical forest, the wealthiest area in minerals, and the main biogenetic reserve on the planet, the Amazon is among the most sought-after territories by global capital. As the attack against the Amazon advances under Brazil’s right-wing Jair Bolsonaro, analyzes the advance of capital in the region, providing a analysis of the international and national scope of mining and agribusiness projects, agrarian conflicts, and the devastation of biodiversity, as well as the challenges facing everyday people.