News of struggles and conflicts from Africa, Asia and Latin America is not always easy to find. A general strike in India is not reported in the corporate press, neither is the murder of a human rights activist in Central America nor indeed is news of great humanitarian interest from the multilateral organisations (such as the agencies of the United Nations). As the world’s media gets more and more homogenised by the interests of corporate ideology, more and more news about the world’s peoples vanish. There is so little basic information, for instance, about world hunger and about the fights to feed the hungry. We are not interested merely in the conflicts and the suffering. We are equally interested in the struggles of people to address these broad challenges.

We, at the Tricontinental, will send out a weekly newsletter, a curated note with information from one part of the world, that will offer a window into some of the struggles and conflicts of our time. The newsletter will be available by subscription – and it is free.

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Marisol, Culture Head, 1975.

The Bolivarian Revolution has faced immense challenges, from the collapse of oil prices to the tight grip of US sanctions, attempted coups and invasions, and the US-drive hybrid war. Despite this, Chavismo remains the name of revolutionary energy, of the radical mutation of the personality of the Venezuelan who is no longer willing to bend before the oligarchy or of Washington. Read more about the US-driven attack against Venezuela, and the resistance against it, in this week’s newsletter.


Antún Kojtom Lam (Mexico), Ch'ulel, 2013.

The coronavirus continues its contagious march across the planet: almost 350,000 known deaths and over 5. 4 million people infected. It is clear that one of the reasons for the advances in the socialist parts of the world, despite their economic poverty, is that they take science seriously. For that reason, in consultation with a range of scientists and engineers, this week’s newsletter features our latest red alert, a primer to explain essential facts about the virus and antidotes to it.


Chittaprosad

The United States government, despite the gravity of COVID-19, is rushing headlong into a hallucinatory war with China, blaming it for the virus, and deepening the hybrid war against Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, and others. Our Bouficha Appeal – harkening to the Stockholm Appeal of 1950 – calls for peace in our time; it is specifically a call against the imperialist warmongering that emanates from – but is not only authored by – Washington, DC.


James Ensor, Comical Repast (Banquet of the Starved), 1917-18.

Today, half of the world’s population fears going hungry as a result of the pandemic. Hunger and the capitalist logic that produces it are not addressed by the bourgeois order according to which money is God, land is allocated through the market, and food is just another commodity from which capital seeks to profit. When modest food distribution programmes are implemented to stave off widespread famine, they often function as state subsidies for a food system captured, from the corporate farm to the supermarket, by capital.


Ezrena Marwan, Labour (2020)

The IMF, the World Bank, and others are being asked to postpone debt payments until the pandemic has passed. However, there is no international debt authority to enforce the insufficient concessions that have been made, and countries such as Venezuela have been excluded as these institutions attempt to use human lives as a political bargaining chip. We would do well to remember Fidel Castro’s plea in 1985 for a Third World Debt Strike to bolster the sovereignty and strength of the Global South and put pressure on the creditors to come to the table.