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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Along the length of Central America and Mexico, caravans of human beings walk towards the United States border. Each of these caravans comes with determination to flee places ravaged by climate change, adverse trade deals, and a long— and continuing— history story of political destabilisation by US intervention. Their home has become the mouth of a shark. But it is only people who are held back by borders. Capital and weapons slip past border guards without care. Nor is there a border for wildlife, whose habitat is being surely and swiftly snatched away. 


This is the moment for you to test the theory of delinking – the concept you absorb from Samir Amin. To delink is not to break from the world and isolate oneself. Isolation is not possible. If you do break with the unilateral adjustment, you will either be overthrown in a coup or a military intervention in the name of saving civilians or you will be under sanctions and embargoes for decades. You do not want to isolate yourself. You are an internationalist. To delink means to fight to set an alternative framework for your relations with the world, to force others to adjust to the needs and interests of the working-class and peasantry in your country and in other countries. Delinking, you read in Samir Amin, means to ‘modify the conditions of globalization’. For more, read our newsletter.


In Palestine, the extraordinary bravery of the people exposes the Israeli occupation and the ‘excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force’ used against them. Resilience is needed in Brazil, too, as the potential results of Sunday’s election threaten to exterminate democratic and social rights and stoke a continued surge of violence against the poor and people’s movements. The threats to those who dare to speak out are clear, but so too is extraordinary bravery of ordinary people who fight for a better future. For more, read our newsletter. 


The United States rejects any freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite the country’s bombardment of Yemen, and despite the recent assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Morality plays no role here. In Brazil, the threat of an authoritarian government looms a far-right Bolsonaro leads in the polls. As attempts at projects of the bourgeoise sweep the globe, so too do projects of the people, led by the bravery and resistance of movements like #NotHim (Brazil) and Abahlali baseMjondolo (South Africa). For more, read our newsletter.


In 1992, Fidel Castro warned that ‘tomorrow will be too late to do what we should have done a long time ago,’ speaking of carbon-driven capitalism and the imperative to move towards an ecological socialist system. We see this more than ever today. In Puerto Rico, the US neglected to prepare for Hurricane Maria or assist the people afterward. It was more interested in profiting from the disaster than preserving the lives of those impacted. Meanwhile, in Cuba and Kerala, where the preparation was much more sophisticated and the recovery – despite the lack of finances – much swifter, governments of the left show us how a socialist society tackles climate change’s extreme events. As sea levels rise and climate change looms, models such as these tell a powerful story, an inspirational story to be sure, but also a story that teaches how a government of the left can take measure now to mitigate the dangers of climate change.  For more, read our newsletter.