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.

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North and South Korea have agreed not only that ‘the era of no war has started’, but they have come up with a series of proposals to strengthen ties across the peninsula. Since the two Koreas agree about demilitarisation, the burden is now with the United States. Meanwhile, across the globe students are standing up for their right to a free quality education, from Colombia to Argentina to India. Their leaders face repression and brutality. Much here is at stake; if you think education is expensive, think about the expense of ignorance. In rural India, those who have been systematically deprived from the right to read and write are taken advantage of and poisoned for the profits of multinational agribusiness. For more, read our newsletter here. 


“My daughter
Wouldn’t hurt a spider
That had nested
Between her bicycle handles
For two weeks
She waited
Until it left of its own accord

If you tear down the web I said
It will simply know
This isn’t a place to call home
And you’d get to go biking

She said that’s how others
Become refugees, isn’t it?”

– Fady Joudah

This week’s newsletter focuses on refugees, on a world shaped by the violence of big capital. There is no refugee crisis. There is only the crisis of humanity, a crisis of war and hunger that drives refugees.  In this world, there are no refugees. There are only people who have been forced from their homes. In this world, we can look to places like Brazil for hope, where the struggles led by people’s movements could potentially shift political needle in South America and send ripples beyond. You can read our newsletter here.


In Brazil, fire consumes a 200-year-old museum, a tragedy that possibly could have been avoided had the nearby fire hydrants not been dry, the result of a series of budget cuts since Brazil’s 2016 judiciary coup. Similar neoliberal policies are also what led to a massive uprising in Haiti this summer. In India, Section 377 – an anti-LGBTQ measure that had been imposed by the British-  was struck down in a significant advance for the LGBTQ movement. This, while thousands of people have taken to the street in Delhi, first as part of a march women, and then a march for workers. For more, click here. 


En juillet 2018, des manifestations contre le gouvernement ont éclaté en Haïti, prenant rapidement de l’ampleur. L’élément déclencheur des manifestations fut la décision du gouvernement du Premier ministre Jack Guy Lafontant d’augmenter le prix des carburants, de 38 % pour l’essence et jusqu’à 51 % pour le diesel et le kérosène. Des milliers de personnes étaient descendues dans la rue. Le gouvernement a vite annulé l’augmentation. Mais les manifestations n’ont pas cessé. L’enjeu était plus important. Les revendications populaires sont devenues plus radicales. Ce dossier ait le point sur les évènements qui ont eu lieu cet été en Haïti et sur leur signification à long terme. 

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Thursday, August 30 marked the Day of the Disappeared. This, just days after activists in India were arrested for unspecified crimes, no doubt because of their activism. In Argentina and Turkey, the Mothers of the Disappeared continue to march against the disappearance of their children. Meanwhile, the agenda of the right causes economic destabilization across the Global South, with currency fluctuating wildly every day- from Argentina to Turkey to India- as these countries take out debt in US dollars that will continue to limit their sovereignty and drive their national policies. For more, read our newsletter here.