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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Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem – against international custom – drops the pretence of the United States as a neutral actor. The slaughter of over a hundred Palestinians killed in cold blood followed, while thousands have been injured in a ‘continuous Naqba’ that began in 1948 and persists today. Meanwhile, shackdwellers with the Abahlali baseMjondolo occupy land in Germiston, hungry for land and to meet their basic needs. In Venezuela, we are just days away from the May 20 Presidential election. While Maduros’ victory is likely, it is less likely that the West will recognize the results; democracy is only celebrated when the West’s preferred candidates win. Otherwise, it is denigrated. To read our newsletter, click here.


US President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the multi-state deal on Iran’s nuclear energy programme. Two hours after he did so, Israel bombed Iranian assets inside Syria. The doors of hell, already ajar in the region, will open wider. In Venezuela on May 20, the people will go to the polls to elect a president. Our fourth dossier, written by our office in Buenos Aires, is on the Venezuelan election. In South Africa, there continue to be protests of one kind or another against the narrowness of economic policy. Read more here.


May 5 marks the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth. Marx spoke of the revolution as an old mole that burrows deep into the soil of history and on occasion pops its head out. It is the fantasy of those who rule that nothing will change. But then, the old mole appears when least expected. In the last months, we have seen tens of thousands of famers in India come together to demand their rights in the Kisan Long March, a Socialist Party form in Zambia, mineworkers in Jerada, Morocco fight for better working conditions and a dignified life, and an alternative to war is presented in the Korean Peninsula. Read our newsletter for more here.


Pay attention to the fact that Yemen and Syria are on fire, the working poor in South Africa struggle to make a living and the minorities in Pakistan and Bangladesh fight for their dignity – while billions of dollars are siphoned out of countries in mirror trades to enter the shadowy sections of the international banking system. Our Ninth Newsletter takes you to all these places as well as into the shadow banking sector. You can read it here.


A few days ago, I read a study about Vitamin A deficiency, which leaves half a million children blind. It was a shocking statistic. It came as I read a set of World Health Organisation reports on the diseases of poverty – diarrhea, malaria and so on. Each of these ailments have simple solutions – but these are not available for the poor.


We are now in the age of anti-democracy – opposition leaders in prison, disinformation as the guiding method, violence in the lead-up to polls. Distorted versions of democracy stand in for real democracy. Our newsletter begins a Manual of Anti-Democracy, from Brazil to Bengal. The silence of the press plays a role here. Where is the press to hold to account the oligarchs as they steal elections or start wars? Please read our seventh newsletter, a manual of anti-democracy, here.


From the war in Syria to the war against Palestinians, our Sixth Newsletter reflects on the violence that encircles the world. But there is not only this violence. There is also the patient efforts by sensitive and decent people to build society, to do the hard work that it takes to fight against the hierarchies of class and identity into a horizontal foundation of social life. For that we turn to the formation of the Socialist Party of Zambia and to the season of elections in Latin America. All our eyes are on Lula. We stand with Lula because he represents the struggles of working-people against the oligarchy. To read the newsletter, go here.


The Fifth Newsletter opens in Brazil, where Lula has become the face of a popular upsurge against the oligarchy. It is his Caravan for Brazil that defines the presidential campaign. Lula stands against the attack on democracy. So do working people across the planet. The ruse of tariffs won’t satisfy us. We want jobs. We want bread. We want hope. We want our aspirations to be realised. We don’t want war – not against Iran nor against North Korea. From India to Mexico, people who work the land, who work in small factories and who seek precarious employment want more. Life. To read the newsletter, click here.


The Fourth Newsletter highlights our first Working Document – In the Ruins of the Present. It charts the impact of globalisation on working people across the world. The Document searches for ways in which working people have put forward their grievances of this world and their visions for a future world. In this newsletter, you will read about the revolts in northern Morocco and in southern Africa, in India and in Brazil. You will also – once more – read about Syria, in preparation for our Dossier #3 on the war in that country. To read the newsletter, click here.


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.