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.

To find out more about the newsletter, or to send us stories that you believe we should cover in it, please write to [email protected]. We do not promise to use each and every one of your suggestions, but we do welcome them. If you have objections to anything we run, please let us know. There might be times when we might publish your criticism as part of our mandate to stimulate debate.


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.

The picture is taken by Rafael Stedile. It is of two North Koreans on a bicycle going through the countryside. Rafael, who visited North Korea in July 2017, says that North Koreans are friendly and have a sense of humour. In other words, they are human beings. This is lost in the media coverage of the Korean peninsula. Trump says he will meet with Kim. Our Second Newsletter offers a verdict on that possibility. To read the rest of the newsletter, click here.

The picture is taken by Gautam Prashad. It is of a bus conductor in Kolkata (India), holding cash in the way that bus conductors do. The picture is called ‘Demonetisation’, a reference to the policy of the government of India to withdraw bank notes in favour of new notes – but really a policy designed to push ordinary people to deliver their money to banks. This is a fragment from the first newsletter. To read the rest, click on the picture.