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.
In the Ruins of the Present traces the challenges posed by globalization and what these challenges produce for our society. The first attempt to address the problems of globalization was neo-liberalism. It failed. Next came cruel populism, which expresses itself in narrow, hateful terms. It will also fail. The Left is weak – decomposed by globalization. The need of the hour is for the Left to recompose itself, to become a vital force for a fragile humanity.
Tension remains across the Korean Peninsula. Despite moves to dissipate the dangerous rhetoric by both the North and South Koreans, the underlying threats remain in place. A reader of the mainstream – mostly Western – media would assume that the threats were all authored by North Korea, indeed that if the North simply gave up its nuclear weapons programme that all would be well. But this is not the whole story. Our Dossier no. 1: Crisis in the Korean Peninsula unravels the problems that bedevil the people of Korea.
At the heart of the work of Tricontinental are the long-term research projects. The Institute – guided by our network of social and political movements – will assemble research teams to conduct precise academic-quality research on problems that we do not always clearly understand and for whom, therefore, we have no easy path for a solution. We will build a network of scholars and intellectuals as well as provide grants for research that would bring intellectuals into close dialogue with social and political movements.