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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اليوم ،نصف سكان العالم  يخشون اختبار أزمة الجوع كأحد عواقب الجائحة ان الجوع الذي يتسبب به المنطق الرأسمالي لا يتم معالجته من قبل النظام البرجوازي الذي يقدس المال كاله، ويقوم بالمتاجرة بالأرض من خلال السوق ويعتبر الغذاء بمثابة سلعة أخرى يقتضي  منها الربح وحين يتم تنفيذ برامج  توزيع الأغذية المتواضعة لدرء المجاعة غالبا ما تعمل تلك البرامج على شكل معونات حكومية  لنظام غذائي مُستولى عليه من  النظام الرأسمالي. من المزرعة التجارية الى السوبر ماركت. .


On 8 March 1917, a hundred women in the textile factories in Petrograd decided to go on strike. Before long, around 200,000 workers – led by the women – marched through the streets. This strike set in motion a cascade of protests which eventually broke the Tsarist state and inaugurated the Russian Revolution. In 1920, the Bolshevik leader Alexandra Kollontai wrote that women in the Soviet Republic had rights and the vote, but that ‘life itself has not absolutely changed.


Marx and Engels lay out a provisional ten-point plan that should make sense to any decent person. This list was drafted in 1848, and yet it seems not only contemporary but necessary. It opens with the demand to abolish the idea of private property in land – a demand that today bristles in Brazil, where there is a debate over an Agrarian Reform, and a demand that is pressing in South Africa. One hundred and seventy-two years later, and the skeletal programme of the Communist Manifesto remains alive and well.


Mahavir Singh Bisht, Grafitti by Silo Shiv Suleman at Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi, 2020.

Scientists are wrong’, the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano said with a warm smile on his face. ‘Human beings are not made of atoms; they are made of stories’. It is why we want to sing and draw, tell each other about our lives and our hopes, talk about the wonders in our lives and the wonders that we dream about. These dreams – this art – are what make us get up each day, smile, and go forward into the world.


In November 2019, the Bolivian army – with a nudge from the shadows – told its President Evo Morales Ayma to resign. Morales would eventually go to Mexico and then seek asylum in Argentina. Jeanette Áñez, a far-right politician who was not in the line of succession, seized power; the military, the fascistic civil society groups, and sections of the evangelical church backed her. Áñez said that she would hold elections soon, but that she would herself not stand in them. Áñez set the date of election for 3 May. Despite her promise, she will stand for the presidency.