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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The assaults of agribusiness and monopoly capital against the lives of the peasantry and the poor are met with resistance across the world, from India to Brazil to South Africa. The impact of what Indian journalist P Sainath calls the ‘corporate takeover of agriculture’ has destroyed the lives of millions of farmers across the world; in India alone, well over 300,000 farmers have committed suicide because of the policy-driven agrarian crisis. This assault is met by the bravery and determination of organized movements of the poor and peasantry. Earlier this year, 50,000 farmers descended on India’s financial capital, Mumbai, where they forced the right-wing government to meet some of their demands. In South Africa, shack dwellers fight to build their confidence in their struggle against a heartless system. In Argentina, people’s movements fight a spiral into indebtedness under the watch of President Macri and the IMF, which threatens their current and future ability to drive their own policy decisions.


Much of the world’s population ‘lives their lives inside a tragedy the size of the planet.’ This is in large part due to institutions like the International Monetary fund that enter countries across the Global South with shop-worn prescriptions, a recipe that it has effectively sold for the past four decades: structural adjustment. This recipe cuts back on State spending on social infrastructure (education and health) and increases measures that are attractive to monopoly capitalism. It strips countries of their sovereignty, putting into a place a neoliberal framework that far outlasts the administration that opened the door to the IMF’s bitter neoliberal policies. This recipe has engulfed Mexico, too, which despite the victory of left Presidential candidate López Obrador, remains stuck within a narrow framework for policy has been set by the IMF and by international banks.


Along the length of Central America and Mexico, caravans of human beings walk towards the United States border. Each of these caravans comes with determination to flee places ravaged by climate change, adverse trade deals, and a long— and continuing— history story of political destabilisation by US intervention. Their home has become the mouth of a shark. But it is only people who are held back by borders. Capital and weapons slip past border guards without care. Nor is there a border for wildlife, whose habitat is being surely and swiftly snatched away. 


This is the moment for you to test the theory of delinking – the concept you absorb from Samir Amin. To delink is not to break from the world and isolate oneself. Isolation is not possible. If you do break with the unilateral adjustment, you will either be overthrown in a coup or a military intervention in the name of saving civilians or you will be under sanctions and embargoes for decades. You do not want to isolate yourself. You are an internationalist. To delink means to fight to set an alternative framework for your relations with the world, to force others to adjust to the needs and interests of the working-class and peasantry in your country and in other countries. Delinking, you read in Samir Amin, means to ‘modify the conditions of globalization’. For more, read our newsletter.


In Palestine, the extraordinary bravery of the people exposes the Israeli occupation and the ‘excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force’ used against them. Resilience is needed in Brazil, too, as the potential results of Sunday’s election threaten to exterminate democratic and social rights and stoke a continued surge of violence against the poor and people’s movements. The threats to those who dare to speak out are clear, but so too is extraordinary bravery of ordinary people who fight for a better future. For more, read our newsletter.