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Can the Global South Build a New World Information and Communication Order?: The Twentieth Newsletter (2023)
It is remarkable how the media in a select few European and North American countries is able to set the record on matters around the world. In the second half of the twentieth century, post-colonial nations sought to address this severe imbalance, pushing for a New World Information and Communication Order. Though the US-led wave of neoliberal globalisation ultimately killed off these initiative , in recent years the dream of a new information order has been revived in the Global South.
This dossier offers a broad analysis of the living and working conditions of India’s large and diverse working class. The vast majority of workers in India are poorly paid and face terrible living conditions. Most of them are in the informal sector, where unionisation rates have been historically low. During the neoliberal era, corporations have demanded ‘labour market flexibility’, claiming that it would help attract foreign investment and generate economic growth. To overcome unions’ resistance against such ‘reforms’, which make jobs even more insecure, the government has moved to change laws. But workers have not surrendered to capital’s rising power.
As the old US-led ‘rules-based international order’ enters a state of great fragility, a new emerging project seeks to recover the spirit of the 1945 United Nations Charter. The struggle between these two systems is at the heart of growing international tensions and conflicts. This dossier, produced in collaboration with Cuba’s Centre for International Policy Research (CIPI), offers a provisional analysis of the realities and possibilities of regionalism to advance a more democratic world order.
Significant global changes have emerged in the years since the Great Financial Crisis of 2008. This can be seen in a new phase of imperialism and the particularities of eight contradictions, summarised in our latest text.
Hugo Chávez built the foundations of today’s Bolivarian Revolution, which radically transformed democracy and the material conditions of the people and made it possible to build independent states of free women and men. With advances and setbacks, the dreams of economic independence, political sovereignty, and social justice that Chávez embodied are more urgent than ever for Latin America and the Caribbean.
This dossier examines the history of Christianity and the rise of fundamentalism in Latin America, from looking at its emergence in the United States and how it has served as a tool of an imperialist project to its insertion in politics in the region today and its misogynist, anti-communist, and anti-democratic manifestations.
Catastrophes of one kind or another have rippled outward from Ukraine, including galloping inflation that is out of control. Areas of the world that are not directly party to the conflict are being hit hard by growing economic pressures, with political unrest an inevitable consequence. In this context, the Peace and Justice Project, a research institute headed by Jeremy Corbyn, joined up with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and two media partners, Globetrotter and the Morning Star, to produce a series of reflections on unfolding conflicts in relation to concepts of nonalignment and peace.
With the failure of capitalism to address the basic questions of our times, the obstinate facts of hunger and illiteracy that stare us in the face, it has become more urgent than ever to recover traditions that are grounded in a scientific approach and have a sincere desire to confront the dilemmas of humanity. Unpacking the traditions of national liberation Marxism in ten theses, dossier no. 56 unearths the foundations of revolutionary praxis that would allow for more factual assessments of our times, a closer rendition of contemporary imperialism that can advance the construction of a socialist world.
We are witnessing a dangerous political, economic, and military escalation by the United States and its Western allies against Russia and China. The United States seeks to prevent a historical process that seems inevitable, the process of Eurasian integration, which threatens the primacy of the Euro-Atlantic elites. To secure global hegemony, the United States is committed to the pursuit of global nuclear primacy and is willing to use any means to ‘weaken’ both Russia and China – even at the risk of destroying the planet.
Under the leadership of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research partnered with 26 research institutes from around the world to draft A Plan to Save the Planet. This living, evolving document puts forward a vision for the present and the immediate future centred on twelve key themes: democracy and the world order, the environment, finance, health, housing, food, education, work, care, women, culture, and the digital world. Dossier no. 48 includes and elaborates on the Plan and lays out our orientation, principles, and horizon.
As part of a network of research institutions that have been looking closely at the long-term crises of neoliberal austerity, induced debt regimes, and maldevelopment, we have jointly produced a set of policies toward a new world order. Our plan – drawing from the lineage of the New International Economic Order – puts forward a vision for the present and the immediate future centred on twelve key themes: democracy and the world order, the environment, finance, health, housing, food, education, work, care, women, culture, and the digital world.
On the 150th anniversary of the bloody defeat of the Paris Commune, dozens of publishers across the world commemorate its legacy and continued importance for the working people of the world. Paris Commune 150, published in a range of languages reflective of the diversity of the working class, collects historic texts from Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin with important reflections from scholars Vijay Prashad and Tings Chak. This short book is imbued with designs and cultural materials reflective of the Commune’s commitment to use art to usher in a new world from the ruins of past empires.
On 12 August 2021, the people of Zambia will vote to elect a new president. The incumbent, President Edgar Lungu, is facing a strong challenge from Fred M’membe, the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party. As Zambia, a country rich in minerals, stands at the brink of a major social catastrophe, a socialist agenda could push back against the surrender of the Zambian political elite to multinational corporations and foreign bondholders.
The Left Democratic Front government in Kerala has impressively confronted a series of serious crises. Organising alongside powerful social movements like the All-India Democratic Women’s Association, the communist-led state has implemented significant change through redistribution programmes, infrastructural development, and economic transformation. Ahead of India’s assembly elections, we spoke with Kerala’s Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac to learn more about the strategies and actions taken up by the government.
Chile is a country wracked by protests against the neoliberal slate of austerity and the right-wing government of President Sebastián Piñera. Amidst this, Chilean leftist Daniel Jadue looks to be a serious contender in the upcoming presidential elections in November. As mayor of Recoleta commune, Jadue has pushed rational policy that not only provides care for the poor and saves the municipality money, but is reversing the erosion of social life by rebuilding the public sector, prioritising people’s well-being, and producing processes of hope.
Dossier no. 37 is an invitation to a dialogue, a conversation about the entangled tradition of Marxism and national liberation – a tradition that emerges out of the October Revolution and that deepens its roots in the anti-colonial conflicts of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This is an introduction to a wide-ranging conversation that includes many different revolutionary movements, mostly rooted in the continents of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
We Are Living in an Emergency That Requires Urgent Action (a note written with Noam Chomsky): The First Newsletter (2021)
The first newsletter of the new year is written in collaboration with our friend, the great linguist and prophetic voice, Noam Chomsky. Though the pandemic is the principal issue on our minds, other major issues, too, threaten the longevity of our species and of our planet. A robust internationalism is necessary to pay adequate and immediate attention to the perils of extinction: extinction by nuclear war, by the climate catastrophe, and by social collapse. The tasks ahead are daunting, and they cannot be deferred.
At the conclusion of World War II, with the European powers severely weakened, the United States – the most powerful of Europe’s settler colonies – took over the neo-colonial management of the planet. Now, almost eighty years later, the primacy of the United States has entered twilight. This dossier explores the emergence of a new cold war imposed by the United States on China and the forms of hybrid war that have been utilised against countries that it deems to be a threat.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing social, political, health, and economic crises. It is often women who bear the brunt of the cataclysmic shifts in daily life, from the increasing care work of children, the elderly, and the sick to skyrocketing incidences of gender-based violence, as women and LGBTQIA+ people are quarantined with their abusers. This study looks into the challenges that have been sharpened by the pandemic — in particular, how the current crisis has impacted women across the world — and presents a list of people’s feminist demands as we strive for a path forward.