Here Not Death but the Future Is Frightening: The Twenty-Eighth Newsletter (2020)

9 July 2020 — Tricontinental

Luis Peñalever Collazo Cuba America Latina Unete 1960 4Luis Peñalver Collazo (Cuba), America Latina, Unete! 1960.

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released its June 2020 update. The prognosis is bleak. Global growth for 2020 is projected at -4.9%, 1.9% below the IMF’s forecast from April. ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has had a more negative impact on activity in the first half of 2020 than anticipated’, acknowledges the IMF. Forecasts for 2021 are somewhat optimistic, sitting at 5.4%, which is higher than the 3.4% the IMF predicted in January 2020. ‘The adverse impact on low-income households is particularly acute’, says the IMF. Poverty reduction is effectively off the agenda. The World Bank’s recent report takes a dim view, with 2020 growth forecast at -5.2%, predicting the deepest global recession in eight decades. The World Bank’s expectation of growth for 2021 is at 4.2%, lower than the IMF’s 5.4% prediction.

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We Are in Palestine, Habibi, and Palestine Is Heaven: The Twenty-Seventh Newsletter (2020)

2 July 2020 — Tricontinental

Sliman Mansour Palestine Revolution was the Beginning 2016 1 768x298Sliman Mansour (Palestine), Revolution Was the Beginning, 2016.

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

It is impossible to be calm about the fate of the Palestinian people. Since 1948, they have been denied their country and denied their right to exist. One United Nations resolution upon another has said that their exile must end, that they must be allowed to build lives of dignity. Between UN Resolution 194 (1948) and 242 (1967) are a string of resolutions calling for the right of Palestinians to have a homeland and for the right of Palestinians to return to their homeland.

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The Dangerous Incompetence of Narendra Modi and Jair Bolsonaro: The Twenty-Sixth Newsletter (2020)

25 June 2020 — Tricontinental

Arpita Singh (India), My Mother, 1993.

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Alarming news about the COVID-19 disease comes from Brazil and India, where the infection numbers are high, and the death count grows steadily. It appears that a million people are now infected in Brazil (out of a population of over 211 million). In India, it is difficult to even estimate the number of those infected, since the testing levels are so low, and the data is so poor. One suggestion is that at least eight million people have been infected (out of a population of over 1.3 billion).
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Ten-Point Agenda for the Global South After COVID-19: The Twenty-Fifth Newsletter (2020)

18 June 2020 — Tricontinental

Jorge González MoralesJorge González Morales (Mexico), Capitalism, 2020

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Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In 1974, the United Nations General Assembly passed a New International Economic Order (NIEO), which was driven by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). The resolution laid out a clear plan for the structural transformation of the world system, which was in the throes of a crisis at the time. But, the NIEO was set aside and the world order was shaped in a neoliberal direction; this neoliberal orientation furthered the crisis and brought us to this current cul-de-sac of human possibilities.

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Living Is No Laughing Matter: The Twenty-Fourth Newsletter (2020)

11 June 2020 — Tricontinental

Deborah Jack
Deborah Jack (St. Martin), The water between us remembers, so we wear our history on our skin, long for a sea-bath and hope the salt will cure what ails us, 2016.

 

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Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

The United States government has withdrawn its support for the World Health Organisation (WHO) based on accusations that the WHO has not been forthcoming about the novel coronavirus and based on US President Donald Trump’s questioning of the WHO’s independence from China, calling the organisation a ‘puppet of China’. There is a mischievous tone in these statements, with Trump continuing to make the case – against all evidence – that the Chinese government suppressed information about the virus in late 2019. In a brief video our team answers five key questions about China and COVID-19
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Goliath Is Not Invincible: The Twenty-Third Newsletter (2020)

4 June 2020 — Tricontinental

Comando CreativoComando Creativo, History is watching us, Bellas Artes, Caracas, 2011. 

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Last year, I walked with Mariela Machado in her housing complex known as Kaikachi in the neighbourhood of La Vega (Caracas, Venezuela). After Hugo Chávez was inaugurated president in 1999, a group of working-class residents of the city saw an empty piece of land and occupied it. Mariela and others went to the government and said, ‘We built this city. We can build our own houses. All we want are machines and materials’. The government supported them, and they built a charming multi-story complex that houses ninety-two families.

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If You Do Not Feel for Humanity, You Have Forgotten to Be Human: The Twenty-Second Newsletter (2020)

28 May 2020 — Tricontinental

Antún Kojtom LamAntún Kojtom Lam (Mexico), Ch’ulel, 2013.

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

The coronavirus continues its contagious march across the planet: almost 350,000 known deaths and over 5.4 million people infected. Meanwhile, in the Bay of Bengal, Cyclone Amphan makes its fierce landing, its immense energy tearing a corridor through Bangladesh and India (Odisha and West Bengal). If you do not feel for humanity in this period, you have forgotten to be human.
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The Bouficha Appeal Against the Preparations for War: The Twenty-First Newsletter (2020)

21 May 2020 — Tricontinental

ChittaprosadChittaprosad (India), Call for Peace, 1952.

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Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On 23 March, the UN Secretary General António Guterres called for a ceasefire. ‘The fury of the virus’, he said, ‘illustrates the folly of war’. In a recent report, the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) wrote that the ‘call for a global ceasefire has not had the desired result’. From Afghanistan to Yemen, the war drums continue to beat, and the hideousness of war continues to define social life.

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Hunger Gnaws at the Edges of the World: The Twentieth Newsletter (2020)

14 May 2020 — Tricontinental

Kanat BukezhanovKanat Bukezhanov, Coronavirus, 2020

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Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On 21 April, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley said that the world was experiencing a ‘hunger pandemic’. That day, the Global Network Against Food Crises and the Food Security Information Network released the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises. It suggested that 318 million people in 55 countries experience acute food insecurity and are on the cusp of acute hunger. This number is a gross underestimate: the actual number – before the global pandemic – would have been closer to 2.5 billion, if you measure hunger by caloric intake for intense activity.

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It Takes a Revolution to Make a Solution: The Nineteenth Newsletter (2020)

7 May 2020 — Tricontinental

Kalia Venereo (Dominio Cuba), Nunca Más, 2020.

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Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

I admit upfront that this is a hard newsletter to read. It is about debt. There is a bloodless quality to the way that we talk about the debt of the poorer nations. There is nothing poetic here. The numbers are alienating, their outcome shocking.

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Farewell to the God of Plague: The Eighteenth Newsletter (2020)

30 April 2020 — Tricontinental

Li Zhong
Li Zhong, Medical workers putting on their gowns to fight the ‘evil’ virus, 2020.

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Greetings from the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

On 30 June 1958, Mao Tse-tung read in Renmin Ribao (People’s Daily) that schistosomiasis – or bilharzia – had been eradicated in Yukiang (Jiangxi Province). He was so inspired that he wrote a poem called ‘Farewell to the God of Plague’:

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Either Socialism Will Defeat the Louse or the Louse Will Defeat Socialism: The Seventeenth Newsletter (2020)

23 April 2020 — Tricontinental

Ha Manh ThangHa Manh ThangNot Memory no. 1, 2009.

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Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the Great Lockdown, which has no end date, could very well lead to a loss of $9 trillion to global Gross Domestic Product over the entirety of 2020 and 2021; this number is greater than the combined economies of Japan and Germany. This scenario, the Fund’s managing director Kristalina Georgieva admits, ‘may actually be a more optimistic picture than reality produces’.

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