As Chile’s people, led by the Popular Unity government, took control over their economic and political lives, they sent a flare into the sky announcing the great possibilities of socialism. Their advances mirrored those that had been attained in several other projects, such as in Cuba, and boosted the confidence of people across the Third World to test their own possibilities. Had the Popular Unity project not been cut short, it very well might have encouraged other left projects to demand the satisfaction of just desires in a world where it was possible to attain them. The just desires of the people might have eclipsed the narrow greed of capitalism.
The artworks featured in this dossier are among the survivors of the 1973 coup against Chile. Before the coup, they were part of the collection of Museo de la Solidaridad (‘Museum of Solidarity’), a project created by the Popular Unity government to encourage the donation of artworks from across the Americas and Europe. The vision of this project, which was in full force from 1971 until the coup in 1973, was to create a museum of international art for the Chilean people. Following the coup, however, many of those works were destroyed.
Israel’s far-right government has made its oppression of the Palestinians more blatant than ever. German politicians still won’t budge in their uncritical support for Israel, but public opinion in Germany is shifting in the opposite direction.
Canadian news media could ironically owe millions to Google and Meta instead of the other way around under the Online News Act regulations proposed by Ottawa late last week. Tech news website The Logic cited an unnamed government official as confirming that the platforms could get credit for the traffic they send to news media websites in any deals made with them.
Former Proud Boys national leader Enrique Tarrio is set to be sentenced on Wednesday for a failed plot to keep Donald Trump in power after the Republican lost the 2020 presidential election, capping one of the most significant prosecutions in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Human rights activists surrounded the Buenos Aires city legislature on Monday to protest at an event honoring “victims of armed left-wing groups” during the 1970s, when Argentina was engulfed by political violence.
History shows Ottawa reacts aggressively to reforms that curtail Canadian companies’ ability to profit abroad, and West Africa is a region where Canadians have been able to generate immense profits for themselves due to Western political and economic interference. As such, we should watch the ongoing discussions around mining in West Africa closely.
Non-scholars tend to be impressed by studies that are seemingly scientific but on closer inspection simply don’t hold water. They are often offered by our news media in pursuit of government largesse, and our politicians and bureaucrats usually fall for them. As Marc Edge writes, in policy debates, ‘junk science’ should be taken with not just a grain of salt, but several kilos of it.
Striking grocery workers in Toronto and surrounding suburbs say they cannot afford to shop at the very stores they work in. The 2,300 workers at 27 Metro grocery stores have been on strike since July 29, having turned down a tentative collective agreement that had been unanimously approved by their union leadership.
AI threatens to reduce already shrunken workdays on streaming videos, movies, TV shows, and the like to one-day sessions—and one day’s pay, while the studios continue to make millions forever by duplicating the writers’ and performers’ work endlessly.
Michael Roberts Blog | It seems that if world’s major economies sink into a slump or face unsustainable debts in the rest of this decade, there would be no ‘escape hatch’ from productivity growth or increased exports because innovation was being squeezed by high interest rates; and trade was being squeezed by US sanctions on Russia and China and by the rise in trade barriers. It all sounds like the 1930s not the roaring 20s.
The rise of the BRICS is not enough to displace the U.S. or avert a third world war. Anti-imperialists in remaining U.S. allies like Britain must do what we can to halt the drive towards militarisation and end our governments’ subordination to Washington.
Writers are striking to save film and TV from destruction by corporate giants. New Deal-era schemes like the Federal Theatre Project and the Group Theater offer a tantalizing glimpse of how entertainment could be run as a public good, not as a business.
Syriza is electing a new leader after Alexis Tsipras resigned from his longtime role at the head of the party. He leaves the Greek left at its lowest point in decades, with far-right forces now exploiting the mood of social despair.
From the mid-nineteenth century, most countries of the Africa’s Sahel came under French colonial rule. Today, neocolonial structures maintain French domination in the region. Each time the people of the Sahel have risen, they have been struck down. With the recent military coup, Niger is once again moving in a direction that Western countries do not like. They are pushing for a military intervention to bring ‘order’ to Niger. However, the people want to confront neocolonialism and shatter resignation.
Cracks in the US-EU alliance could mean political openings for the working classes living in the West as well as in Global South nations. In a world facing climate catastrophe, skyrocketing levels of inequality, the threat of more war and even a nuclear war, the costs of missing any such opportunity would be nothing short of tectonic.