Readers’ Views on Abortion Rights Struggles; Ukraine, Russia and the Left; Marx and Transgender; World Food Crisis; Normalized Domestic Violence, and Ecuador’s Uprising
World in View: Progressives elected in ColombiaJuly 19, 2022
The stunning electoral victory of Gustavo Petro as President and Francia Márquez as Vice President marks a new moment for Colombia.
Ecuador’s Indigenous fight for means of lifeJuly 8, 2022
Ecuador’s Indigenous people are in revolt over the rising cost of living. In addition to price controls they are demanding access to healthcare and education and challenging continued discrimination against Indigenous people.
Ecuador’s Indigenous movement wins concessionsJuly 2, 2022
On June 30, after 18 days of protests, the government of Ecuador sat at the negotiating table with the leaders of the Indigenous movement. A representative of the Catholic Church asked reluctant Indigenous leaders to sign the agreement prepared by the government.
No funding to TatmadawMay 8, 2021
Mostly Burmese protesters gathered in front of Chevron’s headquarters in San Ramon, Calif., to say stop funding the bloodshed in Burma. Every week since the coup, the Free Burma Action Committee holds a protest in San Francisco.
World in View: Ecuadorians resist austerity, repressionNovember 4, 2019
An overview of the 11 days of massive resistance in Ecuador.
Essay: The masses in Latin America face a dualityNovember 30, 2016
The essay takes a critical look at the “Latin American Pink Tide” (a decade of progressive governments in South America), its limits and contradictions, and poses the question: Is there a way forward that does not substitute statism for the action and thought of the masses?
Latin America ‘statism’ challenged by movementsSeptember 6, 2015
Governments which could never have come to power without the social movements’ mobilizations are using vague expressions of anti-capitalism, socialism, resource nationalism, anti-imperialism, etc., to impose developmentalism on their populations, often in collaboration with neoliberalism.
Lima climate talks betray futureJanuary 29, 2015
The 20th “Conference of Parties” was held in Lima, Peru, and, rather than action, issued a “Call for Climate Action” without binding commitments or effective monitoring. The U.S. and other nations as good as admitted the bankruptcy of capitalism by arguing that binding commitments had no chance of being adopted.
Latin America in view, September-October 2013September 23, 2013
Latin America in View, Sept.-Oct. 2013: Ecuador oil drilling; Brazil rapes; Mexico Escuelita Zapatista.
Climate change and developmentMay 3, 2013
Another devastating sign of capitalism’s degeneracy is its failure even to slow down climate change. Youth have spearheaded a new movement to control it. It is the actual social relations, relations of production, forms of labor, relationship to the land and other means of production, by which we can judge what must be uprooted, and to what extent any society has or has not moved to a path of development that breaks from capitalism’s never-ending growth of capital, or, as Marx put it, production for production’s sake.
Assange: Law, politics and human rightsOctober 4, 2012
London—Protest can be violent. Yet whilst violence towards demonstrators often goes unremarked even in an avowedly democratic nation such as Britain, police violence towards foreign officials, as may have occurred during an attempted storming by British police of the Ecuadorian Embassy, seems a little too much to handle.
Foreign Secretary William Hague has since attempted to [=>]
Queer Notes, January-February 2012February 27, 2012
by Suzanne Rose
After six days of 24-hour-a-day activism, LGBT occupiers, activists, and human rights groups in Seoul, South Korea, won the Seoul Student Rights Ordinance, with all clauses in the original draft included. The draft that calls for non-discrimination against LGBT students as well as their active protection passed the council with a vote [=>]