Issue No. 333/334 (May/Jun 2018)
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Is Latin America’s ‘pink tide’ history?
recolonisation of Latin America by global capitalism
Latin America remains deeply tied - and subordinated - to the larger
world capitalist system that has shaped its economic and political development
from the conquest in 1492 right up to the present period of globalisation.
By William I Robinson
ebb and flow of Latin America's 'pink tide'
This article examines the reasons that led to the rise of the ‘pink
tide’ in Latin America and questions the sustainability of its economic
By Shakthi De Silva
inequality: the legacy of the pink tide and its limitations
The writers consider the legacy of the pink tide regimes, whose leaders
were unable to sustain their hold on power to carry out the radical
reforms necessary to realise a more equitable social order.
By Sergio Costa and Francesc
and misunderstanding the pink tide in Latin America
Much of the pink tide regimes’ economic project must be seen as a work
in progress and it highlights the difficulties of constructing a radical
alternative culture in a short historical period.
By Tom Chodor
Latin America still the US' 'backyard'?
Local resistance to the US goal of maintaining hegemony throughout the
Latin American region will undoubtedly continue, abetted by the relative
decline of the US as an economic power.
By Alexander Main
coup against President Rousseff
Although Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had committed no impeachable
offence, the US-inspired opposition decided to overthrow her administration
by means of what can only be described as a coup.
By Alfredo Saad-Filho
Bolsonaro and born-again anti-communism in Latin America
By pledging to 'cleanse' Brazil of 'red outlaws', Jair Bolsonaro is
resurrecting the sort of caustic anti-communism that has been a central
if not dominant conservative tradition in Latin American politics for
over a century.
By Pablo Vivanco
dark hour in Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro has propelled anger and vitriol against the left, the
poor and so-called identity politics to the surface of Brazilian society.
After his win, what's next?
By Gianpaolo Baiocchi
and Marcelo K Silva
A feature and driver of Bolsonaro's rise in Brazil
Bolsonaro has capitalised on Brazil's deep economic and social inequality
to push for an agenda that will undoubtedly drive even bigger rifts
in Brazil's socio-economic fabric.
By Luisa Abbott Galvao
should know their government had a hand in the return to fascism'
The following is the transcript of an interview on Brazil's recent election
with Brian Mier, an editor at Brasil Wire as well as a freelance
writer and producer.
By Janine Jackson
victory in Mexico: Swimming against the tide?
The thumping victory of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the Mexican presidential
elections appears to belie claims that the Latin American pink tide
is receding. He has however a formidable task ahead of him.
By Kurt Hackbarth
leaders call for new global agreement to protect Amazon
Leaders of the Amazon's indigenous groups have called for a new global
agreement to forestall the further opening up of the Amazon for exploitation
by agribusiness, miners, loggers and construction companies.
By Rabiya Jaffery
for the bust
The message from the IMF's October meeting suggests that a return
to recession is a real possibility, but this time around the crisis
could also hammer the emerging markets that are already financially
By CP Chandrasekhar
wealth dynasties rig the US economy
A recent study of the US economy by the Institute for Policy Studies
reveals some startling findings about the concentration of wealth
in a handful of families.
By Jake Johnson
new global tinderbox
The US, China and Russia are now engaged in an arms race while jostling
for power and influence around the globe, in a new and potentially
more dangerous global predicament than the Cold War.
By Michael T Klare
sanctions: How deep will they bite?
Iran is facing hard times as the latest tranche of US-imposed sanctions
come into operation. While it is difficult to predict how far the
economy will shrink, it is clear that some remedial measures will
By Djavad Salehi-Isfahani
aid to Israel - $3.8 billion per year for the next 10 years and carte
In a shocking demonstration of the sway that Israel wields over the
Trump administration and Congress, the US has committed itself to
giving Israel a minimum of $3.8 billion per year for the next 10 years,
to spend as it pleases.
By Nicole Feied
critical history of George H W Bush's war on Iraq
The flood of eulogies and hagiographies from the US media and official
circles in response to the death of George H W Bush ignored his imperial
role in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq.
By Anthony DiMaggio
is a form of fighting back'
at the root causes of migration
US-sponsored wars in Central America and US economic policies have
ruined the region's economies and spurred migration to the US. And
the decision to migrate to the US in the face of the threat of detention
and separation from their children by the US authorities is clearly
an act of resistance.
By David Bacon
rights at risk from 'tsunami' of privatization
Widespread privatisation of public goods is systematically eliminating
human rights protections and further marginalising the interests of
low-income earners and those living in poverty, a United Nations human
rights expert has said.
By Kanaga Raja
international court is investigating the US and UK's mass expulsion
of indigenous islanders
Long ignored by the media, the people of Chagos struggle relentlessly
to reclaim islands that the US and UK stole for a military base.
By Patricia Miguel and
are key to fixing the global food system
Traditional power structures in the food system commonly ignore or
undervalue the vital roles women play. Women need to be recognised
for their part in feeding the world today, as well as empowered to
grow their contributions into the future.
By Danielle Nierenberg
and Emily Payne
Until his tragic death in an air crash, David Diop (1927-1960)
was regarded as one of the most talented and promising of the younger
generation of poets associated with the cultural movement known as
By David Diop
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