Issue No. 333/334 (2018)

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COVER: Is Latin America’s ‘pink tide’ history?

The 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

The 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 measures.
By Shakthi De Silva

Persistent 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 Badia

Understanding 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

Is 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

The 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

Brazil's 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

A 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

Inequality: 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

'Americans 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

AMLO's 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


Indigenous 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



Bracing 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 vulnerable.
By CP Chandrasekhar

How 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


The 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

Iran 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 help.
By Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

US aid to Israel - $3.8 billion per year for the next 10 years and carte blanche!
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

Imperialist in chief
A 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

'Migration is a form of fighting back'
Looking 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


Human 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

An 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 Ana Marrugo


Women 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 Negritude.
By David Diop

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