Brazil: Trump’s New Authoritarian Bromance

Erika Robb Larkins and Bryan Pitts Donald Trump is a reliable friend to authoritarian despots, and he recently found a new bedfellow. Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has a history of outrageous comments on everything from Indigenous and LGBT rights to democracy itself that make Trump look statesmanlike in comparison. Trump appears unconcerned with aligning…

Mexico: 200 Indigenous People Violently Evicted from Temporary Homes

Over 200 Indigenous Mexicans who were displaced by poverty demand justice after being illegally and violently evicted from a temporary home. A rights group denounced the eviction of more than 200 displaced indigenous people from an empty lot in the municipality of Tlapa, Mexico, by a legal representative of the owner’s property. Constancio Sanchez Campos, the legal representative, showed…

Mexico’s EZLN: The Fourth Transformation?

Gilberto López y Rivas The arrival of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to the Presidency of Mexico and the triumph of Morena as the first political force in the Congress of the Union, the governorships of four states, the leadership of the Mexico City Government, numerous city and municipal governments, demands reflecting, with critical thought,…

Nicaragua Violence and Human Rights Violations: A Street Seller’s Story

NSCAG Street seller Maribel Baldizon at her fruit stall in Managua For 33 years Maribel Baldizon Garcia has been a self-employed worker selling tropical fruit at a bus stop near the Central America University (UCA) in Managua. Maribel is one of 65,000 street sellers, mechanic and carpentry workshop owners, money changers, taxi drivers, craftspeople, litter-pickers…

India: The Workers’ Struggle to ‘Make the Land Proud’

Tricontinental Over two days—Jan. 8 and 9—more than 160 million workers went on strike in India. This has been one of the largest general strikes in the world. The workers, exhausted by almost three decades of neoliberal policies and by the attack on their rights, came onto the streets to make their case for better…

Zimbabwe: Protests Escalate in as Economic Crisis Spirals

People run at a protest as barricades burn during rainfall in Harare, Zimbabwe January 14, 2019. Protesters barricaded roads and burned tyres in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare on Monday, as anger over the worst economic crisis in a decade spilled onto the streets and piled pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Police fired teargas to contain unrest…