QR Codification of the World

Peter Koenig Imagine humanity would one day – very soon – decide to stop wearing masks. In unison. Not in the streets, not in restaurants, not in shops, not in sports events – simply nowhere. Against all orders of a good portion of the 193 UN member governments, or at least the western governments. And,…

Neoliberal Globalization in Crisis

Alvaro García Linera International Course “State, Politics and Democracy in Latin America”. We are living through the unforeseen combination of four mutually reinforcing crises: a medical crisis, economic crisis, environmental crisis, and political crisis. A situation of enormous perplexity and anguish. It seems that society and the world have lost their way, direction, their destiny….

In Nobody’s Backyard: Rejecting Geo-Political and Historical Fatalism

Gerald A. Perreira Except for the hum of US helicopters flying overhead, there was a deafening silence throughout the Caribbean region, during the recent Operation Tradewinds, Progressive and Pan-African forces did not utter a word, as soldiers from Guyana, Brazil, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago participated in this region-wide…

Responsibility to Protect: Analysis of the Subject and its Objectives

Jorge Arreaza Montserrat “Our first objective is to prevent the emergence of a new rival. This is a dominant consideration which must underline the new regional defense strategy and which demands that we strive to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources could suffice, under consolidated control, to engender a global power…

Towards a Politics for Life: The New Revolutionary Task

Rafael Bautista S. To my brother Juan José Bautista Segales In memoriam If capitalism needs crises to accelerate its own dynamics of dispossession and destruction known as development, then what does it mean for us to be in crisis, when crisis has become a way of life? The current crisis of civilization, also understood as…

Canada Still Supports Colombia’s Repressive Right-Wing Government

Yves Engler Image: Colombia Informa Last week right-wing Colombian President Ivan Duque deployed the military to Cali. The city of 2.3 million has been the epicenter of a month-long nationwide protest that forced the government to withdraw a regressive tax proposal that unleashed a general strike. During the past month security forces have killed at…

When All Lives Matter

Victor Fowler According to a document entitled “Economic Sanctions: Agencies Face Competing Priorities in Enforcing U.S. Embargo on Cuba,” published in November of 2007 by the United States Government Accountability Office, the embargo is “the most extensive set of U.S. sanctions against any country, including the rest of the countries designated by the U.S. government…

Despite the Horrors of COVID-19, Global Defense Spending Rises

Peoples Dispatch (Photo: U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Cameron Boyd/Released) Despite a severe lack of health infrastructure as exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and an over 4.4% contraction in the global Gross Domestic Production (GDP) last year, the world’s military expenditure grew by USD 1,981 billion in 2020. According to data published by Sweden-based Stockholm…

What’s Really at Stake with Vaccine Passports

Elizabeth M. Renieris As the world looks to slowly emerge from the grip of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and more than a year of associated border closures, travel restrictions, widespread shutdowns and other limitations on once-normal activities, the idea of a digital “vaccine passport” for COVID-19 is also gaining momentum. While proposals come…