The Pandemic and the End of the Neoliberal Era

Atilio A. Boron The coronavirus has unleashed a torrent of reflections and analyses that have as a common denominator the intention to outline the (diffuse) contours of the kind of society and economy that will re-emerge once the scourge has been controlled. There are plenty of reasons to enter into that kind of speculation, which…

Coronavirus in South Africa: Social Movements Denounce Lack of Care for the Poor

Lu Sudré Shanty town residents say that sewage and waste is still being dumped during pandemic – AbM Last week, social movements representing workers and shanty town residents in South Africa, denounced that president Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has not proposed enough measures, to protect the working class and the poor during the coronavirus pandemic affecting…

As South Africa Locks Down, the Homeless Left Most Vulnerable

Pavan Kulkarni One of the 17 shacks marked for demolition in Durban, South Africa. A 21-days lockdown ordered by president Cyril Ramaphosa has been enforced in South Africa to contain the spread of COVID-19, since midnight, March 27. However, the security forces are being accused of taking harsh measures against shack dwellers and homeless people…

Pandemic and Socialism

Prabhat Patnaik A COVID-19 hospital in Wuhan that was built in less than 10 days. It is said that in a crisis everybody becomes a socialist; free markets take a back seat, to the benefit of the working people. During the Second World War for instance, when universal rationing was introduced in Britain, the average…

Cuba and the World: A Psychoanalysis

Alejo Brignole Cover Photo: Cuban Internationalist Medical Brigades In a world dominated by American dialectical hegemony, the Cuban Revolution was denounced and its achievements ignored precisely because of its disruptive character in an unequal and oppressive system. The current pandemic scenario, which now necessitates a return to humanist and solidarity-based principles, has demonstrated the permanence…

Fidel: Doctors, Not Bombs

Fidel Castro Ruz Excerpts from Fidel’s 2003 speech in Buenos Aires: Our country does not drop bombs on other peoples… our country does not possess nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, or biological weapons. Our country’s tens of thousands of scientists and doctors have been educated in the idea of saving lives Since I am an optimist,…

Venezuela: Genesis of the Civil-Military Union

Adán Chávez Frías A civic-military movement that would promote a transformative revolution in the country. Photo: Presidency of Venezuela. I The memories of our first days at the side of Commander Chavez are still present in these days of March, in the midst of the hard battle that the world is fighting today; a battle…

Social Justice Movements in South Africa Call for Moratorium on Evictions

Pavan Kulkarni Settlements generally consist of around a hundred shacks tightly packed together, with entire families crammed into single-room spaces. The deadly Coronavirus has already infected over 550 people in South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the pandemic a national disaster on March 15, when the government had confirmed 62 positive cases in the country….

Indigenous Peoples, Coronaviruses, and Westernized Hypocrisy

Ollantay Itzamná Painting of natives sick with smallpox. Internet. For modernity, genocide and/or pandemic is such only if the victims are white, male, European or westernized. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 18/03/20, there were 200 thousand people in the world infected by COVID-19, and more than 8 thousand dead as a…

Women’s Unpaid Work, the Hidden Engine of Humanity

Pasqualina Curcio It is common, here and anywhere in the world, to hear phrases like: “She doesn’t work, she’s just a housewife”. According to the report “Time for Care” published by OXFAM: “Women and girls spend 12.5 billion hours a day on activities such as caring for children, the elderly, sick or disabled, in addition…

The Feminist Spring and the Patriarchal Counter-Offensive

Irene León One of the most relevant contemporary political events is the positioning of feminism as a transforming force with a global scope, achieved both by its contributions to the mobilization of ideas to apprehend reality and act upon it, and by the political and strategic action that, as the core of all change, is…