China is Not an Enemy of Africa

(Playlist of the complete interview) If the West really thinks China helping Africa to gain influence is a bad thing, the best thing it can do is help Africa even more. President of the Socialist Party of Zambia, Fred M’membe, and the convener of the Socialist Movement of Ghana, Kyeretwie Opoku share with us an…

The Geopolitics of Famine

Scott Ritter Most geopolitical analysts can agree that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has detrimentally impacted the global economy. This is especially true when it comes to food security, with supplies disrupted, prices skyrocketing, and shortages created that run the risk of causing famine. The US and European Union have accused Russia of “weaponizing food”…

Revolution is the Heart of Socialism

Sarah Garnham The history of class societies is awash with revolutionary uprisings, but no class system has seen more revolutionary ferment than capitalism. Throughout its 250-year history, not a decade has gone by without revolutionary struggle breaking out somewhere, and periodically there are waves of revolution that sweep across several countries. The most recent was…

The New Pattern of International Economy and Politics is Conducive to the Development of World Socialism

The International Manifesto Group (IMG), a discussion group of academics and activists in which Friends of Socialist China participates, held an online symposium on Sunday October 16 to mark one year since the launch of its manifesto, Through Pluripolarity to Socialism. Joining an impressive line-up of speakers, Professor Cheng Enfu, a leading academician at the Chinese Academy of…

João Pedro Stedile: Brazil’s Divided Bourgeoisie

João Pedro Stedile, Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) national directorate member : The Brazilian bourgeoisie that once marched united and gave us four coups is now divided thanks to contradictions in the class struggle. Economic, environmental and political crisis in Brazil has resulted in a split within the bourgeoisie and some have now abandoned Bolsonaro…

The Colonial Left and Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná Guard of Honor. Guatemala Plurinationality as an ethical and political proposal overturns the philosophical element constitutive of modernity, which is being one as the perfect and desired being. From this idealization of being one is born in the political sphere the idea of a single God in heaven and a single King on…

Guatemala: Rallying for Plurinationality

Ollantay Itzamná Communities and peoples on the move in Guatemala City. In recent years, this category has begun to be reflected upon as a response to the civilizing project of modernity that, through nation states, has continued to colonize and dispossess the territories of the original peoples. Therefore, the idea of plurinationality is necessarily linked…

Last Leader of East Germany, Egon Krenz: NATO and War in Ukraine

Ben Chacko Egon Krenz, just elected to lead the German Democratic Republic, raises a fist and is all smiles as he walks through the crowd to his new office on Oct. 24, 1989. | Rainer Klostermeier / AP The death of Mikhail Gorbachev brought discussion of the collapse of Soviet socialism back to the fore—especially…

Ghost Stories of Capitalism: Mental Health is a Class Issue

Danny Haiphong We can’t fight capitalism or imperialism without confronting the psychic suffering that these systems have spread far and wide among us In addition to producing socialist and anti-imperialist independent media, I’ve been in social work for nine years. Before this, I moved from childhood to adulthood within a household that struggled with mental…

Colombian Government Announces Official Resumption of Peace Talks with ELN

Michele de Mello The administration of Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez has vowed to prioritize peace and ameliorate the devastating setbacks the processes had under Ivan Duque. Cuba, Ecuador, Chile and Norway have been chosen to mediate the negotiations between Petro’s administration and the guerrilla group In the first press conference to local media after…

Gramsci in the Midst of Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement (MST)

Tricontinental Dossier no. 54 (July 2022) An Interview with MST Militante Neuri Rossetto Introduction Despite the persistent hegemony of capitalism and its ruling neoliberal ideology, various forms of resistance, social struggle, and proposals for an emancipated future continue to emerge. This is taking place in the face of economic, political, social, and environmental crises as…

Brazilian Youth: Right Now is Critical

In São Paulo, we spoke to Raiara Pieres, a member of the Movement for Popular Sovereignty in Mining (Movimento pela Soberania Popular na Mineração – MAM) and of La Via Campesina Brasil. Raiara gives a rundown of some of the most important issues for the working class as Brazil heads into elections in October. Interviewed…

Cuba: Eradicating Child Mortality and Banishing the Diseases of the Poor

Vijay Prashad, Manolo De Los Santos The authors at a clinic in Palpite in Cuba. Photo: Odalys Miranda/Twitter The drastic reduction in infant mortality rates is yet another testimony to the Cuban Revolution’s attention to the health of the country’s population Palpite, Cuba, is just a few miles away from Playa Girón, along the Bay of…

Food Insecurity Increases in the U.S. While it Declines in Nicaragua Whose Socialist Government Has Defied U.S. Regime Change Designs

Nan McCurdy Workers at Houston food bank. [Source: time.com] Expansion of Public Sector in Nicaragua Has Improved Quality of Life for Everyone In 2018, 48% of U.S.-based churches had their own food-distribution ministry or supported efforts run by other churches or organizations such as food pantries or food banks. These faith-based ministries, unlike government programs, provide…

China’s Long War on Poverty

Carlos Martinez In late 2020, the Chinese government announced that its goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2021 (the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China) had been met. At the start of the targeted poverty alleviation program in 2014, just under 100 million people were identified as living below the poverty…

Cuba’s Nonalignment: A Foreign Policy of Peace and Socialism

Manolo De Los Santos Fidel Castro, president of Cuba, at a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly of 1960 In Cuba, “nonalignment” has never meant being neutral, and has always meant being opposed to attempts to divide humanity Though Bandung in Indonesia and Havana in Cuba couldn’t be farther apart geographically—with each city located…