Nicaragua’s Top Health Advisor on Confronting Covid: “The Way to Face This Was to Keep Working”

Max Blumenthal interviews Sonia Castro, lead advisor to the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, on the Sandinista government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Castro explains why, despite heavy criticism, her government did not follow World Health Organization guidance to lock down the population and instead kept schools and businesses open. She also discusses her government’s…

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…

The Pink Tide Surges in Latin America

Roger D. Harris Celebration of Gustavo Petro’s presidential election. (Image by Gloria Arias Nieto) While the political balance between progressive and reactionary states south of the Rio Grande continues to tip to the left, even the corporate press pronounced Biden’s June Summit of the Americas meeting in Los Angeles a flop. Most recently, Colombia elected its first left-leaning president,…

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…

A Second Left-Wing Progressive Wave is Emerging in Latin America

Manolo De Los Santos, Gisela Cernadas The 9th Summit of the Americas, scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in June, remains uncertain. Since the Biden administration has not invited the leaders of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela on the grounds of “democracy issues”, the leaders of Cuba, Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, and other countries have expressed  the possibility…

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…

Socialism, the Market and the Bolivarian Revolution

Jesús Faría The role of the market has long been debated throughout the economic development of human society. In simple terms, the market can be defined as the space where suppliers and demanders of a product meet, from which (and considering the characteristics of supply and demand) the price of the product is established and,…

Sacha Llorenti: “ALBA is Fundamentally Anti-imperialist”

Peoples Dispatch Camille Chalmers of the Assembly of Caribbean Peoples speaks on a panel during the III Assembly of ALBA Movements. Photo: ALBA Movements During the III Continental Assembly of ALBA Movements, allied platforms spoke about the importance of building unity and fighting imperialism and capitalism together A central discussion throughout the III Continental Assembly…

Russian Communist Leader: The Only Resolution is the Complete Military Defeat of Ukraine

Fergie Chambers The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is the largest opposition party in Russia and has criticized detentions stemming from protests that demonstrated against Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine TF contributor Fergie Chambers got the opportunity on April 15 to conduct an in-person interview in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with Roman Kononenko, a…

Why is the Nicaraguan Government Demonized by Both Liberals and Conservatives When Nicaragua Has Seen Great Progress Under the Sandinistas?

Stansfield Smith Women Have Made Particularly Significant Gains Under the Second Sandinista Government Since 2006 Women, particularly those in the Third World, often find themselves with limited ability to participate in community organizations and political life because of the poverty and their traditional sex role imposes on them. On them falls sole responsibility to care…

Black Web, Red Tide

Apparatchik The Cold War did not begin the 1940s. The roots of the long struggle to overthrow and permanently neutralize the communist current are found not in the ruins of Europe but in Siberia and Petrograd in the bitter years following the Bolshevik Revolution. The manifold efforts to decapitate socialism and the retrenchment following their…

Seducing People with the Communal Model: A Conversation with Robert Longa

Cira Pascual Marquina A key spokesperson of the Alexis Vive Patriotic Force talks about the challenges of building an urban commune. The Alexis Vive Patriotic Force was born in the working-class barrio 23 de Enero during the 2002 counter-coup. The organization, which considers itself both Guevarist and Leninist, aims to carry out Chávez’s project of building…