US

Janata

Defiant Resistance: The Venezuelan Crises and the Possibility of Another World

Defiant Resistance: The Venezuelan Crises and the Possibility of Another World Bob Dylan once said, “Let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.” February 23rd, 2019, was the day that Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed President of Venezuela, had “authorised” “humanitarian aid” to enter Venezuela, an attempt to force the Maduro government, and…

Janata

Who are Venezuela’s Colectivos?

Who are Venezuela’s Colectivos? The media calls them armed thugs and US Senator Marco Rubio wants them put on the terrorist list, but who are Venezuela’s colectivos (collectives)? Green Left Weekly’s Federico Fuentes met with some of them to find out.   As we walked around the 23 de Enero barrio in Caracas, an announcement…

Janata

Venezuela: Why is Maduro Still in Power?

Venezuela: Why is Maduro Still in Power? For many, it is impossible to understand how, despite presiding over the country’s worst economic crisis and facing such intense international and domestic opposition, Maduro remains in the presidential palace.   The answer lies in the enduring strength of Chavismo, a political movement of the working classes that,…

Janata

Weaponising the World Bank and IMF

Weaponising the World Bank and IMF In a leaked military manual on “unconventional warfare” recently highlighted by WikiLeaks, the US Army states that major global financial institutions—such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)—are used as unconventional, financial “weapons in times of conflict up to…

Janata

Tosepan: Resistance and Renewal in Mexico

Tosepan: Resistance and Renewal in Mexico Since the mid-1980s, Mexico has been a poster child for globalisation. Through free trade treaties and structural adjustment policies imposed by international financial institutions, the country has been “liberalised”—opened up to unfettered corporate investment and imports— to an extent matched by few other countries. Though the North American Free Trade…

Janata

Venezuela Defines the Future of the Region

Venezuela Defines the Future of the Region Guaidó’s self-proclamation as Venezuelan president is the most ridiculous and dangerous coup attempt in recent years. With the shameless backing of Washington, the Venezuelan rightwing intends to place a complete stranger at the helm of the state.   This time around, the starting signal was neither a terrorist…

Janata

Everyday Life in Besieged Venezuela

Everyday Life in Besieged Venezuela Cira P. Marquina: Much has been written in a very general sense about Venezuela’s current situation. For example, we hear a great deal about the economic war, sanctions, imperialist meddling, and even communal organisation and building popular power. But very little is said about daily life: for example, about the…

Janata

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or is it Eastasia? In that novel, the Party is able to erase history, sending old newspaper articles…