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  • Shehzil Malik, Women in Public Places, 2012.

    Femicide does not respect the quarantine

    Days, weeks, months, an indeterminate amount of time as the world seems paralysed by the journey of SARS-CoV-2. The lack of certainty increases the anxiety. This virus, as Arundhati Roy writes, ‘seeks proliferation, not profit, and has, therefore, inadvertently, to some extent, reversed the direction of the flow [of capital].

  • Mir Suhail, Tough Goal, 2020.

    These migrant workers did not suddenly fall from the sky

    Madness engulfs the planet. Hundreds of millions of people are in lockdown in their homes, millions of people who work in essential jobs–or who cannot afford to stay home without state assistance–continue to go to work, thousands of people lie in intensive-care beds taken care of by tens of thousands of medical professionals and caregivers who face shortages of equipment and time.

  • Li Zhong (China), Paintings for Wuhan, 2020.

    We won’t go back to normal, because normal was the problem

    It is hard to remember that just a few weeks ago, the planet was in motion. There were protests in Delhi (India) and Quito (Ecuador), eruptions against the old order that ranged from anger at the economic policies of austerity and neoliberalism to frustration with the cultural policies of misogyny and racism. Ingeniously, in Santiago (Chile), during its wave after wave of protests, someone projected a powerful slogan onto the side of a building: ‘we won’t go back to normal, because normal was the problem’.

  • Luc Kordas, Coney Island, 2016.

    The mutilated world is moved by the nurses and doctors

    SARS-Co-2 or COVID-19 moves swiftly across the planet, leaving no region untouched. It is a powerful virus, with a long enough incubation period to hide the symptoms and therefore to gather more and more people in its deadly arms.

  • Mohammed Issiakhem, Femme et Mur (Woman and Wall), 1970.

    Letter from the great wound

    These are miserable times. The statistics of deprivation and death are gruesome. Far too many people struggle with hunger; roughly nine million of them dying each year from complications due to malnutrition (a child dies somewhere in the world around every ten seconds because of this).

  • Jane Norling, Sistersongs, Berkeley, California, 1975.

    We who were nothing and have become everything shall construct a new and better world

    On 8 March 1917 (23 February by the old Julian calendar), a hundred women in the textile factories in Petrograd decided to go on strike; they went amongst the other factories and called their fellow workers onto the streets. Before long, around 200,000 workers–led by the women–marched through the streets.

  • N. Sankaraiah reads the Communist Manifesto in Tamil, Chennai, India, 20 February 2020.

    Show me the words that will reorder the World, or else keep silent

    On the night before Red Books Day, on 21 February 2020, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, N. Sankaraiah–one of the thirty-two founders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)–read from M. Sivalingam’s new translation into Tamil of the Communist Manifesto. Comrade Sankaraiah, age 98, said that he had first read the Manifesto at age 18. Over the years, he returns to the book because each time he reads it the brazing prose teaches him something new. And something that–sadly–seems ageless.

  • Konstantin Yuon, New Planet, 1921.

    You write injustice on the Earth; we will write revolution in the skies

    ‘Scientists are wrong’, the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano said with a warm smile on his face. ‘Human beings are not made of atoms; they are made of stories’. It is why we want to sing and draw, tell each other about our lives and our hopes, talk about the wonders in our lives and the wonders that we dream about. These dreams–this art–are what make us get up each day, smile, and go forward into the world.

  • Raúl Martínez, Rosas y Estrellas (Roses and Stars), 1972.

    I am tired of holding other worlds in my fist

    In November 2019, the Bolivian army–with a nudge from the shadows–told its President Evo Morales Ayma to resign. Morales would eventually go to Mexico and then seek asylum in Argentina. Jeanine Áñez, a far-right politician who was not in the line of succession, seized power; the military, the fascistic civil society groups, and sections of the evangelical church backed her. Áñez said that she would hold elections soon, but that she would herself not stand in them.

  • Barefoot Doctors.

    This is the time for solidarity, not stigma

    In December 2019, several people began to develop infections in Wuhan (People’s Republic of China); early signs indicated that the virus had emerged out of the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, but there is no certainty about that verdict.

  • Hangameh Golestan, Witness 1979, 1979

    When will the Winter come to an end?

    On 17 January, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led the Friday prayers for the first time in eight years. He mocked the ‘American clowns’ who threatened Iran and said that Iran’s response to the U.S. assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani was a ‘slap in the face’ of U.S. power.

  • Yu Youhan, We Will Be Better, 1995.

    Your arrow can pierce the sky, but ours has gone into orbit

    On Wednesday, 15 January, China and the United States agreed to suspend their full-scale trade war. From February 2018, the United States placed tariffs on Chinese goods that entered the US market, and then China retaliated. This tit-for-tat game continued for almost two years, causing massive disruption in the global value chain.

  • The Second Newsletter (2020).

    What passes for reality is not worth respecting

    In October of last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its flagship World Economic Outlook. In that report, the IMF said that the global growth rate would stumble at 3% in 2019. A month ago, the IMF’s main economists returned to this theme; ‘Global growth’, they wrote, ‘recorded its weakest pace since the global financial crisis a decade ago’.

  • Gao Liang, The People Who Got Land, June 1948

    How many millions did you make for the pennies you gave to the Coolies

    As we enter the new year, protests across the planet continue unabated; rising levels of discontent are manifest in both progressive and reactionary directions. The political character of the anger might whip across the spectrum of opinion and hope, but the underlying frustrations are similar.

  • Vyshakh T (People’s Dispatch), Aishe Ghosh, Student leader, Delhi December 2019.

    We are the ones who will awaken the dawn

    Millions of people are on the streets, from India to Chile. Democracy is both their promise and it is what has betrayed them. They aspire to the democratic spirit but find that democratic institutions–saturated by money and power–are inadequate. They are on the streets for more democracy, deeper democracy, a different kind of democracy.

  • Roberto Mamani Mamani, Papa Imillas.

    Those who search for dawn don’t fear the night; nor the hand that holds the dagger

    Jeanine Áñez, the ‘president’ of Bolivia, walked into the Burned Palace (Palacio Quemado) with an enormous Bible in her hand. ‘The Bible has returned to the Palace’, she said as she seized power.

  • ‘Why does the government take away rights from native people and give them to multinational corporations?’ Mobilisation in the Department of Cauca, 2013. Marcha Patriótica’s communication team.

    If you want peace, you get war; if you want war, you get rich

    A quarter century ago, Victoria Sandino Palmera joined the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People’s Army (FARC-EP). She had previously been a militant in the Communist Party and–when FARC-EP was above ground in the 1990s–joined the Patriotic Pole. But the repression of what she calls the ‘traditional oligarchy’ sent her back to the jungle over and over again. Victoria Sandino made it clear that she was not keen on this war. ‘We didn’t take up weapons because we felt the need to use violence’

  • The Forty-Ninth Newsletter (2019)

    The oppressive state is a macho rapist

    On 25 November 1960, three of four of the Mirabal sisters – María Teresa, Minerva, and Patria – of the Dominican Republic were assassinated for their resistance against the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. The youngest of the three – María Teresa – said before her death, ‘Perhaps what we have most near is death, but that idea does not frighten me. We shall continue to fight for justice’.

  • The Forty-Seventh Newsletter (2019)

    We thought the house was empty

    On 13 November 2019, as part of its deadly attack on the people of Gaza, Israeli armed forces bombed a building in the Deir al-Balah neighbourhood of Gaza City.

  • Bolivia does not exist

    Bolivia does not exist

    On November 10, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Ayma was removed from office.