Nick Miroff, Washington Post April 17, 2017. Nearly every nation in South America has been jolted by large protests or violent clashes in recent weeks, a continental surge of anti-government anger unlike anything in years. On the streets of Venezuela, opponents of the left-wing government are squaring off against riot police nearly every day. In Paraguay, angry crowds sacked and firebombed the country’s parliament building after lawmakers tried to alter presidential term limits. Powerful unions in Argentina crippled the country’s transportation networks this month with a general strike. See full story.
Picture caption: National March for Education on April 11, 2017 in Santiago, Chile. Credit: ©©Frans Vicencio
Lois Hunt, IRIN April 13, 2017. A year ago, opposition activist Solo Sandeng led the first march in over decade to call for free elections in Gambia. Although the demonstration was a catalyst for the ouster of autocrat Yahya Jammeh, it cost Sandeng his life. See full story.
Photo caption: Nogoi Njie – the last person to see Solo Sandeng before he died. A year ago, opposition activist Solo Sandeng led the first march in over decade to call for free elections in Gambia. Although the demonstration was a catalyst for the ouster of autocrat Yahya Jammeh, it cost Sandeng his life. Credit: Jason Florio/IRIN
Jayati Ghosh, Dollars and Sense, March/April 2017. Twenty-first century imperialism has changed its form. In the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it was explicitly related to colonial control; in the second half of the 20th century it relied on a combination of geopolitical and economic control deriving also from the clear dominance of the United States as the global hegemon and leader of the capitalist world (dealing with the potential threat from the Communist world). It now relies more and more on an international legal and regulatory architecture—fortified by various multilateral and bilateral agreements—to establish the power of capital over labor. See full article.
Amanda Taub, New York Times, April 12, 2017. Working-class Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump continue to approve of him as president, even though he supported a health care bill that would disproportionately hurt them. Highly educated professionals tend to lean Democratic, even though Republican tax policies would probably leave more money in their pockets. Why do people vote against their economic interests? See full NYT story.
Photo caption: Anti-Obamacare demonstrators. Americans For Prosperity rally on the south side of the Capitol, March 12, 2012. Credit: ©© Maljunznk