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Pink Tide in Latin America

Latin America has seen divergences in electoral strategies between neoliberal conservative candidates employing market-based approaches and left-leaning candidates who seek to put real social issues on the table.

The Dead in Iraq and the War of Numbers

Two different studies on mortality in Iraq after the 2003 US invasion - by Iraq Body Count and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health - provide vastly different assessments.

Choosing War, Confronting Defeat

What history will emerge from the Bush wars is still uncertain. But it grows clearer with each passing day that the Bush administration must now grapple with the reality of defeat.

Torture and 'War on Terror'

There is growing opposition, more ironically, from Republican law-makers, to the George Bush administration's contravention of the Geneva conventions in its "war on terror"

With or Without Fidel

The revolutionary euphoria of the 1960s may have waned in Cuba, yet many Cubans continue to believe that the revolution and what it achieved was important and that the values and institutions it represented and gave rise to can yet be salvaged. This critical engagement with the meanings and values of Cuban socialism is being spearheaded by sections of the Cuban youth, cultural activists, musicians and intellectuals.

Hooked on Drugs

American public discourse simply cannot accept to what extent drug use, illicit and legal, is now embedded in everyday sociality.

Way Forward for Left in Latin America?

A new wave of anti-capitalist non-electoral alternatives is spreading all over Latin America. The Other Campaign of the Zapatistas of Mexico, the Brazilian Landless Labourers Movement as well as the mobilisation against Chavezâ??s environmental policy in Venezuela reflect a new desire by social movements to maintain a distance from electoral politics.

Terror at the Academy's Gate

Intellectuals are largely the world?s conscience-keepers, but the precipitous decline of the university into both self-censorship and a false patriotism is a worrying sign of the creeping influence of authoritarianism on institutions of state and civil society in the US.

On America's Bandstand

It is finally alright for the desis to come out of their puja rooms and take their place on the American Bandstand. Indian-Americans are no longer the stealth immigration group, but the public attention may be too much to handle.

Trade Treaties and US Hegemony in the Americas

On April 29, Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia signed a People Trade Agreement, which is seen as a step towards the alternative trade agreement proposed by Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez - the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. The nationalisation of Bolivia's natural gas industry is a result of pressure from social movements and takes place in the context of moves towards energy integration in ALBA. After decades of austerity, growing inequalities, and US domination of the region, national governments are beginning to reject Washington's recipe for corporate-led growth.

America, Iran and the Nuclear Option

The Washington Post reported in early April that the Bush administration was "studying options for military strikes against Iran". But there is little reason to be surprised by all this. An attack on Iran would fit nicely in the long history of US practice. It has always declared a policy of being prepared to use nuclear weapons first in a conflict. The US has also made it repeatedly clear that it would use nuclear weapons even against countries that do not have them.

Fences and Xenophobes

Participants of a recent poll conducted on the issue of illegal immigrants in America wanted "tougher enforcement" of the law to keep them out. But the unprecedented gathering and marches of immigrants and their supporters across the country show unequivocally that there exist competing interests on the issue.

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