Planet Watch
Chile protester

Podcast: world revolution in 2020?

In Episode 43 of the CounterVortex podcast, Bill Weinberg takes stock of the current wave of popular protest and uprisings around the world, and asks if the planet is approaching another moment of revolutionary possibilities, such as was seen in 2011. He examines the prospects for these disparate movements to build solidarity across borders, repudiate ethnic and national divide-and-rule stratagems, and recognize the enemy as transnational capital and the authoritarian states that serve it. With discussions of Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Honduras, Costa Rica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey Iran, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Guinea. Listen on SoundCloud, and support our podcast via Patreon. (Photo: David Lynch via Twitter)

The Caribbean

Puerto Rico: climate change to regime change

Puerto Rico聽swore in its third governor in less than a week, Wanda V谩zquez Garced, after the removal of Pedro Pierluisi by order of the commonwealth’s Supreme Court,聽which ruled unanimously that his appointment was unconstitutional. Pierluisi had been the chosen successor of Ricardo Rossell贸, who stepped down following weeks of mass protests. The protest wave began after group chats between Rossell贸 and his staff were made public, disclosing ugly homophobic and misogynistic comments aimed at political rivals鈥攁nd even聽victims of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017. New research聽links the unprecedented destruction of Maria聽to climate change鈥攚ith grim implications for the future of the island and Caribbean region as a whole. (Photo of NYC rally for Puerto Rican independence by CounterVortex)

North Africa

Tunisian Jews scapegoated in anti-austerity revolt?

A Jewish school on the Tunisian island of Djerba, home to one of North Africa's ancient Jewish communities, was attacked as anti-government protests raged around the country. Days earlier, synagogues in the Iranian city of Shiraz were similarly vandalized amid nationwide protests over austerity measures. Are indigenous Jews of the Middle East and North Africa being scapegoated amid the renewed protests over economic agony? (Photo: Rabbis at Djerba synagogue, 1940 via Beit Hatfutsot)

The Caribbean

Puerto Ricans to become climate refugees?

Hurricane Maria's destruction on Puerto Rico could spawn one of the largest mass migrations in US history. Some 97% of the island's residents are still without power, and half do not have running water. Thousands now awaiting flights from San Juan's airport might be permanently displaced and become the planet's newest "climate refugees."

Oceania

Korea nuclear crisis spurs Guam independence bid

Amid all the hype over North Korea’s threats to fire a nuclear missile at Guam, just a few media accounts have made note of how Guamians themselves are reacting. Guam is usually seen in the US only as a strategic Pentagon outpost. But with a referendum on independence in the offing, growing sentiment on the island holds that the only thing Guamians are getting out of their current US territorial status is being made a nuclear target.

New York City
Lopez Rivera

Oscar L贸pez Rivera, terrorism and semantics

The controversy over聽liberated political prisoner Oscar L贸pez Rivera’s participation in聽New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade opens a window on the political uses of the term “terrorist.”

The Caribbean
Lopez Rivera

Clemency for Oscar L贸pez Rivera

Oscar L贸pez Rivera, the longest-held Puerto Rican political prisoner in the US, was among 209 federal inmates granted clemency by outgoing President Barack Obama. (Photo via PM Press)

The Caribbean

Puerto Rico: Machetero prisoner is released

With the release of Norberto González Claudio, Oscar López Rivera seems to be the last of the independentista prisoners still held in behind bars in the US.

The Caribbean

Puerto Rico: austerity law may spark strike

Under pressure from US investors, the Puerto Rican government plans to crack down on its employees; the unions are threatening to respond with a general strike.