While the popularity of the model seems new, the idea of unions serving as vehicles for the establishment of cooperatives has a history, a contested history shaping the development of union co-ops still today.
A shift is happening outside the spotlight of the corporate media and our rigged political system. Socialism was the most looked-up word in the Webster dictionary last year. A recent poll conducted by Harvard says a majority of millennials do not support capitalism. The battle around the US ballot box could be narrowing, but the longer war of hearts and minds is still wide open.
During the Second World War, in the United States there was a government-sponsored publicity campaign to save automobile gas with the slogan “Is this trip necessary?” The aim was to show that if one really asked the question, many trips were not really necessary. We can ask the same question about wars today. In Yemen, is the Saudi-led war really necessary?
Change is in the air as many leftist governments in Latin America face serious setbacks. What could be interpreted as the twilight of this wave of the Latin American left really underlines how phenomenal this last stretch of history was -- from the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998 to Evo Morales and the rise of a progressive regional bloc, and all the other people's victories in between.
What we see in the continuing drama of Peruvian politics is that every time a so-called left or left-leaning government came to power, the regime soon thereafter moved to the right. Given Peru’s size, location, and economic importance, this has made Peru a prime battleground of Latin American politics.
The danger of impunity is not merely the lack of legal accountability, but the fact that it is the very foundation of most violent crimes against humanity, including genocide. This impunity began seven decades ago and it will not end without international intervention, with concerted efforts to hold Israel accountable in order to bring the agony of Palestinians to a halt.