Globetrotter lifts up the voices of journalists who are themselves megaphones for those who are struggling in the continents of Africa, Asia, and Latin America to make a world free of suffering.
Globetrotter/Peoples Dispatch Fellows
Globetrotter is proud to partner with Peoples Dispatch in working with a new generation of journalists and voices for people’s movements across the planet. Below is our inaugural list for 2020–2021:
Tings Chak is an artist, writer, and organizer whose work contributes to popular struggles across the Global South. Her current research focuses on the art of national liberation struggles. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and is the author and illustrator of Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (2017). She leads the art department of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. She is currently based in Shanghai.
Satarupa Chakraborty is an activist of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). She is a researcher at Tricontinental Research and is currently based in the New Delhi office in India. She is also pursuing a PhD in philosophy at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in India.
Mercy Osei Dedaa
Mercy Osei Dedaa is from Ghana and currently resides in the capital, Accra. She is a third-year public relations student at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, from which she also holds a diploma in communication studies. Mercy is the youth coordinator of the Socialist Forum of Ghana and a dedicated member at Pan African Television’s social media team.
Manolo De Los Santos
From a young age, Manolo has been organizing and educating about people’s movements. For 10 years, he worked in the organization of solidarity and education programs to challenge the United States’ regime of illegal sanctions and blockades. Based out of Cuba for many years, Manolo has worked toward building international networks of people’s movements and organizations. In 2018, he became the founding director of the People’s Forum in New York City, a movement incubator for working-class communities to build unity across historic lines of division at home and abroad. He also collaborates as a researcher with Tricontinental: Institute of Social Research.
Mikaela Nhondo Erskog
Mikaela Nhondo Erskog is an educator and researcher at Pan Africa Today, a civic organization based in South Africa. She has an MA in history from the university currently known as Rhodes (UCKAR) and is a graduate of the UHURU fellowship program. She works closely with educational programming in the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). In the last few years, she has been dedicated to work that builds the international networks of social movements, trade unions and people’s organizations on the African continent, with a particular focus on education and solidarity work.
Marco Fernandes is an activist of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) and a researcher with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He has a master’s in history and PhD in psychology from the University of São Paulo in Brazil. He currently resides in Shanghai.
Vivian Fernandes is a journalist and has a master’s in communication sciences from the University of São Paulo (USP). Currently, she is the coordinator of the international and journalism departments at Brasil de Fato.
Leonardo Flores is a Venezuelan political analyst and peace activist with CODEPINK.
Daniel Giovanaz is a journalist and has a master’s in history from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). He covered the 2019 Bolivian elections and was a correspondent for Brasil de Fato in India in 2020.
Yogesh Jain has an MD in pediatrics from New Delhi but is a public health physician in practice. He has been primarily involved in primary health care through founding and running community health programs in rural Chhattisgarh in central India since 1999. He has been involved in addressing technical and political issues that determine health care for the rural poor through clinical care, observational research studies, training, and direct political work based on lived experience.
Ravi Kaushal is a journalist who has been covering the politics of higher education and student activism in India. His coverage has included student strikes and violence on university campuses, the exclusion of Dalit and other marginalized communities that often leads to reports of suicides and expulsions, and on-the-ground reporting of the right-wing violence of the Delhi riots of February 2020.
Ghassane Koumiya is a professor of translation at the Institute of Leadership and Journalism in Rabat in Morocco. He is a political anthropologist who has worked on grassroots, political and popular movements from the Maghreb region. Ghassane has been active in the trade union movement and the human rights movement in Morocco. He is currently completing his PhD in cultural anthropology at Ljubljana University in Slovenia.
Pavan Kulkarni is a journalist currently working with Peoples Dispatch and Newsclick who covers labor struggles and progressive social movements, mainly on the African continent, but also in India. He has also written articles on international trade and geopolitics, some of which have been republished in the Monthly Review. He is the author of a series of in-depth articles on the history of India’s Hindu far-right and its ideology, which have appeared in the Wire. Previously, as a city-based reporter in Bangalore, he has written in Citizen Matters on local issues, including investigative reports exposing corrupt land deals and medical malpractice.
Kambale Musavuli, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and one of the leading political and cultural Congolese voices, is a social entrepreneur and an international human rights advocate working with youth groups across the African continent. He writes on issues affecting the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has served for the past decade as the national spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo, a group that raises global consciousness about the situation in Congo and provides support to local institutions in Congo. He is currently an analyst at the Center for Research on Congo and a member of the Pan Africanism Today Secretariat as its West Africa representative.
Nitheesh Narayanan is an activist with Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and is currently working as a member of its central secretariat. He is a PhD scholar in the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He is currently the editor of Student Struggle, SFI’s journal. He is also working with Tricontinental Research.
Abdul Rahman currently works as a writer with Peoples Dispatch. He taught political science and international relations for almost eight years in various universities in India including the University of Delhi and Tata Institute of Social Sciences before joining Peoples Dispatch in 2019. He has a PhD in West Asian politics from New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Daniela Ramos is part of an emerging media project in Argentina based in Buenos Aires that seeks to build a new fresh voice in media that reflects on the experiences of people’s movements. She has been a part of social movements and the Argentine feminist movement for several years and collaborated in tasks of political communication. In her current job, she provides technical assistance to cooperatives, recovered factories and associations in Buenos Aires.
Lautaro Rivara is a sociologist, researcher and poet. As a trained journalist, he participated as an activist in different spaces of communications work, covering tasks of editing, writing, radio broadcasts, and photography. During his two years in the Jean-Jacques Dessalines Brigade in Haiti he was responsible for communications and carried out political education with Haitian people’s movements in this area. He writes regularly in people’s media projects of Argentina and the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean including Nodal, ALAI, Telesur, Resumen Latinoamericano, Pressenza, la RedH, Notas, Haití Liberte, Alcarajo, and more.
Walter Smolarek is a Philadelphia-based journalist and activist, covering both political developments inside the United States as well as the international activities of U.S. imperialism. Since becoming involved in the movement against the Iraq War as a high school student, he has also participated as an organizer in social movements ranging from Occupy Wall Street in 2011 to the 2014-2015 wave of the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing mutual aid relief efforts in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. He is a contributor to BreakThrough News, currently serves as the editor of Liberation newspaper, and is the managing editor of LiberationNews.org.
Sonali is a PhD student with experience in reporting, news analysis, editing and video editing. She was formerly associated with Newsclick. She has experience in Hindi-to-English translation and vice versa. She has reported extensively during the protests against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019, Delhi assembly elections and Delhi riots in February 2020.
Blaise Tulo is Ghanaian and resides in Ghana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and social sciences from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He is also a graduate student in international relations at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) at the University of Ghana. Blaise is currently the convener of the Accra collective of the Socialist Forum of Ghana—an organization committed to the struggles of the working class in Ghana and globally.
Satya is a journalist with BreakThrough News, an independent media platform in the United States highlighting the untold stories of the resistance of poor and working-class communities. She is also a writer for Liberation News. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is a community organizer and a recent nursing school graduate.