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Ian Angus introduces us humans to an age we made all by ourselves: the Anthropocene

Ian Angus, author of Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System, answers questions from London’s Socialist Review on why and how human activity has transformed the Earth:

SR: Can you explain the concept of the Anthropocene and its importance for understanding the current climate crisis?

IA: Anthropocene is the proposed name for the present stage of Earth history: a time in which human activity is transforming the entire planet in unprecedented and dangerous ways. Scientists divide Earth’s 4.5 billion year history into time intervals that correspond to major changes in the conditions and forms of life on Earth….

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May 5: John Bellamy Foster to speak in Dublin

Please come hear John Bellamy Foster deliver Burns Sisters Public Lecture at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, on “The anthropocene and the crisis of civilization: climate change and capitalism”… | more…

The Economic War Against Cuba: A Historical and Legal Perspective on the U.S. Blockade

La Marseillaise interviews MRP author Salim Lamrani about Cuba

Author of The Economic War Against Cuba and Cuba, the Media, and the Challenge of Impartiality, Salim Lamrani is a university professor who specializes in relations between Cuba and the United States. In this interview, he turns to the issue of human rights, a point of divergence between the two countries. The United States accuses Cuba of not respecting human rights, while Cuba demands a change in the criteria.… | more…

Cuba and the U.S. Empire: A Chronological History

In NYC Wednesday, April 27? Come to Jane Franklin’s launch of Cuba & the U.S. Empire

In this updated edition of her classic, Cuba and the United States, Jane Franklin chronicles U.S.-Cuba relations from the time both were colonies, through each country’s revolution, to the present. Since its first edition in 1992, published with the Center, Jane’s book has been an essential resource for all trying to understand the fraught relationship between the island and the U.S. For the traveler to Cuba.… | more…

A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerillas' Victory

A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution reviewed in A World to Win

“This romantic tale of individuals, seized on by the media and by several films glorifying the guerrillas, completely ignores the towns and the role played by the powerful working class that lived in them. The organised workers — over 1.25 million of them out of a population of just 6 million at the time were in unions — are commonly seen as being, for the most part, politically inactive throughout the period of the insurrection. Nothing, in fact could be further from the truth, as Steve Cushion demonstrates in his new book.… | more…

Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century

Imperialism in the 21st Century reviewed in Marx & Philosophy

“John Smith’s Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century was the Inaugural Winner of the Paul A. Baran – Paul M. Sweezy Memorial Prize. According to the back cover blurb at least, it is a “seminal examination” of the relationship between the core capitalist countries and the rest of the world in the age of neoliberal globalization.” It shows how modern day imperialism exploits oppressed nations through transfer pricing or what Smith calls “global labor arbitrage”. Output is produced at very low prices in the global “South” and then sold at much higher prices in the developed “imperialist” North. The value added is credited to the selling, not the producing nations, and so the transfer of wealth is hidden in official statistics. Explaining this is the “central task” of the book….”… | more…

Lettuce Wars: Ten Years of Work and Struggle in the Fields of California

Harvesting celery = 8 hours football practice …… Lettuce Wars reviewed in Science & Society

In Lettuce Wars, Bruce Neuburger tells the story of his experience as a volunteer farm labor organizer with the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) in Salinas, California, during a ten-year period beginning in the spring of 1971. Lettuce Wars is a memoir, but the author’s fascinating personal story never overshadows the history of the farmworkers movement that it also documents.… | more…