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SPOILER: Christopher Wright “really likes” Facing the Anthropocene

May 13, Sydney, Australia: Christopher Wright, Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School, spoke at the international launch of Ian Angus‘s book, Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System. The transcript of his address follows.

“Spoiler – I really liked this book! …

When Ian contacted me late last year and asked if I’d be interested in reading his manuscript, I have to say I was somewhat wary. As many of you probably know the term ‘Anthropocene’ has become something of a buzzword de jeure in academic circles. Every day it seems there is a new

America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth

Henry Giroux, via Truthout: “Why Teachers Matter in Dark Times”

Americans live in a historical moment that annihilates thought. Ignorance now provides a sense of community; the brain has migrated to the dark pit of the spectacle; the only discourse that matters is about business; poverty is now viewed as a technical problem; thought chases after an emotion that can obliterate it. The presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee, Donald Trump, declares he likes “the uneducated”—implying that it is better that they stay ignorant than be critically engaged agents—and boasts that he doesn’t read books. Fox News offers no apologies for suggesting that thinking is an act of stupidity….… | more…

Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti

“Polyarchy in the Dominican Republic”: Jeb Sprague-Silgado on electing the DR’s next President

Jeb Sprague-Silgado, is the author of Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti. His article, “Polyarchy in the Dominican Republic: The Elite versus the Elite,” appeared in NACLA, May 6, 2016:

“In the Dominican Republic, as in many other countries around the Caribbean, the political strategy of leading dominant groups in recent decades has been one of polyarchy—that is to say, the options in democratic elections have been limited to voters selecting between different factions of elites. Since the 1970s, U.S. foreign policymakers, along with an increasingly wide array of UN, EU and other international agency officials have come to promote this approach. If

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…