We need a new Brand for the UK

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them – Karl Marx It did not come as much of a surprise that Russell Brand came out and urged people to vote for the Labour Party in Thursday’s UK elections. As I…

Teaching From the South

A close working relationship with our European partners does not preclude us from drawing on certain examples or experiences from Latin America. As we form our political and social strategies, it’s important to monitor how developments are unfolding in Latin America. – Alexis Tsipras Syriza’s stunning victory in Greece’s election has been a win for…

IMF Medicine for Latin American Debt Killed the Patient

In 2005, former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner, after paying off his country’s debt to the International Monetary Fund said, the IMF has “acted towards our country as a promoter and a vehicle of policies that caused poverty and pain.” He was right. The history of IMF involvement in Latin America can be traced back the…

Book Review: Social Movements and Leftist Governments in Latin America: Confrontation or Co-option?

Originally published on Upsidedown World Since the advances made by various social movements across the Latin American continent, from the Brazilian landless workers movement to indigenous movements in the Andean nations, there has been added focus on their role in ushering in Latin America’s “pink tide” governments. As more and more leftist governments were voted…

The Russian, Ukrainian, Crimean nationalist love triangle

The empire cannot die! I know that the soul does not die. From one end to another, the empire Lives, truncated by a third. –   Russian national anthem 1833-1917 As the situation in Crimea continues, there have been countless explanations for Putin´s ´irrational´ behavior. The typical Western line is that Putin is an opportunistic,…

Latin America has a few lessons for the US on torture

The world quietly celebrated Human Rights Day (December 10) earlier this month. That week, two big, interrelated human rights events occurred. The first was the well-publicised revelations that America’s CIA ran and participated in a global torture program which, more than anything, produced vast ambivalence – especially from the top. The US Senate report recounted,…