Morales hails a ‘new era’ after court ruling on Bolivia’s access to the sea

Morning Star | September 30,

PRESIDENT Evo Morales hopes to start a “new era” in Bolivia’s relationship with Chile after today’s International Court of Justice ruling on Bolivia’s access to the sea.

The new age will take “advantage of our potentialities, promoting integration for the wellbeing of our peoples. It’s necessary to cure injuries from the past,” he said.Read More »

Half a million women protest across Brazil against right-wing presidential candidate

Morning Star | September 30, 2018

HUNDREDS of thousands of women turned out on Saturday for a wave of nationwide protests across Brazil against right-wing presidential election frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro.

Marches organised by a social media campaign under the hashtag #EleNao (Not Him) took place in dozens of cities including Rio de Janeiro, where thousands of women converged on the vast Cinelandia square, to be joined by a column of others marching from the Avenida Rio Branco, a major thoroughfare.Read More »

North Carolina farmworkers win back right to bargain for dues checkoff

by Mark Gruenberg

People’s World | September 26, 2018

North Carolina farmworkers win back right to bargain for dues checkoff


RALEIGH, N.C—In a win for North Carolina’s unionized farm workers, a federal judge reinstated the right of their union, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, to negotiate for a dues checkoff in contracts it signs with state tobacco growers and other farmers.

In a ruling which U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs upheld in late September against screams from the North Carolina Farm Bureau, Magistrate Judge Patrick Auld said the state Republicans’ Farm Law, a ban on such negotiations and dues checkoff, violated the U.S. Constitution. The two judges, combined, threw it out.Read More »

Public ownership makes a comeback in British Labour leader Corbyn speech

People’s World | September 27, 2018

Public ownership makes a comeback in British Labour leader Corbyn speech

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, right, is joined on stage by supporters following his keynote speech, to sing the socialist song “The Red Flag” at the annual party conference in Liverpool, England, Wednesday Sept. 26. He called for a clampdown on unfettered capitalism and a huge investment in public services. | Peter Byrne / PA via AP

LIVERPOOL—British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to the party’s annual conference yesterday was a call to arms for the labor movement, a clear challenge to all those who oppose Tory austerity in Britain to unite and bring an end to it for once and for all.

Unity and diversity were key themes throughout the speech, as Corbyn drew attention to the great variety that makes up the labor movement and the way in which that is reflected in the Labour Party’s new, increased membership.Read More »

Samir Amin on centre, periphery and the world economy: an appreciation of his original insights

by Peter Lawrence

Pambazuka News | August 23, 2018

Credits: estoril

Samir Amin, already a major figure in the political economy of development, was the author of the first article in the first ever issue of ROAPE, in 1974. As the editorial noted, the article was “a summary of his basic model of the workings of the international system as a whole, presented at length in his two recent books” (the two- volume Accumulation on a World Scale, Monthly Review Press, 1974).


The editorial continued: “It provides us with an ideal starting point: a general view of international capitalism, identifying the crucial differences in the dynamic of accumulation at the centre and at the periphery: differences which promote development in the metropoles and inhibit it in Africa. It is our hope that his work, which represents the most significant African contribution to the debate on underdevelopment, will be studied widely and discussed critically.”

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Theoretical contributions of Samir Amin (1931-2018)

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | September 24, 2018

Samir Amin with colleagues

The Egyptian-born social scientist and activist Samir Amin wrote extensively on political economy and the challenges for the peripheral capitalist states. He died in a Paris, France hospital on 12 August 2018 at the age of 86.


He was a prodigious researcher and publisher issuing over 40 books, hundreds of articles and papers dealing with the relationship between the colonial, semi-colonial and neo-colonial territories and the imperialist states.

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