“The silver shimmer of Silicon Valley is replacing the oil slicks that once gilded the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) in black gold. That silver shimmer is Salesforce.com, and it is replacing the longest-tenured DJIA component: ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), effective Aug. 31. Read More »
Venezuelan civilians receiving military training for US attack. Photo: Baretto-AFP
A US-sponsored military aggression against Venezuela could take place before the November 3 elections in that country. On August 22, Admiral Remigio Ceballos, chief of the strategic operational command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), said that “The international intelligence agencies allied to Venezuela inform us that Colombia is preparing an aggression, and the FANB will respond with force and forcefulness to any aggression against the sovereignty and independence of Venezuela, under the command of our Commander in Chief Nicolas Maduro Moros”.
The Venezuelan ambassador to the UN denounced the US and Colombia, for trying to launch massacres in Venezuela with the support of Guaidó and money looted from the country.
“They want to impose the massacres of Colombia in Venezuela with the support of Trump, [Colombian President Iván] Duque and [Venezuelan opposition deputy Juan] Guaidó,” Samuel Moncada stressed.
Through several tweets published this Tuesday, the Venezuelan ambassador to the United Nations (UN) said that the “US terrorists” hired with money looted from Venezuela by Trump, intended to assassinate thousands of Venezuelans. “An atrocity never seen in our history,” he added.Read More »
In a little more than three months, on December 6, parliamentary elections will be held in Venezuela. The previous elections were on December 6, 2015 and the opposition gained a majority thanks to the abstention of 2 million Chavista voters who decided to stay home and not vote.
But the circumstances today are different, and supporters of the policies of Hugo Chavez are more united after having had to deal with an infinite number of political, economic and military attacks proceeding from U.S. imperialism and their local lackeys, attacks that intensified since the self-proclamation by Juan Guiadó that he was the president on November 23, 2019.Read More »
Zoonotic disease pandemics such as COVID-19 present us with an opportunity to reframe how we understand capitalism by visibilising the role animals are forced to play in its processes, and the forms and spaces of human-animal contact that are dominant in our world. The production process and the reproduction of capitalist social relations and human bodies depends on captured and domesticated animals’ lives, bodies and deaths, just as it necessarily leads to the expulsion and mass death of ‘wild’ animals.
My Honours research centres on reading human-animal relations under capitalism through notions of disease and cure. It uses zoonotic disease as a central metaphor for the instability of the human-animal dichotomy, the inseparability of humans from ‘nature’ including at the micro-level of ecology, and the persistent vulnerability of human bodies. My purpose is to bring other animals to the fore of how we understand capitalism, against the general tendency to present the global capitalist political economy as an autonomous system of human interactions.Read More »
On 24 March, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a live telecast to the nation, had announced a 21 day complete lockdown of the entire country, placing 1.3 billion people under curfew, in order to contain the spread of the corona virus in India. However, after 20 April, industries in India were allowed to operate outside containment zones. As a huge number of factories began preparing to restart production, a series of industrial accidents took place in many states, killing and injuring hundreds of workers.Read More »
On 7 May 2018, Professor Samir Amin gave a lecture entitled “Marx and Living Marxism are More Relevant Today Than Ever” at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. This is the part of his lecture in English. The lecture was organized by the Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences (TIAS). Professor Wang Hui, Director of TIAS, gave an introduction. Professor Lau Kin Chi interpreted the lecture into Putonghua. Subsequently, Professor Lau Kin Chi and Professor Viren Murthy acted as discussants. The full version of the whole lecture lasting 1 hour 50 minutes can be found at youtu.be. Video-recorded by Professor Sit Tsui Jade; edited by George Lee; produced by Global University for Sustainability, 2018.Read More »