Celebrating the Life of Samir Amin

September 4, 1931 – August 12, 2018

MR Online | September 04, 2020

Samir Amin at Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2018

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A man lives so many different lengths of time

Lau Kin Chi

For Samir Amin’s anniversary on Sept 4, Global University for Sustainability invited Samir’s friends to reminisce their interactions with Samir and celebrate the very rich life that Samir lived.Read More »


Samir Amin: Marx and Living Marxism are More Relevant Today than Ever

Global University for Sustainability Youtube Channel | February 03, 2019

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 Video-recorded by Professor Sit Tsui Jade; edited by George Lee; produced by Global University for Sustainability, 2018.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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Zone of Storms: Review of October 1917 Revolution A Century Later by Samir Amin (2017)

by | April 22, 2018

“[R]evolutions are ‘great’ precisely because they…are far ahead of…their time” (36). In the five essays presented inOctober 1917, renowned radical political economist, Samir Amin, pushes far beyond the immediate necessity of emphasizing the historical weight of October, and launches, into an ambitiously broad analysis of the trajectory of twenty first socialism, the Marxism that inspired it, and the lessons that can be drawn for the struggles of the twenty first century.Read More »

Glory to the Lucid Courage of the Greek People, Facing the European Crisis

By Samir Amin

Courtesy: MRZine | 6 July, 2015

The Greek People are an example to Europe and the world.

With courage and lucidity the Greek people have rejected the ignoble diktat of European and international finance.  They have won a first victory by affirming that democracy cannot exist unless it knows how to put itself at the service of social progress.  They have unmasked the farce of democracy that accepts submission to the degradation of social conditions demanded by the dictatorship of finance.Read More »