Notes on Libya

In April 2011, when the scholar Horace Campbell met with a small group of Angolan youth in Luanda, he did something unusual. He warned them to be careful in how they resisted their government. He said Angola was rich with resources, and it would not take much for “the militarists to drum up some pretext …

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Making the Left Great Again

Review of William Mitchell & Thomas Fazi. 2017. Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World . London, UK: Pluto Press, 2017. I read this book directly after reading Chris Gilligan’s Northern Ireland and the Crisis of Anti-Racism (2017). Gilligan asserts that racism isinseparable from the nation-state (Gilligan 2017, 144) and …

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Syria: The New Terra Nullius

SYRIA, seat of an Islamic Caliphate. Syria, site of the Middle East’s newest liberal democracy. Syria, socialist paradise. Syria, a corrupt and murderous dictatorship that practices genocide. Syria, a failed state. Syria a state that is too strong. Syria, soon to be partitioned into ethnic enclaves. Syria, a pawn of Iran. Syria, a tool of …

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Canada Imports the White Helmets from Syria: A Dangerous, Criminal Decision

Ninety-eight members of the White Helmets, and a few hundred of their families, were evacuated by Israel and allies to Jordan late in evening of July 21. They will seemingly be shipped off to a few Western nations for resettlement: Canada, the UK, and Germany. So far, Canada has pledged to take 50 White Helmets …

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The Geneva Men: A Review of ‘Globalists’ by Quinn Slobodian

A review of Quinn Slobodian, 2017. Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Boston, MA: Harvard University Press. Neoliberalism and globalism have both become buzzwords used within the political discourse by intellectuals, journalists, as much as celebrities in order to describe and explain recent events. But what are really neoliberalism and globalism, …

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Responsibility To Protest: The Peace Movement and the Challenge of R2P

The following originally appeared in The Spark! Marxist Theory and Discussion no. 28, 2018. The Spark is an official publication of the Communist Party of Canada. As the dangers of mass destruction through war grow, the challenge to the peace and anti-imperialist movements involves exposing the real, imperialist reasons behind interventions cloaked in the humanitarian …

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In Memoriam: Anthony Bourdain on America’s “uncomfortable” encounter with Mexico

https://dailymotion.com/video/x2iiq08 Transcript of a monologue by Anthony Michael Bourdain, 1956-2018 Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happily knocking back huge amounts of tequila, mezcal and Mexican beer every year. We love Mexican people—as we sure employ a lot …

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A Manifesto for Our Time: Review of The World We Wish to See by Samir Amin (2008)

This article originally appeared on anti-imperialism.com. It has been reproduced for Peripheral Thought in its entirety. Author Theo V. Kenji is an aspiring agrarian sociologist and co-founder of the Radical Reading Collective at UC Irvine. By Theo V. Kenji “What to do?” (53). A short question with a very complex answer. In The World We …

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“Unions Aren’t Native” : The Muckamuck Restaurant Labour Dispute in Vancouver, BC (1979-1983)

[Photo]: Vancouver Indian Centre president Debbie Mearns (second from right) walking with strike leader Christine Price. August 12, 1978. This fascinating article originally appeared in Labour/Le Travail. Formatting and spelling has been edited for clarity before appearing on Peripheral Thought. For citations please refer to the article as: Janet Mary Nicol. 1997. '"Unions Aren't Native'; …

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The Deception of Abstract And Individualistic Notions of Human Rights

“It is not difficult, after all, to dissipate the deception of such an abstract and individualistic notion, which considers humans and their rights outside of society. Humans do not exist if not within society and by means of society. Therefore even their rights are connected with society and with its organization, and especially with its …

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