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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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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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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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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Progress, Progressivism, and Progressives: An Anthropologists’ Perspective

Political discussions within the United States quickly bog down into meaningless party partisanship, often utilizing labels without clearly elucidating what they mean. Here Dr. Maximilian C. Forte discusses the US Progressive movement — one of the two poles on the great imperial engine of US politics, Populism being positioned as the other. His piece is …

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NGO’s and Empire Maintenance: Aid distributors versus popular sovereignty

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s Among the many foibles and spectacles which have characterized the presidency of Donald J. Trump, was his threat to …

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Decolonizing Latin America as Social Geography: Comments on Charles Mann’s 1491.

[Image: Presencia de América Latina (Presence of Latin America, 1964–65) is a 300 square meters (3,200 sq ft) mural at the hall of the Arts House of the University of Concepción, Chile. It is also known as Latin America's Integration (Wikimedia Commons)] The origins of Latin America and the Caribbean as a place involve layers of designations of …

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Trump, Empire, and Syria (or, The Elites Just Bought Another War)

DONALD TRUMP: ANOTHER MAN FOR EMPIRE “After losing thousands of lives and spending trillions of dollars, we are in far worst shape in the Middle East than ever, ever before. I challenge anyone to explain the strategic foreign policy vision of Obama/Clinton. It has been a complete and total disaster.” -- Donald J. Trump, Campaign …

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