Friday, 6 May 2016

New article with NACLA

I have a new short article published with NACLA, titled "Polyarchy in the Dominican Republic: The Elite Versus the Elite". Read it here. I was also  interviewed on this topic on Latin Pulse.  An expanded version of the article in español appears in the Dominican media-worker cooperative El Grillo.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

New article published in the peer reviewed journal Caribbean Studies

Click here for a PDF of my new article published in the scholarly journal Caribbean Studies.  This is an altered version of one chapter in my recently completed Ph.D. dissertation: The Caribbean and Global Capitalism.  The article is titled: "From International to Transnational Mining: The Industry's Shifting Political Economy and the Caribbean". The English, Spanish, and French versions of the abstract are below. Click here for a URL link to the journal.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

New review of my 2012 book

Matthew Davidson, at the University of Miami, has written an excellent review of my 2012 book. You can read it here, on the website: Haiti: Then and Now.  

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Symposium on Paramilitarism in the Modern Americas, November 12-13

See below, for information on an upcoming symposium at the University of Arizona, where I will be presenting updated material related to my 2012 book and put forward a theoretical approach for understanding the "flexibilization" of paramilitarism in the context of global economic restructuring.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

NEW BOOK: Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania

   Please ask your local librarian to order a copy of the new volume that I have published with Routledge.   See here for a PDF of my introductory chapter: "Global capitalism and transnational class formation in Asia and Oceania." An updated/article version of the above chapter is published here on the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism

The book gathers together papers presented at the second biennial conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism which took place at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia in July of 2013.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Upcoming talk at CSULB

This March 23rd I will be giving a few talks on the Caribbean's shifting political economy.  More specifically I will look at the restructuring of the cruise ship, remittance, mining, and export processing industries and how social groups have been caught up in the changes taking place. The talks will be hosted by the International Studies Program at California State University of Long Beach. 

Friday, 19 December 2014

New Op-Ed in teleSUR: Jamaica & the Politics of Debt Trap

I have published here in teleSUR a new piece titled "Jamaica and the Politics of Debt Trap" that I wrote while conducting research in Kingston, Jamaica. A Spanish version of the article is available here

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Book Reviews of my 2012 book

York University Associate Professor Justin Podur has published a review of my 2012 book in the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. Read the review here.  Podur is also the author of the book Haiti's New Dictatorship (Pluto Press, 2012).

Professor Valerie Kaussen (author of Migrant Revolutions: Haitian Literature, Globalization, and U.S. Imperialism) has published a review of my 2012 book in the oldest scholarly journal on the Caribbean: the New West Indian Guide. You can read the entire review here.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A Review of Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin's book on the Political Economy of U.S. Empire

See here for a new piece that I have published in the journal Critical Sociology reviewing Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin's book The Making of Global Capitalism:  The Political Economy of American Empire (2012, Verso).

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Race & Class review by Boaz Anglade

A review of my book Paramilitarism and the assault on democracy in Haiti (2012, Monthly Review Press) has been published by Haitian scholar Boaz Anglade in the journal Race & Class.  The review can be read here.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Cruise Ships and Global Capitalism: The Industry's Shifting Political Economy

I published a short piece here  titled "Cruise Ships and Global Capitalism" which will be part of a forthcoming journal article and a chapter in my  forthcoming dissertation that looks at the sociological and political economy dynamics of the Caribbean's insertion into global capitalism.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Interview with Grazia Ietto-Gillies published in the journal Critical Perspectives on International Business

Published in the new special 10th anniversary issue of the journal Critical Perspectives on International Business is an interview that I conducted with political economist Grazia Ietto-Gillies. She is emeritus professor of applied economics at London South Bank University in the UK and the author of numerous works on transnational corporations (including Transnational Corporations and International Production: Concepts, Theories and Effects, which was just published in its second edition). 
My interview with her can be read here.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Co-authored letter published in the Guardian

Poll on deaths in Iraq ignored by British media
In May 2013 the reputable polling company ComRes asked a representative sample of the British public the following question: "How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq in 2003?"
According to 59% of the respondents, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis died as a result of the war. The results are especially shocking because respondents were not asked to limit their estimates to Iraqi civilians or to deaths caused directly by violence.
The latest scientific estimate of the death toll from the war is almost 500,000. This was published in PLOS Medicine. Two previous studies, also published in peer-reviewed scientific journalssuggest the death toll may possibly have been closer to a million. Only 6% of the respondents in the ComRes poll estimated more than 500,000 Iraqi deaths. Only 0.3% said they didn't know or declined to give an estimate.
The ComRes poll is powerful evidence that the media misled the public about the consequences of the war. The evidence is bolstered by the way the poll was ignored by the British media. Using Lexis-Nexis, the only prominent piece we could find about the poll in the British press was an op-ed by Ian Sinclair in the Morning Star, a small leftwing newspaper.
Anyone tempted to support military intervention anywhere in the world should know how effectively the most catastrophic human costs of war can be hidden from the public.
Joe Emersberger, Keane Bhatt, Noam Chomsky, David Cromwell, David Edwards, Peter Hallward, Jeb Sprague, Daniel Thornton

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Book reviewed in Journal of Labor & Society

My book with Monthly Review Press was reviewed by Matthew J. Smith, senior lecturer in the Department of History and Archeology at the University of West Indies, Mona, in Jamaica, author of Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957.  You can read the review here.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Island of Hispaniola: Coalitions and cross-border solidarity

I published a new op-ed on the Pambazuka Website (with an updated/corrected version published in the hardcopy of CounterPunch Magazine). The article provides some brief remarks and ideas on the political situation and social conflict in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and the connection between the two. A version in español is published on the Rebelión website and a Français verison is published in L'Aut'Journal (Haiti Liberte weekly newspaper version pasted below). 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Savage Wars of the Capitalist Peace: The New Geoeconomics & the Rise of China

Adelaide University's Dr. Kanishka Jayasuriya gives a keynote talk "The Savage Wars of the Capitalist Peace: The New Geoeconomics & the Rise of China". In the context of political science literature on "rising powers", he examines the weaknesses of nation-state centrism and mainstream thinking on the "rise of china", and how this ignores the more nuanced shifting socio-economic relations occurring through global capitalism and how this relates to China. To discuss this he looks in particular at the 'Asian Century White Paper Report' commissioned by the Australian government of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. I recorded this talk in June of 2013 at the "Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania conference" at Griffith University in Brisbane. This was the 2nd conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC). For more information see:

Crisis, the Emerging New Stage of Capitalism, and the Need of a Transnational Class Strategy for Social Emancipation

Above is a talk and brief interview with Dr. George Liodakis that I recorded in September of 2011 at the first conference of Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC) in Prague, Czech Republic. His paper was titled "Crisis, the Emerging New Stage of Capitalism, and the Need of a Transnational Class Strategy for Social Emancipation." Professor Liodakis teaches at the Technical University of Crete, Greece. Among many other publications, he is the author of the book: "Totalitarian Capitalism and Beyond" (London: Ashgate, 2010).

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Political Economy Approach Versus the Network Theory Approach to Understanding Global Capitalism

Dr. Jerry Harris, political economist at DeVry University in Chicago,IL, gives a talk on transnational class formation and global capitalism. He looks in particular at the differences between the political economist approach to this topic and how network theory sociologists have looked at global capitalism and the transnational capitalist class. I recorded this talk in June of 2013 at the "Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania conference" at Griffith University in Brisbane. This was the 2nd conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC). For more information see:

Sunday, 7 July 2013

China's Integration into Global Capitalism

Below is a video I recorded (apologies for the bad angles, as I have not figured out on my computer yet how to adjust these) of Dr. Jerry Harris, a political economist at DeVry University in Chicago. Here he discusses the integration of China into global capitalism and in particular the transnational economic and class dynamics of this process. This talk was given in June of 2013 at the "Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania conference" at Griffith University in Brisbane. Most of the Q&A's are also included toward the end of the video. This talk was given at the 2nd conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC). The conference was held at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and focused on "Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania". For more information see:

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Finance Capital and Climate Change: The Role of Climate Interested Investors

         Below is a video I recorded of Griffith University Sociologists Dr. Georgina Murray and Dr. David Peetz examining if it is possible within the logic of finance capital to have some groups or sub-class of the transnational capitalist class that can be focused toward the longer-term, whereas the great drive in financialization over recent decades has been toward increasing emphasis on short-termism (I.E. short term profits). The research here points to the contradictions of global capitalism, emphasizing the detrimental impact it is having upon our planet.

         Once the main lecture in the video begins (after the intro) at around 2 minutes and 33 seconds, you will need to turn the volume up significantly. This talk was given in June of 2013 at the "Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania conference" at Griffith University in Brisbane. This was the 2nd conference of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism (NCSGC). For more information see:

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Upcoming talks in June & August

If you plan to be at any of the below events or will be in the area, I've listed below the upcoming talks I have planned.

* On Thursday, June 7, at 2:45 in the St. Andrews room at the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) conference on the Caribbean island of Grenada I will be giving a talk on new research I have been doing. The talk is titled: "An Emergent Cornerstone of Global Capitalism in the Caribbean: A Case Study on Transnational Mining in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica." That same day at 6:30 Dr. Mark Schuller (author of the new book Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs (Rutgers Press, 2012)) will be presenting my book Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti (Monthly Review, 2012) at the conference's author celebration meeting.

* In mid-June I will be giving a talk in Santiago, Dominican Republic, discussing my book with local grassroots organizations and educators. For various reasons the meeting is invite only. If you are interested in attending email me at: jhsprague[at]
* On Saturday, June 29, I will be giving a talk titled "Theorizing transnational class relations" at the Global Capitalism in Asia and Oceania conference that is taking place at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, and is being organized by the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism. I will be giving my talk on a panel with Dr. Jerry Harris (author of The Dialectics of Globalization: Economic and Political Conflict in a Transnational World (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008))
* On Sunday, August 11, I will be giving a talk titled "Transnational Capitalism, Class, and the Caribbean Context” at the American Sociological Association that is being held in New York City.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

New reviews of my book by Hyppolite Pierre and Bruce Poinsette

Read a new review here of my book by Hyppolite Pierre. He is a Political Science Adjunct Faculty at the American Military University and the author of Haiti, Rising Flames from Burning Ashes: Haiti the Phoenix.

Also read a review/interview here on my book by Bruce Poinsette of The Skanner News.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Article in ¡Presente!

The new issue of ¡Presente!, the newspaper of the movement to close the School of the Americas (SOA), includes an abridged version of my recent article on Haiti's ex-army. The article can be read here.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Global Capitalism and “North-South” Unevenness

I have a new journal article (co-authored with scholars from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa) published in the journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. We examine quantitatively the ranking, statistical correlations, and profits from the Forbes’ Worldwide List of 2000 Top Firms, arrive at some conclusions, and suggest a valuable approach for understanding and analyzing this data. You can read the article here.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Paramilitarism in Haiti: A Photo Montage

     Below are photos to accompany my book Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti (Monthly Review Press, 2012). These photos were either: (a) provided to me with permission to use by the photographer, (b) photos that I took, or (c) they have been posted through Creative Commons (CC) which was especially necessary with the older historical periods covered.
     These images focus our attention on paramilitary organizations and their facilitators: various state, military, and intelligence apparatuses, officials, and elite networks. As paramilitary groups and their backers have gained impunity time and again, it is necessary to document all of this for the historical record, which I have tried to do in my recently published book. Through these photos, we are forced to recognize that the victims of paramilitary violence in Haiti are overwhelmingly from the country's lower-income communities and grassroots pro-democracy movement.
     In addition to these photographs, I suggest looking over the many excellent documentaries, books, and other sources that provide a compelling record of contemporary paramilitary violence in Haiti and the region. 

     I have put this photo montage together from a powerpoint that I used a few months back during various presentations I gave on the book. I hope readers of the book will find this useful, as well as the university classes that I know have been assigned to read it. This photo montage is a work in progress. 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Interview on Radio Kajou (Florida) & CKCU fm (Ottawa)

I was interviewed for around 45 minutes on my new book by Haitian writer and activist Jean Saint-Vil on Radio Kajou (based out of south Florida) & CKCU fm (based in Ottawa, Canada) on December 9. The discussion was partially translated into haitian kreyol. You can listen to the talk here, but will only be available for the next three weeks.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Rendez-vous Haitien

Nan emisyon sa a Jafrikayiti (Jean St Vil) chita pale ak otE Jeb Sprague ki pibliye "Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti", yon liv ki bay anpil detay sou kanpay militE ki makonnen ak koudeta 29 fevriye 2004 la. Sprague te pale ak alatEt mEsenE yo, Louis Jodel Chamblain, Judy C. Roy, ak anpil plis. Li te resevwa plizyE dokiman klasifye nan men gouvEnman Meriken ki ede li konprann pi byen nan ki kondisyon mEsenE yo t ap opere sou teritwa Dominiken depi anvan Aristide te prete sEman kom Prezidan nan ane 2001.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Thursday, 29 November 2012

La reconstitution de l’armée ferait repartir Haïti 30 ans en arrière.

Par Jeb Sprague - L'Aut' JournalLe Grand Soir

Le Gouvernement haïtien prépare le retour de l’armée haïtienne, pourtant dissoute, qui a été une institution coupable de nombreux crimes perpétrés dans le pays. Au même moment, des unités spéciales de la police ont été utilisées pour chasser les victimes du tremblement de terre hors des campements de fortune.

Alors que la société civile et les organisations populaires d’Haïti mènent une campagne contre un éventuel retour de l’ère de la répression duvaliériste, les citoyens américains, dominicains, et français devraient être mis au courant de l’appui historique que leur gouvernement a donné aux forces armées militaires et paramilitaires haïtiennes, ainsi qu’aux forces de sécurité.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Book talk in Austin, Texas

Listen here to a talk that I gave on my new book Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti at the 5604 Manor in Austin, Texas, on September 28, 2012. This was recorded and released by Allan Campbell of Community Audio for 91.7FM in Austin, Texas.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

book reviewed by The Bullet

See today's issue of 'The Bullet' for a review of my new book by author Michael Baker.  Barker also has a blog with a lot of writings here.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

OpEd in Jamaica Observer

I have a new article titled "Haiti's excluded majority opposes army's re-creation" published in the Jamaica ObserverRead the article here. The full version of the article appears here on the website Upside Down World.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Video interview on my new book

David Zlutnick has put up on youtube a video interview that he did with me on my new book Paramilitarism and the assault on democracy in Haiti. You can see the interview here.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

una revista de Santiago en República Dominicana llamada *La República* publico un articulo de mi

Le aquí mi nuevo artículo sobre el intento de las fuerzas de derecha a reconstruir el antiguo ejercito de Haití. Discuto brevemente las condiciones históricas que están detrás de esto.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Upcoming talk at SOA Watch Vigil in Columbus, Georgia

On November 17,  haitian grassroots photojournalist Wadner Pierre and myself will be speaking about paramilitary political violence in Haiti. We will in particular highlight the historical role of some agencies within the U.S. government in facilitating and enabling military and paramilitary waves of repression in Haiti. We'll also discuss the ongoing project of rightwing forces in Haiti (and their foreign backers) to rebuild the country's brutal former army.

The event will take place in Columbus, Georgia, 5:30-7pm, in Room 104 in the Convention Center for the Annual Vigil to close down the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch (801 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901). For more on SOA Watch see their website here. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (, the Haiti Action Committee ( + more to be added soon.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Book reviewed in Al Jazeera

Author Belén Fernández has published a review of my book on the Al Jazeera English website. You can read it here. A version of her review is also published in español here.


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Audio of book talk aired on WPFW's Africa Now (in Washington D.C.)

Thank you to Mwiza Munthali, of Trans Africa and WPFW's Africa Now (based out of Washington D.C.), for recording and airing my talk at Georgetown University on September 25. You can listen to it here.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

OpEd in Miami Herald

I have a new article published here in the Miami Herald. It is titled "Reviving Haiti’s army would harm democracy". Click here to read.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Counterpunch review of book

The alternative media outlet Counterpunch (of Jeffrey St. Clair and the late Alexander Cockburn) has published a review of my book. You can read the review by clicking here.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Book interview on the Black Agenda Report

Glen Ford, of the Black Agenda Report aired on the Progressive Radio Network (PRN), recently aired an interview with me on my new book Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti. You can listen to the interview here, toward the end of the show.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Book interview on CKUW (in Winnipeg, Canada)

Here is a audio recording of an interview (from Sep 16) that I gave on my book to CKUW 95.9 in Winnipeg, Canada. I did this interview after speaking at McNally Robinson books in Winnipeg.

Talk at DePaul University (in Chicago)

Here is a video of a talk that I gave on my book in Chicago at DePaul University on  September 18th. This was hosted by the Open University of the Left

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Book talk on CFUV radio (in Victoria, Canada)

An audio recording of one of the talks from my ongoing book tour is online here. My talk begins around 17 minutes and 55 seconds. It was recorded on September 15, 2012 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada. The audio is on the website of Gorilla Radio which is a show on CFUV 101.9 FM, a radio channel run out of the University of Victoria.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Discussion on Haiti book on WBAI (in NYC)

On September 13 I spoke about my new book on Pacifica Radio's WBAI, on the show Haiti: The Struggle Continues. The discussion begins at around 28 minutes into the program. You can download and listen to the program here.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Book talk aired on NPR

My book talk in Seattle is being aired on NPR through its affiliate 94.9 FM KUOW in Seattle, WA. To find the talk visit the website here.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Interview on Africa Today (in Berkeley,CA)

Pacifica Radio KPFA 94.1FM in San Francisco/Oakland/Bay Area on September 3rd, at 7pm on 'Africa Today with Walter Turner' aired a half hour interview on  Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti. To hear this go to The interview begins at around 29 and 1/2 minutes into the show.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Speaking Dates

Here is the tentative schedule for speaking events on  Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti. I will update this page as the times/locations get finalized.

9/9/12  Berkeley, CA: 4-6pm at La Peña Cultural Center. For more info see
9/11/12 Portland, OR: 7-9pm at The Lucky Lab (1700 N Killingsworth St., Portland, Oregon 97217). For more see the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee.
9/12/12 Seattle, WA: 7pm at Elliot Bay Books.
9/13/12  Bellingham, WA: 7pm at Village Books
9/14/12 Vancouver, BC: 5:30-6:40pm in room HC 7000 at Simon Fraser University. Sponsored by Latin American Studies.
9/14/12 Vancouver, BC: 7:00-8:30pm in the Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms at the Vancouver Public Library.
9/15/12 Victoria, BC: 4:00 - 6:00 pm at UVic, David Strong Bldg Rm C118. Sponsored by Victoria Peace Coalition, Mining Justice Action Committee, UVic Social Justice Studies, Central American Support Committee, and the Barnard-Boecker Centre

9/16/12  Winnipeg, MB: 4pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park.
9/17/12  Madison, WI: 4pm at 206 Ingraham Hall at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies (LACIS).
9/18/12 Chicago, IL: 7pm at DePaul University in Lincoln Park Student Center (LPSC) Room 325 (2250 North Sheffield, Chicago) Transit: Red & Brown CTA train lines, Fullerton Avenue station.
9/19/12 Toronto, ON: 2-4pm at University of Toronto in Grad Room, 66 Harbord St. (NE corner of Harbord and Spadina). Sponsored by CHAN.
9/19/12 Toronto, ON: 7-9pm at Sidney Smith Hall, room 2098, 100 St. George St. 
9/20/12 Montreal, QC: 4-6pm at Concordia University, Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West H-1124. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University.
9/22/12 New York, NY: 7pm at Bluestockings Bookstore
9/24/12 Philadelphia, PA: 8pm at Moonstone Arts Center/ Robin's Books
9/25/12 Washington, DC: 5pm at the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center 450 at Georgetown University. Sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies.
9/26/12 Tampa, FL: 6pm at room 136-138 in the Patel Center for Global Solution at the University of South Florida. Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean.
9/27/12 Boca Raton, FL: 2 PM, Room PA101 at Florida Atlantic University. Hosted by Peace Studies.
9/27/12 Miami, FL: 8pm at Books and Books
9/28/12 Austin, TX: 7pm at 5604 Manor
10/17/12 Goleta, CA: noon to 1:30pm at Colloquium Series of UCSB Department of Sociology.
10/19/12 Riverside, CA: 2:00 to 3:30pm at University of California Riverside in the Map Room of the College Building South. This is part of the Colloquium Series of the UCR Program on Global Studies (Sponsored by the UCR Sociology Department and the Institute for Research on World-Systems/IROWS).
11/17/12 Columbus, Georgia: 5:30-7pm, Room 104 in the Convention Center for the Annual Vigil of the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch. (801 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA 31901)
3/11/13 Goleta, California, 3:30pm, at 'Introduction to Caribbean Studies' Room Chem 1171, University of California-Santa Barbara.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Introduction to book published in Monthly Review magazine

The introduction to my new book has been published as a stand-alone  article in the September-October issue of Monthly Review magazine. Here is a PDF. The Brooklyn and Port-au-Prince based weekly newspaper Haiti Liberte (Vol. 6, No. 8.) has published an alternative version here.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

IPS review of my book

See this webpage for a review that the Inter Press Service (IPS) has published of my new book. The book began shipping on August 15 and is 400 pages. The IPS french translation of this article is here and an IPS german translation is here. Znet Italy has an italian translation up here. A spanish version is here on América Latina en Movimiento

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Iconic Architecture & the Transnational Capitalist Class: A Talk by Dr. Leslie Sklair

      Below is a three part video of Leslie Sklair, Professor Emeritus in Sociology at LSE (London School of Economics), in which he presents his new research on iconic architecture during the era of capitalist globalization and its role as a hegemonic project of the transnational capitalist class. 


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

'Transnational State' entry in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization

     I have published a new piece in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization that looks at the analytical abstraction of an emergent transnational state and its apparatuses. The full article can be read hereHere is the abstract: 
The theory of an emergent transnational state (TNS), as coined by sociologist William I. Robinson (2001), claims that through globalization a nascent political, juridical and regulatory network is coming into existence worldwide. This notion rests upon the idea that a dominant social force, a transnational capitalist class (TCC), propels globalization through transnational corporations (TNCs) (Robinson & Harris 2000). The TCC, to promote and ensure its power, requires a concomitant political project. Such a political project would involve, for example: (i) promoting investor confidence in the global economy, (ii) setting up mechanisms and institutions for responding to economic, political, and military crises that threaten the stability necessary for global markets, and (iii) establishing a degree of macroeconomic policy uniformity across borders.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Remembering Jean Ristil Jean-Baptiste, a Champion for Haiti's Poor

     It is with sadness that many of us have learned that on February 25, Haitian photojournalist Jean Ristil Jean-Baptiste passed away at a hospital in Port-au-Prince. See twitter for messages from friends and fans of his stunning photographic work. 
    I first met Jean in August of 2006 when I was taking part in a human rights-labor delegation to Haiti. It was clear that Jean's strong presence, his sincere dedication to Haiti's poor majority, made a strong impression on those around him. As the only internationally known photojournalist living and working full time in Cite Soleil he faced many hardships in his life: after the 2004 coup he was targeted with intimidation, threats, and police brutality.
    In August of 2006 myself and another participant in the delegation interviewed Jean, the transcript of which can still be read on He provided us with hundreds of more photos that haitianalysis still has backed up on a hard drive (a website in the midst of being relaunched at a new URL). We kept in touch, and the next year he asked me to make a website for his Cite Soleil based children's center Kole Zepòl Sove Ti Moun.  Others from our delegation soon returned to help set up internet at Kole Zepòl.  The website we made remains online here. Jean was well known in his community, cherished by his family, and was a great friend to Haiti solidarity activists. His work appeared on various websites, in newspapers such as Haiti Liberte and Haiti Progres and in stunning documentaries. If anyone would like to add more to this homage please email me: jebsprague[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll  add it. Thanks to Dominique Esser for photo 4 and 5 below. Also see Kevin Pina's much more poignant post on Jean Ristil here as well as Ezili Dantò's post here.

More photos of Jean here: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Sunday, 4 December 2011

La impunidad de los grandes terratenientes

Por Joe Emersberger y Jeb Sprague
En esta artículo, Joe Emersberger y Jeb Sprague discuten el documental del cineasta Edward Ellis '"Tierras Libres". El documental explora los asesinatos de campesinos y activistas asesinados por sicarios para tratar de implementar el proyecto de la reforma agraria del gobierno de Venezuela y la búsqueda de sus familias por la justicia dentro de un sistema judicial que aún está controlado en gran parte por la elite nacional.