Friday, October 26, 2018

Pre-order a copy of my new book.

You can now pre-order a copy of my new book here on Amazon. The title of the book is: "Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class." It is being published by Temple University Press.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

New chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Global Studies

I have a large co-authored chapter looking over the idea of a transnational capitalist class (TCC), and the different findings and debates on this topic.  The chapter is published in the  The Oxford Handbook of Global Studies, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer, Manfred B. Steger, and Saskia Sassen. See a preview of the article here

Monday, October 22, 2018

Global Capitalism in the Caribbean

The 2018 summer issue of NACLA Report on the Americas includes my new article: "Global Capitalism in the Caribbean".  Read the article here or download the PDF here. Here is a French and Spanish translation of the article.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10714839.2018.1479465?needAccess=true#aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGFuZGZvbmxpbmUuY29tL2RvaS9wZGYvMTAuMTA4MC8xMDcxNDgzOS4yMDE4LjE0Nzk0NjU/bmVlZEFjY2Vzcz10cnVlQEBAMA==

Sunday, October 21, 2018

On censorship in social media

See a new co-authored investigative piece that I have looking at the censoring of alternative media pages on social media.   The article is also available in French and Spanish.

Below is a two part interview on this story with The Real News Network. This research was also discussed on the most listened to podcast in the U.S.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

La censura de Facebook a los medios alternativos “Apenas es el comienzo”, dice un neoconservador clave

ALAI>>>

En una conferencia de seguridad en Berlín, el neoconservador de mano dura Jamie Fly daba la impresión de abrogarse el crédito por la reciente purga coordinada de medios alternativos.

Por Max Blumenthal y Jeb Sprague

Durante este mes de octubre, Facebook y Twitter eliminaron las cuentas de cientos de usuarios, incluyendo muchas fuentes de medios alternativos administrados por usuarios norteamericanos. Entre los que fueron eliminados durante la purga coordinada, había portales populares que escrutaban abuso policíaco e intervencionismo americano, como “The Free Thought Project”, “Anti-Media” y “Cop Block”, en conjunto con las páginas de periodistas como Rachel Blevins.

Facebook sostuvo que estas páginas habían “violado nuestras reglas contra “spam” y el comportamiento coordinado no auténtico”. No obstante, portales como “The Free Thought Project” fueron verificados por Facebook y ampliamente reconocidos como fuentes legítimas de noticias y opiniones. John Vibes, un reportero independiente que contribuyó con el “Free Thought”, acusó a Facebook de “favorecer las fuentes tradicionales de información y silenciar a las voces alternativas".

En comentarios publicados aquí por primera vez, el neoconservador Washington Insider aparentemente ha reclamado cierto grado de crédito por la reciente purga-y prometió más golpes mortales en el futuro cercano.

La censure des médias alternatifs sur Facebook n’est « que le commencement », selon un haut responsable néo-conservateur

ALAI>>>

Lors d'une conférence sur la sécurité à Berlin, Jamie Fly, un néo-conservateur extrémiste, a semblé s’attribuer le mérite de la récente purge coordonnée qui a visé les médias alternatifs.

Max Blumenthal et Jeb Sprague

En octobre, Facebook et Twitter ont supprimé les comptes de centaines d’utilisateurs, y compris de nombreux médias alternatifs gérés par des utilisateurs américains. Parmi ceux qui ont été éliminés lors de cette purge coordonnée se trouvaient des sites populaires qui examinent la brutalité policière et l’interventionnisme américain, tels que The Free Thought Project, Anti-Media et Cop Block, ainsi que les pages de journalistes comme Rachel Blevins.

Facebook a affirmé que ces pages avaient « enfreint nos règles contre le spam et le comportement inauthentique coordonné ». Cependant, des sites comme The Free Thought Project ont été vérifiés par Facebook et étaient largement reconnus comme des sources légitimes d'actualités et d'opinions. John Vibes, un journaliste indépendant qui contribuait à Free Thought, a accusé Facebook de « favoriser les sources traditionnelles et de faire taire les voix alternatives ».

Dans les commentaires publiés ici pour la première fois, un initié néo-conservateur de Washington s’est apparemment attribué un peu du mérite de cette récente purge, et a promis de nouvelles suppressions dans un proche avenir.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hilbourne Watson on Global Capitalism, White Supremacy, and Nationalism

Here is a recent presentation (that I recorded) by Emeritus Professor Hilbourne Watson.  It is titled "Crisis of global capitalism, global white supremacy, and the new nationalism" and was given at the 2018 conference of the Global Studies Association-North America at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Forthcoming book with Temple University Press

I am happy to announce that Temple University Press will publish in early-2019 my second sole-authored book.  It will be titled: Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class.  

Monday, January 15, 2018

New peer-reviewed article

I have a new research article on Haiti published in the journal Third World Quarterly. It can be read here.  

Also listen here for a related recent interview that I did with Pacifica Radio's show Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod.  I was also quoted in the Miami Herald in regards to this research.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Alejandra Salas Porras: Las élites transnacionales mexicanas

Esta presentación se realizó en la conferencia "Capitalismo global en las Américas" que se celebró en La Habana, Cuba, en noviembre de 2017. Esta fue la cuarta conferencia bienal de la Red de Estudios Críticos de Capitalismo Global (NCSGC).

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Caribbean cruise ship business and the emergence of a transnational capitalist class

The Journal of World-Systems Research published a new peer-reviewed journal article that I have authored. 

Through the context of the Caribbean region, this article examines the globalizing cruise ship business and its changing strategies for the exploitation of labor and local communities. You can read the article here.



Sunday, August 20, 2017

TCC in Asia & Oceania: Research in Political Economy

The scholarly journal Research in Political Economy has published my newest article: "Transnational Capitalist Class and Relations of Production in Asia and Oceania".   You can download the full article here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Critical Sociology reviews Asia/Oceania Volume

Alexius A. Pereira, a researcher in Singapore (who received his Ph.D. at LSE), has published an excellent review of my 2016 edited volume.  His review of Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania can be read here in Critical Sociology

Saturday, June 3, 2017

International election observer

    This weekend I am serving as part of an international election observer delegation working with the Mexican civil society organization “Ni un fraude más". We are investigating electoral processes in the State of Mexico as it undergoes an important gubernatorial election. Here is information in español about our mission, and the institutional and democratic crisis that Mexico faces.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Extend Haiti's TPS designation

I am a co-signer of this open letter calling for the U.S. government to extend Haiti's TPS (temporary protected status) designation. As the letter states: failure to extend TPS "would be disastrous for families here and there and destabilizing, adding a significant burden to a nation already saddled with overwhelming challenges, increasing desperation..."

Friday, April 28, 2017

New Op-Ed on Whiteness & the U.S. Political Scene

See Counterpunch for a new op-ed that I have co-authored : "The US Political Scene: Whiteness and the Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism".  It also appears here in Spanish and here in French.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Interview on The Real News

I was interviewed today by The Real News Network on current events in Haiti and in relation to my earlier research on paramilitarism in the context of economic restructuring, social conflict, and political tensions in the country.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My new piece in Latin American Perspectives




The journal Latin American Perspectives has published my lengthy review of Caribbeanist Hilbourne Watson's excellent new monograph Globalization, Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Caribbean (published with the University of the West Indies Press).

The review also includes some thoughts on the contributions 
to the volume by other well-known Caribbean political economists, such as Alex Dupuy, Linden Lewis, and Anton L. Allahar. You can read the entire review here.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CFP: Global Capitalism in the Americas

Call For Papers:
Global Capitalism in the Americas
The 4th Biennial Conference of the Network for the Critical Study of Global Capitalism (NCSGC)
November 1-3, 2017
Colegio Universitario San Geronimo de La Habana, Cuba
Featuring keynote speakers Luis Suarez and William I. Robinson


Co-sponsored by the Universidad de La Habana
In today’s global political economy, we are witnessing a new era of integration and inequality, which is playing out through particular expressions of systemic crises. We are also witnessing the rise of a ultra-neoliberal authoritarian political project in the United States, in conjunction with the resurgence of right-wing political sectors across the Americas. What should we understand about the particularities of this globalization phase in the history of world capitalism, and in the context of these regions and their populations? How can working and popular classes, and their movements from below, effectively coordinate and struggle in a world of capitalist globalization?

The purpose of this conference is to focus critical studies of global capitalism on Central, North, and South America, and on the Caribbean, to provide opportunities for interested scholars and activists to explore, discuss, and debate related issues occurring in these regions. 
• The transnational capitalist class across the Americas.
• Capitalist globalization, capital accumulation and development.
• Trumpism: the rise of neo-liberal authoritarianism and its neo-fascist contingents.
• Movements from below, activism, and the popular classes in the 21st century Americas.
• Migration and crossing borders.
• Transnational capital and the state.
• State repression, militarization, soft power, & coup d’etats.
• Class war on the marginalized and super-exploited.
• Financialization and tax havens.
• Education and other institutions.
• Global corporate networks intersecting with Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Capitalism, class and power relations in these regions.
• Gendered and Racialized social relations in the Western Hemisphere.
• Ideological formation in the global epoch.
• Natural resource conflicts and environmental movements.
All abstracts (100 words) must be submitted by August 15, 2017 to:
Vladimir Pacheco Cueva, vpc@cas.au.dk
CONFERENCE COST: $175.00 US 

 
For more information on the Network for the Critical Study of Global Capitalism see: https://netglobalcapitalism.wordpress.com/about/
Conference Organizing Committee: William K. Carroll (Univ. of Victoria, Canada), Vladimir Pacheco Cueva (Aarhus Univ. Denmark), Anthony van Fossen (Griffith Univ. Australia), Jerry Harris (Global Studies Association, US), Marek Hrubec (Czech Academy of Sciences), Georgina Murray (Griffith Univ. Australia), Isaias R. Rivera (Univ. Autonoma de Chihuahua, Mexico), William I. Robinson (Univ. of California Santa Barbara, US), Leslie Sklair (London School of Economics, UK), and Jeb Sprague-Silgado (Univ. of California Santa Barbara, US).