Wednesday, June 13, 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.

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.  

Here is the abstract for his talk:
The study of social change is dominated by philosophical individualism and methodological nationalism that fragment the social, treats the individual as the irreducible unit of analysis, makes the sum of the parts greater than the whole, and reduces social relations between humans to technical relations between things. Contrastingly, I offer a historical materialist analysis of global white supremacy (GWS) and the new nationalism, and subsume them under the crisis of global capitalism, as reflected in overaccumulation, social polarization, legitimation and sustainability, and the impacts on working classes and other exploited and oppressed groups. I argue that GWS naturalizes and racializes world history, culture, politics, and social existence; historicizes nature; foments reactionary identitarian tendencies; doubles as the dominant norm of world order, and represents a politico-ideological expression of power relations, beyond the white somatic norm. ”

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.

Saturday, April 1, 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,

For more information on the Network for the Critical Study of Global Capitalism see:
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).

Thursday, March 30, 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.  

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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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Haïti : le capitalisme des paramilitaires

La revue Période a publié mon nouvel article en français «Haïti : le capitalisme des paramilitaires». Avec une approche portant sur l'économie politique globale, cet article donne un aperçu et une mise à jour des informations contenues dans mon livre datant de 2012. Une version mise à jour et élargie est publiée dans América Latina en movimiento.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Upcoming talk at Cornell University

I will be giving a talk at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on Thursday, March 9, 4:30 pm, Founders Room, Anabel Taylor Hall, Cornell University. The talk is co-sponsored by CUSLAR (the Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations). The talk, titled "The Caribbean in the vortex of global capitalism" will be connected to a chapter in my forthcoming book The Caribbean and Global Capitalism.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review in Journal of Asia Pacific Economy

The Journal of Asia Pacific Economy has published a review (by Oliver Turner) of my edited volume "Globalization and Transnational Capitalism in Asia and Oceania" (Routledge, 2015). You can read the entire review here.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A look back at 'Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti'

        My 2012 book "Paramilitarism and the Assault on Democracy in Haiti" provided a detailed documentation and investigation of paramilitarism in Haiti in the lead up to and following the 2004 coup d'état.   It looked at the manner in which paramilitary groups (and those facilitating them) altered from the Duvlierist era up through the early twenty first century, ensuring a reproduction of the coercive paramilitary apparatus. Below I want to look over some of the discussion that the book has sparked.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Call for Papers: Paramilitarism in Global Perspective

See below the CFP for a new edited volume that I am co-editting:

The Political Violence of Capital: Paramilitary Formations
In Global Perspective

Editors: Jasmin Hristov, Jeb Sprague-Silgado and Aaron Tauss

         We are seeking proposals /abstracts of 500 words maximum for chapter contributions to the volume. We encourage submissions of proposals for works that address paramilitary violence in any part of the world. The deadline for submitting a proposal is December 1, 2016. Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, and current position in the same Word document as the abstract. Acceptance notification will be sent out by December 15. If accepted, contributors will be given a general list of guiding questions that should be addressed in their work and completed chapters would be due by March 15, 2017. 
     Please insert in the subject line of your email: “paramilitary proposal” and send your document as an attachment to: jasminmanaus[at]gmai[dot]com
      Paramilitary violence is a specific type of violence exercised by non-state actors and/or state agents operating outside the boundaries of legality, on behalf of economically and politically powerful social forces. Its objectives typically revolve around attacking social movements, activists, Leftist politicians and other individuals or groups who challenge the established social order, as well as facilitating land acquisition through the forced displacement of civilians from land of strategic economic importance. Paramilitary groups may also perform other functions such as ‘social cleansing’, and ‘protection’ of private property. Despite its anti-democratic character, over the past decades paramilitarism has evolved as a revamped strategy pursued by dominant groups and elites operating through different state apparatuses primarily in developing countries. Today paramilitary formations are present in varying degrees across the Americas and other areas worldwide. A central characteristic common to all is their alliance with capital and, frequently, a mutually supportive relationship with the state’s coercive apparatus and possibly other state institutions, ranging from complicity to active collaboration. In nations where economic elites are contesting reformist, nationalist, or Left-oriented governments, paramilitary groups have been used to destabilize the regime and undermine its popular support. As is well documented, paramilitary actors have been responsible for some of the most horrifying human rights violations and yet this type of violence is very poorly understood and investigated. In part, this has to do with the fact that paramilitaries are often categorized as “organized crime” which strips the political motivations and social consequences of their actions. 
     This edited volume examines the pervasive and persistent but little understood phenomenon of paramilitarism and its varying expressions throughout the world. Our aim is to reveal some of the most common features that characterize paramilitary groups such as: a)  use of violence to facilitate the accumulation of capital accumulation by transnational corporations and local companies integrated within the global  economy; b) engagement in human rights violations and illegal activities; c) attacks against social movements, Leftist organizations or individuals, and poor rural or urban communities; d)  collaboration with sectors of national and/or transnational state forces, e)  ‘security’ as an ideological cover, and f) a trend towards flexibilization and decentralization of forces. The objective is to compile empirically-oriented investigations that enable us to theorize and understand the role of paramilitaries in the processes of capitalist globalization and the increasing exacerbation of social inequalities. We are especially interested in demonstrating that although frequently the lines between paramilitarism and organized crime are blurry and fluid, paramilitary violence has comparatively much deeper implications and hence cannot simply be reduced to criminal activities. We are also open to exploring different possible configurations in the relationship between paramilitary groups, rival political factions, organized crime, and other actors.