Sunday, January 26, 2020

The East is a Podcast

Listen below to a special two part-interview series that I conducted with Dr. Hilbourne Watson for "The East is a Podcast".

In the first part he briefly provides his thoughts on a number of topics: historical materialism, liberal internationalism, imperialism, globalization, racialization, patriarchy, intellectual production, and identity politics. He also discusses briefly his writings on the anglophone Caribbean. 

 In the second part Watson provides some of his impressions on the intellectual and scholarly contributions of some of the towering twentieth century-radical thinkers and political economists with roots in the region (such as Frantz Fanon, C.L.R. James, Aimé Césaire, Walter Rodney, Eric Williams, Oliver Cromwell Cox, Norman Girvan, and Gordon Lewis). He also provides some thoughts on the Cuban revolution, black nationalism, pan-africanism, contemporary Haiti, and on what he sees as important works in Caribbean studies today and in regards to those by women scholars.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Development & global capitalism

Here is a short piece "development and global capitalism" that I have co-authored with Hilbourne Watson, Emeritus Professor at Bucknell University. It is published in Sectors, the newsletter of the American Sociological Association's Sociology of Development Section. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2019


Here is a short interview that I did on the radio show "By any means necessary", and a longer interview on the Podcast "Around the empire", where we discuss the political economy of Dominica and recent events.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New article on U.S. involvement in the coup d'état in Bolivia

Read my short investigative piece here on how the top plotters of the November 10th coup d'état in Bolivia were trained at the School of the Americas (SOA) and served as Attachés in an FBI-connected police program. Spanish and French versions are also now online.

I did a webinar for SOA Watch on this topic, as well as interviews with the Progressive Commentary HourRT, NTVAnadolu Agency, and the Scott Horton Show. This research was also reported on by, CounterpunchDigital JournalDissent, Jacobin, the Katie Halper show, France's Libération newspaper, Prensa Latina, the Times-Call, and Truthdig.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Race & Class review of "Globalizing the Caribbean"

Race & Class has published a review of my new book, by Dr. Jerry Harris, National Secretary of the Global Studies Association of North America.  Read it here

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Review of 'Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean'

 I have a new book review looking at Marion Werner's "Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Caribbean".   It is published in the Journal of World-Systems Research. You can read it here.   

Friday, August 9, 2019

The New Republic on Trinidad and Tobago

I am quoted in The New Republic magazine on how the U.S. government's hybrid war on Venezuela serves as a key factor in that country's migration crisis, in turn impacting other nearby states such as Trinidad and Tobago.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Order my new book and get a 40% discount.

You can now order a copy of my new book on the Temple University Press website, and get a 40% discount. Use the code GLOCAR19 to receive the discount. It will be out in mid-July. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Global Studies

I have a co-authored chapter (with William I. Robinson) 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. Read the full chapter here.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Washington's hybrid war on Venezuela

Here is a lengthy op-ed article that I have published looking at the Trump administration's hybrid war on Venezuela. The article was published in The Canary. Here are Spanish and French versions of the article.  I was also interviewed on this topic on the Podcast Around the Empire. Also see here for a co-authored investigation I did into the rightwing groups that recently besieged Venezuela's embassy in Washington, D.C., and another investigation into a North Carolina-based cargo air flight company that is believed to be smuggling weapons to rightwing groups inside of Venezuela (and is very likely linked with U.S. intelligence).

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Interview on the Caribbean & the Trump administration's policies toward the region

Here is a two-part video interview that I conducted with the listener-sponsored alternative media outlet The Real News Network.   We discuss current events in the Caribbean, focusing on the Trump administration’s new aggressive policies toward Cuba and its attempts to divide CARICOM.  The videos are posted below: 

Part One

Part Two

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Co-signed open letter on Venezuela in Common Dreams

I am a co-signer of this open letter calling for dialogue and an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela.  The full letter can be read here.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

La Saline massacre

Read here a short article that I have written for The Canary, a news website based in the UK. The article looks at the recent massacre conducted by state and/or state backed forces in the neighborhood of La Saline in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. See here for a French version.

Friday, November 23, 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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Working paper published by Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

I have a new working paper (a non-refereed research paper) published with the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), a think tank in Berlin.  The paper is titled "State transformation in globalizing Asia: New geopolitics or a restructuring of social power relations?".   You can read it here

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 Hilbourne's Google scholar page and Amazon page.

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).