Friday, November 5, 2021

New book with Routledge

Jasmin Hristov, Aaron Tauss, and myself have published this new edited book: "Paramilitary Groups and the State under Globalization  Political Violence, Elites, and Security". For more details see the book page on Routledge.  

Monday, July 26, 2021

Symposium in ASA's Development of Sociology Newsletter

I co-edited this recent symposium on Covid-19 vaccine testing, production, and distribution internationally. The pieces appear in the Sectors newsletter of the Development of Sociology
section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). You can view them here, under Spring 2021, and our intro can be read here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Discussion on the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse

Naziare St Forte and I did an interview on recent events in Haiti with the Podcast Moderate Rebels. We also did an interview that is available on the Katie Halper Show's Patreon page.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Anti-Imperialist Network review of "Globalizing the Caribbean"

The Anti-Imperialist Network has published one of the better reviews of  my new book. 

It can be read here. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Globalization Capitalist Development, Robots and the Caribbean

Dorith Grant-Wisdom, Marilyn Grell-Brisk, Hilbourne Watson, and myself are speaking together on a  panel at the Caribbean Studies Association. The title of the panel is "Globalization Capitalist Development, Robots and the Caribbean". It will be held on May 31 from 1:30 to 2:50 PM EST.

PANEL ABSTRACT: An internationalist theory of history that does not objectify geographical determinism at the expense of history is necessary for studying Caribbean development: history and geography form a spatio-temporal dialectical unity. When we subsume history under geography we run the risk of “rendering history emptiable” and privileging difference to the detriment of commensurability. Uneven development worsens with capitalist globalization propelled by robots, artificial intelligence (AI) and communications and information technology (CIT). The robot revolution is intended to counteract the tendency of the falling rate of profit that mirrors the “overaccumulation of capital”. The accumulation of wealth at the top coincides with increasing numbers of workers competing with robots for employments, a contradictory process that extends to hegemony and global geopolitics. The paper will address issues in Caribbean development around neoliberal globalization and automation, mindful that the future remains to be made.

Monday, April 26, 2021

New review of Globalizing the Caribbean

A Cambridge University Press journal "The Americas" has published a review of my recent book. It can be read here

My only disagreements with the review is that (1) it does not mention the key role that US power plays in the region, which the book discusses at length, and (2) the last sentence in the second to last paragraph claims the book does not include a discussion on movements from below in the region. While that is not the focus of the book, the book includes discussion on a number of labor struggles, as well as social and political movements that have occurred throughout the region.  Future works will have to look into this in more depth, and in relation to the political economic restructuring taking place.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Contemporary Sociology Review

My recent book "Globalizing the Caribbean: Political Economy, Social Change, and the Transnational Capitalist Class" was reviewed by Sarah Hernandez in Contemporary Sociology. You can read
it here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Regime-change policies come packed with US pandemic relief

Read my new report (co-authored w/ Alex Rubinstein) that looks at the tens of billions spent on war, weapons, and regime change from the $1.4 trillion omnibus that was voted on alongside the US Congress’ $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill. A Spanish version of the Grayzone article appears here.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Small Axe book review

Read this excellent review by Edna Bonhomme of  "Globalizing the Caribbean: Political economy, social change, and the transnational capitalist class".  

The only important point she doesn't mention in her review is my critical discussion of US power/imperialism in the region.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Interview with WPFW

Here is an interview that I did on my most recent book "Globalizing the Caribbean" with WPFW News & Public Affair's David Whettstone.   WPFW is part of the Pacific Radio Network and is based in Washington, DC.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

New chapter in Globalization volume

I have a new chapter titled "The Caribbean and Global Capitalism: Five Strategic Traits". It appears in this new edited volume:   Ino Rossi, Eds. (2020) Challenges of Globalization and Prospects for an Inter-civilizational World Order: Theories, Processes and Perspectives from the Global North and Global South. NYC, USA: Springer.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

New chapter on E-Commerce in the global economy

I have a co-authored chapter titled "Transnational Amazon: Labor Exploitation and the Rise of E-Commerce in South Asia" in the new book The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy (Pluto Press, 2020). It is the main chapter in the book looking at Amazon and E-Commerce in the global south.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The US government’s ‘divide and conquer’ tactics in the Caribbean

The below article looks over ongoing attempts by the Trump administration to intensify geopolitical divisions within the Caribbean community and in the context of the economic war on Venezuela. It is published in The Canary UK. Click here for Dutch, French, and Spanish versions, and an English audio version below:


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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Haiti and Covid-19

Here is a new article, co-authored with Nazaire St Fort. Here are Spanish, Portuguese, and French versions of the article. We look at Haiti on the precipice of the Coronavirus.  Here is also an interview I did on this topic with Doug Henwood at the Left Business Observer, and below is a YouTube interview with Anya Parampil's show Red Lines.

-Population of 11.3 million  
-64 ventilators  
-30 to 123 ICU beds 
-Battered by years of man-made and natural disasters, Haiti has few resources to shoulder it.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Interview with Hilbourne Watson on theory, imperialism, global capitalism, and Caribbean thinkers

Listen above to a special two part-interview series that I conducted with Dr. Hilbourne Watson for "The East is a Podcast". Also see his academia page here.

In the first part of the interview 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

Interview on Dominica (an island in the anglophone Caribbean)

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

Top Bolivian coup plotters trained by US military’s School of the Americas, served as attachés in FBI police programs

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.