Special Issue: “The Making of Caribbean Not-so-Natural Disasters”

Social inequality, colonialism and the commodification of disaster-related recovery are central to explaining the not-so-natural disasters caused by the 2017 Caribbean hurricane season, a recent special issue by Alternautas blog shows. Alternautas , a peer-reviewed blog dedicated to critical explorations of development and the civilizational crisis has recently published a special issue titled "The Making of Caribbean Not-so-Natural … Continue reading Special Issue: “The Making of Caribbean Not-so-Natural Disasters”

Naomi Klein: “We need a counter-narrative that explains the people’s plan” (Part II)

Professors Self-Assembled in Solidarity Resistance (PAReS)* In the second part of this two-part interview, renowned journalist and activist Naomi Klein speaks with PAReS about the struggles for multiple sovereignties, the importance of weaving historical struggles with current movements, and the role of diasporas in supporting these movements. Read the first part of the interview here, … Continue reading Naomi Klein: “We need a counter-narrative that explains the people’s plan” (Part II)

Naomi Klein: “We need a counter-narrative that explains the people’s plan” (Part I)

by PAReS - Professors Self-Assembled in Solidarity Resistance In the first part of this two-part interview by the PAReS collective, renowned journalist and activist Naomi Klein speaks about disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico and the constitution of opposition movements and political alternatives. Naomi Klein is a renowned journalist, documentarian, and activist in topics related to capitalism, … Continue reading Naomi Klein: “We need a counter-narrative that explains the people’s plan” (Part I)

Commons and Contradictions: The Political Ecology of Elinor Ostrom

By Derek Wall* Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012) won a Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009 for her work on the commons.  Her work is hugely inspiring but difficult to fit into established categorized. Some political ecologists have criticized her as too conservative or managerial. Here, I will attempt here to outline why, despite these criticisms, I … Continue reading Commons and Contradictions: The Political Ecology of Elinor Ostrom

Despacito, the crisis is sinking Puerto Rico

This summer’s hit, Despacito, soon to be the most streamed song in history, hides much more than what it says. Its celebratory attitude about Puerto Rico’s ‘paradisiac’ and ‘sexy’ geographies silences the many layers of oppression and violence that the oldest colony in the world has suffered historically, as well as the unprecedented crisis and … Continue reading Despacito, the crisis is sinking Puerto Rico

Saskia Sassen on extractive logics and geographies of expulsion

By Gustavo García López* Saskia Sassen (Professor of Sociology, Columbia University) argues that the foundational transformation of capitalism since the 1980s is dominated by a speculative and extractive logic, characterized by “predatory formations” such as vulture funds making cities of ‘dead buildings’ and peripheries of expelled people. In her recent keynote speech at the  16th … Continue reading Saskia Sassen on extractive logics and geographies of expulsion

Struggles over urban greenspace in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Reconnecting ecology and democracy

The story of how a small group of neighbors in the suburbs of San Juan, Puerto Rico, came together to beautify their neighbourhood and restore a small remnant of forest by planting trees; and how in the process of their struggle, they become ‘politicized’ and integrated into a larger movement challenging the political economy of urban … Continue reading Struggles over urban greenspace in San Juan, Puerto Rico: Reconnecting ecology and democracy

Political ecologies of enclosures and commoning in Mexico’s forests

The experience of Mexico, a global pioneer in community forestry, highlights the possibilities and challenges of commons as alternative forms of more just and sustainable socio-ecological regimes.* The experience of community forestry in Mexico, a global pioneer in common property arrangements in forest regions, highlights the possibilities of commoning as alternative forms of social organization, economic production … Continue reading Political ecologies of enclosures and commoning in Mexico’s forests

International call for struggle and solidarity with Puerto Rico

"We are asking the international community and the Puerto Ricans of the diaspora to show solidarity with the situation that our country is now experiencing"  Puerto Rico, a colony of the United States since 1898, currently faces an economic-financial and socio-political crisis with an economy that has contracted for 10 years, record-level outmigration and unemployment, and a massive debt … Continue reading International call for struggle and solidarity with Puerto Rico

Extractivismo: Nuevos contextos de dominación y resistencia

En el contexto actual de represión que sufren las ONGs ecologistas en Latinoamérica, hemos querido compartir este texto del CEDIB de Bolivia para dar visibilidad al importante trabajo que hace esta organización. El Centro de Documentación e Información de Bolivia (CEDIB) recientemente publicó un trabajo colaborativo titulado Extractivismos: Nuevos contextos de dominacion y resistencia. En el … Continue reading Extractivismo: Nuevos contextos de dominación y resistencia