Patrick Bond: Climate justice movements need to hit Trump where it hurts most

By Ethemcan Turhan and Cem İskender Aydın * Political economist and climate justice expert Patrick Bond comments on the prospects for a progressive anti-capitalist agenda in the face of increasing alt-right populism, xenophobia, climate denialism and economic-political exceptionalism.  So we are back to square one: Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Agreement in early June 2017 has … Continue reading Patrick Bond: Climate justice movements need to hit Trump where it hurts most

UniverSSE 2017: “From resisting (a world) to creating (a new one)”

By Bengi Akbulut * The 4th Congress of the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS)-Europe, UniverSSE, took place in Athens last month--with plenty of food for thought for political ecologists.  “We are experiencing the derailing of globalised neoliberalism”, read the framework of UniverSSE— a feeling shared by many political ecologists. And it … Continue reading UniverSSE 2017: “From resisting (a world) to creating (a new one)”

Weaponizing nature

By Patrick Bigger and Benjamin Neimark*  Military excursions into low carbon fuels is not a case of military greenwashing but rather one of ‘weaponizing nature’, an approach perpetuating an interventionist US foreign policy linked to environmental change. If we ever think about the military as environmental actor, it is most likely related to the damage … Continue reading Weaponizing nature

Pará, bloody Pará

Even when the police doesn’t kill in Pará, Brazil, it still lets others do the killing. The coup and the political power of the rural sector in Brasília have provided Amazonian gunmen with a carte blanche. We are living in times of death. The massacre of nine men and one woman in Pau D'Arco, on … Continue reading Pará, bloody Pará

Thinkery on water, anti-privatization struggles and the commons

By Patrick Bresnihan * Throughout the globe a revolution is taking place as people organise to resist the privatisation of water. In a spirit of shared struggle against privatisation (in its many forms), on 23rd June a day-long 'Thinkery' at the University College Cork, Ireland, will explore differences in approach and attitude in anti-privatisation struggles … Continue reading Thinkery on water, anti-privatization struggles and the commons

Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis – Examples from Greece – Part II

By Marula Tsagkari * In the second of a two-part series, Marula Tsagkari explores how today, we are participants in a complex and severe crisis, and a radical crisis requires radical solutions. Through a number of examples it became obvious that in Greece there is groundwork for a transition to sustainable degrowth. There are seeds … Continue reading Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis – Examples from Greece – Part II

Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis – Examples from Greece – Part I

By Marula Tsagkari * At the same time that the degrowth movement was gaining ground in the public discourse, Greece, was living the most severe economic recession since the Second World War. In the Chinese language the word crisis is represented by two symbols. The first means danger and, the second, opportunity. We must look for … Continue reading Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis – Examples from Greece – Part I

Producing Humans and Natures – A Feminist Comment to Kallis and Swyngedouw

In her commentary on Kallis' and Swyngendouw's conversation 'Do Bees Produce Value?', Irina Velicu reminds us that feminist theories have long argued that ‘value’ depends on evaluators: ‘nature’ has not been valued but rather produced (as non-value) in modern dualisms of thinking. The inspiring dialogue between Kallis and Swyngendouw reminded me of indigenous (women/gender) politics, … Continue reading Producing Humans and Natures – A Feminist Comment to Kallis and Swyngedouw

Revolutionary Solidarity: Rojava and the International Struggle*

The success of the revolution in Rojava and its political practices raises the question: how do revolutionaries in their own cities relate with it? We at Rojava Solidarity NYC, would like to offer a proposal. The success of the revolution in Rojava and its political practices have presented international revolutionaries with a unique situation, one … Continue reading Revolutionary Solidarity: Rojava and the International Struggle*

Negotiating longing and despair as frontier citizens of the Indian State

By Mabel Gergan * Mabel Gergan reflects on the shifting relationship between the Indian State and its North-Eastern and Himalayan frontier, exploring the colonial roots of racial discrimination in Indian cities and activist critiques of ongoing development interventions in the region. “The subject of the state is caught and impaled between the longing for justice … Continue reading Negotiating longing and despair as frontier citizens of the Indian State