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Raising Their Banner High: Fascism, Imperialism, and Anti-Communism at the Capitol Hill Riots

Raising their banner high: Fascism, imperialism, and anti-communism at the Capitol Hill riots

This multicultural dimension of an overtly white supremacist demonstration is not a contradiction: rather, it reflects the convergence between imperialism abroad and fascism at home. Liberal commentators expressed self-righteous dismay at the vandalizing of “our” “iconic symbol of democracy,” worrying about what the events would do to the U.S.’ hallowed image as the shining “city […]

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Capitalism as Civilisation: A History of International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).]

Capitalism and the Telos of the Neoliberal Civilizing Mission

In 1931 the British Colonial Office submitted a special report to the Council of the League of Nations on the “Progress of Iraq” in the previous decade. Since the First World War had ended with the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire and the confiscation of its territories, Iraq had been governed as a British mandate, […]

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COVID-19: How the world fought in 2020

COVID-19: How the world fought in 2020

In December 2019, China’s Wuhan city witnessed an abnormal rise of what was initially thought to be cases of pneumonia, as identified by the Wuhan Municipality Health Commission. However, upon further investigation by Chinese officials, a novel coronavirus was identified. By then the city’s health system was already dealing with dozens of cases of coronavirus.

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A threat to democracy and food sovereignty (Photo: Food First)

TNCs reviving TPP Frankenstein

The incoming Biden administration is under tremendous pressure to demonstrate better U.S. economic management. Trade negotiations normally take years to conclude, if at all. Unsurprisingly, lobbyists are already urging the next U.S. administration to quickly embrace and deliver a new version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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"Chile despertó", #Chile woke up! (Twitter - Photo: Laura MillanLombraña)

Burying Pinochet

The Chilean media were quick to label the October 2019 popular uprising an ‘estallido social’, a social explosion. As the cry of ‘Chile despertó!’­– Chile woke up!–rang out in the streets, the refrain in television studios was that ‘no one saw this coming’.

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