“Washington’s China: The National Security World, the Cold War, and the Origins of Globalism,” by James Peck, is a central book in my PhD dissertation, on which I’m currently working. Peck, a historian and foreign-policy analyst who is also an expert on China, is better known amongst academic and activist circles for his groundbreaking “Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-opted Human Rights.”

In “Washington’s China,” Peck draws on a wealth of secret intelligence documents pertaining to U.S. policy toward China in the 1950s and 1960s to shed light on the “national security world” (NSW), which he characterizes as “pivotal…

Remember that leftist slogan, “Another world is possible”? Turns out, not only was another world possible, but in fact another world did exist, for a while at least, until it was brutally, violently, ruthlessly and systematically suppressed. Right after World War 2, as much of the Third World was shaking off the shackles of colonialism, the U.S. kicked off a counter-offensive, providing overt and covert military assistance and diplomatic and economic support to topple left-leaning governments and slaughter leftist movements across the Third World. Vincent Bevins tells in “The Jakarta Method” the story of how these anti-communists massacres to a…

Mal saiu a boca de urna na quinta-feira 12 de dezembro nas eleições britânicas e análises mundo afora começaram a pipocar — na maioria dos casos, por gente que começou a prestar atenção na política britânica no próprio dia 12 mesmo (bem ilustrado por esse tuíte do Paul Krugman, que começa dizendo “Eu não sei chongas sobre a política do Reino Unido, no entanto …”).

No Brasil, não foi diferente. O colunista da Folha de São Paulo, Vinicius Torres Freire, postou no Facebook que “O Partido Trabalhista britânico virou picadinho hoje” e “besta que é o Corbyn, nas suas ideias…

Srećko Horvart, a philosopher from Croatia, is one of the most interesting thinkers in Europe today (don’t take my word for it: the German magazine Der Freitag has called him as “one of the most exciting voices of his generation”). He is also a political activist, involved in many causes across Europe and co-founder of the pan-European Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (Diem25). His new book, “Poetry from the Future: Why a Global Liberation Movement Is Our Civilisation’s Last Chance” is a passionate — yet historically-grounded — call for bold political action. …

Peter M. Beattie (2015). Punishment in Paradise: Race, Slavery, Human Rights, and a Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Penal Colony. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 337 pp.

Resenha originalmente publicada aqui.

O arquipélago de Fernando de Noronha, localizado a cerca de 200 milhas da costa nordeste brasileira, é um Sítio do Patrimônio Mundial Natural da UNESCO e uma das destinações turísticas mais desejadas no Brasil. Assim, é fácil esquecer-se de que funcionou como a maior colônia penal do Brasil Imperial (1822–1889). Em seu novo livro, Punishment in Paradise: Race, Slavery, Human Rights, and a Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Penal Colony[Punição no Paraíso: Raça, Escravidão…

Anti NATO Newport Protest March 2014. Source: https://goo.gl/images/xVk8i9

At NATO’s 70th anniversary gathering, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence didn’t mince his words to criticize Germany: “It is simply unacceptable for Europe’s largest economy to continue to ignore the threat of Russian aggression and neglect its own self-defense and our common defense.” President Donald Trump repeatedly railed against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany, asking why the U.S. should protect Germany from Russia when Berlin purchases so much gas from Moscow. It’s actually a fair question that inadvertently exposes the fact that NATO does not serve the interests of the peoples, and even many sectors, of…

23 DE MARÇO DE 2006

O Brasil é um país de 10 milhões de cidadãos e 170 milhões de empecilhos (ou condicionantes) ao seu bem-estar.

O sonho desse setor da sociedade brasileira é um mundo onde os pobres lhes garantam a qualidade de vida que desejam, contanto que permaneçam convenientemente distantes, em seu canto, em seu gueto, em seu devido lugar. Sem incomodar-lhes com seus hábitos estranhos e sua aparência suja. Que não destoem a paisagem, que não atrapalhem normalidade das coisas. …

Em recente coluna na Folha (21/09/2018), o articulista João Pereira Coutinho recorre ao cancelamento da participação do ex-assessor de Donald Trump e etnonacionalista extremista Steve Bannon para criticar, de modo mais geral, os progressistas. Estes, de acordo com o autor, ao invés de “confrontar e criticar racionalmente” os expoentes da extrema-direita global, recorrem a “insultos”, “fuga” e “mordaça”. Ora, o exemplo usado por Coutinho demonstra que essa é uma visão simplória que não leva em conta a complexidade e dificuldade para lidar com esse fenômeno.

Para começar, Coutinho, sintomaticamente, ignora as muito mais difusas, penetrantes e insidiosas forças de mercado…

Between 2008 and 2010, Óscar Martínez, a journalist from El Salvador, set out to trace the trail that so many poor Central Americans had been following for decades but that by then had grown increasingly and unprecedentedly dangerous. He followed the route taken by thousands of men, women and children, fleeing brutal violence and unsurmountable poverty. Martínez chronicled his journey for El Salvador's pioneering news website El Faro, as he went from the Guatemala-Mexico border, through the deadly train route ominously called The Beast, to the no-mans-land of the Sonora desert, and the U.S.-Mexico border cities. …

Brazil has been going through a profound political crisis in the past five years or so. The narrative of the center-left Workers’ Party, which governed Brazil from 2003 until Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment nearly two years ago, has dominated the Brazilian institutional Left and academia. Perhaps because dissident voices are hard to come by in Brazil’s highly corporatized and oligopolistic media landscape and a political system based on patronage and clientelism, the self-serving narrative that exonerates those co-responsible for the country’s situation has taken hold within the global institutional left as well as academia. …

Bernardo Jurema

Research Associate & PhD candidate at Freie Universität Berlin’s Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood

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