A global manufacturing recession

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Michael Roberts As we enter October, the global recession is with us – in manufacturing.  The PMI manufacturing activity indexes for most of the major economies are below…

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Neoliberal Capitalism at a Dead End

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Utsa Patnaik and Prabhat Patnaik. Harry Magdoff’s The Age of Imperialism is a classic work that shows how postwar political decolonization does not negate the phenomenon of imperialism….

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Are human rights history?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman Not so long ago, human rights were seen as a way out of the crises of a divided world. From the late 1970s, almost all political…

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Syria: Donor Conditionality, Sanctions, and the Question of Justice

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Omar Dahi. The question of donor conditionality and how it could be used to influence behavior and promote respect for human rights and political inclusion has increasingly gained…

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The Iran Floods and US Sanctions: 10 Million at Risk, But Does Anyone Care?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jan Oberg. You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn’t get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions…

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China’s Rise in the Middle East: Beyond Economics

Monday, March 11, 2019

Nicholas Lyall. The Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia and away from the Middle East, followed by current President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach, has seen U.S. attention on…

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Global Commodity Chains and the New Imperialism

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Intan Suwandi, R. Jamil Jonna and John Bellamy Foster To comprehend twenty-first-century imperialism we must go beyond analysis of the nation-state to a systematic investigation of the increasing…

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Global Economy on the Brink

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Jack Rasmus. At Davos, Switzerland every year the global capitalist elite gather to party…and to prepare for the year ahead. This year more than 1500 private jets will…

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Turkish Leader’s Election Woes

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Conn Hallinen. “Democracy is like a tram; you get off when you have reached your destination.” The comment by Recep Tayyip Erdogan—made more than 20 years ago when…

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Iranian Revolution: 40 years of inequality

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the February 1979 uprising in Iran has been marked by dozens of scholarly seminars in Europe, numerous documentaries produced by…

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Davos: climate change and rising inequality

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Michael Roberts. The two issues that the rich and famous in world capital like to discuss with wringing hands and weeping are: global warming and climate change; and…

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It Is a New Era, But China’s Balancing Act Will Fail in the Middle East

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ramzy Baroud. Although ties between Washington and Tel Aviv are stronger than ever, Israeli leaders are aware of a vastly changing political landscape. The US’ own political turmoil…

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“Nothing to lose but their chains”

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Michael D Yates. “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!” These are the final three…

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Understanding the global economy

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Michael Roberts. This year’s Historical Materialism conference in London seemed well attended and with younger participants.  HM covers all aspects of radical thought: philosophical, political, cultural, psychological and…

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Is the global economy heading for another recession?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Michael Roberts. The mid-term Congressional elections saw a swing to the opposition Democrats in the Lower House and the Republicans were ousted as the majority party.  This is…

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The Crash That Failed: Book Review

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Robert Kuttner. Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, by Adam Tooze, Viking. The historian G.M. Trevelyan said that the democratic revolutions of 1848, all…

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On the Nature of the Chinese Economic System: Marxist Debates on China

Friday, October 26, 2018

Zhiming Long, Rémy Herrera and Tony Andréani. Posted on Monthly Review October 1, 2018. China’s ruling class admits that the capitalist private sector plays a very important role…

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A Global People’s Bailout for the Coming Crash

Friday, October 19, 2018

Adam Parsons. When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of…

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Iran Truck Drivers Go On Strike, Crippling Oil Infrastructure

Friday, October 5, 2018

Tsvetana Paraskova. Oil truck drivers in Iran have started a new strike demanding improved working conditions, and the industrial action has resulted in large lines forming at gasoline…

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Squeezing Iran: Part two the Iranian perspective

Friday, September 28, 2018

Interview with Ardeshir Mehrdad. Mehdi Kia: In the first part of the interview[1]http://www.middleast4change.org/squeezing-iran-part-1-trumps-project-in-the-middle-east/we talked of the evolving line-ups in the Middle East in the backdrop of recent massive…

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In memoriam: Samir Amin at 80, an Introduction and Tribute

Sunday, September 9, 2018

John Bellamy Foster. Published by Monthly Review in 2011, re-posted by Middle East 4 Change as a memorial to Semir Amin who died on August 12, 2018. Samir…

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The US-Turkey standoff in context: Global capitalism and the crisis of hegemony

Thursday, September 6, 2018

By Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bülent Gökay. Posted on ZCommunications September 5, 2018. Source: Links.org Turkey was thrust into a full-blown currency crisis when United States President Donald Trump…

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Alfred McCoy: Will China Be the Next Global Hegemon?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Alfred W. McCoy. Posted on TomDispatch August 21 2018. As the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency and sixth of Xi Jinping’s draws to a close, the world…

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Can Freedom and Capitalism Co-Exist?: Book review

Friday, August 10, 2018

Chris Wright. Posted on Counterpunch August 7, 2018. Being run by business, American culture suffers from an overwhelming preponderance of stupidity. When a set of institutions as reactionary…

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World trade and imperialism

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Michael Roberts. Blog posted on July 30, 2018. There is a new dataset on world trade that looks at changes in exports and imports globally going back to…

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Localisation: A strategic solution to globalised authoritarianism

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Helena Norberg-Hodge. Posted on TNI Longreads. For those who care about peace, equality and the future of the planet, the global political swing to the right over the…

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Erdogan’s Turkey: an economy in deep trouble

Monday, June 25, 2018

Posted by Michael Roberts 25th June 2018. Turkey is a country of 80m people and 56m adults had the right to vote in Sunday’s general election.  87% of…

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The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor: Beyond the Rule of Capital?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Aasim Sajjad Akhtar. Posted on Monthly Review, June 1, 2018. In August 2017, seven months into the most reactionary U.S. presidency of modern times, Donald Trump ventured into…

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Revolution or Decadence? Thoughts on the Transition between Modes of Production on the Occasion of the Marx Bicentennial

Monday, May 7, 2018

Samir Amin. Posted on Monthly Review May 01, 2018. Introduction Karl Marx is a giant thinker, not just for the nineteenth century, but even more for understanding our…

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Marx’s Ecological Education: Book review

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Martin Empson. Posted on Monthly Review April 1, 2018. Kohei Saito, Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capitalism, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy (New York: Monthly Review Press,…

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