SOURCE: Public Books
Is Globalization Changing Mexico's Relationship to Death?
by Humberto Beck
Post-revolutionary Mexico embraced cultural commemorations of the dead—Diá de los Muertos—to help conceal the violence of the regime's rise. Now, that "traditional" culture is again being transformed by global cultural appropriation and the escalating violence of global drug trafficking.
SOURCE: The Nation
The Bitter, Contested History of Globalization
Tara Zahra's book places the conflicts of the middle of the 20th century in the context of profound global debates about how interconnected the world should be, and on whose terms.
Do Sanctions on Russia Portend a Return to the Interwar Order of Trade Blocs?
by Carl J. Strikwerda
The economic response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine has raised the specter of a new Cold War. But a better—and scarier—analogy might be the drastic contraction of global trade and the rise of colonial and imperial trade blocs between the World Wars.
The Redistributive Agenda of the New International Economic Order, and How the IMF Thwarted It
by Sarah Babb
Henry Kissinger responded diplomatically to demands from Third World nations for changes in trade and investment rules to alleviate inequality with a pragmatic approach that recognized inequality as a major issue, but prevented poor nations from forming a united front or organizing around their more radical demands.
SOURCE: New York Times
The First Global Deflation is On—How Bad Will it Get?
by Adam Tooze
Worldwide, central banks are following the lead of the Federal Reserve and tightening their monetary policy. `It's unclear if policymakers have thought through the effects on employment, debt, and political stability.
SOURCE: Boston Review
Can We Have International Cooperation Without Domination?
by Jamie Martin
There is no golden age of international relations free of the coercive power of capital. A different version of internationalism is needed.
SOURCE: The Nation
Jamie Martin: The Rotten Roots of the IMF and World Bank
The roots of IMF and World Bank interference in the political and economic affairs of developing nations are found in the internationalism that emerged after the first world war, and its paternalist and racist worldview.
SOURCE: Boston Review
Palm Oil is Colonialism's Continuing Nightmare
by Max Haiven
The extraction and trade in palm oil in west Africa has been at the center of two centuries of exploitation and violence, which stands to get worse as the Ukraine war threatens the world supply of competing sunflower oil.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Bill Clinton Defends Handling of Post-Soviet Russia
"The failure of Russian democracy, and its turn to revanchism, was not catalyzed in Brussels at NATO headquarters. It was decided in Moscow by Putin."
SOURCE: Foreign Policy
We're Talking about Climate Change with Outdated Colonial Language
by Priya Satia
The dominant climate activist theme of sacrificing in the present to protect the future is rooted in the intellectual history of economics which has driven the profligate consumption and gross inequality that threatens the planet.
SOURCE: The Economist
Russian Sanctions a "Watershed" Moment in Global Economic History
by Nicholas Mulder
"Sanctions are no longer scalpel-like instruments that exploit globalisation. At their current scale, they are a tempest that will change the nature of globalisation itself in major ways."
Biden's Virtual Summit Is Only the Beginning of Securing Democracy
by Leon Fink
Biden's virtual "Summit for Democracy" was not without faults, but it made important nods toward the idea that the power, health and security of labor in the global economy is a vital part of functioning democracy. More needs to be done.
To Grasp Geopolitical Transformations, Don't Forget to Look at the Map
by Tim Marshall
Historians and thinkers in other fields could benefit from a greater attention to geography and a greater understanding of how ideas, politics and identities are anchored to the physical space of the earth.
Ending COVID in Our Lifetimes Requires Seeing the Bonds of Shared Humanity
by Michael Hogan
"In the end, like those who sought to escape the plague in Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death,” we are all vulnerable and at risk if we do not look to see that our fellow human beings both at home and abroad are safeguarded as well."
SOURCE: Asia Sentinel
It isn't Just the Taliban that Ousted Americans from Asia: The End of Yale-NUS
by Jim Sleeper
"A deeper reason for Singapore’s expulsion of Yale is the same one that’s been given to justify America’s expulsion from Afghanistan: For all its glitter and wealth-generating capacity, American liberal capitalism has been undermining itself with manic speed, along with the civic-republican institutions, beliefs, and liberal education that have given the system its legitimacy."
SOURCE: Public Seminar
The World the Suez Canal Made
by Aaron Jakes
"The purpose of the Suez Canal, from the perspective of both the Egyptian state and its European investors, was not simply to render the world more interconnected and international transport more efficient, but to extract transit fees from the ships passing through it."
The History Of The Suez Canal
The Suez Canal, according to Zachary Karabell, has been a nexus for past great power conflicts, anticolonialist struggle, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Now it shows the vulnerability of global capitalism's supply chain infrastructure.
The Immovable AMLO
by Humberto Beck, Carlos Bravo Regidor and Patrick Iber
"AMLO continues to decry the faults of neoliberalism, but his government is, for the most part, failing to build an effective alternative to it."
SOURCE: University of California Press
Who Gets to Govern the Global Economy?
by Christy Thornton
Johns Hopkins Latin Americanist Christy Thornton describes her book "Revolution In Development" and its contribution to understanding how Mexican officials fought against dismissive treatment from the world's leading economic powers as they sought a voice in shaping the international economic order.
How Mexico Reshaped the Global Economy: Interview With Christy Thornton
The Mexican government demanded a program of economic reparations to the developing world, but the system of international aid and trade that emerged worsened exploitation.
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