Postscript on the Brazilian coup

The legal farce of the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff is set to continue a little while longer. Her defence team has appealed to the Supreme Court for the decision of the Senate to be annulled and Michel Temer returned to his prior status as interim president pending a final decision. It is difficult to imagine … Continue reading Postscript on the Brazilian coup

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Whose Europe?

David Cameron's negotiations may be going reasonably well from the point of view of reducing the number of leading figures in his own party who might support the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. But the "concessions" made to the British government have absolutely nothing to do with the real interests of working people, even … Continue reading Whose Europe?

The moment of truth in Europe

The majority secured by the "no" vote in the Greek referendum left no room for doubt about what most Greeks now expect from their elected government. Yet Alexis Tsipras immediately obliged Yanis Varoufakis to resign as finance minister and entered into talks with the opposition political parties that it had just defeated. What should we … Continue reading The moment of truth in Europe

The pacification of Michoacán?

My book The New War on the Poor went to press before the Federal Special Commissioner for Security and Development in Michoacán, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, was transferred to other duties as Director of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports, a move justified officially by the need to avoid controversy during the forthcoming state elections. A … Continue reading The pacification of Michoacán?

The New War on the Poor/La nueva guerra contra los pobres

My book The New War on the Poor: The Production of Insecurity in Latin America is available in hardback, paperback, and Kindle and ePub ebook formats. It is available directly from its publisher, Zed Books, in the UK and Europe, the University of Chicago Press in the case of the Americas, North and South, or from … Continue reading The New War on the Poor/La nueva guerra contra los pobres