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Reflections from Ghana on the Covid pandemic

Reflections from Ghana on the Covid pandemic

Yao Graham is the Coordinator of Third World Network-Africa, a pan African policy advocacy organisation based in Accra Ghana. Yao has extensive knowledge and experience of Ghanaian, African and international development issues from many years of work as an activist intellectual, journalist and government official. 

Declaration of African Intellectuals concerning Covid-19 crisis

Declaration of African Intellectuals concerning Covid-19 crisis

I interview Lionel Zevounou , Amy Niang and Ndongo Samba Sylla on the Declaration signed by hundreds of African intellectuals in Africa and in the diaspora. Dr Ndongo Samba Sylla is a Senegalese development economist. He has previously worked as a technical advisor at the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal. He is currently a …

Farmer organising in Indonesia and the orgins of coronavirus

Farmer organising in Indonesia and the orgins of coronavirus

Kartini Samon is GRAIN Asia regional staff, she’s responsible for conducting independent research and movement buildings to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. Kartini has nutritionist and rural development backgrounds, and actively involved with farmers and rural movements in her country, Indonesia.

Gender and racism in the time of Covid-19

Gender and racism in the time of Covid-19

Amrit Wilson, author of Finding a Voice: Asian Women in Britain published by Daraja Press, is a writer and activist on issues of race and gender in Britain and South Asian politics. She is a founder member of South Asia Solidarity Group and the Freedom Without Fear Platform, and board member of Imkaan, a Black, …

Farmer organising in India in the time of Covid-19

Farmer organising in India in the time of Covid-19

Afsar Jafri joined GRAIN in January, 2019 and is Asia regional staff based in New Delhi. With over 20 years of work on agriculture and food policy, Afsar is closely linked with farmers’ groups in India and in the region. He has a Master’s in Philosophy (International Law) from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Afsar had earlier …

Organising amongst First Nations in Canada in the time of Covid

Organising amongst First Nations in Canada in the time of Covid

I speak with Eriel Deranger. She s a Dënesųłiné woman (ts’ékui), member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and mother of two, coming from a family of Indigenous rights advocates fighting for the recognition, sovereignty and autonomy of their Indigenous lands and territory in what is now known as Treaty 8, Canada. In 2015, Deranger …

What COVID-19 tells us about racial capitalism

What COVID-19 tells us about racial capitalism

Joshua Sealy-Harrington is a doctoral candidate at Columbia Law School and lawyer at Power Law. His research interrogates the complex relationships amongst law, identity, and sexuality, while his practice explores the intersection of these relationships with public, constitutional, and criminal law. In practice, Joshua has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court …

Unearthing justice in the time of COVID-19

Unearthing justice in the time of COVID-19

I speak to Joan Kuyek, a community-focused mining analyst and organizer living in Ottawa. She was the founding National Coordinator of MiningWatch Canada from 1999-2009 and continues to do work for MiningWatch and for a number of communities affected by mining. She recently published a book Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community from the …

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic

I speak with Asad Rehman about climate justice, the importance of internationalism, and Organising in the time of Covid-19 Asad Rehman is the executive director of the radical anti-poverty and social justice charity War on Want, working to achieve a vision of a just world, through their mission to fight against the root causes of …

Covid19 and popular struggles of Syria

Covid19 and popular struggles of Syria

I speak with Yasser Munif. He is a Sociology Assistant Professor in the institute for Liberal Arts at Emerson College where he teaches courses about social movements, the Arab uprisings, gender in the middle east, and the history of racism. He is the author of “The Syrian Revolution: between the politics of life and the …

Love in the time of Babel and Covid-19

Love in the time of Babel and Covid-19

I will be discussing with Dalit poet Chandramohan S his new book – Love after Babel, published by Daraja Press https://darajapress.com/publication/love-after-babel-and-other-poems. This comes out at a time of the Covid19 crisis in which Dalit people, long exploited and oppressed, face serious threats in India. We will be speaking to Chandramohan in Trivandrum.

What Covid tells us about racism and labour practices in USA

What Covid tells us about racism and labour practices in USA

I speak with Ajamu Dillahunt on the impact of COVID-19 on people in North Carolina, racism and the struggle of organising in the time of Covid-19. A native of New York City, Ajamu has lived in N.C. since 1978. He is a retired postal worker who served as President of the Raleigh Area Local of …

Campaign for a global abolitionist movement in the time of Covid

Campaign for a global abolitionist movement in the time of Covid

I speak with two activist members of the Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists about organising in the time of Covid Frieda Afary is a librarian, translator, producer of Iranian Progressives in Translation and member of the Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists. Lara al-Kateb is a Syrian gender studies researcher …

Palestine: Between hammer of occupation and rock of Covid19

Palestine: Between hammer of occupation and rock of Covid19

I speak with Mahmoud Zwahre who is a Palestinian grassroots activist and academic. He is living in Al Ma’sara village, 10 KM to the south of Bethlehem. Mahmoud finished his PhD in Peace and conflict resolution studies from Coventry University in April 2019. The title of his thesis was “Mobilization and Demobilization of Palestinian Society …

Cuba's internationalism and domestic challenges

Cuba’s internationalism and domestic challenges

Consistent with the island’s history of medical internationalism, Cuba has sent medical brigades to many countries to combat the virus. A brigade of 52 doctors and nurses was sent to Lombardi, Italy—the hardest hit region in the hardest hit country at the time. The Cuban government has dispatched hundreds of doctors and medical personnel to …

Trade union organising and outsourcing in the time of Covid-19

Trade union organising and outsourcing in the time of Covid-19

I speak with Eurig Scandrett & Ros Walker, both active trade unionists in Scotland, UK. Eurig talks about the pandemic reaching Britain whilst UCU was in a national dispute over pay and equalities, in the context of neoliberal commercialisation and new public management throughout higher education. During the national dispute, the relationship between local branch …

I AM BLACK — Call for proposals

I AM BLACK — Call for proposals

There is a moment that made you realize that the colour of your skin has given you an identity. You are not just Canadian, or Haitian Canadian, Nigerian Canadian and so forth – you are Black. Blackness is a mental space. Blackness is a geographical location. Blackness is history. Blackness is a societal construct that …

Haiti in the time of Covid-19

Haiti in the time of Covid-19

I speak to Joël E. Vorbe from Haiti. He is a member of the National Council for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (CONARHAN), an entity which reflects on the problem of people living with disabilities in order to make proposals for public policies to improve their living conditions. This fan of Fidel Castro, of Nelson …

Covid19 and the debt crisis

Covid19 and the debt crisis

Nick Dearden talks about a debt jubilee. As director, Nick Dearden manages the staff team and resources on behalf of Global Justice Now’s members. He is also the public face of the organisation. Nick started his career at War on Want where he became a senior campaigner. He went on to be corporates campaign manager …