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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 …

Africans Rising for Justice, Peace, and Dignity  in the time of Covid-19

Africans Rising for Justice, Peace, and Dignity in the time of Covid-19

I talk with Coumba Toure and Lamin Mohammed about Covid19 in Senegal and in Africa. Coumba is, writer, story-teller, member of the African Feminist Forum and the Per Ankh collective. She is a board member of TrustAfrica and an Ambassador of Africans Rising for peace justice and dignity. She has serve on the board of …

COVID and the struggle for housing and shelter

COVID and the struggle for housing and shelter

I interview Cesare Ottolini, global Coordinator International Alliance of Inhabitants, Italy, is a former squatter, engaged since 1977 in global / local struggles for the right to housing and the city, he was also the secretary of a Trade Union of the building, former world coordinator of Habitat International Coalition, also a member of UN-HABITAT …

Organising in the time of Covid-19: Mexico

Organising in the time of Covid-19: Mexico

Raquel Gutiérrez Aguilar, Researcher and Professor of Sociology at Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. She has done research about indigenous movements in Latin American and more recently about the feminist struggles. She has participated deeply in those struggles she writes and thinks about. Rhythms of the Pachakuti: Indigenous Uprising and …

Industrial food systems and Covid19

Industrial food systems and Covid19

I talk to Silvia Ribero about the role that industrial food systems give rise to viruses such as swine flu, Covid19 etc.  What are the processes involved that lead to this happening? Who are the corporations involved? How wide spread has this become? What is being done to challenge these kind of food systems? Why is …

Organising in the time of Covid-19: Mozambique

Organising in the time of Covid-19: Mozambique

I spoke with Boaventura Monjane on the situation in Mozambique. He has a degree in journalism (Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo). His journalistic – and analysis – work was published in Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, Spain, France and Portugal. He was the Portuguese editor of Pambazuka News. He is now pursuing a PhD at the University …

Covid and racism in USA, and Organising in the time of Covid-19

Covid and racism in USA, and Organising in the time of Covid-19

We spoke to Kali Akuno of Coorperation Jackson about what the distribution of Covid in the USA tells us about the nature of racism and white supremacy. Kali highlights the organising that is happening across the USA towards May Day events and the building of a movement that can give birth to a new world.

Organising in the time of Covid-19: Big farms make big flu

Organising in the time of Covid-19: Big farms make big flu

Rob Wallace, is author of Big Farms Make Big Flu (Monthly Review Press, 2016). He is an evolutionary biologist and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. This discussion will look into how viruses such as the new coronavirus get generated. We also discuss the extent to which, …

Organising in Cabo Verde in the time of COVID19

Organising in Cabo Verde in the time of COVID19

Today (Saturday April 4, 2020) I spoke with Alexssandro Robalo from Cabo Verde, an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Mauritania & Senegal. It was colonised by the Portuguese and became a major source of wealth from The Atlantic slave trade. As …