May 8, 2020

Life as Commons

By Stavros Stavrides  The coronavirus pandemic crisis has triggered a new wave of collective practices that gesture towards the same necessity as the “squares movement” (including the Arab Spring, the Indignados and the Occupy movements): another form of social organization is urgently needed.
May 5, 2020

A pandemic of blindness: uneven experiences of rural communities under COVID-19 lockdown in India – Part II

By Irene Leonardelli, Arianna Tozzi, Enid Still and Sandeep Kumar In part II of our series on the uneven experiences and everyday challenges of lockdown conditions in India, activist-researchers Seema Kulkarni and Sneha Bhat are interviewed about their work on the frontlines of COVID-19 relief efforts for migrants and women farmers in Maharashtra. 
April 30, 2020

A pandemic of blindness: uneven experiences of rural communities under COVID-19 lockdown in India – Part I

By Enid Still, Sandeep Kumar, Irene Leonardelli and Arianna Tozzi  A two part series on the uneven experiences and everyday challenges of lockdown conditions in India. Reflections and insights from women and small-scale farmers, migrant workers and civil society activists in Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra point to a systemic blindness of the state and economic system, which fail to see, understand or respond to the struggles of the most marginalised people in the country.
April 28, 2020

Pandemic Ontologies of Isolation

By António Carvalho and Irina Velicu. The current pandemic may be seen as another confirmation that industrialization, globalization, and the rapid consumption of all resources maximize the kinetic capacity of dangerous pathogens. The war machine against ‘virulent others’ – from nature’s rebels to pathogens – has never really taken a break. Ironically, such destruction of homes or habitats forces many of us now into a privileged ‘stay at home’, an emergent ontology of isolation which reinvents biopolitics and immunopolitics. What is the human political meaning of this ontology of isolation, a passive version of the ‘for the good of mankind’?
April 23, 2020

The struggle of Indigenous communities against Christian missionaries in Brazilian Amazon

by Felipe Milanez Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the attempts at “extracting souls” by fundamentalists Christian missionaries in the Brazilian Amazon continue unabated, fueling the risk of genocide for self-isolated Indigenous communities. This is an in-depth account of the threats to the Indigenous peoples of the Javari Valley and of the legal case that ensued. 
April 21, 2020

Will Cleveland’s greening efforts perpetuate racial inequalities?

By Margarita Triguero-Mas. If equity is not made a priority, Cleveland’s vision of becoming a “green city on a blue lake” risks falling victim to the injustices of green gentrification felt in similar revival cities across the US.
April 20, 2020

El confinamiento de los niños en España visto desde la ciencia con la gente y la economía del cuidado

By María Jesús Beltrán. Que  se permita que los niños y niñas salgan de modo ordenado a dar una vuelta con sus padres y madres cerca de casa, como en multitud de países europeos, ha sido una triple reivindicación desde la igualdad: 1) la igualdad de clase social entre familias 2) la consideración de los niños como sujetos de derecho cuyas necesidades especiales están reguladas por leyes internacionales y 3) la igualdad desde la perspectiva de género, ya que puede aliviar esta carga de cuidados que soportan mayoritariamente las mujeres al rebajar el estrés y la frustración que conlleva el confinamiento.
April 16, 2020

Tourism, Degrowth and the COVID-19 Crisis

By Robert Fletcher, Ivan Murray Mas, Macià Blázquez-Salom & Asunción Blanco-Romero. The COVID-19 crisis shows what degrowth in the global tourism industry could look like. But it would need much more concerted planning to address the social impacts of this transition.
April 9, 2020

Whoever does not have Peasants, Should find Them: The Food Injustice of Pandemics

By Irina Velicu, Irina Castro, Ramona Dominicioiu, and Stefania Barca. It takes a crisis for alternative food systems to emerge. Is our food system, dominated by trade ideology instead of human rights, ready to face pandemics? It is now the time to wake up to the necessity of agroecology and food sovereignty, finding solutions for supporting diverse, local, autonomous small-scale and context-specific production systems.
April 7, 2020

Within and beyond the pandemic. Demanding a Care Income and a feminist Green New Deal for Europe.

By Stefania Barca. In times of COVID-19 pandemic, the international anti-capitalist feminist movement is working to redefine the terrain of struggle towards more inclusive and structurally transformative responses to the quarantine regime: the Care Income proposal and its articulation within the Green New Deal for Europe. 
March 30, 2020

Coronavirus beyond Coronavirus: thresholds, biopolitics and emergencies

By Emiliano Terán Mantovani. What does the COVID-19 pandemic express, beyond itself? What is its meaning in this precise (geo) political time and what does it tell us about the particular world we face today?
March 24, 2020

How one of Montréal’s poorest neighborhood became ripe for green gentrification

By Melissa García Lamarca. Greening projects both large and small in the rapidly developing Saint Henri neighborhood are stitching together a post-industrial landscape to create new and exclusionary forms of urban living.
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