August 27, 2015

The Bio-Financialization of Irish Water: New Advances in the Neoliberalization of Vital Services

By Patrick Bresnihan * Patrick Bresnihan discusses the emerging neoliberal trend of financialization of basic infrastructure and its implications for scholars and activists, in the context of significant ongoing changes in the organization of water services in Ireland.
July 24, 2015

Green politics, a personal account of some texts and contexts

By Derek Wall* The current international Coordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales tells about his beginning in green politics, his transition from ecologism to eco-socialism and the commons, and the authors that have influenced his thought. 
July 9, 2015

Water grabbing in Lake Sapanca, Turkey

By Akgün İlhan* Sapanca, a case which clearly illustrates how the water that should be primarily used for basic human needs falls prey to economic activities of industry; including bottled water.
May 7, 2015

Political ecology gone wrong

 By Giorgos Kallis* Against pro-nuclear ‘ecomodernism’, we should reaffirm the fundamental incompatibility between ecologism and modernization.
January 16, 2015

Lessons from the Collectivisation of Aigües de Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1939)

After almost eight decades the story of the collectivisation of Aigües de Barcelona during the time of the Spanish Civil War emerges as highly insightful given today’s context of European crisis and the parallel worldwide trend towards re-municipalisation of water management. *
December 10, 2014

Making ourselves indigenous: on conservation ethics and the commons

by Stefania Barca* Last October, the journal Environmental History published a special section to commemorate 50 years of the USA Wilderness Protection Act (3 September 1964), and organized an online forum with commentaries by seven scholars. Though not an expert in the history of natural parks, I welcomed this opportunity to discuss some key ideas of the debate informing environmental politics and ethics more in general. In his opening piece, ‘The higher altruism’, renowned environmental historian Donald Worster argues that ‘the moral vision behind nature […]
October 23, 2014

Social rites and the decoloniality of love: A Muslim-Caribbean Conversation

by Irina Velicu, Arzu Merali, Nelson Maldonado-Torres This conversation started during the International Conference on “Epistemologies of the South”, organized in July 2014 by the University of Coimbra. Two of the speakers captured my attention, not only separately but in conversation. One is Arzu Merali, writer and founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission whose talk was called the “Interconnectedness of Being“. The other is Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University, who talked about ‘Human Rights, […]
August 10, 2014

Federici and De Angelis on the political ecology of the commons

by Melissa Garcia Lamarca As part of a recent tour across Spain promoting her book Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle (in Spanish here, thanks to the political communication and production project Traficantes de Sueños), the feminist autonomist Marxist Silvia Federici was joined by fellow autonomist Massimo De Angelis for a talk on the political ecology of the commons in a packed room at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In an attempt to embed the idea of the commons in political ecology, both Silvia and Massimo were asked to answer […]