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Prabhat Patnaik - Capitalism and its Current Crisis
 
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In September 2015, Prabhat Patnaik spoke at the Inaugural Conference of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG) at the University of Manitoba. Patnaik is an Indian economist and political commentator who taught at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning in the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, from 1974 until his retirement in 2010. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Planning Board of the Indian state of Kerala from June 2006 to May 2011 and in 2008 was part of a four-member high-power United Nations task force chaired by Josephy Stiglitz, to recommend reform measures for the global financial system. For additional keynotes from the GERG Conference, go to http://gergconference.ca/videos/. Video produced by Sean Cain and Nicholas Kocay.
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Boris Kagarlitsky - Post Communist Russia in a Multipolar World
 
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Boris Kagarlitsky spoke at the Inaugural Conference of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group at Winnipeg, Manitoba in September 2015. Boris Kagarlitsky, born in Moscow in 1958, was a dissident and political prisoner in the USSR under Brezhnev for more than a year, then a deputy to Moscow city council who was arrested again in 1993 under Yeltsin. Since 2007, he has run the Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements in Moscow, a leading Russian leftist think tank. He is the editor of the online magazine Rabkor and an author of numerous books, of which the two most recent to appear in English are ”Empire of the Periphery” (Pluto) and “From Empires to Imperialism” (Routledge). He is as prominent a critic of Western stereotypical reportage on Russia and Ukraine, as he has been outspoken in his criticism of the Putin Regime. To watch more videos from the conference, go to http://gergconference.ca/videos/. Produced by Sean Cain and Nicholas Kocay.
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The Russian Revolution at 100 - Kees van der Pijl
 
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Featuring Kees van der Pijl, from the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Kees van der Pijl is Professor Emeritus of international relations at the University of Sussex and former director of the Centre for Global Political Economy and is currently active with the Dutch Anti Fascist Resistance, having served as its president. PRESENTATION - The leaders of the Russian Revolution famously saw it as a permanent revolution—a social explosion of the contradictions of a pre-bourgeois society requiring it to go beyond democratic revolution towards socialism, preferably aided by simultaneous socialist transformation in Western Europe, or be defeated. The Soviet legacy survives today not only in the contender posture being half-heartedly replicated by the BRICS countries and other emerging economies but also in historic achievements such as the defeat of Nazism in Europe and it is not without relevance in the great questions of social transformation that have become so urgent. For more information, go to www.geopoliticaleconomy.org.
'Geopolitical Economy' the book: presentation and launch by author Radhika Desai at Marxism 2013
 
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Presentation and launch by author Radhika Desai at Marxism 2013 of her book 'Geopolitical Economy: after Globalisation, Empire and US Hegemony'.
Kari Polanyi Levitt - Decline of the West and Rise of the Rest?
 
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In September 2015, Kari Polanyi Levitt spoke at the Inaugural Conference of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG). Born in Vienna in 1923, Kari is the only child of Ilona Duczynska and Karl Polanyi, the author of “The Great Transformation”. Fleeing fascism, she studied at the LSE’s wartime Cambridge campus before moving to Canada to where her numerous works include the minor classic Silent Surrender: The Multinational Corporation in Canada. She was instrumental in founding the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development and in 1982 produced Canadian Policy in the Caribbean, a 300-page report to the Sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on External Affairs and National Defence of the Canadian House of Commons. Additional keynote presentations from the Conference are at http://gergconference.ca/videos/. Video produced by Sean Cain and Nicholas Kocay.
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Paulo Drinot - The Great Depression in Latin America
 
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Professor Paulo Drinot spoke at the Inaugural Conference of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG) at the University of Manitoba in September 2015. Paulo Drinot, Latin American historian and co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies, writes widely on the history of Latin America especially Peru. Now at University College London he studied economic history at the LSE before receiving his Mphil and Dphil at Oxford. His main research focus is the history of Peru in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His thematic interests include labour history and state formation, racism and exclusion, gender and sexuality, the social history of medicine, and memory and historiography. His current projects include a an edited collection on the Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces (1968-1975) in Peru, and an edited volume on comics and collective memory in Latin America. Produced by Sean Cain and Nicholas Kocay.
David van Wyk on the Platinum Mining Industry in SA
 
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This presentation, by David van Wyk, explains the background to the Marikana massacre in South Africa in 2012. David works with the Bench Mark Foundation which monitors and advocates the effect of the mining industries in Southern Africa. Here he talks about the role of Platinum mining in South Africa. He explains how the methods and practices of the Lonmin mining company - the richest in the world - have created havoc and devastation both in the mines and the communities engaged with mining, and how these led to the confrontations which ended in the tragic shooting of 44 members of the National Union of Mineworkers on 16 August 2012. This presentation was given to a colloquium on 'South Africa's low-wage economy held near Johannesburg between the 15th and 17th of November 2012, and organised by the journal 'Amandla'.
A crisis of banking or a crisis of capitalism?
 
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Alan Freeman's presentation 'A crisis of capitalism or a crisis of banking?' at Marxism 2013. Covers some of the ground in 'The Profit Rate in the presence of financial markets' but with more material on the nature and cause of the crisis, the responses required, and the debates among economists about these, including the 'Marxists Without Marx'
Venezuela - Was Another World Possible? - Julia Brixton
 
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Featuring Julia Buxton, from the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Julia Buxton of the Central European University, School of Public Policy has authored many books and articles on contemporary Latin America and had focused, in particular, on Venezuela under Chavez and since. With a particular focus on Venezuela during the Chavez period, Buxton has gone beyond ideological rhetoric to document empirically the human impact of rapid social change and gain a deeper appreciation of the popular experience and understanding of revolution. For more information, go to www.geopoliticaleconomy.org.
Book Panel about 'Future of World Capitalism' series, Left Forum 2013. 1 of 6: Introduction
 
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Our panel on the 'Future of World Capitalism' book series at the Left Forum, New York, June 2013; with authors Henry Heller, Costas Panayotakis, Robert Chernomas and Radhika Desai.
US Feminisms Confront Capitalist Restructuring and Neo-Liberal Austerity, by Johanna Brenner
 
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Johanna Brenner is Professor Emeritus of Sociology/Women’s Studies and a life-long activist in feminist, community, and labor solidarity movements. After spending four years as a telephone installation worker in the 1970s, she began her academic career at Portland State University in Portland Oregon where she served as the Coordinator of the Women’s Studies Program from 1982 to 2005 and taught in the Sociology Department until 2010. She is the author of Women and the Politics of Class (Monthly Review Press) and articles in scholarly as well as left journals. Her most recent publications include “21st Century Socialist Feminism,” (Socialist Studies), “Caring in the City,” (Jacobin), and “Selling Sexual Services: A Socialist Feminist Perspective,” (Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture). This keynote presentation took place at the Inaugural Conference of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG) at Winnipeg, Canada in September 2015. See more videos at http://gergconference.ca/videos/. Produced by Sean Cain and Nicholas Kocay.
GERG Inaugural Conference Panel - Reflections on a Century of Transformation
 
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This event marked the inaugural conference of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group on "From the Thirty Years’ Crisis to Multipolarity: the Geopolitical Economy of the 21st Century World." Conference Keynote speakers reflected on some key ways in which the world has changed since the First World War opened the transformative Thirty Years’ Crisis of 1914-1945. Chaired by Radhika Desai. Speakers included: Aimee Craft, Johanna Brenner, Boris Kagarlitsky and Prabhat Patnaik. To watch more videos from the conference, go to http://gergconference.ca/videos/. Produced by Sean Cain and Nicholas Kocay.
Geopolitical Economy 101
 
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Radhika Desai Presents her book 'Geopolitical Economy' at the Autonomous University of Mexico
Panel on 'The Crisis, Five years On' at Left Forum NY (Presentation 1: Henwood}
 
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Panel on 'The Crisis, Five years On' at Left Forum New York, June 2013. First Presentation by Doug Henwood
The Russian and Chinese Revolutions and Scientific Socialism in the 21st Century - Allen Ding
 
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Featuring Allen Ding, Professor of Political Economy and Deputy Director of the Center for Economics of Shanghai School at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Ding is Secretary General of the World Association for Political Economy and Managing Editor of the World Review of Political Economy. He holds a Ph.D. of Economics, was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School during 2009-2010 and has been Research Associate at Harvard Asia Center since 2010. PRESENTATION - By analyzing the contradictions of capitalist society, Marx and Engels developed the theory of Scientific Socialism and expounded the basic framework of the new social system, which would replace capitalism. Lenin and other Russian revolutionaries combined Marxist theories with the specific situation of Russia, which led to the great victory of the October Revolution. In accordance with the fundamental principles of the Scientific Socialism, they established the socialist system for the first time in the world, which had a profound influence on the international socialist movement. Under the enlightenment of the Russian revolutions, the Communist Party of China adhered to the guidance of Marxism and found its road for revolution, construction and reform in China according to the Chinese conditions, which has consolidated, enriched and developed the Scientific Socialism in the practice of the socialism with Chinese characteristics. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the international socialist movement came to a low ebb. However, contrary to many views prevalent in the West, China did not turn capitalist. Rather, it remained firmly committed to the road of the socialism with Chinese characteristics and, building on the foundations laid down during the Mao period, has stood up as an independent country, become a wealthy and powerful country under the great leadership of the Communist Party of China. China’s economic and political systems have been continuously perfected, people’s living standard improved, and the nation’s international status enhanced. The positive significance of the socialism with Chinese characteristics has been acknowledged worldwide. Chinese road has provided practical experience for the modernization of developing countries and has provided significant reference for the revival of the Scientific Socialism in the 21st century.
Reassessing the Russian Revolution
 
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From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Featuring: David Camfield (University of Manitoba) - Social Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Russia John Riddell (University of Toronto) - Self-Emancipation in the Early Communist International Paul Kellogg (University of Athabasca) - Stalinism and Counter -Revolution: Reflections on Trotsky’s Final Book
North American Working Class and Revolution
 
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From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Featuring: Ted Zuur (Columbia) - Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the North American Working Class Darrell Rankin (Communist Party of Canada - Winnipeg, Manitoba) - Communist Parties and Marxism’s Revolutionary Trajectory Zac Saltis (Independent Scholar) - Steering the People to the Left: Reviving a Socialist Populism
Panel on Crisis at Left Forum, New York 2013. Discussion and responses
 
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Panel on 'The Crisis, Five Years On' at Left Forum, New York June 2013. Audience questions and discussion, and responses
Guatemala
 
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From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Featuring: Julie Gibbings (University of Manitoba) - “Now Owners of Our Land”: The Affective Politics of Guatemala’s Agrarian Reform in Alta Verapaz Jim Handy (University of Saskatchewan) - Invigorating Revolutionary Change: Some Observations from Guatemala Patrick Chassé (University of Saskatchewan) - The Long Agrarian Reform: The Social and Environmental Consequences of Agrarian Modernization in Guatemala
Craig Harris at 2015 GERG Conference - One Hundred Years of the Geopolitics of Seafood
 
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In September 2015, Craig Harris of Michigan State University spoke at the Inaugural Conference of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group (GERG) at Winnipeg, Manitoba. He discussed the economics and geopolitics of seafood since the beginning of the 20th century. For more information, go to https://www.msu.edu/~harrisc/, or the GERG website at http://gergconference.ca/videos/. Produced by Sean Cain and Nicholas Kocay.
Theses on Indigenous Challenges to Dominant Structures
 
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Featuring Peter Kulchyski, Professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Peter Kulchyski is working at the intersection of politics, law, history and culture among indigenous peoples, especially in northern Canada. He has produced a healthy body of scholarly and popular writings on these issues, insisting on the value of a materialist approach and the necessity of attention to the revolutionary possibilities brewing in bush country. His forthcoming creative non fiction, Report on an Inquiry into an Injustice, (spring 2018) uses the situation of a small group of mountain Dene to expose the hypocrisies of the contemporary capitalist state. PRESENTATION - Could a revolution happen un-noticed by the global left? What if, in the remaining lands of gathering and hunting peoples, a forceful challenge to the political economy of contemporary social hierarchy were being staged? What if that challenge had broader implications by resisting the exploitation of extractive resources demanded by the contemporary moment of capital accumulation? Influenced by and deploying the rhetorical strategy of Walter Benjamin in his ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’ – but also drawing upon approaches to revolution in the work of British historians including Christopher Hill, Eric Hobsbawm, and E.P. Thompson, as well as anthropologist Eric Wolfe and a political philosophy tradition from Hegel and Marx to Lenin and Luxemburg — this paper will argue that, from Pimicikamak in northern Manitoba to Mapuche in Chile, the social relations and political activism of bush people may have an oversized role to play in challenging the existing global structures of capitalist and patriarchal hierarchy.
Capitalism's Political Contradictions
 
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From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Featuring: Sergio Ordonez (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) - the Mexican Revolution as a Passive Revolution Hongseok Ryu (University of London) - The Impotence of Democracy and Completion of "Democracy" in South Korea
Panel on 'Future of World Capitalism' at Left Forum, New York 2013. 2 of 6: Henry Heller
 
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Our panel on the 'Future of World Capitalism' book series at the Left Forum, New York, June 2013; with authors Henry Heller, Costas Panayotakis, Robert Chernomas and Radhika Desai. 2 of 6: Henry Heller on 'The Birth of Capitalism'
Panel on Crisis at Left Forum 2013 Presenter 3: Leo Panich
 
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Panel on 'The Crisis, Five Years On' at Left Forum, New York June 2013. Third presenter: Leo Panich.
Panel on Radhika Desai's 'Geopolitical Economy' at the Learneds, Victoria June 2013
 
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Panel discussion on Radhika Desai's book 'Geopolitical Economy' at the Canadian Learneds, Victoria, June 2013. Panelists: Ingo Schmidt (Chair); Sabah Alnaseri; Bill Carroll; Stephen McBride; Paul Kellogg
Panel on 'Future of World Capitalism' at Left Forum, New York 2013. 3 of 6: Panayotakis
 
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Our panel on the 'Future of World Capitalism' book series at the Left Forum, New York, June 2013; with authors Henry Heller, Costas Panayotakis, Robert Chernomas and Radhika Desai
GERG 2017 Revolutions Conference - Welcome
 
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Featuring GERG Director Radhika Desai On September 29 to October 1, 2017, the Geopolitical Economy Research Group held its Revolutions Conference at St. John's College, University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg. In the 100th anniversary year of the Russian Revolutions, the conference focuses on the theme of revolution. GERG wanted to speak to the widespread and widely varying causes, contexts, conditions and consequences of modern revolutions. As inequality, unemployment, indebtedness, social conflict, political awakening (including among indigenous peoples in Canada and internationally) and political polarization mount, the world appears poised on the cusp of radical and thoroughgoing social transformation, though of uncertain direction. For more information, go to www.geopoliticaleconomy.org.
Panel on 'Future of World Capitalism' at Left Forum, New York 2013 4 of 6: Chernomas
 
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Our panel on the 'Future of World Capitalism' book series at the Left Forum, New York, June 2013; with authors Henry Heller, Costas Panayotakis, Robert Chernomas and Radhika Desai. Rober Chernomas on 'To Live and Die in America'
Panel on 'Future of World Capitalism' at Left Forum, New York 2013. 6 of 6: discussion
 
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Our panel on the 'Future of World Capitalism' book series at the Left Forum, New York, June 2013; with authors Henry Heller, Costas Panayotakis, Robert Chernomas and Radhika Desai. 6 of 6: discussion
Panel on 'Future of World Capitalism' at Left Forum, New York 2013: 5 of 6: Radhika Desai
 
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Our panel on the 'Future of World Capitalism' book series at the Left Forum, New York, June 2013; with authors Henry Heller, Costas Panayotakis, Robert Chernomas and Radhika Desai. 5 of 6: Radhika Desai on 'Geopolitical Economy'
Gavin Hartford: Origins of the Marikana Massacre
 
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Gavin Hartford is a long-time trade union organizer in South Africa's mining industry and in its notorious Platinum Belt, site of the Marikana massacre of August 16th 2012.
Colours of a Revolution - Ruslan Dzarasov
 
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Featuring Ruslan Dzarasov of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Department of Political Economy. From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Ruslan has written extensively, in English and his native Russian, on the Russian Revolution and its legacy, political, economic and social, for contemporary Russia as well on the distinctive form of capitalism that has emerged in post-Communist Russia, including The Conundrum of Russian Capitalism. He is almost uniquely qualified to speak about the historical significance of Russian Revolution as a defining episode in the history of capitalist modernity as well as one of the most important of modern revolutions. PRESENTATION - Russian Revolution is a product of the law of Uneven and Combined Development (UCD). It reflects domination of the core capitalist countries over the periphery of the world capitalism. Lenin’s theory of “overgrowth of a bourgeois-democratic revolution into the socialist one” and Trotsky’s theory of a “permanent revolution” reflect the fact that in conditions of periphery capitalism, bourgeois-democratic transformation is inevitably thwarted, and society is compelled to move to changes, socialist in their character. Due to lack of alternative victorious socialist revolutions and elimination of the Bolshevik oppositions in the USSR, degeneration of the Soviet society had led to restoration of capitalism. As a result, all Post-Soviet societies moved to dependent development with certain important differences: Ukraine demonstrates classical features of a periphery, while Russia is closer to the semi-peripheral status. Exploitation of labour determines core-periphery relations of capitalism during all its history. It shaped modern global capitalism and caused its deep crisis. Exacerbation of international conflicts became one of the most important corollaries of this crisis. From standpoint of survival of the core, semi-periphery of modern capitalism should play an auxiliary role imposing discipline on the periphery and compelling it to increase its services to the core. However, the pre-crisis enormous industrial development allowed semi-periphery to accumulate great economic strength partially converted in growth of military and political power. Ukraine crisis was provoked by the West as a part of its strategy to strengthen its control over periphery. ‘Maidan’ protest as a version of ‘Coloured Revolution’ inspired and directed by the West exploited justified and essentially democratic protest of Ukrainian society against what is in fact nothing else than intrinsic features of a periphery capitalism. This bourgeois-democratic protest naturally failed to reach its proclaimed aims, facilitating violent takeover of power in Kiev by pro-Western and anti-Russian nationalistic forces. The new regime only entrenched peripheral nature of Ukrainian society. However, the abortive bourgeois-democratic movement sparked a genuine popular uprising in the South-East of the country. Being national-liberational in its immediate aims, it was fraught with socialist sentiments. However, its overgrowth in a genuine socialist movement was prevented by Russian ruling class. Thus, the Law of UCD and the theory of a ‘Permanent revolution’ tell more about Ukraine crisis than class vision from the perspective of the ‘New Cold War’ or dogmatic ‘Two Imperialisms’ approach.
View from the pacific
 
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When we were in Hanoi, at the ninth conference of the World Association for Pollitical Economy (WAPE) we interviewed Cheng En-Fu, WAPE's president. Cheng En-Fu was the director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Marxism Studies, and the founder of WAPE.
World Revolution in the Present and Future Tense
 
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From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Featuring: Reinaldo Contreras (University of Winnipeg) - The Globalization of Neo-colonialism and the Future of Protest and Revolution David Barkin and Alejandra Sanchez Jiminez (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City) - The Collective Revolutionary Subject: New Forms of Social Transformation Henry Heller (University of Manitoba) - Leninism, the General Intellect and World Revolution Today
Economists against Austerity House of Commons; talk on Creative Industries
 
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November 11th 2013; Alan Freeman's talk at the House of Commons to a meeting of Economists Against Austerity, on the Creative Industries
Samantha Hargreaves Women in the Mineral Energy Complex
 
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Samantha Hargreaves speaks about the situation of women in South Africa's Mineral-Energy Complex
Between Revolution and Counter Revolution in Latin America
 
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From the GERG Revolutions Conference, taking place in September 2017 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Featuring: Patricia Harms (Brandon University) - Creating a Second Revolution: Gendering the Guatemalan Revolution, 1944 - 1954 Margaret Power (Illinois Institute of Technology) - Anti-Colonial Struggle and Leftist Politics: The Relationship between the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, the Communist Party of Puerto Rico, and the Communist Party USA, 1930 - 1955 Jorge Nállim (University of Manitoba) - The American Cultural Cold War, Revolutions, and Military Coups in Latin America, 1950s - 1960s
The Business of Creation: presentation to Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
 
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GERG co-founder Alan Freeman's talk at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce on creativity and business.
The condition of Agricultural Workers in South Africa
 
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The Food and Allied Workers' Union was at the centre of a wave of militant actions by farmworkers in the Cape Town Area during 2012, in an area with little previous history of militancy. Recorded at the conference my 'Amandla' Magazine, just after the Marikana events, near Johannesburg
Panel on The Crisis at Left Forum 2013. Presenter 2, Radhika Desai
 
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Panel on 'The Crisis, Five years On' at Left Forum New York, June 2013. Second Presentation by Radhika Desai
Neil Coleman (COSATU) The need for a Minimum Wage: South Africa and Brazil
 
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Neil Coleman of COSATU details the appalling conditions of South Africa's low wage workers and outlines the thinking behind COSATU's push for a single minimum wage for all South African workers, the economic rationale for this move and the strategies needed to achieve it

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