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For roape.net Max Ajl interviews radical geographer and activist Habib Ayeb about food sovereignty, the peasantry in North Africa and film-making. Ayeb is a founder member of the Observatory of Food Sovereignty and Environment and Max Ajl is a sociologist, activist and an editor at Jadaliyya and Viewpoint. The interview was conducted on March 4, 2018, in Tunis, Tunisia....

Continuing the debate between David Harvey and John Smith on imperialism and capitalism, Adam Mayer focuses on the fate of the subaltern and the excluded. The figure of the migrant who desires legal, social and cultural capital is at the centre of this blogpost and demonstrates how Harvey’s notions of the changing cores of global imperialism is fundamentally incorrect....

In an important conference on agriculture in North Africa speakers sought to confront the central issue of our time: delivering accessible and available food to the world’s poor in a way that is sustainable for the planet. Many speakers argued that food sovereignty through delinking from global commodity chains might be the answer....

In an interview with ROAPE’s Tunde Zack-Williams, roape.net asks about his background as a radical political economist who has written extensively on Sierra Leone. Zack focuses in the interview on the country’s recent history, it political parties, Blair’s intervention and the disasters of neoliberal reforms. The recent elections in Sierra Leone offer the poor little prospects of development or change....

Lucien van der Walt and Peter Cole discuss a new collection, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW, that helps recover the story of an important generation of international revolutionaries who battled racial discrimination and repression. They look at a history of radical resistance to capitalism and racism—frequently by anarchists and syndicalists— which has often been ignored. ...

ROAPE's second workshop on radical transformation in Africa, co-hosted with the Nyerere Resource Centre, to be held in Dar es Salaam on 16-17 April, will reflect with political economy scholars and progressive activists on the existing conditions in Africa in the context of the current phase of neo-liberal imperialism and how progressive forces can effectively intervene in and promote progressive politics during the current conjuncture....

African Farmers, Agrarian Transformation and Critical Agrarian Studies By Ray Bush The new page on roape.net Critical Agrarian Studies engages with the most important issue of our time: namely, how can we deliver food availability and accessibility at an ecological and financial cost affordable for Africa’s poor and in a way that is sustainable for the planet. This raises challenging empirical and theoretical issues of power dynamics in the production, distribution and exchange of food and over what types of food will be prioritised in a democratically organised global food regime.  It raises issues in the framework of world food systems on how food is managed by transnational as well as national corporate and economic actors and processes, and how their power and legitimacy can be challenged by social movements and rural resistance to among other things, contract farming, agribusiness, water, land and other asset privatisation. The...

In a robust defence of his arguments, John Smith continues to challenge David Harvey’s understanding of global capitalism and imperialism. Many important changes have shaken the world in the last thirty years, but imperialist Europe and North America continue to drain wealth from Latin America and Africa, as well as from parts of Asia. Yet China’s growing challenge to imperialist domination and the spread of global capitalist depression means that we no longer live in a post-World War II world, we live in a pre-World War III world. Harvey’s compass on these developments remains profoundly faulty. ...