Monday, November 19, 2018

10-Introducing "Cuba's Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era" ("The Role of Labor Cooperatives in Cuban Reform")

  



I reported the publication of Cuba’s Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era (Little Sir Press 2018; ISBN: 978-1-949943-00-9 (pbk); I SBN: 978-1-949943-01-6 (ebk)) (here). Cuba’s Caribbean Marxism is the first offering through Little Sir Press, a self-publishing collective that is a new project in broader knowledge dissemination of the Coalition for Peace & Ethics (more about that project here). Join us! 


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  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cuba-s-caribbean-marxism-essays-on-ideology-government-society-and-economy-in-the-post-fidel-castro-era    


Paperback ordering information to follow. Individual Chapters also may be ordered in pdf format.

I promised that over the course of future posts I would be introducing readers to the book. This post continues with an introduction to Chapter 8 (" The Role of Labor Cooperatives in Cuban Reform"),  which follows below  Other posts in this series may be accessed here.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

"China's Changing Constitution" (15 Nov. 2018, Trinity College Oxford)--Brief Proceedings


Ewan Smith recently organized a marvelous event held at Trinity College, Oxford. Entitled China's Changing Constitution, it was held on 15 November 2018 and sought to accomplish two things.  The first was to consider the key strands of China's emerging constitutionalism, both form a domestic and comparative perspective. The second was to ensure that those strands included  envelop pushing techniques and approaches that, especially in the forms of accountability, supervision, and discipline, now tends to envision a scope of constitutionalist discourse well beyond its ancient borders.   

The event was organized in three panels. I spoke to issues of constitutional theory with Chinese characteristics, along with Nick Barber (Trinity College) and Jean Christopher Mittelstaedt (St Antony’s College). Flora Sapio then spoke to the Chinese Communist Party, Party supervisions and the constitution, along with Wu Qianlan (University of Nottingham), and Maris Köpcke – Trinity College. Lastly,Samuli Seppanen (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Ewan Smith (Jesus College), and Oliver Butler (Wadham College), spoke to issues of data, discipline and the state. 

Flora Sapio was kind enough to prepare a short proceedings of the event, which follows below. 


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

9-Introducing "Cuba's Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era" ("Sovereign Finance, Odious Debt Doctrine, and Reform")




I reported the publication of Cuba’s Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era (Little Sir Press 2018; ISBN: 978-1-949943-00-9 (pbk); I SBN: 978-1-949943-01-6 (ebk)) (here). Cuba’s Caribbean Marxism is the first offering through Little Sir Press, a self-publishing collective that is a new project in broader knowledge dissemination of the Coalition for Peace & Ethics (more about that project here). Join us! 


https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/SellerCentral/legal/amazon-logo_black.pngCuba’s Caribbean Marxism eBook may be accessed through these sites:


  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cuba-s-caribbean-marxism-essays-on-ideology-government-society-and-economy-in-the-post-fidel-castro-era    


Paperback ordering information to follow. Individual Chapters also may be ordered in pdf format.

I promised that over the course of future posts I would be introducing readers to the book. This post continues with an introduction to Chapter 7 ("Sovereign Finance, Odious Debt Doctrine, and Reform"),  which follows below  Other posts in this series may be accessed here.


Monday, November 12, 2018

"Cuba's Caribbean Marxism" Book Launch Monday 12 November 4.30 New York Time: Live Stream Access Information




A quick reminder that the Launch event for Cuba's Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era" will take place today starting at 4.30 PM in Room 232. The event will be live streamed. For those unable to attend but interested, the event will also be recorded.

Highlights from the book to be discussed include: (1) the process of law reform with Cuban characteristics; (2) constitutional change and national plebiscite; (3) role of the Communist Party; (3) Caribbean Socialist Regional Trade; (4) the role of ideology; (5) the state of Cuba-U.S. Relations, the Embargo and targeted sanctions; (6) outbound and inbound foreign direct investment; (7) sovereign financing; and (8) a little taste of the ongoing Affair of the Sonic Weapons Attack.

PowerPoints may be accessed HERE: https://www.thecpe.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BookLaunchCubasCaribMarxism11-2018.pptx.

More about the book here: https://lcbackerblog.blogspot.com/search/label/BkCaribbeanMarxism

Here is the Zoom link for your livestream today:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://psu.zoom.us/j/318324805

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cuba's Caribbean Marxism: PowerPoint Slides of Book Launch Lecture and Discussion at Penn State



The Book Launch for Cuba's Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era will take place on Monday 12 November 2018, at Penn State University's School of International Affairs Room 232.  The Book Launch will be simulcast and recorded.

I hope you can join us.  For those with an interest I have included below the PowerPoint slides that will accompany the Lecture. The PowerPoints may also be accessed here.


8-Introducing "Cuba's Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era" ("The Ideology of Central Planning")

  



I reported the publication of Cuba’s Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era (Little Sir Press 2018; ISBN: 978-1-949943-00-9 (pbk); I SBN: 978-1-949943-01-6 (ebk)) (here). Cuba’s Caribbean Marxism is the first offering through Little Sir Press, a self-publishing collective that is a new project in broader knowledge dissemination of the Coalition for Peace & Ethics (more about that project here). Join us! 


https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/SellerCentral/legal/amazon-logo_black.pngCuba’s Caribbean Marxism eBook may be accessed through these sites:


  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cuba-s-caribbean-marxism-essays-on-ideology-government-society-and-economy-in-the-post-fidel-castro-era    


Paperback ordering information to follow. Individual Chapters also may be ordered in pdf format.

I promised that over the course of future posts I would be introducing readers to the book. This post continues with an introduction to Chapter 6 ("The Ideology of Central Planning"),  which follows below  Other posts in this series may be accessed here.


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Effective Remedy and Accountability Through Non-State Non-Judicial Mechanisms: How Typology Matters



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Accountability and remedy have remained in the cross hairs of international organizations since the endorsement of the U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. Of course, the two concepts reference substantially different things. Accountability speaks to the relation between an institution and its duty (the state) or responsibility (the enterprise), or something undefined (civil society remains beyond the reach of accountability though they have assumed a central role in the UNGP framework). Remedy refers, in contrast, to the mechanics and objectives through which rights holders may seek to vindicate rights against those who bear liability for infringing those rights.

Like many framework regulations of its type, the UNGP mix the two concepts. The premise is one of necessary interrelation; one form of accounting is manifested through the remedial act; accountability posits the need for a remedial mechanism as the means through which accounts are rendered to their holders. the act of self accounting, of auto-accountability, on the other hand, is understood as the performance of risk management and the avoidance or mitigation of actions that would otherwise generate the obligation to render account to the holder of rights. "Those clusters of acts and objects are the means through which one brings another to account, but as important, they serve as the means through which one is brought to account, and the forms through which one brings oneself to account. The three are united in their fidelity to the forms of accountability, even as each points to quite distinct forms of rendering account." (Unpacking Accountability in Business and Human Rights).

It is on the basis of this self referencing relation between the state of being accountable, and the duty to render account, that the UNGP's so-called remedial pillar is grounded. Accountability and remedy are bundled together in the forms of "grievance mechanisms," which are understood as modalities through which rights holders may assert claims respecting their grievances. Grievances, in turn, are "understood to be a perceived injustice evoking an individual’s or a group’s sense of entitlement, which may be based on law, contract, explicit or implicit promises, customary practice, or general notions of fairness of aggrieved communities." (UNGP ¶ 25 Commentary). These grievances, then, are to be resolved through "mechanisms" categorized as state based (UNGP ¶ 26-27) and non-state based (UNGP ¶ 28-30).  The later include international mechanisms, company mechanisms, and private collaborative initiatives.

This organizational typology, however, provides little by way if useful guidance in the difficult task of moving from high concept to the banal level of operational organization. There are quite accomplished actors and institutions that are now considering these issues in quite useful ways.  This post takes a look at the issue of organizational typology from a different perspective, suggesting some ways in which typology may be a function of accountability and remedy. Or perhaps better put, it examines briefly the extent to which accountability and remedy may be shaped by the centering effect of typology. It considers four distinct typologies manifested within the UNGP themselves--providers, forms of structures of provision, character of grievance, and form of remedy.

7-Introducing "Cuba's Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era" ("The Current State of Political Ideology")




I reported the publication of Cuba’s Caribbean Marxism: Essays on Ideology, Government, Society, and Economy in the Post Fidel Castro Era (Little Sir Press 2018; ISBN: 978-1-949943-00-9 (pbk); I SBN: 978-1-949943-01-6 (ebk)) (here). Cuba’s Caribbean Marxism is the first offering through Little Sir Press, a self-publishing collective that is a new project in broader knowledge dissemination of the Coalition for Peace & Ethics (more about that project here). Join us! 


https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/SellerCentral/legal/amazon-logo_black.pngCuba’s Caribbean Marxism eBook may be accessed through these sites:


  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/cuba-s-caribbean-marxism-essays-on-ideology-government-society-and-economy-in-the-post-fidel-castro-era    


Paperback ordering information to follow. Individual Chapters also may be ordered in pdf format.

I promised that over the course of future posts I would be introducing readers to the book. This post continues with an introduction to Chapter 5 ("The Current State of Political Ideology"),  which follows below  Other posts in this series may be accessed here.