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The Wages of Sub-Imperial Assimilation: BRICS Fantasies and Unintended Revelations

[Patrick Bond, 14/10/2016, Goa, India] A Brazilian leader’s faux pas spoke volumes about the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) heads of state summit underway in Goa this weekend. The country’s foreign minister (and occasional presidential candidate) José Serra told an interviewer last month that the BRICS included Argentina. And as he stumbled while spelling out the acronym, Serra also had to be prompted to recall that South Africa … Continue reading The Wages of Sub-Imperial Assimilation: BRICS Fantasies and Unintended Revelations

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“Deglobalization”? Sure, but…

[Patrick Bond, 2003] My favorite haunt, Zimbabwe, is the delight of aggressive bourgeois commentators, one of whom wrote a month ago about that country’s meltdown in the Economist (30 November 2002): “An interesting economic experiment is being conducted in Zimbabwe. To the foes of globalisation, President Robert Mugabe’s views are unexceptional. He argues that ‘runaway market forces’ are leading a ‘vicious, all-out assault on the … Continue reading “Deglobalization”? Sure, but…