Ecosocialist Horizons Hour: May 29, 2013
This week, on the 100th anniversary of the premiere performance of “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky, which provoked a riot in Paris in 1913, we bring you a report of the the global uprising, from millions against Monsanto, to the “Arab Spring”. We interview special guest Omar Dahi, a Syrian economist and political analyst, and currently a professor at Hampshire College. We discuss the current social, economic and ecological state of affairs in Syria and the region as a whole, how these underlying factors define the current politics of the region, and how the Arab uprisings are connected to a global movement with ecosocialist inclinations. But the counter-revolution is underway, as proxy wars disguise themselves as revolutionary struggles. Omar’s profound and insightful analysis of the dynamics of the revolutionary process is a powerful tool to help us understand our times. We also discuss another area of our guest’s expertise — the increasing economic integration of the countries of the global South, and how this is effecting and defining the dynamics of the capitalist world-system in the 21st century, creating openings for the broadening of the revolutionary process as the sun begins to set on the US empire.