Guest speaker: James Petras, Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. James Petras is a recognised expert on the politics of Latin America. In his talk he will address the global assault on workers’ rights and conditions, drawing especially on the experience of workers in Latin America, who suffered decades of “austerity” to pay off debts that did not belong to them. He will discuss how progressive changes are affecting the lives of tens of millions of working people in Latin America, and the lessons we can learn from this. James Petras is the author of more than sixty books published in twenty-nine languages and has published more than two thousand articles in newspapers such as the New York Times, the Guardian (London), and Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is widely carried on the internet.
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