Manuel Barcia
Manuel Barcia is Professor of Latin American History at the University of Leeds. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. He edits Atlantic Studies (Routledge) and is the author of three books and several articles focusing on the history of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Entries by Manuel Barcia

Baseball and Obama Go Caribbean

(0) Comments | Posted 21 March 2016 | (15:17)

1986 was the year the space shuttle Challenger exploded during take off, and the year the worst ever nuclear catastrophe occurred in Chernobyl, in the former USSR. To baseball fans, however, 1986 brings other sort of extraordinary memories. That season the Boston Red Sox came within a strike of winning...

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Quo Vadis Latin American Left?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2016 | (09:15)

Over the past weeks, Latin American left wing movements, politicians, and parties have looked increasingly weakened. From the ongoing impeachment process against Brazilian Dilma Rousseff, to the defeats of Cristina Fernández in Argentina and Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, the so-called Latin American New Left seems to be in disarray; but...

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Greece Just Hammered the First Nail in the Coffin of Milton Friedman's Legacy

(31) Comments | Posted 6 July 2015 | (21:26)

Earlier this week Naomi Klein was asked in Twitter whether she thought that what we are seeing in Greece corresponds to the early stages of the Shock Doctrine she analyzed so well in her homonymous documentary of 2009. Klein meekly replied "early?" Klein's reply, short and simple, went to the...

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The Larger Battle Being Fought By the Greeks

(19) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (19:44)

Krugman, Stiglitz, even Habermas, all brilliant minds of our time have by now repeatedly brought into question the reasons behind the reckless and senseless measures with which the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), together better known as the Troika, have repeatedly tried...

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A World Where People Count

(0) Comments | Posted 23 November 2014 | (11:11)

Just after the results of the Brazilian presidential elections were made public a few days ago, giving current President Dilma Rouseff of the leftist Workers Party a small margin of victory over her opponent Aécio Neves, the British weekly magazine The Economist did what it always does, and came up...

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On Bigots, Same-Sex Marriage and Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (18:02)

Same-sex marriage discussions in the US, Australia and the UK are on the rise. Only a few weeks ago our Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was forced to backpedal on a remark that appeared in a speech he was due to deliver, referring to those who oppose the Coalition Government's...

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Yet More Catholic Anti-Gay Bashing

(103) Comments | Posted 27 July 2012 | (09:41)

And so, the anti-gay rants emanating from the Catholic quarters begin again. In his wisdom the new Bishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia has decided to suggest that the premature death of gay Labour MP David Cairns could be related to his sexual orientation. As a good colleague of mine would...

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Catholic Church Must Change Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

(25) Comments | Posted 22 March 2012 | (23:00)

Recently the debate about the same-sex marriage bill has gathered momentum. On the one hand Prime Minister David Cameron and Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone have made the case for much needed reform.

On the other, the likes of Cardinal Keith O'Brien and the Daily Telegraph have run a campaign...

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Obscuring the African Contribution: More about School Textbooks

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2012 | (16:06)

Some weeks ago a group of Tea Party activists in Tennessee demanded from state lawmakers that any references that could tarnish the image of the founding fathers were removed from school textbooks. As such, they proposed to eliminate any allusion to say, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison having...

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A Decade for Peoples of African Descent

(1) Comments | Posted 5 February 2012 | (14:13)

A few weeks ago, during the 66th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the issues of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance were extensively explored and debated. Within the context of these debates, raising the profile of the peoples of African descent and their historical and...

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Florida, the GOP Nomination Race, and the Cuban Embargo

(1) Comments | Posted 17 January 2012 | (14:54)

Over the past months we have seen the main candidates to the GOP nomination in the United States racing towards the ultimate price, the chance of challenging Barack Obama in the presidential elections to be held later on in November this year.

Now that the Republican primaries in Florida...

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A Star is Born? Enter the CELAC

(0) Comments | Posted 28 December 2011 | (13:03)

Barely a few weeks ago heads of state of all 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries converged in the city of Caracas to launch a new initiative for regional integration, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, better known by its Spanish acronym CELAC (Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y...

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