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COVID-19, the Freedom to Die, and the Necropolitics of the Market by Vito Laterza

Vito Laterza , May 12th, 2020

Field hospital constructed in Gothenburg, Sweden in March 2020. Photo: Helén Sjöland. While reading Giorgio Agamben’s (2020) anthropological note on the “danger” of habituation of Italians to…


What can Italians expect from the new populist government?

Vito Laterza , May 24th, 2018

Italy’s prospective PM, Giuseppe Conte, is a 54-year-old university professor with little political experience [Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters] I was interviewed by South African public radio SAfm th…

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Italy’s populist alliance and the national anti-migrant consensus

Vito Laterza , May 22nd, 2018

The League’s Matteo Salvini and the Five Star’s Luigi Di Maio have entered into coalition to form a government in Italy [AP] You can read my latest piece…

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Zambia’s political crisis is not just about democracy

Vito Laterza , June 16th, 2017

Check out my latest piece on the ongoing Zambian political crisis, published today in Al Jazeera English. Here are some extracts: “[Zambia] is the world’s seventh largest copper…

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UK Election: Vote Labour and SNP to Stop the Tories

Vito Laterza , June 7th, 2017

Tomorrow’s general election in the UK will have an impact beyond the narrowing borders of the growing white nationalist parochialism that has infected Britain from left to right….

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We are all Helen Zille. Or, why the West thinks that colonialism was not all bad

Vito Laterza , March 16th, 2017

Check out my latest piece in Africa Is A Country on South African prominent white politician Helen Zille’s tweets in defence of colonialism. I talk about southern African…

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“It’s Tony Blair’s fault…”

Vito Laterza , February 27th, 2017

An imaginary conversation with the Labour leadership. Me: “Was it right to push your MPs to vote for Brexit with no conditions attached? None of your amendments have…

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United against Trump

Vito Laterza , January 23rd, 2017

The poor showing at Trump’s inauguration, and the massive turnout at the Women’s Marches, together with Trump’s popular vote defeat by nearly 3 million votes, prove that chasing…

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Whiteness, our own

Vito Laterza , November 14th, 2016

Struggling to openly name race and racism from a privileged white perspective is a symptom of the convergence of many fears and often conflicting feelings. There is the…

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The dangers of the myth of Trump’s white working class support

Vito Laterza , November 10th, 2016

The myth of the white working class support for Trump is animating post-election debates at alarming speed with misleading interpretations of often partial data. It is being used…

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US presidential elections: nothing to celebrate

Vito Laterza , November 8th, 2016

I do sincerely hope that we won’t wake up tomorrow morning with the terrible news of a Trump presidency. Having said that, the world is already an awful…

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Dark days ahead for Zambian democracy

Vito Laterza , September 6th, 2016

In a controversial decision that left many shocked and confused, yesterday the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) judges ruled 3 to 2 that the opposition petition should be dismissed without…

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Chilcot report is a damning indictment of Blair and Bush’s war in Iraq

Vito Laterza , July 6th, 2016

Today Sir John Chilcot released his report on the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath (you can download the report here). He summarised his findings…

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UK should Remain in the EU to stop the global advance of the far right

Vito Laterza , June 22nd, 2016

Tomorrow the British will go to the polls to decide whether UK should stay within the European Union or not. I truly hope that the majority will vote…

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Bernie Sanders’ new task is to convince his supporters to back Hillary Clinton

Vito Laterza , June 20th, 2016

Check out my latest piece on Bernie Sanders and the US presidential race, published today in The Independent. Here is an extract: “Many who voted for the Vermont…

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A left vision for basic income

Vito Laterza , June 4th, 2016

Today Swiss people are voting in a referendum that will determine whether to include a universal basic income in the federal constitution. The constitutional amendment proposes the institution of a…

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Democracy after Sanders: building a progressive alternative, beyond social media and mass rallies

Vito Laterza , May 27th, 2016

Check out my latest piece on Sanders and the US presidential race, published by openDemocracy on 26th May. Here is a short summary: “The US presidential primaries have…

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IMF plots “credit event” to push Greece to the brink of default

Vito Laterza , April 3rd, 2016

Even though other international events have largely pushed it in the background, the Greek debt drama continues. The IMF and the EU institutions cannot agree on the terms…

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Student protests and the crisis of South African democracy

Vito Laterza , January 5th, 2016

#FeesMustFall protest in Pretoria, 23 October 2015. Photo: Paul Saad Click here for our analysis in the Boston Review of the 2015 student protests  in South Africa. We…

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My top 5 trends of 2015 – and some predictions for 2016

Vito Laterza , December 31st, 2015

With best wishes for a healthy and productive 2016! 1 – WHITE PRIVILEGE UNDER ATTACK Debates and struggles around race have taken centre-stage in 2015, with an intensity…

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Corbyn has no choice but to sack the Blairites

Vito Laterza , December 27th, 2015

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could soon sack major figures of the shadow cabinet that are opposed to his agenda, especially the principled anti-war stance on the Syrian…

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Varoufakis announces pan-European movement to “democratise the EU”

Vito Laterza , December 27th, 2015

In a recent interview for the Italian magazine L’Espresso, former finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis announces the formation of a new Pan-European movement in February 2016, with…

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More instability expected in Spain after indecisive election

Vito Laterza , December 21st, 2015

More political instability looms in another southern European country. No clear majority emerged from the ballot box in Spain yesterday, and the two-party system seems to be a…

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Far right Front National first party in French regional elections

Vito Laterza , December 7th, 2015

Very bad results in France’s regional elections: exit polls set xenophobic far right Front National (FN) first nationwide with over 30% of the votes; Sarkozy’s centre-right Republicans at…

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