Saturday, October 16, 2010

Raj Patel on Global Economics, Food Sovereignty, and Justice

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Raj Patel from Oriana Bolden on Vimeo.

In the latest installment of Freedom is a Constant Struggle, Kiilu is joined by writer, activist and academic, Raj Patel. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System and his latest, The Value of Nothing, is a New York Times best-seller. Naomi Klein proclaims The Value of Nothing a “deeply thought-provoking book about the dramatic changes we must make to save the planet from financial madness.”

Raj Patel has not only worked for the World Bank and WTO, but also protested against them around the world. He is currently a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First).

Kiilu and Raj journey around the globe in this dynamic conversation about solution-based responses to the world’s most pressing problems. They cover topics including food justice, anti-colonialism and landless movements. These two consummate advocates for justice dialog about Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African shackdwellers' movement, the Zapatista’s systems of justice, and anti-colonialism.

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RELATED EPISODES: Raj Patel: The Global Food System (Nov. 7, 2008), Raj Patel: The Value of Nothing (Sept. 18, 2009),