(OPE-L) "The Petroleum Commons: Struggles in Iraq, Mexico, and the Niger Delta"

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Thu Oct 14 2004 - 15:43:53 EDT

"The Petroleum Commons: Struggles in Iraq, Mexico, and the Niger
A Discussion with George Caffentzis

Sunday November 7th, 7pm
At the Fusion Arts Museum

Since 1850 petroleum (rock-oil) has appeared to the world as either
private property or state property. In the histories of the petroleum
industry, most of the struggles over petroleum have been seen as battles
among private corporations, states, and their leaders (like John D.
Rockefeller and  Saddam Hussein). Those who work in extracting and
transporting petroleum and  those who reproduce them are rarely
mentioned in the histories, but petroleum is increasingly being understood
in a very different way --as common  property-- by these workers.
Caffentzis will explore struggles for the petroleum commons in Iraq, the
Niger Delta, and Chiapas and the meaning of these struggles for the
anti-war and ecology movements.

George Caffentzis is a professor in the Department of Philosophy,
University of Southern Maine and a coordinator of the Committee for
Academic  Freedom in Africa. He is author, with the Midnight Notes
Collective, of “MidnightOil: Work, Energy, War, 1973-1992” and
“Auroras of the Zapatistas: Local & Global Struggles of the Fourth
World War”.

Fusion Arts Museum: 57 Stanton Street, NYC. Located one block south of
Houston, F or V train to 2nd Avenue.
Map: http://www.howiesolo.com/map.html

$5-$10 suggested donation

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Presented by May Day Books and the Films & Popcorn Collective

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