Culture and Media | 08.12.16

Gaza Hacker Kids

Who are Gaza Hacker Team? In this extract from Digital Jihad, Erik Skare introduces us to a group of electronic jihadists and script kiddies who have been active for over eight years.

Culture and Media | 10.11.16

Imagined Identities

What do we do when locality is no longer an independent variable by which to analyse or shape the world we inhabit? In this extract from Diasporas Gerd Baumann re-examines the notion of community and of national and cultural identity.

Human Rights | 10.11.16

How Can We Refuse Borders?

How do we resist the border, in a current reality where borders proliferate? And are we really pointing to a possible future world free of borders?

Race and Indigenous Politics | 10.11.16

What’s a Border Wall For?

The average annual per capita GDP of the countries that have built walls or fences at their borders since the fall of the Berlin Wall is $14,067; the average for the countries on the other side of these barriers is $2,801. Here Reece Jones answers the question: what’s a border wall really for?

Culture and Media | 02.11.16

John Berger at 90 competition

To celebrate John Berger’s 90th birthday on the 5th November, ZED, Verso, Penguin and Smokestack Books are teaming up to offer a fantastic prize for Berger fans old and new.

Africa | 19.10.16

Wangari Maathai and Peace on Earth

The legacy of Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s life is a crucial reminder that peace on earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment.

Africa | 19.10.16

Leymah Gbowee the Peace Warrior

Leymah Gbowee’s rise from social worker to Nobel Peace Laureate paved the way for the first elected female president in Africa in 2006. Here we take a look at her life and work.

Asia | 14.10.16

999 Days of Mourning?

Andrew MacGregor Marshall, author of A Kingdom in Crisis the book banned in Thailand last year, outlines the official mourning process for the king who died last week after 70 years on the throne and considers the uncertain future the nation now faces.

Americas | 03.10.16

The Roots of the FARC

This week’s shock result in Colombia’s referendum on a prospective peace agreement between the Colombian state and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas has left the peace process in tatters. What were the roots of the conflict that led the revolutionary group to take up arms over 50 years ago?

Race and Indigenous Politics | 01.10.16

Race Riots or Class War?

In this introduction to Year of Fire, Year of Ash, his recently republished history of the Soweto Uprising of 1976, Baruch Hirson explains the history of violence and of political organising in the township in the months and years preceding the student revolt that shook the apartheid regime.

Human Rights | 30.09.16

The alt. Health and Medicine Reading List

The alt. Health and Medicine reading list features books that focus on health as a fundamental human right and link ill-health across the globe to patterns of inequality, injustice, access to medicine and a changing climate.


Shakespeare, Society and Theatre

In this short extract from Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare esteemed historian Victor Kiernan looks at the class makeup of theatre audiences – and their expectations – in Shakespearean England

Culture and Media | 30.09.16

The alt. Media Reading List

The alt. Media reading list takes a global point of view and features books that question the very fundamentals of our understanding of the media, news and intellectual property.

Africa | 30.09.16

South Africa’s Insurgent Students

Amidst an air of distrust and tension, a year after the #feesmustfall movement started, South Africa’s national student protests have once again erupted. Julian Brown looks at how these students are now part of the process of remaking South Africa’s post-apartheid democracy.

Development | 29.09.16

The alt. Development Reading List

The alt. Development reading list features classics of alternative and critical development studies, addressing issues of colonialism, racism in development, gender in development as well as the effects of climate change.

Philosophy | 28.09.16

The Marx/Foucault Difference

In Foucault with Marx Jacques Bidet examines and unites the philosophies of the two great thinkers, one of who focused on class, while the other looked at power. In this short extract the author begins by looking at some of the differences between the two men.