Does deconstructing the gender system rock the foundations of nation and state? What might deheterosexualising the state look like?
The difference between LGBT+ and queer has something to do with ‘normativity’, right? Mimi Marinucci explains in five paragraphs.
Mimi Marinucci looks at ‘straight allies’ of the LGBT+ community and argues that the concept reinforces straight privilege.
Queerness has been associated with modernity in most twentieth-century debates on gender and sexuality.
Miranda Davies looks at the politics of transnational surrogacy and explains why she put together the collection Babies for Sale?
Asia | 07.02.17
China’s hard, economic clout versus Russia’s soft power. Sure China and Russia are cooperating in the building of a new silk road, but who will win the battle for Central Asia?
Asia | 31.01.17
From the New Silk Road to the economic corridor that is the Indian Ocean, Tom Miller gives us an expert breakdown of Chinese Foreign Policy going into 2017.
Asia | 31.01.17
The PRC of 1949 and 2017 may as well be different planets, so why are some calling Xi Jinping the new Mao?
Gabriel Lafitte takes a look at China’s resource nationalism, on the roof of the world.
Asia | 31.01.17
Stephen Chan outlines eight misconceptions and fault lines in the Chinese connection to Africa.
In this extract from a Jar of Wild Flowers Remma Hammami and John Berger exchange texts following his first visit to Palestine.
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.
Are we at a cross-roads? World-leading international lawyer Richard Falk explains the very real shift in global power we are witnessing right this moment.
How should we understand the role of non-state agencies, quangos like Frontex, or corporations like Sodexho, in the border regime? And what about the intersection of migration with capitalism and global labour, or with racism?
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?
Natasha King looks at what the global border regime produces and introduces the No Borders movement and her new book of the same name.
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-examined the notion of community and of national and cultural identity.
Yes, Trump’s invocation of The Wall is actually the invocation of a physical manifestation of US racism and xenophobia, but hang on…
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?
The nation-state is in crisis, neoliberalism is in crisis, so what will be the fate of mulitculturalism? Journalist Gary Younge has the answer.
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.
We speak to Page May, co-founder of the Chicago based group Assata’s Daughters, about Black Youth Project 100, protesting on Martin Luther King day, getting organised and most importantly, getting free.
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.
Clare Land looks at how since the late 1960s Aboriginal people in Australia have, as part of the Black Power movement, pressed for change.
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.
“I understood very quickly that I had to grow up tough” Benjamin Zephaniah in his own words, on growing up a black boy in 1970’s Britain.
Asia | 14.10.16
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.
What do we mean when we talk about the “LGBTQ community”? Are we really describing a subculture? In this extract from his book Sex, Needs and Queer Culture, David Alderson questions the language we use to describe minority groups.
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?
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.