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.

Zed | 27.09.16

The alt. University Reading List

With a looming high-stakes US election, the rise of the European far right and ongoing humanitarian crises, the new academic term is the time to tackle the underlying political, institutional and social causes head on.

Asia | 26.09.16

‘I cannot afford to die’: The Tragedy of King Bhumibol

The Thai Royal Family is riven by scandal and intrigue, from the unexplained death of the King’s elder brother to the Crown Prince’s many rumoured liaisons and escapades. Andrew MacGregor Marshall recounts their scandalous history in this extract from his banned book A Kingdom in Crisis, an account of the struggle for democracy in Thailand

Africa | 23.09.16

The alt. Africa Reading List

Take a look at the alt. Africa reading list and equip yourself with classic works of African history, culture and African current affairs.

Environment | 23.09.16

Sacred Cow or Sacred Car?

In this extract from Soil, Not Oil, Vandana Shiva questions the long-term environmental and economic impact of India’s burgeoning love affair with the motorcar