Cities | 26.07.16

Occupied Squares, Societies in Movement

The “squares movement”, from the Middle East to Spain, revealed a new relationship with urban spaces. In this extract from Common Space Stavros Stavrides explores the questions raised by the new protest movements

Cities | 26.07.16

Inside the Ghost Cities

Across China strange replicas of European towns lie empty. In this extract from Ghost Cities of China Wade Shepard explores these fascinating and uncanny urban centres

Environment | 26.07.16

Why Women Will Save the Planet

Caroline Lucas MP describes how the pioneering German Green MP Petra Kelly inspired her to take action into her own hands in this chapter from Why Women Will Save the Planet

Asia | 26.07.16

A Normal Day in Pyongyang

The closed nature of North Korea has hidden much of the everyday life of people in Pyongyang. In North Korea: State of Paranoia Paul French gives an idea of the day-to-day life of the city

Environment | 26.07.16

Thank You, Madagascar

“I thought these diaries couldn’t be published for twenty years or so until my friends were old and gray and would not care what I said about them. Twenty years have more than passed. My friends are old and gray and feistier than ever. Now I think it is time to tell you my story of a time when conservationists thought we could save the world—or at least Madagascar.”

Culture and Media | 26.07.16

In those jeans…

Andrew Brooks recalls the birth of denim and looks at the working class-to-classless history of jeans, in this short extract from Clothing Poverty

Environment | 26.07.16


Julian Agyeman looks at the challenges in creating a socially just food system in Just Sustainabilities

Middle East | 26.07.16

The Arab Spring

In his preface to The Arab Spring, Hamid Dabashi sets out the revolutionary consciousness that drove the upsurge in popular unrest across the Middle East and North Africa

Politics and International Relations | 26.07.16

What is Democracy?

Why are modern democratic system suffering a crisis of legitimacy – and can Athenian democracy offer us a model for political change? Roslyn Fuller explores the future of representation in this extract from the introduction to Beasts and Gods: How democracy changed its meaning and lost its purpose

Environment | 26.07.16

The Fat Planet

Are climate change and obesity linked? In this excerpt from The Energy Glut Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards explain how and why they are indeed.

Environment | 26.07.16

Fat People or Fat Populations?

Moral outrage about obesity is a red herring. Instead, we should be focusing on the environmental factors behind national diets, argue Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards

Current Affairs | 26.07.16

Might is Right

Matt Kennard explores the limits of the American Empire in this extract from The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs The American Elite

Current Affairs | 26.07.16

Obama’s First Coup

In this extract from The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs The American Elite, Matt Kennard looks at US military involvement in Honduras as part of the ongoing War on Drugs

Americas | 14.07.16

The Birth of a Nation

Acclaimed Marxist historian Victor Kiernan gives a brief history of the birth of the United States in this extract from America: From White Settlement to World Hegemony

Asia | 08.06.16

Yanis Varoufakis on China

Yanis Varoufakis looks at the underlying weaknesses of the Chinese economy, its deep and complex connections with the rest of the global economy and the policy dilemmas it will face in the future

Asia | 16.05.16

Risks and Possibilities in the Korean Peninsula

Following what appears to be the DPRK’s fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test Paul French addresses the tense stand-off between DPRK, China and the United States. Does the future of the Korean peninsula lie in engagement, or war?