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

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

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.”

Environment | 26.07.16

Food

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

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

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

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?

Asia | 25.09.15

Paul French Recommends…

Paul French is a leading expert on North Korea and is a widely published analyst and commentator on Asia, and was awarded the 2013 Edgar for Fest Fact Crime for his international best-seller Midnight in Peking. Most recently, he has just released the new edition of North Korea: State of Paranoia for Zed Books. We asked Paul about his favourite Zed Book, below is his response

Economics | 25.09.15

Back to Uni Reading List: Economics

As part of our ‘Back To Uni half-price sale’ this week, we’ve put together a few reading lists of our highlights over the last year if you just can’t pick (we know, you want them all).