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).  

Africa | 25.09.15

Imogen Tyler Recommends…

Imogen Tyler, author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain, chooses her favourite Zed Book

Middle East | 04.09.15

Playing Three Dimensional Chess in the Middle East

The terrifying forward march of ISIS is currently being resisted most effectively by Kurdish leftist fighters in the PKK. However, these PKK fighters are facing increasing attacks and repression from the Turkish government, who seem to view them as more than an enemy than ISIS itself. What is going on? In this blog post, Richard Falk provides an illuminating guide to the complex situation

Europe | 20.08.15

What Future for Yanis Varoufakis?

Yanis Varoufakis is in the process of becoming an important figure in Greek political life and beyond. But Yanis Varoufakis has also indubitably become a major figure for the Left which is critical of the Euro and someone who will be an important factor in the political reconfigurations which are in the offing. There are good reasons for this

Africa | 06.08.15

Do-gooders Doing Bad: A Reading List for African Politics Today

This summer, the Washington Post’s political research blog The Monkey Cage has been running an “African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular”, publishing an ongoing series of posts based on books in their excellent summer reading list. With their informed and intelligent analysis of current affairs, these offer eye-opening insights and critique of African politics today

Middle East | 24.07.15

Turkey under Erdogan

The horror of the suspected ISIS bombing of a Turkish young socialist meeting in Suruc has highlighted how Turkey is bound-up with both Europe and the Middle East geographically, politically and culturally. The issues the country confronts are complex and multi-layered. In this extract from his powerful new book Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring, Richard Falk, a world-renowned scholar of international law and former UN Rapporteur on Palestine, provides a highly informative and clear overview of developments in Turkey. He looks book at the historic developments in Turkey since 2002, and its shifting and complex foreign policy.

Economics | 14.07.15

Paul Mason: Explaining Yanis Varoufakis

Since resigning from the Syriza government with the immortal words ‘I will wear the creditors loathing with pride’ Yanis Varoufakis has spoken out, detailing the hostility he faced from the EU creditors and European Central Bank. Channel 4 News Economics Editor Paul Mason provides a vital overview of the man who shook European politics and the importance of the book to debates about the future of the European and world economy

Economics | 13.07.15

Yanis Varoufakis Lifts the Lid on Negotiating with the Troika

Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek Finance Minister who resigned his position last week after winning an historic national referendum on the Greek bailout bid, has spoken out in an exclusive interview with the New Statesman. In it he lays bear the tense and frustrating negotiations between the Eurogroup and Greece’s team, claiming he was repeatedly excluded from talks due to his persistent desire to “talk economics…which nobody does.”

Current Affairs | 24.06.15

Rogue Reporters Gather to Discuss the Racket

Waterstones Bookshop in Trafalgar Square saw lively debate this month as journalists Owen Jones, Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Amelia Abraham and Matt Kennard gathered for the launch of The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs The Masters Of The Universe. Joined by Potent Whisper, who performed to the packed room, they discussed how a media environment owned by a tiny group of incredibly wealthy people shapes political debate and limits political possibilities

Current Affairs | 24.04.15

Who Made My Clothes?

On 24th April 2013, the dangerously precarious Rana Plaza factory in Savar, Bangladesh collapsed. The death toll reached 1,129 with a further 2,515 people injured following their rescue from the ruins of the building. In this interview, Zed spoke to Carry Somers of Fashion Revolution Day about the aftermath of the disaster

Politics and International Relations | 22.04.15

Occupy, Resist, Produce!

The Maflow plant in Trezzano sul Naviglio, located on the industrial periphery of Milan, was one of the most important manufacturers of air conditioning tubes worldwide. Far from suffering consequences of the crisis and with enough clients to keep producing, Maflow closed in 2009 following fraudulent bankruptcy. The workers of the plant in Milan began a struggle to reopen the plant and keep their jobs. Watch Occupy, Resist, Produce! the film from Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler here

Africa | 16.04.15

The Marikana eBook and Video Series

On August 16th, 2012, the world looked on in horror as South African police gunned down striking mine workers at Marikana, leaving 34 dead and many more wounded. It was a massacre that echoed apartheid-era violence at Sharpeville and Soweto, shattering the international image of South Africa as a liberated ‘rainbow nation’. The bloodshed laid bare the lingering inequalities and class tensions that have endured beyond South Africa’s democratic transition, and which the ruling African National Congress has done little to address

Education | 14.04.15

A Reading List: The University is (Not) a Factory

As Britain enters election fever ahead of going to the polls on May 7th, students in London have been laying out their own visions for the future, occupying campuses across the city with a range of demands for a more equitable education system. Following on from the huge student protests of late 2010, this recent wave of occupations focuses not just on the hike in tuition fees but also on wider calls for free education, better working conditions for university staff and more democracy in setting the curriculum  

Politics and International Relations | 12.03.15

The 1% Taking the Cake

The growing gap between the 1% and the rest of us is perhaps one of the biggest political challenges faced by humanity. Ownership allows a small minority to exclude the majority from gaining any significant income-generating assets let alone sharing society’s resources in a more equitable fashion

Africa | 10.03.15

The Problem with Humanitarian Intervention

How do humanitarians – good people doing good things – practice the denial essential to hide from themselves the injustices and privileges that inhabit a space of unequal social relations? Dr Stephen Hopgood discusses the work and legacy of the late Lisa Smirl

Europe | 03.03.15

V for Varoufakis: Yanis in his Own Words

‘The trouble with game theory, as I used to tell my students, is that it takes for granted the players’ motives… But in the current deliberations between our European partners and Greece’s new government, the whole point is to forge new motives.’ – Yanis Varoufakis