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

Middle East | 09.01.15

Islamism – A Eurocentric Position?

In this introduction to Sayyid’s A Fundamental Fear, Hamid Dabashi argues the fictive delusion of ‘the West’ is no longer a valid or legitimate interlocutor for the post-colonial world

Americas | 27.11.14

On the Ferguson Verdict

“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.”

Asia | 13.11.14

Zed Book Banned in Thailand

A Kingdom in Crisis gives a comprehensive analysis of the current crisis in Thailand, noting that Freedom of Speech is routinely denied. Now it’s been banned by the Thai government as “a threat to stability, order and good morality”

Environment | 07.10.14

A Different Class

“The world has changed, the syllabus hasn’t – is it time to do something about it?” Following the example of the Post-Crash Economics Society in Manchester, we presenta reading list for a new economic reality

Development | 25.07.14

The End of Capitalism

Fredric Jameson claimed it was easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. Was he right? Watch Robert Wade, Pippa Malmgren and Pnina Werbner in discussion.

Africa | 20.12.13

The Zed Christmas List

In the run up to the festive period, are you looking for a present for that radical in your life? Then check out our selection of great political reads – perfect for Christmas gifts!