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).
It’s time to radicalise your bookshelf with our recent titles in Politics.
Imogen Tyler, author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain, chooses her favourite Zed Book
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
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
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
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.
The massacre of striking mineworkers in Marikana, South Africa in 2012 by state security forces was the result of the actions of mine unions, the mining corporations and individual police officers, an inquiry has found
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
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.”
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
When you go to vote tomorrow, do it knowing that it won’t make any difference. The Racket always wins. Matt Kennard on the British General Election
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
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
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
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
What, for example, is the relation between the control of a single workplace by its particular employees and control by society over the economy as a whole?
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
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
‘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
How public are your services? Check out this great little animated video from Municipal Services Project (MSP)
The Greek Eurozone disaster, the slow liberation of South Sudan, Asian-African development, and many more…
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
In American democracy, the right to resist is labelled “violent,” while defending the status quo is considered normal and non-violent
“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
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”
A collection of photographs from the event at the Black Cultural Archives
Watch Akala, Zena Edwards, Daniel Maitlin and Esther Stanford-Xosei discuss the life of Assata Shakur at the Black Cultural Archives
“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
Europe On The Brink is a vital and much-needed work, offering a heterodox economic perspective on the causes, symptoms and solutions of the biggest economic issue currently facing Europe