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.”
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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
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.
Authors, journalists and activists are rallying to re-read Assata Shakur’s 1988 memoir Assata: An Autobiography, republished this month by Zed Books with a new foreword by Angela Davis.
A teaser trailer and author interview with Richard Jackson, author of Confessions of a Terrorist
Ha-Joon Chang, Guardian journalist Ellie Mae O’Hagan and Oxfam’s Duncan Green join up to launch the Critique, Influence, Change series
On UK Budget Day 2014 Lorenzo Fioramonti asks “What is GDP, and how does it affect us?”
A panel discussion examining Africa’s rapidly growing urban centres at the Africa Research Institute
As radical publishers of critical books that seek to affect real change, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – ‘Inspiring Change’ – is particularly close to Zed’s heart.
A round-up of reviews and interviews with economist Lorenzo Fioramonti, whose new book How Numbers Rule the World explores the use and abuse of statistics on a global scale
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!
Decided not to give your mum another Nigella this Christmas? The Guardian recommends Stephen Chan’s The Morality of China in Africa and Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure as curve ball stocking fillers
Interviewed for The China Story by Jeremy Goldkorn, Leta Hong Fincher talks about the phenomenon of ‘leftover’ women in China, and the challenges faced by women in the rapidly urbanising nation
What fuels migration from Mexico to the US? In this short video Peter Watt discusses the effect of the drug war on cross-border migration
John Crabtree presents his new book on the Morales administration, Bolivia: Processes of Change at a launch event at the Washington Office on Latin America
Peter Watt recounts the dirty war and the drug war in Mexico