Politics and International Relations

Asia | 26.09.16

‘I cannot afford to die’: The Tragedy of King Bhumibol

The Thai Royal Family is riven by scandal and intrigue, from the unexplained death of the King’s elder brother to the Crown Prince’s many rumoured liaisons and escapades. Andrew MacGregor Marshall recounts their scandalous history in this extract from his banned book A Kingdom in Crisis, an account of the struggle for democracy in Thailand

Zed | 21.09.16

Spring/Summer 2017

Take a look at our new titles catalogue and feed your mind for Spring/Summer 2017 with books from the world’s most important alternative voices.

Asia | 09.09.16

Mao’s Life after Death

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Chairman Mao. In this extract from their book on resurgent Maoist currents in modern China, China and the New Maoists, Kerry Brown and Simone Van Nieuwenhuizen examine how Mao’s legacy, as both man and symbol, has shaped China in the years since his death

Culture and Media | 08.09.16

Disinformed is Disenfranchised

How does mass media inform and structure democratic engagement with the political system? In this extract from Beasts and Gods Roslyn Fuller examines the historical link between the media and political engagement, and looks at its future in the digital age

Philosophy | 09.08.16

Marx and Nation

In this extract from an expansive survey of Marx’s ideas in our own age, Ronaldo Munck examines the phenomena of nations and nationhood in a Marxist context

Cities | 26.07.16

Occupied Squares, Societies in Movement

The “squares movement”, from the Middle East to Spain, revealed a new relationship with urban spaces. In this extract from Common Space Stavros Stavrides explores the questions raised by the new protest movements

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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”

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!

Americas | 15.10.13

Bolivia Changing

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