Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

By: by Özgür Gökmen

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This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April …
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Palestine through the lens of Frantz Fanon (part 1)

By: Nick Rodrigo


Part 1: Why Fanon? The indispensability of thought and the urgency of action Palestine is in the throes of revolt. It started with protests and demonstrations at the presence of Israeli “Temple Mount” activists (and their political benefactors) at the …
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The Migration Panic And Its (Mis)Uses

By: Zygmunt Bauman

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TV news, newspaper headlines, political speeches and tweets used to deliver foci and outlets for public anxieties and fears are currently overflowing with references to the “migration crisis” – ostensibly overwhelming Europe and portending the collapse and demise of the …
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The Racist Dawn of Capitalism

Unearthing the economy of bondage
By: Peter James Hudson

Books & Ideas Empire of Cotton: A Global History Sven Beckert Vintage, $17.95 (paper) The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism Edward E. Baptist Basic Books, $35 (cloth) River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and …
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The Day Tehran Shook

By: Farideh Farhi

Speaking to a journalist days after the February 26 elections in Iran, leading reformist Mohammad Reza Aref stated, “When I saw the results for Tehran coming in, I was shocked.” [1] Aref had expected the top of the list he …
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Class and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Brief Introduction

By: Kevan Harris

The dominant narrative of the 1979 Iranian revolution granted a pivotal role to a new political actor—the downtrodden masses. Over the past two decades in Iran, a different protagonist gradually replaced them, equally captivating and elusive—the middle class. While neither …
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Interview with Professor Abbas Vali

 On February 10, 2016, the Washington Kurdish Institute conducted a Skype interview with Professor Abbas Vali on the political situation in Rojhelat (Iranian Kurdistan) and Iran’s foreign policy towards Kurds. As a distinguished political and social scholar from Mehabad, Iranian …
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In memory of Benedict Anderson: an extract from Imagined Communities

By: Duncan Thomas

Benedict Anderson, a hugely respected author and scholar, passed away on Saturday 12th December, 2015. His best-known book, Imagined Communities, was first published by Verso in 1983 and became an instant classic. The innovative approach that the book introduced in …
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‘Nothing mysterious about Islamic State’

By: Farooq Sulehria

Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, Gilbert Achcar discusses the Arab Uprising and the rise of the Islamic State (Daesh) “There is nothing mysterious about the so-called Islamic State…It is presently, perhaps, the most studied and researched …
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