Burning summers after the spring

Two new accounts of Syria and Egypt, the states that failed after their popular attempts at revolution.
Byc: Ursula Lindsey


At what point did the revolution in Egypt go off the rails? This was the question my friends and I spent most of our time discussing in smoke-filled rooms in Cairo in the years following the overthrow of President Hosni …
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Zygmunt Bauman: Behind the world’s ‘crisis of humanity’

By: Al Jazeera

In Western Europe it has been a summer of great change and discontent. The European Union is facing major upheaval as the United Kingdom gets ready to withdraw its membership, in the process possibly jeopardising the composition of the country …
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Slavoj Žižek on Brexit, the crisis of the Left, and the future of Europe


The Slovenian philosopher tells Benjamin Ramm that the survival of the European project is too important to be left to a referendum.     Slavoj Žižek is animated about Brexit. “You know, popular opinion is not always right”, he insists. …
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The Migration Panic And Its (Mis)Uses

By: Zygmunt Bauman

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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