“Can the Working Class Change the World?”: Book Review

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Eve Ottenberg. “Can the Working Class Change the World?”, Michael D. Yates Monthly Review Press. If the working class doesn’t save our vastly unequal and dying world, it’s…

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Books on Middle East 2018 – tales of repression, ruse and resistance

Thursday, November 29, 2018

 Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East. David Kirkpatrick, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. From 2011 to 2015, David Kirkpatrick was the…

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Engaging Books Series: Pluto Press Selections on Radical Politics

Friday, November 23, 2018

ENGAGING BOOKS SERIES Pluto Press Selections On Radical Politics Engaging Books is a new series that features books by various publishers on a given theme, along with an…

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The Crash That Failed: Book Review

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Robert Kuttner. Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World, by Adam Tooze, Viking. The historian G.M. Trevelyan said that the democratic revolutions of 1848, all…

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Book Review: Women in crossfire, Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

Friday, October 12, 2018

Robin Yassin-Kassab. ‘A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution’ by novelist Samar Yazbek is part journalism, part personal memoir, and all literature. It’s literature of…

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The Zapatistas’ Dignified Rage: Revolutionary Theories and Anticapitalist Dreams of Subcomandante Marcos

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Benjamin Dangle. Book Review: The Zapatistas’ Dignified Rage: Final Public Speeches of Subcommander Marcos. By Subcommander Marcos. Introduction by Nick Henck. Translation by Henry Gales. (AK Press, 2018)….

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The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu: Book Review

Friday, September 7, 2018

Adam Shatz. Posted on London Review of Books vol 40 no 16, August 30 2018. Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu by Anshel Pfeffer, Hurst, 423 pp,…

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Can Freedom and Capitalism Co-Exist?: Book review

Friday, August 10, 2018

Chris Wright. Posted on Counterpunch August 7, 2018. Being run by business, American culture suffers from an overwhelming preponderance of stupidity. When a set of institutions as reactionary…

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Spirit of the Orchard: A Palestinian Story

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ramzy Baroud. Posted on Toward Freedom May 10, 2018. Spanning decades and encompassing war, mass exodus, epic migrations and the search for individual and collective identity, The Last…

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Marx’s Ecological Education: Book review

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Martin Empson. Posted on Monthly Review April 1, 2018. Kohei Saito, Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capitalism, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy (New York: Monthly Review Press,…

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Misrule of global capitalism: Book review

Friday, April 20, 2018

Social Inequality, Economic Decline, and Plutocracy: An American Crisis, Dale L. Johnson, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 240 pp. $159. Published on New Politics volume 16, number 4, 2017. Reviewed…

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Sara R. Farris, In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism – Book Review

Friday, March 16, 2018

Catherine Rottenberg. Posted on Jadaliyya on February 12, 2018. Farris’ new book In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism illuminates the particular ways in which…

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Patriarchies East and West

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Judith Whitehead. Posted Monthly Review on February 1, 2018. Sara Farris, ln the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017), 272 pages,…

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New book reveals Israel’s covert operations, including nearly 2,700 assassinations

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Posted MR Online Feb 13, 2018.  Originally published: teleSUR (January 28, 2018).   | The book’s title is derived from the ancient Jewish Talmud admonition, “If someone comes to…

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Trump , Populism , Fascism , and the Road Ahead

Monday, December 11, 2017

Harry van der Linden Butler University, hvanderl@butler.edu. Interesting article published in: Radical Philosophy Review,Volume 20, Number 2, 2017: 355-365 During his election campaign, Trump promoted violence and appealed…

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Book review: War of All Against All

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lindsey Hilsom Posted on New York Review of Books, 23 November 2017 The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy by Yassin al-Haj Saleh, with a foreword…

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Revolution, counterrevolution, and imperialism in Syria: Interview with Yassin al-Haj Salah

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Yassin al-Haj Saleh interviewed by Ashley Smith. Posted on International Socialist Review, Issue 107 Yassin al-Haj Saleh is one of the pivotal figures in the Syrian Revolution. He…

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A Visit to Heaven and Hell: Mapping Planet Earth: extracts

Monday, November 6, 2017

By Eduardo Galeano, Book extracts Published in TomDispatch, November 2, 2017 The following passages are excerpted from Hunter of Stories, the last book by Eduardo Galeano, who died…

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Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy

Friday, November 3, 2017

Dalia Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi. Book review: Posted on Jadalyya on October 20, 2017. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Daanish Faruqi (DF): As preface, it’s…

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Revolution without revolutionaries: Asef Bayat

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Asef Bayat Posted by Stanford University Press: excepts from chapter one Revolutions of Wrong Times ……… Novel Revolutions? Why did the revolutions of 2011 turn out to be…

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A Redder Shade of Green: Intersection of Science and Socialism. Book Review

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ian Angus, Monthly Review Press Sarah Ensor’s review of this book appears on Socialist Review September 2017. The author describes this collection of articles as “debates, polemics and…

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Sketching war: the writer who depicts Middle East conflict – in watercolour

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kilian Fox Posted on The Guardian/Observer on September 10, 2017 Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad’s drawings have helped him cope with reporting from the frontline. Now they will illustrate…

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Exploring the Shadows of America’s Security State: Or How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Alfred McCoy. First published on TomDispatch.com on August 24, 2017. [This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoy’s new book, In the…

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The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II

Thursday, July 27, 2017

John Dower. Posted on TomDispatch on May 17, 2017. World War II marked the apogee of industrialized “total war.” Great powers savaged one another. Hostilities engulfed the globe….

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Refugees: Should we build a wall around North Wales? Book Review

Monday, July 10, 2017

Daniel Trilling. First published London Review of Books Vol. 39 No. 14 · 13 July 2017 Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones. Verso, 208 pp,…

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Arab Spring after six years: “I see the potential for something good.” – interview with Asef Bayat

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sonja Zekri. Sociologist Asef Bayat talks to journalist Sonja Zekri about his views on the Arab spring and his concept of post-Islamism. First published on Koepfe und Ideen…

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Socialist Register 2017, Rethinking Revolution: Book Review

Friday, June 2, 2017

Gregory Albo and Leo Panitch One hundred years ago, “October 1917” galvanized leftists and oppressed peoples around the globe, and became the lodestar for 20th century politics. Today,…

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Southern Insurgency: Challenging the narrative of working-class powerlessness. Book Review

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Book Review by Kyle Brown, International Socialist Review. Challenging the narrative of working-class powerlessness. By Immanuel Ness: Pluto Press, 2015 · 240 pages · $28.00 There is perhaps…

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To the barricades: Has protesting become too easy?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Isaac Chotiner Slate. Book Review: Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. Interview with author Zenep Tufekc. First posted on Slate May 8, 2017….

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Imperialism in the Twenty First Century: Book Review

Monday, March 13, 2017

Michael Roberts blog. A review of imperialism in the Twenty First century by John Smith, published by Monthly Review Press John Smith’s book is a powerful and searing…

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