Understanding Socialism by Richard Wolff: Book Review

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Michael Roberts The New York Times magazine has described Richard Wolff as “probably America’s most prominent Marxist economist”.  And that is probably not an exaggeration as a description of this emeritus Professor of…

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Gaza: We thought the house was empty

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Vijay Prashad On 13 November 2019, as part of its deadly attack on the people of Gaza, Israeli armed forces bombed a building in the Deir al-Balah neighbourhood…

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Social Media and the internet: a powerful organising tool

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Podcast by David Harvey. Social media has been a powerful took in organising mass movements. Their use in organising more durable structures such as trade unions, women’s organisation…

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Uprising in Sudan: Interview with Sudanese Comrades

Friday, June 7, 2019

As the Sudanese uprising enters its most critical conjuncture, with negotiations between the military council and the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change collapsing, and the…

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Populism, annexationism, messianism: increasing influence of religious zealots

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Moshé Machover. Binyamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu’s motive for calling an early election to the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), one year before the end of its term, was purely personal: it…

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Egypt’s brutal crackdown on workers’ rights runs far deeper than the fate of two actors

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Robert Fisk. Khaled Abol Naga – an outspoken critic of the Egyptian government – stands accused of treason ( AFP )It was comical, farcical, droll. An actor’s dream if…

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Only People Make Their Own History: Writings on Capitalism, Imperialism, and Revolution: Book Review

Friday, March 29, 2019

Semir Amin. Radical political economist Samir Amin (1931–2018) left behind a cherished oeuvre of Marxist writings. Amin’s intellectual range—from economics to culture—was admirable, and his lessons remain essential….

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Iran: workers’ strikes and State Department crocodile tears

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Iranian workers have been staging large protests since early November in two major industrial complexes: the Haft Tapeh sugar plant and the Foulad steel factory in…

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What Is Behind Iran’s New Wave Of Civil Resistance?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mina Yousefi. For a little over a year, Iran has witnessed a new wave of civil resistance, which had been brewing in various towns and cities around the…

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Exploitation and Expropriation, or Why Capitalism Must be Attacked with Equal Force on Every Front

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Michael D Yates. [Author’s note: This essay is based upon arguments made in Chapter 2 (“Some Theoretical Considerations”) of my book, Can the Working Class Change the World? Unless…

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Globalised Authoritarianism: Megaprojects, Slums, and Class Relations in Urban Morocco – Book Review

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Koenraad Bogaert, Globalized Authoritarianism: Megaprojects, Slums, and Class Relations in Urban Morocco (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018).  Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Koenraad Bogaert (KB):…

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US sanctions have caused a crisis for Iranian Kurds

Friday, December 14, 2018

Douglas Gerrard. Of the four countries into which Kurdistan is divided, the region spanning Iran is the least prominent in western consciousness. Rojava is well known amongst leftists due…

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Aziz Al-Azmeh in conversation: Part III Women, democracy and political Islamisms

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Concluding part of dialogue: Political Islamism, women and democracy Ardeshir Mehrdad: As you have probably observed, amongst the authors dealing with feminist-Islamism some place their emphasis on the…

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Aziz Al-Azmeh in conversation Part 2: Political Islamisms the labour movement and women

Friday, December 7, 2018

This is the second part of a three-part conversation carried out with the Syrian academic Aziz Al-Azmeh. Here Professor Al-Azmeh addresses the various forms that political islams take…

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“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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“Nothing to lose but their chains”

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Michael D Yates. “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!” These are the final three…

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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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Iran: national teachers’ strike could herald new era of dissent

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Omid Shams. Iran witnessed a nationwide strike by teachers on October 14-15. Iranian social media exploded with photos and videos of the teachers’ sit-ins at elementary and high…

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A new beginning?: The state of the global labour movement

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Marcel van der Linden. Traditional labour movements are in trouble almost everywhere. They have been severely enfeebled by the political and economic changes of the last 40 years….

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Iranian Kurds begin strike against executions and missile attacks

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wladimir van Wilgenburg. Posted on Kurdistan24, September 12 2018. ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iranian Kurdish shopkeepers on Wednesday began Rojhilat-wide (Iranian Kurdistan) strike against the executions of Kurdish…

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Interview with Angel Prado (Part I): “The commune holds the solution to the crisis”

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Posted on MR Online August 21, 2018. Originally published: Venezuelanalysis by Angel Prado & Ricardo Vaz (August 16, 2018). El Maizal commune is located in the middle of…

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Turkey: Capitalism nurtured by the state

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Esen Eslu. Posted on Weekly Worker August 16, 2018. The downward spiral of the lira has meant that suddenly Turkey is headline news in the international media, as…

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Localisation: A strategic solution to globalised authoritarianism

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Helena Norberg-Hodge. Posted on TNI Longreads. For those who care about peace, equality and the future of the planet, the global political swing to the right over the…

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Iran’s Labor Protests/strikes, Revolutionary Socialist Direction and International Solidarity

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Frieda Afary. Posted on Alliance of Middle East Socialists June 13, 2018. Below is the text of Frieda Afary’s presentation to a group of international  labor activists on…

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Istanbul’s Gezi Park: how did visual communication between protesters help create a movement?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Olu Jenzen and Aidan McGarry. Posted on Open Democracy. This article is part of Right to Protest, a partnership project with human rights organisations CELS and INCLO, with support from…

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Israel: No such thing as socialist Zionism

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tony Greenstein. Published by Weekly Worker June 14, 2018 Gideon Levy is one of the few, lonely voices of sanity in an Israel that has veered towards the…

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A Brief History of the Turkish Left, Part 2: from the 1980 Coup to the Present

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Foti Benlisoy. Posted on Left East. This is the second part of our interview with Foti Benlisoy on the history of the Turkish Left from its late-Ottoman beginnings…

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A Brief History of the Turkish Left, Part I: from the Origins to the 1980 Coup

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Foti Benlisoy Posted on Left East We have interviewed prolific Turkish leftist commentator Foti Benlisoy on the history of the Turkish left, from its Ottoman beginnings on to…

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The China–Pakistan Economic Corridor: Beyond the Rule of Capital?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Aasim Sajjad Akhtar. Posted on Monthly Review, June 1, 2018. In August 2017, seven months into the most reactionary U.S. presidency of modern times, Donald Trump ventured into…

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Iraq Elections: A Step Toward Rebuilding Popular Power

Friday, June 1, 2018

David Bacon. Posted on LobeLog May 30, 2018. The U.S. media quickly dismissed the results of Iraq’s national elections on May 12. Journalists were puzzled by what the…

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