Karl Marx – Shlomo Avineri

Karl Marx: Philosophy and Revolution, Shlomo Avinery, Yale University Press, 2019, pp. 217, ISBN 978-0-300-21170-2 Shlomo Avineri’s new intellectual biography of Karl Marx is a part of Yale University Press’ “Jewish Lives Series,” which is, according to the publisher, “aimed at exploring the many facets of Jewish identity” and the

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The Security Principle – Frédéric Gros

The Security Principle: From Serenity to Regulation, Frédéric Gros, Verso, 2019, pp. 195, ISBN 978-1-78478-715-8 Security dominates public discourse. We often hear politicians justifying a particular action with reference to the ‘security of the people’, or the ‘security of supply.’ At times it may appear that our very being centers around

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Left, Right – Yves Engler

Left, Right – Yves Engler Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada, Yves Engler, Black Rose Books, 2019, pp. 263, $21.99, ISBN 978-1-55164-663-3 Former Speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly Juan Guaido declared himself the interim President of Venezuela on January 23, 2019. The move followed a concerted

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Between Iran and Zion – Lior Sternfeld

Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran, Lior B. Sternfeld, 2019, Standford University Press, pp. 208, $40, ISBN 978-1-5036-0614-2 Speaking to a crowd of a few thousand in December 2005 in the south-eastern city of Zahedan, the then President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Holocaust was

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Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ Conflict – Ware & Laoutides

Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ Conflict, Anthony Ware & Costas Laoutides, Oxford University Press, 2018, pp. 275, $29.95, ISBN 978-0-29-093886-6 In November 2018, Amnesty International stripped Aung San Suu Kyi, the former political prisoner under the military regime in Burma, of its highest honor, the Ambassador of Conscience. Secretary-General of Amnesty, Kumi Naidoo

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The Biggest Prison on Earth – Ilan Pappe

The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories, Ilan Pappe, Oneworld, 2017, pp. 273, $30, ISBN 978-1-85168-587-5 In the six days of war, Israel emerged victorious against four Arab armies. Syria, Egypt, and Jordan, supported by Iraq, were defeated. In fact, by June 8, 1967, Israeli army

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Alt-America – David Neiwert

Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, David Neiwert, Verso Books, 2018, pp. 456, $39.99, ISBN 9781786634238 On the evening of September 11, 1941, Charles Lindbergh took to the stage in Des Moines, Iowa. The Time magazine man of the year was on a speaking

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A Question of Torture – Alfred W. McCoy

A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Alfred W. McCoy, Metropolitan Books, 2006, pp. 290, $33.95, ISBN 0-8050-8041-4 McCoy’s A Question of Torture is a part of The American Empire Project, which seeks to examine the origins of US imperial aspirations and

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The Cuban Drumbeat – Piero Gleijeses

The Cuban Drumbeat, Piero Gleijeses, Seagull Books, 2009, 96pp. , $34.47 hardcover, ISBN 9781906497378 Gleijeses’ “The Cuban Drumbeat” is the second installment in Seagull’s series “What is Communism?”, edited by Tariq Ali with the aim of analyzing “what went wrong?” in the practice of 20th-century communism. The pamphlet could be

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