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The Five Hundred Year Rebellion – Benjamin Dangl

November 25, 2019
The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia, Benjamin Dangl, AK Press, 2019, pp. 215, ISBN 978-1849353465 Dangl argues that an indigenous oral history of past struggles played a “crucial element for empowering, orienting, and legitimizing indigenous movements from the 1970s post-revolutionary Bolivia to

Karl Marx – Shlomo Avineri

November 17, 2019
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

The Security Principle – Frédéric Gros

November 14, 2019
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

Left, Right – Yves Engler

April 4, 2019
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

Between Iran and Zion – Lior Sternfeld

March 12, 2019
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

Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ Conflict – Ware & Laoutides

February 25, 2019
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

The Biggest Prison on Earth – Ilan Pappe

January 30, 2019
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

Alt-America – David Neiwert

January 12, 2019
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