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    B.R. Ambedkar

    "Democracy hasn’t eradicated caste. It has entrenched and modernised it. This is why it’s time to read Ambedkar." Arundhati Roy

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    Gabriella Coleman

    "If there could be a definitive writer on a movement like Anonymous, Coleman would be it." –Molly Crabapple, artist and author of the forthcoming Drawing Blood
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    Rohini Mohan

    "Rohini Mohan’s intimately rendered account of the brutal end-game and unfinished aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war is breathtakingly well-told." -Jon Lee Anderson, New Yorker
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    James Meek

    "Meek couldn’t produce a dull sentence however hard he tried." -John Gray, Guardian

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    Keller Easterling

    "Extrastatecraft establishes Keller Easterling’s growing reputation as the savviest student of postnational spatial and infrastructural forms." – Arjun Appadurai, author of The Future as Cultural Fact
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    Nadya Tolokonnikova

    “Probably no one would have noticed our protest if Putin himself hadn’t ­highlighted it to the whole world...” -Nadya Tolokonnikova, member of Pussy Riot. 




  • Arundhati Roy denounces India's shame on BBC Newsnight

    India's rapid economic growth since 1991 seems like one of contemporary capitalism's greatest success stories, equaled only by the meteoric rise of China. The world's largest democracy has produced people like Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, who built for himself the world's most expensive dwelling. Situated in the heart of Mumbai, it's a twenty-seven stories and contains three helipads, nine lifts, ballrooms, gyms, and six floors of parking, as well as employing six hundred (!) servants. India seems like it's flourishing with this new wealth. Yet, speaking to Evan Davis on Newsnight, Arundhati Roy argues that this success is built upon the misery of India's "ghosts" - those pushed increasingly into poverty, debt and misery.  

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  • Arundhati Roy: feminism and foundations, burkas and Botox—An extract from Capitalism: A Ghost Story

    Why do most “official” feminists and women’s organizations in India keep a safe distance between themselves and organizations like say the ninety-thousand-member Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sanghatan (Revolutionary Adivasi Women’s Association) that is fighting patriarchy in its own communities and displacement by mining corporations in the Dandakaranya forest? Why is it that the dispossession and eviction of millions of women from land that they owned and worked is not seen as a feminist problem?

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  • Esther Leslie: Walter Benjamin on the Radio

    In honour of the publication of Radio Benjamin, we bring you Esther Leslie's presentation from the event Radio Benjamin: Live Now held at Tate Modern on 5th November with Esther Leslie, Gareth Evans and Mark Aerial Waller. 

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    Walter Benjamin involved himself, from the mid-1920s, in the practical business of making radio shows, usually lectures, radio-plays or experimental ‘listening models’, some of which were directed at children, others at the general radio-listening public. The themes were diverse, with topics such as liquor bootleggers, Berlin dialects, the petrification of Pompeii, counterfeit stamps, slum housing, manufacture, the legend of Caspar Hauser, the history of the Bastille prison, witch trials and the history of toys. Benjamin spoke about the history and curiosities of Berlin, about figures from the shadow side of life and about catastrophes. He also made radio plays and puzzle shows.

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  • Ilan Pappe's acclaimed history The Idea of Israel nominated for the prestigious JQ Wingate Prize 2015

    Ilan Pappe's acclaimed history of Israel and Zionism, The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledgehas been included on the Long List for the prestigious JQ Wingate Prize 2015. The JQ Wingate Prize is an annual award from the Jewish Quarterly and is presented to writers from the UK, British Commonwealth, Europe and Israel who "stimulate an interest in themes of Jewish concern while appealing to the general reader."

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