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    Eka Kurniawan

    “Eka Kurniawan may be South-East Asia’s most ambitious writer in a generation”— The Economist

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    Arundhati Roy

    “Revolutions can, and often have, begun with reading."
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    Benedict Anderson

    Everything Anderson wrote was boldly original, challenging assumptions by uncovering a neglected or suppressed voice.” Guardian
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    Judith Butler

    Recently interviewed for Guernica, on the power of nonviolent resistance.
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    Pablo Iglesias

    “Iglesias and his Podemos party are radically shaking up Spain’s political establishment.” – New York Times
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    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    “The young James Joyce of the hip-hop generation.” — Walter Mosley 




  • Six months before the Olympics, developers take gold

    In the forthcoming Power Games, politicial scientist and former US Olympic Men's Soccer Team member Jules Boykoff critically examines the history and politics of the modern Olympic Games. In the lead-up to the Summer 2016 games, Boykoff has been reporting from Rio de Janeiro on the outrages facing working class Brazilians, and the evictions, police terror, and massive transfers of tax dollars into private hands that have become a familiar pre-Olympics ritual. We present an excerpt from his latest for Folha de São Paulo below. 

    When Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff appeared at the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee headquarters brandishing a plaque with her “Ten Commandments of the Rio 2016 Games a list of social legacy-oriented good intentions – in November, the cameras dutifully snapped and flashed. The plaque was a gift from Eduardo Paes, the beer-quaffing, English-speaking, mediagenic mayor of Rio, a politician well versed in the art of the photo-op. But with the Games opening in only six months, many of those “commandments” now ring painfully hollow.

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  • RetroDada Manifesto

    It is the centenary of that most original of avant-gardes – Dada! To celebrate, McKenzie Wark offers a RetroDada Manifesto. It was written at the invitation of Anita Hugi and David Dufresne for an event at Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich, 4-5 March 2016, where Dada was born. For more information on that event, see  Below is the text in English, followed by French, German and Italian. Feel free to share, remix, etc. 

    RetroDada begins with disgust. Once again the world gets its war on. While some cities are attacked by bombers, others are strafed by art fairs. This time there’s no Switzerland of neutrality where refugees might cool their heels, as now the whole globe itself overheats. The insomnia of reason breeds monsters.

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  • What Slaves Decided

    As part of a series of posts related to Black History Month, we present an excerpt from David Roediger's Seizing Freedom: Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All below.

    (from an 1863 broadside with text by Frederick Douglass)

    Before major battles [of the Civil War] had even been fought, slaves left slavery — just three at first, fleeing into the Virginia camp of Union general Benjamin Butler.

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  • Race, Racism, and Racecraft

    As the first in a series of posts related to Black History Month, we present an excerpt from Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields' Racecraft below.

    We strive to think rigorously about the world of experience that Americans designate by the shorthand, race.

    That very shorthand is our abiding target because it confuses three different things: race, racism, and racecraft. The term race stands for the conception or the doctrine that nature produced humankind in distinct groups, each defined by inborn traits that its members share and that differentiate them from the members of other distinct groups of the same kind but of unequal rank. For example, The Races of Europe, published in 1899 to wide acclaim and lasting influence, set out to establish scientifically the distinctness of the “Teutonic,” “Alpine,” and “Mediterranean” races. After compiling tens of thousands of published measurements (of stature, shape of head and nose, coloring of skin, hair, and eyes, and more), the author, William Z. Ripley, had more than enough quantitative evidence to work with—indeed, far too much. A “taxonomic nightmare” loomed up and forced on him a certain flexibility of method: shifting criteria as needed, ignoring unruly instances, and employing ad hoc helpers like the “Index of Nigrescence” (to handle the variable coloring of persons indigenous to the British Isles)*. Fitting actual humans to any such grid inevitably calls forth the busy repertoire of strange maneuvering that is part of what we call racecraft. The nineteenth-century bio-racists’ ultimately vain search for traits with which to demarcate human groups regularly exhibited such maneuvering. Race is the principal unit and core concept of racism.

    (from Foster's 1899 The Races of Europe)

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