The delayed and despicable reactions of politicians from the foot-dragging David Cameron to the racist, "radical right" Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán to the current refugee crisis have resulted in a global upsurge of activism, with tens of thousands signed up to rally in central London and across Europe this Saturday as part of #EuropeSaysWelcome: European Day of Action for Refugees. The continent’s conscience has been moved as people all over the world upturn the racist, exclusionary narratives of politicians and the liberal and right-wing press with acts of compassion, generosity and everyday solidarity.
We have put together a reading list intended to better our understanding of the underlying causes of the crisis, including: racism, political inertia and capitalist war.
Perhaps one day historians will look at the bomb crater left behind by last week’s suicide attack on the Turkish-Syrian border town of Suruc, which left 32- left-wing students dead, and consider it a turning point in what is benignly referred to as ‘international relations’.
Patrick Cockburn’s latest book, The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution confronts the question of how things have gone so wrong in the Middle East, analysing the impact of the West’s foreign policy in the region. Just published, the book has already made a sizeable impact on media discourse, with a major profile interview with the Guardian that took place—poignantly—on the same day at the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, and reviews and features elsewhere.