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Essential readings on the United States' imperialist ventures in the Middle East by Deepa Kumar, Suzanne Schneider, and Andrew Cockburn.
How can Paulo Freire, who would have turned 100 this week, help us think the limits that Occupy encountered ten years ago?
Verso celebrates Women in Translation Month 2021.
Books that envisage a different working world.
Ayça Çubukçu outlines the logic of humanitarian intervention that has dominated the US approach to international affairs for the last thirty years and asks whether the US withdrawal from Afghanistan marks the end of this paradigm.
The Shadow of the Mine by Huw Beynon and Ray Hudson describes the experience of coalmining communities over the long twentieth century.
In this excerpt from The Spoils of War, Andrew Cockburn outlines the internal politics of the US military and the lobbying that keeps the American war machine well-funded.
“As a strategy of resistance and protest, nonviolence is often seen as passive and resolutely individual. Butler’s philosophical inquiry argues that it is in fact a shrewd and even aggressive collective political tactic.” – The New York Times
“Ali remains an outlier and intellectual bomb-thrower; an urbane, Oxford-educated polemicist.” — Observer
“Gornick’s language is so fresh and so blunt; it’s a quintessentially American voice, and a beautiful one.” – Dwight Garner, New York Times
“Marlowe Granados writes with a delicious joy and confidence.... a pleasure to read.” – Sheila Heti
“If Walter Rodney’s assassins were under the impression that they could arrest the flow of his ideas by destroying his body, they could have not been more wrong.” – Angela Davis
"Who owns outer space? And why are Silicon Valley billionaires so very obsessed about blasting off in rockets to spend time on Mars?"
Jean-Baptiste Fressoz explores how capitalists deploy a rhetoric of "newness" and "awareness" to help mask the imminence of climate disaster and stifle urgent calls to action