The new issue of the New Left Review is out now, and features the following essays:
Cihan Tuğal: Turkey and the Arab Spring
Turkey has been hailed in the West as a democratic model for the Islamic world. Cihan Tuğal takes a cool look at the Erdoğan government's domestic and foreign-policy record, from 'zero problems' diplomacy to the blockade of Libya and dirty war on Damascus, airstrikes on Turkish Kurds and silence in Bahrain.
Wolfgang Streeck: Citizens as Customers
Post-Fordist capitalism has transformed consumers' expectations, offering limitless diversification of commodities. Wolfgang Streeck explores the implications for a public sphere which cannot hope to match the cornucopia of the market. The consumption of politics by the politics of consumption?
Jan Breman: Undercities of Karachi
Pakistan's turbulent metropolis as battleground for gangsters and politicians, and the iniquitous rural order that propels impoverished haris to its slums.
Robin Blackburn: Alexander Cockburn
A tribute to Alexander Cockburn— directior of CounterPunch,Marxian environmentalist, long-standing editor of New Left Review. Robin Blackburn traces his path from Country Cork to Soho, Havana to Manhattan, the Florida Keys to California's Lost Coast.
Alexander Cockburn: Dispatches
Reports from Paris and Moscow on the bicentenary of 1789 and dissolution of the USSR— mitterandistes hailing the Girondins as forerunners of themselves, while Yeltsin thanks George Bush for his support—and lethal advice for Western foreign correspondents.
Yiannis Mavris: Greece's Austerity Election
Social and demographic analysis of the May and June 2012 polls, as the country reels under EU structural adjustment. Narrow basis of Samaras's 'national' government, DIMAR's defection and emergence of SYRIZA as a new force on the left.
José Carlos Avellar: The Three-Headed Horse
Echoes and parallels between the work of Eisenstein, Picasso and Orozco in the late 1930s. The recurring spectres of war, conquest and destruction stalking the world from Moscow to Guadalajara to Guernica, travelling back and fourth between film, wall and canvas.
The issue also features book reviews from Sven Lütticken, Joel Andreas, Dylan Riley and Emilie Bickerton.