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Her Majesty’s African-American Allies: A review by Gerald Horne

It is well-established that African-Americans have sought allies abroad as a way to weaken opposition at home. Often, scholars have tackled this important topic as it manifested during the Cold War. The work at hand emulates previous scholarship in detailing this trend during the antebellum and early postbellum era… | more…

“My presence actually matters” (Noura Erakat, contributor to “A Land With A People,” in The Nation)

‘In Arabic, there’s this proverb: Somebody else’s troubles make your troubles look like nothing. I’ve always thought my whole life that losing my home is not a big deal. I’ve genuinely always thought: “We’re losing our home, but at least we’re not getting shot. At least we’re not getting our residency revoked.” And I think this most recent uprising has taught me that it actually matters that I stay in my home….’ | more…

Brings homes the seemingly Sisyphean task of a collective revolutionary project, “with theoretical and stylistic aplomb” (Marx & Philosophy Review of Books on “Marx, Dead and Alive”)

“Marx, Dead and Alive” packs an extraordinary amount into its 184 pages, both historical detail and in contemporizing Marx with multifarious global contexts and examples…. it would make an excellent introduction for someone just starting to grasp Marx and wanting clear definitions of alienation, capital, class, commodity fetishism, value and wage labour – amongst other key concepts…. | more…

WATCH! (Stay tuned) MR Conversations: A Land With A People

November 14th: Join co-authors Rosalind Petchesky and Esther Farmer of Jewish Voice for Peace-NY, and their guests Sara Abou Rashed, Mohammed Rafik Mhawesh and Sagiv Galai, as they discuss their contributions to “A Land With A People” and demonstrate the power of anti-Zionism. (Scroll down for a sneak peek at their contributions to the book). | more…

Some ways forward after the devastating decline in union membership (Shaun Richman reviewed for Organizing Upgrade)

The ongoing debate about reviving the U.S. labor movement tries to grapple with the devastating decline in the union membership rate from one-third of the workforce in the 1950s to less than 11% today. In this discussion, occasionally a book comes along that is a great combination of labor history, thoughtful analysis of union organizing, and suggestions for ways forward. Shaun Richman’s “Tell the Bosses We’re Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the Twenty-First Century” is such a book. | more…

Watch! Deutscher Prize 2020 discussion: “The Return of the Dialectics of Nature”

Friday, Nov 12th, join John Bellamy Foster and his colleagues Helena Sheehan (Dublin City University, Ireland), and Stefano B. Longo (North Carolina State University, Lund University, Sweden), as they engage in a discussion — chaired by Alfredo Saad Filho — of some of the themes that arise in the 2020 Deutscher Prize Winner, “The Return of Nature.” | more…

Chester scrutinizes the liberal darlings of the legal order (“Free Speech and the Suppression of Dissent during World War I” reviewed in the Journal of Arizona History)

Chester scrutinizes the very jurists, policymakers, and political thinkers who scholars often credit with defending and advancing the cause of civil liberties during and after World War I. Mainstream scholars tend to portray Warren and President Woodrow Wilson as quintessential Progressives. But Chester’s evidence clearly demonstrates their authoritarian tendencies…  | more…

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