International Politics

  • The Global Land Grab

    Beyond the Hype

    Edited by Mayke Kaag and Annelies Zoomers     March 2014

    The last two years have seen a huge amount of academic, policy-making and media interest in the increasingly contentious issue of “land grabbing” – the large-scale acquisition of land in the Global South.

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  • Notes on Ernesto Che Guevara’s Ideas on Pedagogy

    By Lidia Turner Marti     February 2014

    Available for the first time in English outside of Cuba, this book introduces readers to Che Guevara’s pedagogical thinking.

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  • What Lies Across the Water

    The Real Story of the Cuban Five

    By Stephen Kimber     August 2013

    What Lies Across the Water recounts the events leading up to the arrest of the Cuban Five, five Cuban anti-terrorism agents wrongfully arrested and convicted of “conspiracy to commit” espionage against the United States.

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  • Continental Crucible

    Big Business, Workers and Unions in the Transformation of North America

    By Edur Velasco Arregui and Richard Roman     April 2013

    The crucible of North American neo-liberal transformation is heating up, but its outcome is far from clear. Continental Crucible examines the clash between the corporate offensive and the forces of resistance from both a pan-continental and a class struggle perspective. This book also illustrates the ways in which the capitalist classes in Canada, Mexico and the United States used free trade agreements to consolidate their agendas and organize themselves continentally.

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  • From the Great Transformation to the Great Financialization

    On Karl Polanyi and Other Essays

    By Kari Polyani Levitt     April 2013

    Four years into the unfolding of the most serious economic crisis since the 1930s, Karl Polanyi’s prediction of the fateful consequences of unleashing the destructive power of unregulated market capitalism on peoples, nations and the natural environment has assumed new urgency and relevance. The system of unregulated or free market capitalism has a propensity towards crisis, which is reflected in both the dynamics of the Great Depression of the 1930s and the advent of the new world order of neoliberal globalization of the 1980s, ushering in “the great financialization.”

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  • Latin America’s Turbulant Transitions

    The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism

    By M. Fox     March 2013

    Over the past few years, people in Latin America have started to turn towards radical left governments. Why has this shift taken place? What do we make of the relationships between the social movements and governments in these countries, and do the latter even qualify as “socialist” in reality?

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  • To Live and Die in America

    Class, Power, Health and Health Care

    By Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson     February 2013

    To Live and Die in America details how the United States has among the worst indicators of health in the industrialized world and at the same time spends significantly more on its health care system than any other industrial nation.

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  • Cuba and Its Neighbours

    Democracy in Motion

    By Arnold August     January 2013

    In this groundbreaking book, Arnold August explores Cuba’s unique form of democracy, presenting a detailed and balanced analysis of Cuba’s electoral process and the state’s functioning between elections. By comparing it with practices in the U.S., Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, August shows that people’s participation in politics and society is not limited to a singular U.S.-centric understanding of democracy. For example, democracy as practised in the U.S. is largely non-participatory, static and fixed in time.

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  • Al-Qaeda

    From Global Network to Local Franchise

    By Christina Hellmich     August 2011

    Al-Qaeda, the first transnational terrorist group of the 21st century, embodies the new enigmatic face of terrorism. Since perpetrating the most destructive act of terrorism to date on September 11th 2001, it has dominated discussions over national and international security. Yet, even now, despite what so-called ‘experts’ might claim, we know surprisingly little about it as an organization. What is the physical and ideological make-up of this group that features so prominently on our security radar? What lies behind the espousal of Islam, anti-Americanism and the resort to violence? Does al-Qaeda, as some commentators have proclaimed, challenge the stability and the political order of the international system? In this concise but comprehensive volume, Hellmich draws on a wealth of Arabic-language sources-much of it previously unavailable in English-to provide a penetrating overview of the organization, its members and ideological make-up. Moving beyond this, she maps al-Qaeda’s transition from a global network to localized fragments in the broader context of theoretical and conceptual concerns that arise from the post-9/11 debate.

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  • Angry Nation

    Turkey Since 1989

    By Kerem Oktem     June 2011

    Since Turkey was catapulted back onto the world stage in 1989 it has turned into a major power broker and has developed into one the largest economies in the world. The country has, however, failed to peacefully resolve its ethnic, religious and historical conflicts. Today, as the foundations of the ethno-nationalist Kemalist state are eroding rapidly, Turkey appears to be coming to terms with the many sources of its anger, if cautiously and slowly. At this historical turning point, Turkey Since 1989: Angry Nation charts the contemporary history of Turkey by looking at the country’s erratic transformation from a military dictatorship to a maturing, if still troubled, democracy.

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