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The Radical Left in France1

By Jean-Numa Ducange Recent history France, together with Italy, is the only West European country in which a Communist party occupied the main political space on the left for several decades. Since the end of the 1970s, however, the French … Continue reading

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James Green, The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom

(New York: Atlantic Monthly Press), 448 pp., $28 Many years ago, while he was a Visiting Professor at Brandeis University, the late great Ralph Miliband remarked to a group of academics who had gathered to discuss political issues, that American … Continue reading

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Ken Saro-Wiwa: Field Notes

Twenty Years Later By Sanya Osha When Ken Saro-Wiwa and his nine Ogoni compatriots were hanged in November 1995, it both polarized and unified the fragile as well as volatile geographical entity known as Nigeria. However, this time, it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Introduction

By Marcello Musto After 1989, as a result of structural and political upheavals, and major economic transformations, a process of capitalist restoration had severe social repercussions on a global scale. In Europe, anti-capitalist forces found their influence being irresistibly squeezed: … Continue reading

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Fictionalizing Radical Activism of the 1960s

By Dan Berger Bryan Burrough, Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence (New York: Penguin Press, 2015), 585 pp., $29.95. True crime traffics in the imagined thoughts, superficial characterization, and high-voltage action … Continue reading

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The Radical Left in Britain

By Kate Hudson During the 1990s, Europe saw the emergence of electorally significant radical left parties, drawing from the communist and other left and progressive traditions to form qualitatively new political formations. These parties challenged the conventional wisdom that the … Continue reading

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Todd Wolfson, Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left

(Urbana: University of Illinois Press 2014), 248 pp., $30 paper/$90 cloth Social media, youth activism, global capitalist crisis and the prospects of the Left are all hot topics today. In the wake of the Great Crash of 2008, tyrants have … Continue reading

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Shalini Puri, The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory

(New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 358 pp., $75 Because of the trauma of the Grenada Revolution, beginning with the relatively bloodless coup of March 13, 1979, punctured by the tragic and bloody executions of October 19, 1983, and ending with … Continue reading

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Steve Martinot, The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment

(Smashwords, 2014), 96 pp., ebook $2.00. Paper copies available @ $4 from the author at PO Box 11842, Berkeley, CA  94712. In The Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment, Martinot sets out to show that prisons equate … Continue reading

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The Radical Left in Benelux

By Erik Meijer The small but densely crowded European states of Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxemburg have a long common history, in which they were sometimes united and later separated again. Linguistically, they are divided: 23 million of their inhabitants in … Continue reading

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