Category Archives: Democracy

Hochschild, Adam. King Leopold’s Ghost. A Story Of Greed, Terror And Heroism In Colonial Africa.

Europeans first advanced into Africa when shipping became a realistic mode of transport in the fourteenth century. The Portuguese sailed down to the Kongo (it was spelt with a K at that time) to find Africans who were willing to … Continue reading

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Shavit, Ari: “The Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel”

“Zionism embodies conflict,” writes Shavit and the sentiment is typical of how he thinks about Israel. His great-grandfather, Herbert Bentwich, moved to the land that was to become the state of Israel in 1897 during the first wave of Zionism … Continue reading

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Nagle, Angela: “Kill All Normies. Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right.”

Irish writer Nagle, after publishing some interesting articles, raises further interesting questions here. Given how Christian morality, dominant for two millennia, has largely evaporated in the West, it was understandable that multiple new forms of ethics would plug the gap. … Continue reading

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Conquest, Robert: “The Dragons of Expectation. Reality and Delusion in the Course of History”

The Dragons of Expectation is the last book that Conquest, the brilliant historian of the Soviet Union, published before he died.  It remains a fascinating perspective of the twentieth century, in which Conquest dispels a myriad of myths in the … Continue reading

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O’Callaghan, Sean: “James Connolly: My Search For The Man, The Myth And His Legacy”

As much an autobiography of O’Callaghan as it is a biography of Connolly, O’Callaghan discusses Connolly’s influence on his political development, which in part lead to O’Callaghan joining a Provisional IRA he loosely describes as Nationalist, anti-communist and Catholic. All … Continue reading

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Chomsky, Noam and Pappe, Ilan: “Gaza In Crisis. Reflections On Israel’s War Against The Palestinians”

On a cold, brumal Saturday morning before Christmas, I was collecting George Lichtheim’s A Short History Of Socialism from Pembroke Library when I spotted a little red copy of Chomsky and Pappe’s Gaza In Crisis. Trump had just decided to … Continue reading

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Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud, Andrew Reynolds: “The Arab Spring. Pathways of Repression And Reform”.

The Middle East was thrown into a tailspin on 17th December 2010 when 26-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the repression in his native country.  The protest spread to Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Syria and … Continue reading

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