Category Archives: Democracy

Pappe, Ilan: “Ten Myths About Israel”

Ilan Pappe takes a sledgehammer to the official narrative that the Israeli state wants people to believe. “Narrative” is a kind way of saying blatant propaganda. That many academics and intellectuals fall for complete fabrications of history that belie the … Continue reading

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Lichtheim, George: “A Brief History Of Socialism”.

George Lichtheim details the history of the word “socialism”, from its 1827 appearance in Robert Owen’s Co-operative Magazine through to its far broader use in the 1970s. Like so many political words and concepts, the term has been rendered somewhat … Continue reading

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Frankopan, Peter: “The Silk Roads: A New History Of The World”

The first half of Peter Frankopan’s book is a triumph which presents the Eastern history of the world in a clear manner. “It is easy to mould the past into a shape that we find convenient and accessible. But the … Continue reading

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Beatty, Paul: “The Sellout”.

Under the layers of sardonic humour in which Beatty has wrapped “The Sellout” lies an important message: racism is alive and well in the United States. The novel is set in Dickens, LA, where “one’s self-worth comes from how one … Continue reading

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Jespersen, Knud: “A History Of Denmark”.

Before a recent trip to Denmark and Sweden with Iseult, I decided to brush up on some Danish history by reading Jespersen’s acclaimed and excellent “A History Of Denmark”. Denmark and the other Nordic countries are interesting templates for good … Continue reading

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Quinn, Michael: “Irish-Soviet Diplomatic And Friendship Relations 1917-1991”.

Umiskin press have published a timely account of Irish-Soviet relations in this the centennial year of the wholly unnecessary Russian Revolution. Quinn developed this book from a thesis that he had submitted to earn his PHD.  Ultimately, relations between Ireland … Continue reading

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Yazbek, Samar: “The Crossing. My Journey To The Shattered Heart Of Syria”.

“Death was so straightforward here, so close and intimate” wrote Yazbek of her three trips through rebel held areas in Syria in 2012 and 2013. Yazbek’s prose, whilst addressing the post-Revolutionary Syrian landscape, was elegant. She had personal access to … Continue reading

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