January 09th, 2020
The Bigger Picture
Expert on social and political theory and on global social issues highlights important aspects of political climate and culture in Iran
January 03rd, 2020
Trump’s Reckless Assassination of Iranian General Is an Act of War
The Middle East and the world woke up on the morning of Friday, January 3 to the shocking news that U.S. missiles had struck the Baghdad Airport, in a targeted assassination of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani.
December 19th, 2019
Self-Mobilized Hirak Movement Persists in Algeria after Phony Election
What if an entrenched elite held a presidential election featuring some of its longtime members, but no one came? Or worse, what if the masses did turn out, not to vote but to protest the attempt of said elite to maintain itself?
December 11th, 2019
Millions in France Strike Against Austerity
On December 10, the mass mobilization against pension cuts that has brought the French economy to a halt entered its sixth day, with over 500,000 taking to the streets in demonstrations across the country.
October 04th, 2019
Review of Marnia Lazreg, Foucault’s Orient
Kevin B. Anderson, review of Foucault's Orient: The Conundrum of Cultural Difference, From Tunisia to Japan, by Marnia Lazreg. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017. 282 pp. ISBN: 9781785336225. Contemporary Sociology 48:5 (2019), pp. 551-553 Kevin B. Anderson University of California, Santa Barbara
September 05th, 2019
What Marx Understood About Slavery
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia. Although this grim event is now being discussed in profound and penetrating ways, few in the mainstream media are noting the particularly capitalist character of the New World’s modern form of slavery — a theme that runs through Marx’s critique of capital and his extensive discussions of capitalism and slavery.
June 04th, 2019
To the Arab Readers of “Marx at the Margins”
By Kevin B. Anderson
I greet with great pleasure the Arabic translation of Marx at the Margins. As readers will see, the book takes up three intertwined issues within Marx’s thought, all them in relation to capital and the struggle for its transcendence: (1) race, ethnicity and class within a particular nation; (2) nationalism and national emancipation; (3) colonialism and the resistance to it.
February 01st, 2019
LA Strike: Self-Mobilization of Workers and Communities
By Ndindi Kitonga, Lilia Monzo, Valencia Rivera, Kevin B. Anderson
In January 2019, a massive strike of over 30,000 public school teachers stunned the Los Angeles power structure when it received massive, almost unanimous public support, especially in the city’s large Latinx and Black communities. Latinx students now make up 75% of the city’s over 600,000 public school students. Even the anti-labor Los Angeles Times, which had […]
January 15th, 2019
We Need to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg After 100 Years, January 1919-January 2019
This month marks the centennial of one of the great revolutionary thinkers and activists of the last century, Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919). Born in Poland but active in the leftwing leadership of both the Polish and the German Social Democratic Parties, she was assassinated in Berlin on January 15, 1919 by proto-fascists. In her last days, […]
December 30th, 2018
The French Yellow Vests: A Self-Mobilized Mass Movement with Insurrectionist Overtones
The White-Hot Anger of French Working People as a Real Fact After rumbling on social media for weeks, the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes) movement emerged suddenly on November 17, when no less than 300,000 protestors occupied roads, traffic circles in exurbs and rural areas. They wore the yellow safety vests the government requires all motorists […]