Sudan’s Revolution of 2019: At the Crossroads of Africa and the Arab World

The Sudanese uprising has unfolded in a slow, determined manner, beginning last December. By April it drove out Omar al-Bashir, who seized power three decades ago. Since April, the uprising has dug in in the face of armed repression and has forestalled repeated attempts to keep the Bashir regime in power under another name.

The Bigger Picture

Expert on social and political theory and on global social issues highlights important aspects of political climate and culture in Iran

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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 […]

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, […]