A conversation with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia University, about his history of western intervention in the Middle East, Resurrecting Empire.
Against the Grain
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In-depth analysis and commentary on a variety of matters — political, economic, social, and cultural — important to progressive and radical thinking and activism. Against the Grain is co-produced and co-hosted by Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong.
Neoliberalism has accomplished a shocking upward redistribution of wealth. Lisa Duggan contends that the right, much more than the left, has successfully connected its economic goals with cultural and identity-based politics. If progressives and radicals don’t respond in kind, she argues, a vibrant and truly expansive left will be impossible to construct.
Migrant nannies, housecleaners, and other domestic workers are largely invisible members of the working class worldwide, but play a key role in the global economy. Rhacel Parreñas, Arlie Hochschild, Michele Gamburd and Joy Zarembka illuminate the many reasons why migrant women workers come to the global North to look after other people’s families, while having … Continued
Who would want to forget the largest worldwide protest mobilization ever? Not the creators of the volume 2/15, which records in photos and words the marches and protests on and around February 15, 2003. Three of the creators spoke with C.S.
Pablo Neruda, the most widely-read political poet of our time, would have turned one hundred this year. Mark Eisner, editor of a new collection of Neruda’s poetry, and Neruda scholar Jaime Concha discuss the legendary Chilean’s poetry, politics, and humanity.
Guardian columnist George Monbiot talks about his manifesto for taking on corporate globalization and institutions like the IMF and World Bank.
What’s wrong with the left call to "just do something", regardless of whether much thought has been put into it? Liza Featherstone and Christian Parenti talk about what they term "activistism" and anti-intellectualism on the left.
A conversation with Ruth Ozeki, whose latest novel All Over Creation is about genetic engineering, eco-activism, family dynamics, and reckoning with one’s past.
Robert McChesney speaks about the political economy of the media and his new book The Problem of the Media.
It was far from just a chess match. Cold War politics, clashing tempers, and bizarre convictions pervaded the 1972 Fischer-Spassky chess championship match in Iceland. David Edmonds and John Eidinow have written an investigative account of the turbulent showdown in Rejkavik entitled Bobby Fischer Goes to War.