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Books and Ideas
August 23, 2016
An Argentinian Novelist, Out of Oblivion
Exile, failure, the dread of erasure: Antonio Di Benedetto seems to have transmuted all his life experiences into his novel
, which has finally been translated into English.
August 19, 2016
Inequality Has Gotten So Bad That We’re Offshoring Our Grandparents
Americans can’t afford to retire in the United States, so many are moving south of the border, trading one form of inequity for another.
July 19, 2016
A Brutal Account of Colonialism in Africa Just Showed Up in the Most Unlikely of Places: Hollywood
Bet you didn’t know the latest Tarzan movie was based on this story.
July 7, 2016
The Insufficiency of Pan-Africanism as We Know It
The fact that many people identify, however loosely, with being African doesn’t replace the need for the services that only a government can provide.
May 27, 2016
Confronting the Resource Curse and Civil War in the Congo
The depictions of Congolese humanity and pain in
When Elephants Fight
, a new documentary, make it necessary viewing for Westerners.
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May 11, 2016
Gentrification and Occupation at the Brooklyn Museum
“This is our museum. We paid for it. It’s an important part of our community.”
April 4, 2016
Where Local Conflict Could Have Nuclear Consequences
Kashmir was already one of the most dangerous places on Earth—then tactical nukes got involved.
December 7, 2015
Dollar General Takes Its Case Against Indigenous Sovereignty to the Supreme Court
Will Indian nations lose one of the remaining paths for bringing justice to those who commit
wrongs on their land?
Andrew Bard Epstein
November 18, 2015
Michael Walzer, Revolutionologist
The political theorist’s new book on national liberation can’t answer one key question: Why have those words become obsolete?
October 29, 2015
Imperialism With an Internationalist Face
In her masterful new study of the League of Nations, Susan Pedersen shows how the organization helped prolong the era of colonialism.