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Omar Barghouti, founding member of Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, to Release New Book

BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights 

by Omar Barghouti (available for interview)

Book Release at the London Review Bookshop Monday, March 7th at 7:00 pm, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL.

“This is a book about the political actions necessary to hinder and finally to stop the Israeli state machine which is operating every day to eliminate the Palestinian people. It is like an engineer’s report, not a sermon. Read it, decide and then act.” —John Berger

“Barghouti’s lucid and morally compelling book is perfectly timed to make a major contribution to this urgently needed global campaign for justice, freedom and peace.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

“Essential reading for all who care about justice and the plight of an oppressed people.” —Ken Loach

INTERNATIONAL BOYCOTT divestment, and sanctions (BDS) efforts helped topple South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime. In this urgent book, Omar Barghouti makes the case for a rights-based BDS campaign to stop Israel’s rapacious occupation, colonization, and apartheid against the Palestinian people. This considered, convincing collection contributes to the growing debate on Israel’s violations of international law and points the way forward to a united global civil society movement for freedom, justice, self determination, and equality for all.

OMAR BARGHOUTI is an independent Palestinian commentator and human rights activist. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University.

Barghouti is AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW in London March 4-7, and by phone or email prior. To request, contact Sarah Macaraeg,


Praise for Omar Barghouti and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights:

“I warmly welcome the publication of Omar Barghouti’s book. It is timely and responsibly written by a man who will understand that creative and relentless nonviolence is the only way out of the dire situation in which Palestine, and our entire world for that matter, finds itself.” —Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, M.M., Former president of the UN General Assembly

“No one has done more to build the intellectual, legal and moral case for BDS than Omar Barghouti. The global Palestinian solidarity movement has been transformed and is on the cusp of major new breakthroughs.” —Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo

“I have been to Palestine where I’ve witnessed the racially segregated housing and the humiliation of Palestinians at military roadblocks. I can’t help but remember the conditions we experienced in South Africa under apartheid. We could not have achieved our freedom without the help of people around the world using the nonviolent means of boycotts and divestment to compel governments and institutions to withdraw their support for the apartheid regime. Omar Barghouti’s lucid and morally compelling book is perfectly timed to make a major contribution to this urgently needed global campaign for justice, freedom and peace.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

“Once again Omar Barghouti delivers a conceptually lucid argument for the BDS movement that is difficult to refute. He offers a principled position accompanied by nuanced and thorough analyses, and though one may not agree with all of his claims, one is fully persuaded by the passionate clarity of his appeal. Barghouti reminds us what public responsibility entails, and we are lucky to have his relentless and intelligent analysis and argument. There is no more comprehensive and persuasive case than his for boycott, divestment, and sanctions to end the Israeli occupation and establish the ethical claim of Palestinian rights.” —Judith Butler, Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California at Berkeley

“The ABC for internationalist support for Palestine is BDS. And the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israeli cruelty and injustice is gaining in significance and scope. Like the anti-apartheid movement against racist South Africa, BDS is helping to make a tremendous difference in what has been a most difficult struggle for human rights and the right of a colonized and dispossessed people to national self-determination. This inspiring book is a weapon in a noble struggle in which all right thinking people can play a part.” —Ronne Kasrils, former South African government minister


Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

By Omar Barghouti

Releasing Apr. 1, 2011 from Haymarket Books

Distributed in the UK by Turnaround Publisher Services

ISBN 9781608461141

320 pages

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Published: 18th October 2010


“AGAINST METHOD is more than a book: it is an event.” ARCHIVES DE PHILOSOPHIE

“A brilliant polemic” – NEW SCIENTIST (read the original review here).  


Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994) was one of the twentieth century’s most famous philosophers of science, and remains an influential figure in this field and in the sociology of scientific knowledge.

AGAINST METHOD examines the deficiencies of many widespread ideas about scientific progress and the nature of knowledge. Feyerabend argues that scientific advances can only be understood in historical context. He looks at the way the philosophy of science has consistently overemphasized practice over method, and considers the possibility that anarchism could replace rationalism in the theory of knowledge.

Feyerabend’s book ranks alongside classic works such as Karl Popper’s THE LOGIC OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY and Thomas Kuhn’s THE STRUCTURE OF SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTIONS. However, in seeking to outline an anarchist theory of scientific knowledge, AGAINST METHOD challenges these canonical theoretical models by making a radical new contribution to the philosophy of science.

First published in 1975, the book stands as an intellectual testament to the ferment of the 1960s, challenging as it does many of the reigning orthodoxies within the philosophy of science. The book’s original publication sparked considerable argument within a number of academic disciplines, and its central arguments are still relevant today, given the considerable popularity enjoyed by the “new rationalism” propounded by popular scientists such as Richard Dawkins.

This updated edition of the classic text includes a new introduction by Ian Hacking, one of the world’s most important contemporary philosophers of science. Hacking reflects on both Feyeraband’s life and personality as well as the broader significance of the book for current discussions.


Praise for the previous edition of AGAINST METHOD:

“A devastating attack on the claims of philosophy to legislate for scientific practice.” NEW SOCIETY

“A powerful critique.” LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

“A classic text in the debate about scientific methodology and scientific reasoning.” THE PHILOSOPHER


ISBN: 978-1-84467-442-8 / $22.95 / £15.99 / $28.50 / Paperback / 336 pages





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40th anniversary celebrations begin for Verso Books this week with the unveiling of a new website—one that at long last brings the largest independent, radical publishing house firmly into the twenty-first century:

To the delight of Verso’s many fans, the new site—which has a fluid homepage able to completely shift in appearance day to day—not only beautifully showcases books and authors but is also home to the Verso Blog as well as discussion forums where users can start and engage in discussions about Verso’s books. The Blog is fully syndicated to both Book and Author pages—something never before done on a publisher’s website.

So excited is Verso at its sudden new online presence that the site’s launch is accompanied by a series of flash ads across outlets key to Verso’s audience such as the Nation, Bookforum, the New York Review of Books, Guernica, the Indypendent and the London Review of Books. The ads highlight 40th anniversary publications such as The Verso Book of Dissent and Tariq Ali’s The Obama Syndrome. Other 40th year titles include André Schiffrin’s Words and Money and Slavoj Žižek’s Living in the End Times.

Verso Books, launched by the New Left Review in 1970, now has offices in London and New York and publishes 80 books a year, adding steadily to its 40 year backlist—the entirety of which will be added to the new website by end 2011. Distributed in the US by W.W. Norton, Verso’s sales grew 23% during 2009 to reach $4m worldwide, and sales so far this year are growing at an even faster rate. It appears the time is ripe for radical presses …

For those wanting to join in the 40th celebrations, Verso is throwing a party this Friday September 24th in the courtyard of The Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn where Verso staff will be joined by authors, publishing colleagues, and fans young and old:

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Gilbert Achcar: The Arabs and the Holocaust

London Review Bookshop – Tuesday 21 September at 7.00 p.m 

The conflict in Israel-Palestine is a war not only over land, but over narratives, and, not least, competing claims of victimhood, pitting refugees from Nazi Europe against Palestinian refugees of the Nakba. Not surprisingly, each side has sought to deny the significance — even the very reality — of the other’s tragedy.

In recent years, Holocaust denial has been on the rise in the Arab-Muslim world, with the disintegration of the ‘peace process’, and Israel’s unconditional defenders in the West have sought to characterise Arabs as inveterate anti-Semites, bent on Israel’s — even the Jewish people’s — destruction.

In The Arabs and the Holocaust, Gilbert Achcar sets the record straight, providing the first systematic analysis by an Arab intellectual of Arab responses to the Nazi extermination of European Jewry. Adam Shatz, a senior editor at the LRB, will chair a discussion of Gilbert Achcar’s work with a panel including Achcar himself, Karma Nabulsi, Fellow in Politics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and a former PLO representative, and Jane Caplan, St Antony’s College, Oxford.

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