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LINEAGES OF REVOLT: ISSUES OF CONTEMPORARY CAPITALISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

LONDON MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE

SOAS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON BOOK LAUNCH 

Dear all,

You are invited to a panel discussion with Adam Hanieh, SOAS, Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, Jamie Allinson, University of Westminster and Brenna Bhandar, SOAS to mark the publication of Adam Hanieh’s Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East (Haymarket Books, 2013) at 6.00pm here at SOAS on Wednesday 11 December 2013, please see below for details.

Drawing upon extensive empirical research, Lineages of Revolt tracks the major shifts in the region’s political economy over recent decades.  In this illuminating and original work, Adam Hanieh explores the contours of neoliberal policies, dynamics of class and state formation, imperialism and the nature of regional accumulation, the significance of Palestine and the Gulf Arab states, and the ramifications of the global economic crisis.  By mapping the complex and contested nature of capitalism in the Middle East, the book demonstrates that a full understanding of the uprisings needs to go beyond a simple focus on “dictators and democracy.”

All Welcome

This event is free and there is no need to book  For further information contact: The London Middle East Institute at SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG; T: 020 7898 4330; F: 020 7898 4329; E: lmei@soas.ac.uk; W:www.soas.ac.uk/lmei/ 

 

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Global Capitalism

SPECTRUM JOURNAL OF GLOBAL STUDIES CONFERENCE

Reminder:  CALL FOR PAPERS

First Spectrum Journal of Global Studies Conference: ‘Historical Sociology, Historical Materialism and International Relations’

This is a reminder that the deadline to propose a paper or panel for the November 2012 Spectrum Journal of Global Studies Conference is 1 July, 2012.

The Spectrum Conference will be held in Ankara, Turkeyat the Middle East Technical University from 2-3 November 2012.

Proposals are invited on the conference theme Historical Sociology, Historical Materialism and International Relations.

Featured speakers at the conference will include in alphabetical order:

Adam Morton, University of Nottingham, U.K.

Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, VU University of Amsterdam, Netherland

Benno Teschke, University of Sussex, U.K.

Gonzalo Pozo, University College, London, U.K.

Hannes Lacher, York University, Canada

Jonathan Joseph, Rutherford College, University of Kent, U.K.

Kamran Matin, University of Sussex, U.K.

Neil Davidson, University of Strathclyde, U.K.

Stephen Hobden, Universityof East London, U.K.

Please see the conference website for application and information:

www.spectrumjournalofglobalstudies.net/conf

Guidelines for Participants:

The discipline of International Relations (IR) known as an ‘American’ social science has in the last decade or so been discovering the importance of alternative forms of explaining international relations. More so than any other field of social science, IR has been dominated by positivist conceptions of scientific inquiry. However recent approaches in the philosophy of sciences as well as the sociological turn in IR has changed the boundaries, assumptions and methodologies of our discipline.  Critical realism as an alternative to positivist as well as post-positivist understandings of social science is increasingly becoming the dominant form of philosophyzing about IR. Historical sociological approaches are taking over the static, ahistorical forms of theorizing. Marxist social theory has become more and more relevant to explain the current of changes in the international system. Internationalisation of capitalism has made the concerns of Marxism increasingly relevant to understand and explain the ‘international’. Recent controversies on the relation between the state system and capitalist mode of production have made important contributions to understand the link between what is traditionally understood from international relations and capitalist relations of production. These efforts have to go on as there are yet many other untouched aspects of international relations that require desconstruction and dereification. This conference attempts to further our understanding of the links between historical sociology, critical realism and Marxism. Empirical works combining the insights of Marxist historical sociology and historical materialism with that of international relations is particularly wellcome. We are extending an invitation to all researchers to present research that adress the following issues and similar topics.

How does a historical materialist geopolitics adress the traditional issues of IR?

1.    Geopolitics of state formations

2.    What is the relation between the state system and capitalism?

3.    In what ways does critical realism help Marxism to analyse the international?

4.    What are the limits and the potentials of the theory of combined and uneven development to explain the international?

5.    Historical matarialist analysis of international law

6.    Contemporary forms of imperialism

7.    International state apparatuses and their role in the reproduction of capital

8.    Marx’s method and the world market

9.    Global protest movements and the Arab Spring

10.  Gramscian analysis of global transformations

11.  Historical Sociology of the Middle East and the Balkans

We hope to see both individual papers and panels discussing these themes from different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

We encourage scholars from all around the world to participate in this exciting attempt to link our conceptions of praxis and change with that of what constitutes the ‘international’.

Most papers presented in the conference will later be published in a special issue of the Spectrum or in a separate book.

We look forward to welcoming you all at METU in Ankara.

Check back often for updates through out the coming months!

Inquiries to the program chairs should be directed to: spectrumconference@spectrumjournal.net

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Gaza

CLASS STRUGGLE AND THIS THING NAMED THE MIDDLE EAST

The free e-book ‘Class Struggle and This Thing Named The Middle East’ is now available to download from http://www.scribd.com/sjele or a pdf file directly available from meltrogs-books@hotmail.com

Contents:

By way of a Preface
1.            Afghanistan: A Potted Social History
2.            Reservation Politics: The Palestinian Experience through the  Historical Monocle of Native Americans
3.            Hydro-Jihad: Water Conflict and the Class Struggle
4.            Uncle Louis, his Fruits and Vegetables: A Proletarian Critique of the Nation of Islam
5.            God Emperors of Dune
6.            Godfathers of Levant: Syrian-Lebanese Dispute and its Implications for the Class Struggle
7.            Pakistan: The Mummification of the Class Struggle?
8.            Zapping the Zanj: Towards a History of the Zanj Slaves’ Rebellion
9.            Carmathians cometh? Old and New Struggles in Bahrain
10.          The Great 2011 ‘Middle Eastern & North African’ Revolt
By way of a Postscript
By way of an Index

“… minds as witty and anti-authoritarian as the Melancholic Troglodytes can still find issues to write about in the twenty-first century: an oasis of intelligence and revolutionary wit in a movement drowning in whole-world NGO-reformist moralism … with the satirical freedom and venom which comes from being Marxist intellectuals with no comrades to offend. Such was Trotsky before 1917.”

Ben Watson, Radio broadcaster at Resonance FM and the author of Frank Zappa: The Complete Guide to his Music

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It starts tomorrow,

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a new song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

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Egypt

THE ROOTS AND DYNAMICS OF THE 2011 REVOLUTIONARY UPHEVAL IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

The LSE Department of International Development is pleased to present a public lecture:

Professor Gilbert Achcar

The roots and dynamics of the 2011 revolutionary upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa

Friday, November 18, 2011, 4:00-5:30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, Aldwych

Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He taught and/or researched in various universities and research centres in Beirut, Berlin and Paris. His books have been published in Arabic, Chinese (Mainland and Taiwan), English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Urdu.

This lecture is part of the LSE Department of International Development Friday Lecture Series, which brings in leading figures from inside and outside of academia to speak on important current issues.

 

Upcoming speakers are:

November 25 Dr. Gabriel Palma, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge

December 2 Dr. Jo Beall, Director Education & Society, British Council

Lectures take place Fridays from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Hong Kong Theatre on the ground floor of Clement House, on Aldwych. For a campus map, please see: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/mapsanddirections/findingyourwayaroundlse.aspx

Open to the public

 

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Palestine

INSURGENT NOTES NUMBER FOUR

Insurgent Notes No. 4 is now up at: http://insurgentnotes.com

Issue 4
August 2011
In This Issue
Focus on the Middle East
Anti-Imperialism and the Iranian Revolution

Arya Zahedi
Taksim Is Not Tahrir- Yet

Kadir Ateş
On Egypt

Mouvement Communiste
On Tunisia

Mouvement Communiste
The Arab Revolts and the Cage of Political Economy

Benoit Challand
And Also… The Murder of the Mon Valley

R. S.
Of Forest and Trees Part Two

S. Artesian
Report from Spain: On the May 15th Movement

C. V.
Theses for Discussion

Loren Goldner

Letters

More on Madison
Letter from Paris

 

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Culture

FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT GOLDSMITHS CENTRE FOR CULTURAL STUDIES

May CCS Events
Upcoming events at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Centre for Cultural Studies (CCS), May 2011:

May 23: Carriage – cultural transports workshop with Mick Douglas [CCS Goldsmiths] 1.30pm: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/carriage-workshop-with-mick-douglas-23-may-2011/

May 26: Ishita Banerjea-Dube talk [CCS Goldsmiths] 5pm: http://www.gold.ac.uk/cultural-studies/calendar/?id=4533

May 31: Nawal el-Saadawi on The Prospects for Revolution in North Africa and the Middle East [CCS Goldsmiths] NAB 02 4pm. Chair: Raymond Lotta (Revolution newspaper USA): http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/nawal-el-saadawi-31-5-11-goldsmiths-ccs/

All Welcome

(What is to be Done at CCS is here: http://hutnyk.wordpress.com/what-is-to-be-done/)

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

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SEVENTH ANNUAL EDWARD SAID MEMORIAL LECTURE

The University of Warwick
The Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, invites you to

The Seventh Annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture

By Mourid Barghouti, poet, essayist, author of the acclaimed “I Saw Ramallah” (1997)

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
at 6 pm
Warwick Arts Centre Conference Room
Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry

The lecture is free and open to the public.
Complimentary tickets must be obtained by calling the Warwick Arts Centre Box office at 02476 524 524. For directions consult: www.warwickartscentre.co.uk

RSVP and  Enquiries: Department of English 02476 524 928, http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/events/edwardsaid/

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor,  north Wales)  

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Gaza

GAZA: ISRAEL’S WAR AND THE GOLDSTONE REPORT

2 May 2011, 7:30 PM ~ 10:00 PM
Room 417, Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building,
Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, NY, NY 10027

RSVP: HTTPS://CALENDAR.COLUMBIA.EDU/SUNDIAL/WEBAPI/REGISTER.PHP?EVENTID=49503

This panel is dedicated to examining the reality and consequences of Israel’s war and siege of Gaza. What do we know about Gaza 2008-2009 today after several investigations by various human rights organizations? Is the head of the UN fact-finding mission Justice Richard Goldstone right in arguing (as he did recently) that a ‘reconsideration’ of his UN report, which found evidence of war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity, is now in order?

Panelists:

Norman G. Finkelstein, author of This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion
Rashid Khalidi, author of The Iron Cage, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia, and Co-Director of CPS
Peter Weiss, Vice President, Center for Constitutional Rights

Sponsored by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University

For more information, please visit: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/palestine/

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Egypt

PUBLIC MEETING ON THE UPRISINGS IN NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

The Egyptian and Tunisian governments have already fallen, while those in Yemen and Bahrain are on the brink. Meanwhile Qaddafi is waging war on the Libyan people and mass protests are sparking off from Iran and Iraq to Algeria and Mauritania. Only a few months ago nobody could have predicted the intensity and the dimension of these uprisings, which are challenging hegemonic, culturalist and traditional assumptions about the politics of the region. Nor could anyone have foreseen the resonances that these movements would have across the world.

The uprisings pose far-reaching questions: What are we to make of the confluence of two “youths” united by an absent future, one educated and “middle class”, one banished to the slum periphery? What about the connection between these unemployed youth and the striking workers of Egypt? And what of the women who have played such a central role in these movements?

This meeting will feature speakers from the region with a critical analysis of the uprisings, plus a discussion of the implications of the movements for struggles in the United States, and for our understanding of revolutionary practice in the Twenty-first Century.

Confirmed speakers: Benoît Challand, Amr Ragab, Arya Zahedi. 

Friday March 11th, 7pm

The Commons Brooklyn

388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

See: http://thearabrevolts.info/

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Gaza

THE PUNISHMENT OF GAZA – GIDEON LEVY

THE PUNISHMENT OF GAZA

By GIDEON LEVY

Published AUGUST 2010, VERSO

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LONDON EVENTS:

Sunday 6th March 2011

2pm – Gideon Levy in conversation with Johann Hari. Jewish Book Week 2011.

Booking and more details here: http://www.versobooks.com/events/106-gideon-levy-in-conversation-with-johann-hari

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/is-gideon-levy-the-most-hated-man-in-israel-or-just-the-most-heroic-2087909.html

Monday 7th March 2011

7pm – Israeli Society and the Occupation. Public lecture at LSE Middle East Centre. More details here:  http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2011/20110307t1800vD402.aspx

DUBLIN EVENT

Wednesday 9th March 2011

7pm – Public lecture and book launch organized by Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, at Trinity College, Dublin. More details here: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/98949

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Praise for THE PUNISHMENT OF GAZA:

“There are more terrible atrocities in the world than what is being done to the caged prisoners of Gaza, but it is not easy to think of a more cruel and cowardly exhibition of human savagery, fully supported by the US, with Europe trailing politely behind. Gideon Levy’s passionate and revealing account is an eloquent, even desperate, call to bring this shocking tragedy to an end, as can easily be done.” – Noam Chomsky

“The story of Gideon Levy—and the attempt to deride, suppress or deny his words—is the story of Israel distilled. If he loses, Israel itself is lost.” – Johann Hari, INDEPENDENT http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/is-gideon-levy-the-most-hated-man-in-israel-or-just-the-most-heroic-2087909.html

“An Israeli dedicated to saving his country’s honour.” – Nick Lezard, GUARDIAN

“Levy has a way with words that leads him to some brilliant indictments of Israel.” – ELECTRONIC INTIFADA http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11173.shtml 

“Levy has made it his exclusive mission … to document the grim and brutal facts of the occupation, to tell the stories he knows Israelis do not want to hear … To this shiny nation—democratic, prosperous, confident in its righteousness—Levy holds up Gaza like a mirror.” – Ben Ehrenreich, Nation http://www.thenation.com/article/154140/book-amos-gideon-levy 

“Gideon Levy is among a small group of Israeli journalists giving a face and a voice to Palestinians in the world’s most intractable conflict.” – MONTREAL GAZETTE

“Levy … deals with the politically and emotionally charged subject of the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, and their conflicts with the Israeli military and Jewish settlers.” –rabble.ca: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/amjohal/2010/09/moral-blindness-interview-gideon-levy

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Palestine

THE SUMMER UNIVERSITY OF PALESTINE

23 – 30 JULY

The New Middle East – People power, democracy and Palestine

Viva Palestina Arabia is organising a seven day summer university in Beirut at the end of July with internationally known academics, writers, political figures and activists to discuss the unfolding revolutionary events in the Middle East and what they mean for Palestine and the international solidarity movement.

A message from George Galloway

“The great Egyptian people have spoken. Egypt is back and the winds of change are blowing through the Middle East and beyond, threatening to knock down the imperial architecture that has robbed the people of the region for so long.

“And chief among the outstanding injustices from the colonial epoch is Palestine. Now the struggle for a free and dignified Palestine takes place in the epic battle for a new Middle East and wider Muslim world that meets the hopes of its people.

“Viva Palestina Arabia gathered together academics, politicians and activists last year in the Bekaa Valley in our first Summer University of Palestine to discuss and coordinate the struggle for Palestinian rights.

“Now, after the heroic Egyptian revolution has overthrown the pharaoh Mubarak, this year’s Summer University has been reorganised to address the questions thrown up by the extraordinary events in Tunisia and Egypt, which are now rolling through the region.

“Book your time off work or college now – 23 to 30 July, just before Ramadan. The university will be in Beirut, upgraded and bigger than last year. It will again have world renowned speakers. This advance notice is to ensure that if you are making plans for summer now, you know to be in Beirut from the 23 July.”

The university will be hosted by the Palestinian social and cultural society at the American University of Beirut

Registration and details are at: http://www.vivapalestinaarabia.org  

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Gaza

BDS: BOYCOTT, DISINVESTMENT, SANCTIONS

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, sarah@haymarketbooks.org

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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

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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

www.haymarketbooks.org

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