Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Extreme Centre, by Tariq Ali

I first saw Tariq Ali on an episode of ABC TV’s Q & A ( After that I found his name his name coming up in a variety of places, until this book came to my attention. I was interested … Continue reading

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No Logo (postscript)

An example of the continuing relevance of Naomi Klein’s No Logo appeared in the Sydney newspaper, the Sun Herald on Sunday. Major Australian retailers Kmart and Target have come under fire for selling $2 school uniforms while factory workers are paid below … Continue reading

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No Logo, by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein’s No Logo is now around 16 years old and its content ought to be out-dated, but apart from some minor details it’s no less relevant now than the day it was written. The political and commercial situations she … Continue reading

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A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

I read this over two days during my Christmas break and I’d love to write something that could express how much I enjoyed it. But I wouldn’t want my own expressive shortcomings to diminish anyone’s impression of the book through … Continue reading

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The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire

This is a book of essays by Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy. Some of the essays are spoken about in The Chequebook and the Cruise Missile, the book of interviews addressed in my previous post. Roy’s views are both insightful and … Continue reading

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The Chequebook & the Cruise-Missile

A collection of interviews with Arundhati Roy, conducted by David Barsamian between 2001 and 2003. Topics discussed include the political influence of big business; the uncompensated displacement of 1000s due to the building of dams in India; the continuing effects … Continue reading

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