Book Reviews International US 

No is not enough – Naomi Klein

If there is one aspect of Klein’s writings that any progressive can appreciate, it would be her staunch critiques of a neoliberal economic system that she finds to be failing in a multitude of consequences. From the writer of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, Klein now discusses the phenomena of shock politics, and how this relatively little-known conception played a pivotal role during the nail-biting election night of 2016 and the weeks and months that subsequently followed. Introducing this topic on the basis of the ‘shock doctrine’…

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Book Reviews US 

Game of Thorns – Doug Wead

While I have been relatively selective in reading books about past elections or American politics, I could not resist diving into this one. This was definitely an entertaining book to read despite the obvious bias of the writer. Doug Wead, a Republican a writer and commentator who served during the George H. W. Bush administration as well as a senior campaign adviser for Ron Paul in 2012 and his son Rand Paul during the 2016 election. Wead subsequently does not shy away from colourfully detailing the many scandals that haunted…

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Book Reviews South Africa 

The Republic of Gupta – Pieter-Louis Myburgh

There is no doubt in my mind that Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s latest book, The Republic of Gupta will be lauded as one of the greatest texts that chronicles an immensely troubling period in our South African democracy. One can appreciate what must have been a considerably copious amount of time of Myburgh’s part to have compiled such a logically structured narrative, impeccably outlining the most corrupt activities of the family that became synonymous with ‘state capture.’ Despite at times finding myself to be so rattled by the revelations that I exposed my mind to,…

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Book Reviews 

They Can’t Kill Us All – Wesley Lowery

One of the most comprehensive texts to have emerged from the post Obama era on the topic of #BlackLivesMatter, Lowery’s book thoroughly and logically explores the movement that dominated the racial discourse during the former president’s final three years in office. What largely surged during the late summer days of 2014 after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the Black Lives Matter movement’s origins could be traced as far back as February 2012, when an unarmed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead…

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Book Reviews International US 

DEBRIEFING THE PRESIDENT – JOHN NIXON

It’s no secret that there is still a whole lot more to the Iraq War that we do not know about. However, it is with clear articulation through former CIA Analyst, John Nixon’s words, that what preceded the invasion, was a very confused, naïve, and trigger-happy US government, with a tough decision to make. While minimal portions throughout the novel are redacted in a clandestine-turned-The Blacklist narrative, Nixon seems to adopt a Colin Powell liberal-style stance towards the Iraq War, making one question, which factions within the Bush administration, closest…

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