Video: Victoria Brittain guest interview on Democracy Now

Victoria Brittain, author of Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror (Pluto, 2013) has appeared as a guest on ‘Democracy Now‘ this week.

In the interview she discusses the people and stories documented in her new book. It is especially relevant and poignant given the context of an ongoing hunger-strike being carried out by almost all detainees.

UPDATE: The video is embedded below:

Shadow Lives

The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror

Victoria Brittain. Foreword by John Berger. Afterword by Marina Warner

Reveals the impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison in Britain and the US, during the ‘war on terror’.

“A searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel “extension of prison to home.” And not least, a revealing picture of what we have allowed ourselves to become.
– Noam Chomsky

“This is a window into an invisible world…a reminder that abandoning normal legal standards has serious consequences for the Rule of Law.” – Helena Kennedy, QC

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

Laurie Penny reports from the Wall Street protests

Laurie Penny, author of Penny Red: Notes from the New Age of Dissent which comes out this month, reports for The Independent from the protests in New York’s financial district:

The Occupy Wall Street camp, called to protest against what members call “the 1 per cent” of American society who have “stolen all the money” has now been in place for two weeks. Its chosen location is the deeply symbolic Liberty Plaza, in the shadow of the skyscrapers of Wall Street. An eclectic mixture of hardened activists, school students, union members and laid-off workers of all ages and backgrounds have assembled here with sleeping bags, and numbers have swelled to 2,000 after videos of police assaulting demonstrators with pepper spray went viral online.

“Fight crime, not freedom!” chant the occupiers at police officers around the square. After a hands-off week, this weekend’s 700 arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge suggested that the NYPD was cracking down with a vengeance.

Visit The Independent to read the article in full.

You can also watch Laurie taking part in a discussion on the protests on the Democracy Now! channel here:

Penny Red

Notes from the New Age of Dissent

Laurie Penny. Foreword by Warren Ellis

Selected writings from a prominent voice of the new activist left. Reflections on being young, broke and angry in the twenty-first century.

“Cuts, sexism and riots, Laurie Penny’s fresh and angry voice captures the moment and the important issues – highly recommended.” – Polly Toynbee

“Penny is re-inventing the language of dissent, delivering verbal taser-barbs to the left and right, and causing apoplexy among the old men in cardigans who run the British blogosphere.” – Paul Mason, economics editor of BBC’s Newsnight

£12.99 only £11.50 on the Pluto site

Remaking Scarcity

From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy

Costas Panayotakis. Foreword by Joel Kovel

Powerful challenge to the current neoliberal economic orthodoxy. Asserts that economic democracy should be the new guiding principle for humanity.

“This book combines theoretical boldness and the determination to extend Marxian theory. It deserves to be read as another impressive product of the global rethinkings of Marxism now engaged in building a Marxism for the twenty-first century.” – Richard D. Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Capitalist-produced scarcity proves to be an extraordinarily enlightening vantage point from which to analyse both capitalism and its socialist alternatives. Panayotakis’s book provides an extremely scholarly, insightful and well-argued contribution – with ecology and feminism given the attention often denied them – to this crucially important literature. Highly Recommended!” – Bertell Ollman, Department of Politics, New York University, author of Dance of the Dialectic: Marx’s Method and other works

£18.99 only £17.00 on the Pluto site