The Best of Le Monde diplomatique 2012Edited by Wendy Kristianasen
"Le Monde diplomatique offers a cool, reasoned, different view of the world's most pressing issues." - New York Review of Books
"Le Monde diplomatique is more than ever indispensable to readers who want to know what governments and consensus media will not tell them." - Eric Hobsbawm
Le Monde diplomatique is one of the most highly respected independent periodicals. Published monthly in French and English, it brings together a diverse range of high-calibre writers from across the world.
This book collects the paper's highlights from the last year. The articles have been carefully selected and are arranged around the key themes in our changing world including US imperialism, the financial crisis and the Arab Spring. Among the contributors are Slavoj Žižek, James K Galbraith and Philip S. Golub.
A perfect seasonal gift for anyone interested in global issues, The Best of Le Monde diplomatique goes beyond the news and illuminates the state of our planet.
Wendy Kristianasen is the editor of Le Monde diplomatique in English, and a writer and journalist on the Middle East and wider Muslim world.
Table of contents
Part I THE WORLD IN CRISIS
Permanent crisis - Slavoj Zizek; Europe’s wakeup call - Serge Halimi;
Reform isn’t there - James K Galbraith; Iceland’s loud No - Robert Wade and Silla Sigurgeirsdottir
Part II EMPIRE
US and Empire - Philip S Golub; Obama’s missed opportunity - Eric Klinenberg; America’s new, angry right - Walter Benn Michaels; US left - Rick Fantasia
Part III …AND ACROSS THE WORLD
UK-US The end of the affair - Jean-Claude Sergeant; Germany - Henry Menudier; Cuba’s new socialism - Renaud Lambert; Japan - Martine Bulard; Sudan’s south succeeds - Gerard Prunier
Part IV IN THE ASCENDANT
China and India: it's a marriage - Christophe Jaffrelot; Brazil: we’ve got the power - Lamia Oualulou; Latin America and Iran - Nikolas Kozloff; Turkey - Wendy Kristianasen
Part V ZONES OF CONFLICT
Palestine’s own spring - Alain Gresh; Afghanistan/Pakistan - Georges Lefeuvre; Iraq (Kurdistan) - Joost Hiltermann; North Korea - Philippe Pons; Sri Lanka: the time of triumphalism - Cédric Gouverneur
Part VI REVOLUTION: ‘ARAB SPRING'
Is this an Arab spring? - Georges Corm; To shoot, or not to shoot? - Salam Kawakabi and Bassma Kodmani; Power of the word in the Syrian intifada - Zenobie; Yemen knows what it doesn’t want - Laurent Bonnefoy; Egypt’s revolution is only beginning - Alain Gresh
Part VII THE QUESTION OF ISLAM
Arab world and Islam - Hicham al Alaoui; Islamic challenge for Europe - Haenni & Amghar; Iran uncensored - Shervin Ahmadi; Islam in Indonesia - Wendy Kristianasen
Part VIII CITIES OF THE WORLD
Urbanisation - Philip Golub; Detroit - Popelard; Hanoi - Xavier Montheard; Algiers - Popelard