OTD in 1917, The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” with the clear understanding “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities”

This is the controversial history of the British government’s involvement in the Zionist project, from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 … More

Born OTD in 1935, professor of literature at Columbia University, a public intellectual, & a founder of the academic field of postcolonial studies, Edward Said. For generations now, Said’s Orientalism has defined our understanding of colonialism & empire, and this Penguin edition contains a preface written by Said shortly before his death in 2003. In this highly-acclaimed work, Said surveys the history & nature of Western attitudes towards the East, considering orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation – a way for writers, philosophers & colonial administrators to deal with the ‘otherness’ of eastern culture, customs and beliefs.

He traces this view through the writings of Homer, Nerval and Flaubert, Disraeli and Kipling, whose imaginative depictions have greatly … More

First published in 1971, How to Read Donald Duck shocked readers by revealing how capitalist ideology operates in our most beloved cartoons. Having survived bonfires, impounding & being dumped into the ocean by the Chilean army, this controversial book is once again back on our shelves. Written & published during the blossoming of Salvador Allende’s revolutionary socialism, the book examines how Disney comics not only reflect capitalist ideology, but are active agents working in this ideology’s favour.

Focusing on the hapless mice and ducks of Disney, curiously parentless, marginalised and always short of cash, Ariel Dorfman and … More

Born OTD in 1939, Australian journalist & documentary filmmaker, John Pilger. Pilger is a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. Pilger has also criticised his native country’s treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Tell Me No Lies is a celebration of the very best investigative journalism, and includes writing by some of the … More

Within a single generation, between 1945 – 1970, America replaced Britain as the dominant power in the Middle East. By any standard, it was an extraordinary role reversal & it was one that came with very little warning. Starting in the 19th century, Britain had first established themselves as protector of the sheikhdoms along the southern shore of the Persian Gulf, before acquiring Aden, Cyprus, then Egypt & the Sudan.

In the Great War in the twentieth century they then added Palestine, Jordan and Iraq by conquest. And finally Britain … More