• Watch Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello reading A is for Activist!

    January 22, 2015

    What does the Rage Against the Machine guitarist and Nightwatchman read to his children at bedtime? A is for Activist!

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  • Terror expert Loretta Napoleoni offers her take on the Charlie Hebdo shootings

    January 9, 2015

    Wednesday’s horrifying attack on the Parisian offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo appears to have been conducted with the sang-froid and calculation that distinguishes mafia organizations. We are now light years away from the failed attacks of do-it -yourself terrorists in the early 2000s, or of the Taliban’s army of beggars, light years even from the suicide bombing of the Atocha train station in Madrid. It is possible that the high professionalism of contemporary jihadists will allow them not only to survive their heinous actions, but to repeat them. As the financial model of Islamic terrorism, realized to a new extreme in the rise of the Islamic State, the first terror organization to become an armed state, has mutated, so too have the tactics of terrorist attacks in the West. In fact, the two phenomena go hand in hand.

    In ISIS, we now face a new system of terror that has perfected some tactics of the past – for example, the compartmentalization so beloved by the Red Brigades and ETA – as well as developed new ones, including so-called ‘mini-attacks’ – armed surgical interventions, such as this week’s in Paris, often steeped in symbolism, and often filmed by passersby and disseminated across traditional and social media.

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  • Loretta Napoleoni in conversation with Chris Hedges, moderated by Ted Rall

    December 4, 2014





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    On December 2, 2014, to mark the release of The Islamist Phoenix, the new book on ISIS from international terror expert Loretta Napoleoni, Seven Stories, AlterNet, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture partnered to host a conversation between Napoleoni and Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief and author of War is a Force that Gives us Meaning.  It was moderated by the journalist and cartoonist Ted Rall, author of The Book of Obama and After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan.  In case you couldn’t be there, here’s how it looked:

    (Video courtesy of Leigha Cohen Video Productions)

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  • A flip-through of The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature

    November 10, 2014

    We’re pretty excited about the latest addition to our acclaimed Graphic Canon, the brand-new Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature!  In this video, series editor Russ Kick offers a (very) quick tour of what’s in the new one:

    But to see it up close, you’ve got to buy the book!

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  • Art Shay’s MY FLORENCE: A 70-year love story

    October 8, 2014

    “Florence Shay was a force to be reckoned with, a marvelous, witty, beautiful and well-read lady whose husband Art loved her very much and took some pictures of her that pierce my heart: there she is, glorious Florence. I miss her (and her book shop, too). Art Shay’s photographs bring us into their family, so immediately and warmly that it is a little shocking and quite wonderful.” — Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

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    In stores this Valentine’s Day!

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  • Jared Diamond has a few things to say!

    September 10, 2014

    Recently, the great Jared Diamond was kind enough to sit down with a Seven Stories camera crew and answer a few questions with regard to The Third Chimpanzee for Young People, his first foray into illustrated young adult nonfiction.

     

    01. WHAT IS THE CENTRAL PREMISE FOR THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

    02. HOW DID WRITING THIS BOOK CHANGE YOUR LIFE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

    03. WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT EVOLUTION? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

    04. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO DENY THE EXISTENCE OF EVOLUTION? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

    06. WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM PEOPLE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM OURSELVES? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

    07. WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT SEXUALITY FROM READING THE THIRD CHIMPANZEE? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

    08. ARE HUMANS NATURALLY MONOGAMOUS? from Seven Stories Press on Vimeo.

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  • Introduction to Loretta Napoleoni’s THE ISLAMIST PHOENIX

    September 8, 2014

    The following is the introduction to The Islamist Phoenix, a study of ISIS by Loretta Napoleoni, one of the world’s leading experts on money laundering and the financing of terror.  Islamist Phoenix will be available as an ebook in early November, and as a trade paperback on December 2nd.

    For the first time since World War One, an armed organization is redesigning the map of the Middle East drawn by the French and the British. Waging a war of conquest, the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (al Sham), or ISIS, is erasing the borders that the Sykes-Picot Accord established in 1916. The region where the black and golden flag of IS flies already stretches from the Mediterranean shores of Syria well into the heart of Iraq, the Sunni tribal area. It is bigger than the United Kingdom or Texas and, since the end of June 2014, is known as the Islamic Caliphate.

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  • Consensus and the Supreme Court

    June 27, 2014

    “Yet, there are those who have a different sense
    Of what a lawyer’s role in life should be…”
    – William Kunstler, 
    To Leonard Boudin

    On the op-ed page of today’s New York Times, the respected lawyer (and Deputy Solicitor General) Neal Katyal offers some resounding praise for the tide of unanimity that has recently washed over the Supreme Court.  Arguing that unanimous decisions “signal that the justices can rise above their differences and interpret the law without partisanship,” the article approvingly notes that this judicial season has seen more 9-0 decisions than any in the past 75 years, and proceeds to rank past Chief Justices by the frequency with which their courts achieved consensus.  Katyal uses 1954′s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education as a benchmark, citing the moral clarity its unanimity conferred.

    Thurgood Marshall, hero of Brown v. Board of Ed

    Thurgood Marshall, hero of Brown v. Board of Ed

    Problem is, this example stacks the deck.  

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  • The Tragedy of Gary Webb*

    June 23, 2014

    The late, great Gary Webb may be on his way to becoming one of the very few household names among American investigative journalists.  The heavy lifting will likely be done by Kill the Messenger, a major motion picture bound for theaters this October, in which Webb is played with characteristic gravitas and handsomeness by Jeremy Renner.  The movie, based largely on Webb’s Dark Alliance — which Seven Stories will be releasing in an expanded new edition this fall – looks appropriately thrilling:

     

    As interest Gary’s work experiences a much-deserved resurgence, though, it may be worth remembering that accolades and encomia were hardly what greeted the book on its initial release.  Quite the contrary, actually — the stories that would become Dark Alliance made Gary the target of serious animus from the America’s political right and security apparatus.  (One figure of crossover relevance to the two, Lt. Col. Oliver North, memorably derided the reportage as “absolute garbage” — a beautiful feather in Webb’s rabble-rouser cap.)  The pressures that mounted as Gary came under increasingly fierce attack culminated, agonizingly, in his suicide, of which 2014 marks the tenth anniversary.

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  • What a mug

    June 19, 2014

    This guy is missed.

    Kurt Vonnegut, 2002

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