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Why did this woman, so devoted to her political cause and to her vision of a united France, chose to be burnt at the stake at the age of 19 instead of acquiescing to her judges’ directives? shutterstock.com

Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero

Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero. The Conversation22.1 MB (download)
Joan of Arc has been depicted as a national heroine, nationalist symbol, a rebellious heretic and a goodly saint. Forget Wonder Woman and Batman – Jeanne d’Arc may be our one and only true superhero.
Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro Ruz (1926-2016) Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Fidel Castro Ruz: iconic censor of the liberal tradition

All of the world’s struggling masses owe the late Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro an enormous debt for consistently and fearlessly articulating the debilitating aspect of life under under capitalism.
Mexico’s Zapatistas are one of the world’s longest running active revolutionary groups. But who are they, and what are they fighting for? EPA/Jorge Núñez

Mexico’s masked Marxists: meet the Zapatistas

On New Year’s Day 1994, the world was taken by surprise. A group of indigenous people staged a rebellion against a Mexican state that had continued the trajectory of racism, neglect, genocide and exploitation…

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