'USA' Category

  • Media appearances 26 Nov 2013

    November 28, 2013

    On 26 November I appeared on Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel to discuss the unrest in Bangkok. It was a very strange experience of conducting an interview via both Skype and an interpreter. There’s no video but they sent me this screenshot with a nice crease running down my face. I was also on Monocle 24 […]

  • Monocle 24 appearance on NSA PRISM scandal and Turkey protests

    June 13, 2013

    I was on Monocle 24 again last night to discuss the resurfacing of US whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and what his game plan appears to be, and also international and domestic reactions to the protests in Turkey. You can listen to the show here; the segment starts about 43 minutes in.  

  • World Systems Theory for the Twenty-First Century

    February 28, 2009

    My review of Giovanni Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing is now out in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (subscription required).

  • The Iraq Surge

    November 3, 2008

    A piece of mine on the failure of the Iraq surge has appeared on The First Post website. It’s currently the main ‘splash’ story, and while it doesn’t carry as fantastic a picture as accompanied my first piece for them, it nonetheless looks quite smart. It makes the point that whoever wins the US election […]

  • Some thoughts on the Burma protests

    September 25, 2007

    As we’ve been seeing in the media over the last week, protests that began in Burma in mid-August have been escalating in recent days as the All-Burma Monks Alliance has pledged to keep marching on the streets until it has “wiped the military dicatatorship from the land”. This has been quite surprising. It all began […]

  • Coups R Us

    September 2, 2007

    Very little blogging recently, for which apologies. Been bogged down with work and moving house next week so things are a bit up in the air. In the meantime, check out the article linked to from the title of this post. If you read my earlier post about the role of lobbyists, this is an […]

  • Jesus Camp

    August 1, 2007

    Here is a review I wrote of the Oscar-nominated documentary, Jesus Camp. Alex, this one’s for you. Thanks for the heads-up.

  • Their Men in Washington

    July 18, 2007

    There’s an important article in Harpers Magazine, ‘Their Men in Washington‘, which is an expose of the Washington lobbying industry. Anyone who is reasonably well informed should know that lobbyists for industrial, commercial and other capitalist interests have enormous power and sometimes directly write chunks of legislation, but this article is about the way that […]

  • Who blew up PanAm Flight 103?

    June 30, 2007

    Yesterday two ‘potentially viable’ car bombs were discovered in London and earlier today two men drove a flaming jeep into Glasgow Airport. It’s too earlier to know very much about either incident but two things immediately occur. The first is the sheer incompetence of those involved. Both car bombs were quickly identified and made safe, […]

  • Bangkok wakes up to coup

    September 20, 2006

    There’s an interesting profile of General Sonthi on the BBC website this morning. He is the first Thai Muslim ever to hold the post of Commander-in-Chief and so the BBC plays up the divisions between Sonthi and Thaksin over the Patani Muslim insurgency. Thaksin has generally adopted a hardline approach while Sonthi recently called for […]

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