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25 Years without the Berlin Wall

November 9, 2014 by

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Needless to say, the end of foreign imposed partition is an occasion of joy for any country. Here in Ireland, we look forward to the day when the British occupation will be lifted, and our land returned to native rule. Koreans also look forward to the day when Anglo-Saxon forces leave their land, and allow […]

Civil Society, NGOs, and Saving the Needy: Imperial Neoliberalism

August 28, 2014 by

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The following is an extract from my chapter, “Imperial Abduction Lore and Humanitarian Seduction,” which serves as the introduction to Good Intentions: Norms and Practices of Imperial Humanitarianism (Montreal: Alert Press, 2014), pp. 1-34: Outsourcing Empire, Privatizing State Functions: NGOs First, we need to get a sense of the size and scope of the spread […]

Decolonizing Thought in the New World

April 13, 2014 by


On the Passing of Norman Girvan and the Continuation of the New World This past Wednesday (April 9, 2014), Norman Girvan passed away after suffering paralyzing injuries on a hiking trip in Dominica. He was in Cuba receiving treatment. Norman Girvan, trained as an economist, was by most appreciative accounts a leader in the Caribbean […]

Sochi, Sexuality, and Empire

January 23, 2014 by


Only When in Russia When were the last modern Olympic games that openly endorsed gay rights? Where were those Olympic games held? The short answer is: never, nowhere. However, suddenly, gay rights issues matter when deciding to attend the Olympics. Sochi, for reasons that are not altogether mysterious, now stands out as an exception being […]

Will the “Knowledge Economy” Save Us?

November 11, 2013 by


[We were promised a “knowledge economy.” The offshoring and automation of industrial jobs was supposed to open up a new realm of work – we would become managers of information, gliding through a new “information age” where one’s creativity and skill determined one’s employment prospects. Creativity and skill are important, but they do not characterize most “information […]

The Chinese Reconstruction of Iraq?

October 26, 2013 by

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The U.S. reconstruction of Iraq has come and gone, with a great deal of money spent and not much of a tangible result. The question on many people’s minds is: can China do better? A New York Times article, published in June 2013, caused quite a stir in the West, when it revealed that China […]

The Great Nothingness of Libya, Two Years After Muammar Gaddafi

October 20, 2013 by


The notion of a “Libya” has ceased to have any meaningful practical application. As a concept that either refers to some degree of national unity, an imagined community, sovereignty (however that may be understood), or the exercise of authority by a state over the territory within its borders, “Libya” has been driven back to the […]

Iraq Should Be In No Hurry to Reach 6 Million Barrels per Day Output

October 20, 2013 by


An International Energy Agency study, released on October 9th, 2012, estimates that Iraqi oil production may reach 6 million barrels per day (mbd) by 2020 from its current output of 3mbd. This estimate is largely based on the statements of Iraqi politicians, who see oil revenues as the principal means of solving Iraq’s deep economic […]


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