Haunted by Gaddafi

One thing I did not predict is that, even five years later, what happened to Libya and to Muammar Gaddafi would still cast a long shadow across the centres of European and North American political and economic power. By now, almost all of the leaders who persecuted Gaddafi, have experienced their own demise, by far […]

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New Release: INDIGENOUS COSMOPOLITANS

Finally, after three years of work, my newest edited volume is out: Indigenous Cosmopolitans Transnational and Transcultural Indigeneity in the Twenty-First Century Reviewers’ comments: “Timely and original, this volume looks at indigenous peoples from the perspective of cosmopolitan theory and at cosmopolitanism from the perspective of the indigenous world. In doing so, it not only […]

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Globalization, Democracy, and Canada versus the People of Haiti

In Canada, with its imperial adventure in Afghanistan, its aid workers who speak in suspiciously counterinsurgent terms of “restoring peace and stability” and achieving “progress,” and its continuing belligerence toward First Nations communities protesting for the right to live without uranium poisoning, it should not be surprising to see how much of the mass media […]

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Caribbean Musicians for Barack Obama

Slowly I have seen the emergence of Caribbean musical tributes to Barack Obama, something one ordinarily does not see happening with US presidential candidates, most of whom I would argue inspire indifference, resignation, or plain hostility in the English-speaking Caribbean which, without a language barrier, and with significant family connections, and blanketed by US media, […]

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CONCEPTUAL Challenges of Multi-Sited Ethnography

(Thanks again to Lorenz Khazaleh and his blog for notification of the release of the current issue of Anthropology News.) In a short commentary titled, “Practical Challenges of Multi-Sited Ethnography“, written by Ulla Berg in Anthropology News (May, 2008), there is one basic limitation that I want to highlight, and some of my commentary might […]

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