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The Irish Crisis: The Screwed up state we’re in

The State of the Nation, I’m afraid, can be summed up in one word – screwed. We can flesh things out a bit, but that’s the nub of it. Every strategic step taken over the past decade has ensured that the screwing would be comprehensive. The crisis isn’t about fiscal problems, the public service or…

The Irish Crisis: Don’t mourn, organise

My dad died 31 years ago this week. My mom, who has taken up web-development in her mid-70s, went looking for an obscure picture of him to scan into an anniversary email to her children and grandchildren, but instead turned up this beautiful piece of organising ephemera from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, c…

Occupy Utrecht Statement

This statement expresses the vision and goals set by Occupy Utrecht (The Netherlands) in solidarity with all Occupy movements across the globe. Occupy The global Occupy movement consists of people who have spontaneously come into action for worldwide economical and social-societal change. The movement has no central organisation or leaders. Occupiers, as in their name,…

Owning Up: Academic Responsibility in a Polarised Political Landscape

A Sigh of Relief There was a sigh of relief when, after a farcical legal process, befitting an Ally McBeal-type scenario of the bizarre and surreal, Wilders (the anti-Islam/Muslim politician) was acquitted from incitement to hatred and criminal insult. The acquittal had been pushed for right from the moment the Court of Appeal had ordered…

Image as Interest: Occupy & the Pepper Spray Cop

In his Times column this morning, David Carr wonders about the future of the Occupy Wall Street movement and, specifically, its fate as an ongoing topic of mass-media conversation. “Occupy Wall Street left many all revved up with no place to go,” he writes. Which is a problem, traditional-press-coverage wise, because: “In addition to the…

Fiscal Crisis or the Neo-liberal Assault on Democracy

Of course, it is always possible, and very often the case, that the dominant media claims that a “fiscal crisis” has precipitated mass demonstrations, strikes, and new forms of political mobilization in Greece. Although it is true that there is fiscal crisis, it should not be understood as a periodic difficulty that a country or…

A Dictionary of Policing Protest

This is the second installment of the dictionary. I felt we needed new terms to help us describe the increasing intimidation of protesters in the UK. Kettle of First Resort: The use of ‘containment’ – holding people against their will and without intention to charge them – as a standard tactic rather than (as claimed)…

Be Unrealistic, Demand the Possible

There is a specter haunting Wall St, the specter of a people. We’ve got them spooked—that unholy alliance of closet fascists and pseudo-liberals who deny we exist: Bloomberg and Fox News, David Brooks and Larry Summers. Its high time that we speak for ourselves, that we take the mic and pass it around. Those who…

Summer School in Post-International Politics: Gregynog Ideas Lab

Gregynog, Wales: 9-14 July 2012 The inaugural Gregynog Ideas Lab’s Summer School in PostInternational Politics will take place 9-14 July, 2012. The Summer School will provide a unique opportunity for graduate students and academics to return to key texts and thinkers from critical, postcolonial, feminist, post-structural and psychoanalytic traditions, to re-examine their work and how it…

The Right to Protest

On 27 October the case against me for breeching Section 4 of the Public Order Act was dismissed less than half way through the hearing. The case arose out of the protest against David Willetts back in June. In total four people were arrested at that protest. The police and the security acted aggressively, threatening…

Race, Civility & A Good Cup of Tea: Tottenham

This is an exerpt; Full text available at Canadian Dimension … In response [to the summer’s riots], many observers tried to comment on the situation, drawing out grand theories of the political, social, and economic context behind the events. Some blamed social spending cuts brought on by the new Tory budget. Others drew attention to…

The Interdisciplinarity of Law & the Post-Humanist Turn

We are delighted to announce the Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos on the 16th of November 2011 at 6.00pm (The Old Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW). Please register here. Abstract: What does it mean to be interdisciplinary? How far from its disciplinary field must a discipline veer in order to accommodate calls…

Heirs of Marx

The 1996 book The End of Capitalism (as we knew it): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy authored by the duo (as one) of Katherine Gibson and Julie Graham (J.K. Gibson-Graham) spelt out the ways in which certain types of thinking have warped our thoughts on capitalism, and hidden its intrinsic ‘noncapitalist’ components (its ‘other’).…

Letter to Occupy Together Movement

I wish I could start with the ritual “I love you” which the Occupy Movement is supposed to inspire. To be honest, it has been a space of turmoil. But also, virulent optimism. What I outline below are not criticisms of the Occupy movement. I am inspired that the dynamic of the movement thus far…

The Pakistani Left is Re-Grouping

A consistent and contested debate reappears like weeds in a garden. Does the Pakistani Left actually exist? Some say no. These folks tend to belong to the Pakistani diaspora, disillusioned by the decline of the Left globally. Others say that it exists, but is fragmented and disunited. If the factions could unite, a socialist revolution…

The Most Important Thing in the World

I was honored to be invited to speak at Occupy Wall Street on Thursday night. Since amplification is (disgracefully) banned, and everything I say will have to be repeated by hundreds of people so others can hear (a?k?a “the human microphone”), what I actually say at Liberty Plaza will have to be very short. With…

Killing is the New ‘Justice’: The Murky Morality of Target Killings

Today’s news [Ed: 30 September 2011] of the killing of US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki by US drones sparked a much overdue flurry of criticism and questions on the ethics and legality of Obama’s death-by-drone programme in the war on terror. Awlaki, al-Qaeda’s alleged ‘chief of external operations’ in Yemen (an upgraded title he received posthumously…

Will Sovereignty Ever Be Deconstructed – Malabou at Queen Mary

We are delighted to publicize a lecture by Professor Catherine Malabou, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University. With the discussants: Professor Jane Bennett, Department of Political Science, John Hopkins University and Professor Fred Moten, Department of English, Duke University. The event will be chaired by Dr Brenna Bhandar, Queen Mary, University of…

The Chilean Winter: Student Revolt

Originally baptised as the Chilean Winter, the student movement in Chile has demonstrated that it is far from being the consequence of a seasonal emancipating spirit. After four months of continuous and massive protests for the establishment of a fair and integrated educational system, the movement has achieved what no political party or political leader…