Published by rs21 on 10.08.15, this piece reiterates the need for the radical left to participate in the Corbyn campaign and offer support, but at the same time to remain autonomous and make people aware of the limits of Labour.Read more "The Limits and Opportunities of the Corbyn Campaign"
Corbyn’s campaign offers great opportunities – but we must recognise the limits of the Labour Party and organise autonomously.Read more "Can Jeremy Corbyn Revolutionise British Politics?"
Differing reactions to the violence perpetrated by white supremacists and Islamist jihadists reveal how racism is mobilised to advance projects of state domination. This piece was originally published by rs21.org.uk on 12.07.15Read more "One man’s terrorist…"
This article was originally published by the Council for MENA Affairs (ForMENA) on 24.02.15. I argue that the rise of radical Islamism amongst second-generation British Muslims must be understood in parallel to the decline of the strong class identity which characterised the first wave of migrants, and British society as a whole, after World War II.Read more "Second-generation British Muslims: “radicalisation” contextualised"
This piece was originally published by openDemocracy on 12.02.15. After summarising recent charges of authoritarianism and corruption against President Abbas, I argue that this must be understood as a structural issue – specifically, as a logical consequence of the PA’s role in the post-Oslo “peace process” and the politics of neoliberal-driven foreign aid.Read more "From National Liberation to Neoliberalism: the politics of “peace” and aid in Palestine"
This piece was originally published, with minor differences, by the Council for MENA Affairs (ForMENA) on the 04.02.15. The article contrasts two contradictory currents within the Houthi uprising: an attempted power-grab by elite factions on the one hand and an expression of legitimate popular grievances on the other. I also argue that the latter current risks being overwhelmed by the former’s militarised logic, especially given a corrupt and self-interested domestic political class, a regional context characterised by a Saudi-Iranian “Cold War” and the United States’ objective of establishing a strong central authority as a partner in its “War on Terror”.Read more "Revolution or Coup? The Houthi play Snakes and Ladders in Yemen"
This article was originally published by the Council for MENA Affairs (ForMENA). After discussing recent accusations of corruption and authoritarianism, I argue that the failings of the Palestinian Authority are a logical outcome of its core function as an outsourced Israeli security force.Read more "Abbas and the Palestinian Authority: Authoritarian, Corrupt and Unfit for Purpose"