Thursday, 24 August 2023
This article offers an overview of the processes through which fossil fuels are consumed, and how researchers analyse these; discusses how Karl Marx’s theoretical approach might help us develop this analysis; suggests ways to envisage the transition away from fossil fuels; and comments on the strategies needed to hasten the transition. It is based on a talk I gave at the Rosa Luxemburg foundation in Berlin.
Monday, 31 July 2023
Five documents translated and introduced by Simon Pirani.
This book, published in 2023, gives voice to Russian communists who participated in the 1917 revolution, but found themselves at odds with the Communist party as it consolidated its rule in the early 1920s. One Red army veteran demands action against corrupt officials; another mourns the dashed hopes of 1917 and the loss of friendship and solidarity. A “collectivist” group aspires to new cultural and technological revolutions; other oppositionists denounce material inequalities, the return of workplace exploitation and creeping state authoritarianism. The five documents in the book are published in English for the first time, with an introduction and notes.
While powerful interests are pushing Kyiv to invest in fossil fuels and nuclear energy, a movement is taking shape in former mining communities to develop decentralised renewables. An article published by Foreign Policy in Focus
Monday, 27 March 2023
Saturday, 18 February 2023
The claim that the Nord Stream gas pipeline was blown up by US special forces, made by the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, is being used to reinforce false narratives about Russia’s culpability for the war in Ukraine. In this article in New Politics, I write that Hersh’s claims about the purpose of the sabotage are factually incorrect, his account of the build-up to the explosion is misleading, his explanation for US motivation is flawed, and his failure to examine Russian motivation is one-sided.
Tuesday, 14 February 2023
A letter to Maggie Ferncombe, chair of the London Regional Labour party, Ed Miliband, Labour’s shadow secretary of state for climate change, and friends in the Labour party in London, about the Silvertown tunnel project