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.
Saturday, 18 February 2023
Tuesday, 14 February 2023
Appeal to Labour Party members: help turn back this tide of greenwash
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
Sunday, 20 November 2022
Greenwashing governments and oil companies turned COP27 into a climate disaster
Saturday, 22 October 2022
The limits of western economic war with Russia and the failure of climate policy
In this long-read analytical article on the New Politics web site, I argue that the western powers’ economic war on Russia is limited, because capital values its fossil fuel exports & kleptocrats' dollars pouring into offshore zones. Western policy always aimed to integrate Russia into the world economy; only the Kremlin's imperial adventure this year forced a change. The invasion of Ukraine has aggravated rising prices, but the labour movement and social movements should reject "energy security" narratives being used to justify fossil fuel investments that trash climate policy. The roots of climate crisis and of war are entangled; responses by labour and social movements can be linked, too.
Thursday, 6 October 2022
Europe Is Trying to Solve Its Energy Crisis With Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa
In response to the Russian gas supply squeeze and rising food and fuel prices, European governments are paving the way to massive investments in fossil fuels from non-Russian sources that imperil efforts to tackle climate change. Published by Truthout
Durham and Ukraine miners: historic links of friendship
Durham miners have sent aid to Ukrainian mining communities near the front lines. Their friendship goes back to the early 1990s, and built on links made over decades before that. A feature article published in the programme for the Durham Miners Gala on Saturday 9 July.