How the SNP-Tory dynamics shifted the 2015 election

My interpretation of the British General Election of 2015 just published on openDemocracy: much of the post-election discussion is in denial about what happened. The report of the Cabinet Office enquiry into the memorandum about Nicola Sturgeon’s conversation with the French Ambassador has exposed the role of the former Liberal Democrat Scottish Secretary, Alistair Carmichael, in… Continue reading How the SNP-Tory dynamics shifted the 2015 election

A century of genocide: Armenia 1915, Syria-Iraq 2015

Today, April 24th 2015, is being commemorated as the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, in which over a million Armenians from what is now Eastern Turkey died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, directed by the leaders of the Turkish nationalist party. Since modern Turkey continues to deny the 1915 genocide - in the… Continue reading A century of genocide: Armenia 1915, Syria-Iraq 2015

¿Qué es el Genocidio?

The Spanish translation of my What is Genocide? is now out from Prometeo Libros, Buenos Aires. Many thanks to Victoria Cacares Mauri, the translator, and to Daniel Feierstein, editor of the Colección Estudios sobre Genocidio, in which the book appears.¿Qué es el Genocidio? is based on the original English text published in 2007. I have now completed a Second… Continue reading ¿Qué es el Genocidio?

Development resistance threatens election upset in Devon

My surprising local angle on Britain's 2015 General Election. At the last election, in 2010, I was in Brighton, and my comment on the battle between Caroline Lucas' Greens and Labour was much-read. This time I'm in East Devon, where local campaigns against property development and hospital closures, and for local democracy, are having an impact which… Continue reading Development resistance threatens election upset in Devon

Against the proposed Europe-wide legal ban on genocide denial

I published this letter in the Guardian on 27 January 2015 (scroll down for my letter): 'The proposals of a European Council on Toleration and Reconciliation report for a Europe-wide ban on genocide denial, as part of a swathe of new legal measures (Jewish groups want EU ban on intolerance, 26 January), are highly problematic. First,… Continue reading Against the proposed Europe-wide legal ban on genocide denial

Global State Formation in the 21st Century

In 2000 I published a book, Theory of the Global State: Globality as Unfinished Revolution which revised the terms of the debate about the state, arguing that the dominant state form in today's world is a 'Western state conglomerate' led by the USA but combining many 'nation-states' and international organisations. Together with the 'global layer' of… Continue reading Global State Formation in the 21st Century

BBC: You can’t indict Rwanda’s government by denying the 1994 genocide

The Rwandan genocide of 1994 is recognised by all who have studied it seriously as one of the largest-scale, most concentrated episodes of mass murder in the last century. About 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis but also Hutus who opposed the Hutu Power regime, were killed in a matter of weeks. Frequently compared to the Armenian… Continue reading BBC: You can’t indict Rwanda’s government by denying the 1994 genocide