Author Archives: Laleh Khalili

Battlefield to Boardroom

I wrote about the business managerial pretensions of former special operators for the LRB: https://lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v44/n04/laleh-khalili/stupid-questions And then had a chat with Thomas Jones on their podcast: https://www.lrb.co.uk/podcasts-and-videos/podcasts/the-lrb-podcast/the-special-forces-fantasy

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North Sea Interviews

Spoke to lovely lefties in Denmark and the Netherlands: Laleh Khalili: Sandheden om vor tids kapitalisme udstilles på verdenshaveneLangsomme samtaler med Rune Lykkeberg Professor i international politik ved Queens Mary University har undersøgt den maritime kapitalisme og de forsyningskæder, som … Continue reading

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Planet B: Laleh Khalili on Sovereignty and Seafarers

“Instead of treating the ocean as a space for frictionless accumulation, can we imagine a “blue new deal” that refuses to carve up water into routes and resources controlled by the most powerful? This episode features insights from Tina Ngata, … Continue reading

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Interview with Luke de Noronha on race and capital accumulation

I got to talk to the brilliant Luke de Noronha of the Sarah Parker Redmond Centre at UCL. The Soundcloud is here and the transcript can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/racism-racialisation/transcript-conversation-laleh-khalili

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LRB Piece on Commodity Traders

I reviewed Javier Blas and Jack Farchy’s fabulous book on Commodity Traders: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v43/n18/laleh-khalili/how-to-get-rich Extract: When​ ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, published Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism in 1965, it was already clear that the newly independent states were going to have to fight … Continue reading

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The Economist Podcast

The Economist did an interesting podcast on the containership and they spoke to me and a bunch of very cool people: https://www.economist.com/podcasts/2021/09/13/thinking-inside-the-box-the-story-of-the-shipping-container

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Reviews of Sinews

So excited to have seen Sinews of War and Trade reviewed by the amazing Charmaine Chua for Boston Review, by John Lanchester for the LRB, and by Linda Roland Danil for LARB.

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Abandoned Seafarers – Kerning Cultures

A half-hour long programme/podcast about abandoned seafarers in the Middle East.

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Big Ship Capitalism with the Dig Podcast

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Media: This Is Hell

A conversation with Chuck Mertz about infrastructures, drawing on the essay I did for Noema magazine on infrastructures and degrowth.

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