Category Archives: capital accumulation

Big Ship Capitalism with the Dig Podcast

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This Machine Kills Podcast

7 April 2021 Okay, so the big boat is no longer blocking the Suez Canal. But that doesn’t mean we can go back to ignoring the global networks of capitalism and colonialism that make our world run. Laleh Khalili – … Continue reading

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KPFA Behind the News

1 April 2021 Global shipping: the shadowy business behind the Ever Given. And subsidized jobs. To listen, go to https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=354371 Laleh Khalili looks into the murky business of global shipping, an industry much in the headlines because of the stuck … Continue reading

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A World to Win Podcast with Grace Blakeley

30 March 2021 30. A Marine History of Capitalism: An Interview with Laleh Khalili Before the container ship crisis in the Suez Canal, Grace spoke with Laleh Khalili, Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London, and author of Sinews of War … Continue reading

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Interview with the Jacobin about the Suez Canal

I can talk about the Suez Canal forever — and here I did! 😀 The Suez Canal Is a Lifeline for Global Capitalism AN INTERVIEW WITHLALEH KHALILI The Suez Canal blockage inspired a thousand memes, but its consequences for the … Continue reading

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Talking to Democracy Now about Ever Given

It was thrilling to be prepped to talk to Amy Goodman on DemocracyNow about Ever Given. Here is the interview video and transcript: https://www.democracynow.org/2021/3/29/ever_given_suez_canal_global_trade

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A short op-ed on the Ever Given blockage of the Suez Canal

So on 23 March a massive 400-metre long ship, the Ever Given, blocked the Suez Canal. I wrote a piece for the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog about the event. Big ships were created to avoid relying on the Suez … Continue reading

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An essay on Infrastructures

I just wrote a little something on Infrastructures for Noema Magazine. It starts by discussing the Rishiganga dam: Early on the morning of Feb. 7, in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, a massive flash flood crashed through the Rishiganga hydroelectric … Continue reading

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A review essay on the Belt and Road Initiative in the LRB

I was thrilled to publish a piece for the London Review of Books on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Instead of wanting to look at it through the eyes of the Chinese or -more egregiously- US policy-makers, I was really … Continue reading

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A Correction Podcast

In mid-December Laleh talked to the lovely people of A Correction Podcast about shipping, global capitalism, and her book, Sinews. The podcast can be found here: https://www.acorrectionpodcast.com/phonyeconomy/pwwkr2g88zem6b5lr74sn3h44kznlb

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