Category Archives: political economy

Brilliantly fun interview with Tank Magazine

Last month the brilliant Thomas Roueché interviewed me on Sinews for Tank magazine. The interview can be found here: https://tankmagazine.com/issue-84/features/the-sinews-of-war-and-trade/ I am not reposting the content, because the piece has such cool graphics on their website!

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Interview with Doug Henwood for KPFA’s Left Business Observer

As always it is really fun to talk to Doug, given that he was a merchant marine in his youth, and he is a great conversationalist. We chatted for his Left Business Observer in early August and the conversation went … Continue reading

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Guardian piece about the explosion in Beirut

note: I wouldn’t have used the word “lawless” in the title, as the laws in maritime world are carefully devised to facilitate the accumulation of capital. The sea has always been the site of law — and the law has … Continue reading

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Conversation with Rowland Atkinson about global flows of commodities, capital and people

As part of Verso Live events, Rowland Atkinson, the author of Alpha City, and I had a conversation about the global flows of capital, commodities and people:

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Logistics after COVID

I wrote the below brief piece for the Foundry, an online publication of the The University of California Humanities Research Institute. Logistics by Laleh Khalili As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, the traffic in the ports of China reduced … Continue reading

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E-flux Oceans in Transformation series- Shipping Oil

This essay was originally published by e-Flux as part of their Oceans in Transformation series: https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/oceans/331863/shipping-oil/ Laleh Khalili Image from ship’s equipment during a journey in the Gulf of Oman. The cluster of triangles towards the bottom left are ships … Continue reading

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Ports, ships and the human economy of global sea trade: an interview with Laleh Khalili

Little has been written about the sea trade in the Gulf. Laleh Khalili’s latest book explores the complex realities that drive this massive economy.Tugrul Mende30 June 2020 During the COVID-19 pandemic many workers in ports and on ships have either … Continue reading

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LRB podcast with Rafeef Ziadah

I was supposed to have a lovely launch in the London Review Bookshop, but alas, COVID-19 has shut everything down. So instead, we recorded a podcast which you can listen to here: https://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/events/past/2020/5/sinews-of-war-and-trade-laleh-khalili-rafeef-ziadah

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Interview with Jadaliyya’s New Text Out Now

  Laleh Khalili, Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula (Verso, 2020). Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Laleh Khalili (LK): Towards the end of 2011, I had just finished the manuscript for Time in the Shadows, research … Continue reading

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This Is Hell!

So incredibly incredibly excited to be speaking to Chuck Mertz of This Is Hell! We talked a lot about capital and maritime trade — and quite a bit about the effects of COVID-19 on maritime trade. You can listen to … Continue reading

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