Category Archives: transport

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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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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Book launch at Princeton

Conversations -formal and informal, over lunch or over Zoom- with Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi are always immensely fun: they are rich, go in unexpected directions and always invoke lots of new ideas, and lots of new ways of seeing even stuff I … Continue reading

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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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A review of Sinews of War and Trade in The Baffler

I was thrilled to see such a brilliant erudite review of the book by Harris Feinsod. All at Sea Surveying the watery expanses of the world economy By Harris Feinsod, 24 August 2020 Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and … Continue reading

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An interview with Katy Fox-Hodess on Logistics, Labour and State Power

20 August 2020 I was honoured to be interviewed by my amazing colleague and comrade, Dr Katy Fox-Hodess (whose own work is also cited in my book and with whom I worked when we put together sinewswartrade.org. Below is the … 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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