I am a sociologist, journalist and international relations scholar based in Scotland. I have a doctorate in sociology from Glasgow’s Strathclyde University. Over the past 7 years I have lectured in sociology, politics, international relations, philosophy, journalism, religion, media and cultural studies at the Universities of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Sheffield and Stirling. I also designed and implemented an MA in International Journalism at De Montfort University.
I write for Al Jazeera English, Le Monde Diplomatique, The National, Asia Times, IPS News, and Political Insight. My writings have also appeared in the London Review of Books Blog, Adbusters, Guernica, Mondoweiss.net, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, The Electronic Intifada, Variant, The Drouth, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera International, the BBC, RAI TV and several Pacifica Radio channels.
I am the former captain of the American University in Dubai’s tennis team. In 2004, I was the co-winner of the University of Pittsburgh’s Dubai Jazz Talent Hunt, selected by a panel that included Larry Coryell and James Moody.
My favourite authors include Lev Tolstoy, William Faulkner, J.M. Coetzee, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, Cormac McCarthy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Jose Saramago. Essayists I admire include Tony Judt, Gore Vidal, John Gray, Alexander Cockburn and David Bromwich. My favourite playwrights are George Bernard Shaw, Tom Stoppard, Henrik Ibsen, and — of course — William Shakespeare. I love the films of John Ford, Orson Welles, Sidney Lumet, Ken Loach, Akira Kurosawa, Terrence Mallick, Robert Altman, Clint Eastwood (as director), and Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Selected Media Appearances
- ‘Everybody has to buy bread’, LRB Blog, 14 May 2013.
- ‘True costs of Iraq War whitewashed by fuzzy maths’, The National, 5 April 2013.
- ‘A parade of characters and causes led the US to war in Iraq’, The National, 23 March 2013.
- ‘Archaeology of Revolutionary Knowledge’, Guernica, 30 January 2013.
- ‘Hagel, the Lobby, and the Limits of Power’, Al Jazeera, 28 December 2012.
- ‘Hawking Women’s Rights’, Tanqeed, 2 November 2012.
- ‘The Archbishop, Oedipus, and the Golden Ass’, Al Jazeera, 29 September 2012.
- ‘Romney’s indiscreet advisor’, Al Jazeera, 28 October 2011.
- ‘Fighting back against the CIA drone war’, Al Jazeera, 30 July 2011.
- ‘Gunboats and Gurkhas in the American Imperium’, Al Jazeera, 14 July 2011.
- ‘The virtue-less war of the Nintendo bomber’, Al Jazeera, 28 June 2011.
- ‘Between a rock and a hard country’, IPS News, 20 June 2011.
- ‘The magical realism of body counts,’ Al Jazeera, 13 June 2011.
- ‘Insurgent Pakistan’, Political Insight, April 2010
- ‘Pakistan Creates its Own Enemy’, Le Monde Diplomatique, November 2009 (translations appeared in all foreign language editions in the December 2009 issue).
- ‘Why Paksitanis see US as a bigger threat’, Asia Times, 3 November 2009; Inter Press Service, 30 October 2009
- ‘Peshawar: A Journey Home’, Le Monde Diplomatique, 14 October 2009
- ‘The End of Israel’s Impunity?‘, Variant 34, Spring 2009
- ‘Another Chorister for Israel (The BBC: Eyeless in Gaza)’, Adbusters, January 2009
- ‘Fortress Britain’, Variant, Number 32, Summer 2008
- To Save Everything, Click Here by Evgeny Morozov, The National, 20 April 2013.
- Arabs and the Holocaust, by Gilbert Achcar, Critical Muslim 3, Summer 2012.
- Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven, IPS News, 20 June 2011.
- Shadow Elite by Janine Wedel, IPS News, 26 May 2010
- Saviors and Survivors by Mahmood Mamdani, The Electronic Intifada, 8 June 2009
- Resurrecting America’s Defense Line by Grant F. Smith, The Electronic Intifada, 1 May 2009
- A World of Trouble: America in the Middle East by Patrick Tyler, The Electronic Intifada, 13 April 2009