07.17.13 |

This is a great short video which puts David Harvey's Marxist critique of capitalism into animated form.  It's a compelling analysis, but notably Harvey fails to offer any solution.  For that, well, my views are in my book. In a few words: direct action, participatory democracy, recapturing agency.

This is a great short video which puts David Harvey's Marxist critique of capitalism into animated form.  It's a compelling analysis, but notably Harvey fails to offer any solution.  For that, well, my views are in my book.   In a few words: direct action, participatory democracy, recapturing agency. more
07.17.13 | In my Occupy banking group, we are gearing up to launch a fundraising appeal for The Occupy Money Cooperative.  More details about this will appear on this site, and on the Coop's own site, in the near future.  Meanwhile, here's a good article from 2012 about cooperative banks - and indeed an incisive critique of contemporary banks - by Ellen Brown. more
07.15.13 | Liam Barrington-Bush is exploring new forms of political action and organization, from Mexico to the UK.  His book, "Anarchists in the Boardroom" is out soon.  I met him at the Left Forum in New York City a few weeks ago, where he had invited me to a panel on horizontal forms of organization.  This led to this interview in today's Guardian, which I am also pasting below, with apologies to The Guardian's copyright guardians (all property, including intellectual, is theft!).... more
07.10.13 | Rosie Gray has written a very generous profile of me and my work with Independent Diplomat and Occupy.  You can see the original article on Buzzfeed here.  I've also pasted it below:   NEW YORK — When Carne Ross left the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2004, after testifying against his government in an inquiry into the Iraq war, there was no obvious way for a former diplomat to keep his hand in international diplomacy. There was little space, in particular, for a man... more
07.09.13 | At a recent private meeting of peace mediators, I had a conversation I thought it worth recording.  My interlocutor, whom I shall call "C", was someone with deep experience of the Middle East and terrorism: as a member of the intelligence service for a powerful country he had himself pursued direct contacts with Hamas, Hezbollah and others.  Now retired, he continues to do so today, but now his aim is reconciliation and mutual understanding among often-warring groups.  I asked... more
06.24.13 |

I was very lucky to be asked to speculate on the future as part of Triple Canopy's series of lectures on this topic at the Museum of Modern Art, PS1 building in Queens, NYC. more
05.26.13 |

I was invited to the Carnegie Council on International Ethics to talk about ethics and leadership.  As you will see, I don't feel very qualified to offer judgements on this, but rather to offer lessons from my past as a diplomat on what NOT to do.

 

 

 


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I was invited to the Carnegie Council on International Ethics to talk about ethics and leadership.  As you will see, I don't feel very qualified to offer judgements on this, but rather to offer lessons from my past as a diplomat on what NOT to do.     Video streaming by Ustream more
03.22.13 |

The conundrum remains. When a vicious government assaults its own population in Syria, what can the rest of the world do? In the US, there is mounting debate about whether to intervene. This week, US Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain argued forcefully for US military involvement. Last year, it's reported that Hillary Clinton and General David Petraeus, when he was head of the CIA, advocated sending weapons. The White House apparently resisted. The new Obama administration is ramping up... more
03.15.13 |

Just for the record, and perhaps it keeps needing to be said for the record, here is a short interview I did today, March 15th, on the war, the alternatives and the lies.  I am sick to death of saying it, but the liars keep hoping that if they lie often enough they will be believed. more