TMO Politics

A Baghdad Journal – Asne Seierstad

When Asne Seierstad wrote The Bookseller of Kabul, she wanted to do something few war reporters do – get personal. Hence she abandoned the front lines to move in with an Afghan family and write a book about their troubled lives. In doing so she provided a poignant insight to the drudgery of the “old […]

Digging in the dirt – searching for facts and figures in the Peak Oil production debate.

In 1956 M. King Hubbert predicted that oil production in the US states (the 48 lower US states to be precise) would peak in the early 1970s. His pronouncement was greeted with derision but proved quite accurate. He also predicted that world oil production would peak in the 1990s – not knowing then that the […]

”Iraq’s Perilous Election and the Need for Exit Strategies”

Just two weeks from Iraq’s general elections that decide who will sit on the 275-member national assembly, Baghdad’s course toward that end grows more perilous each day. Attacks on U.S. forces have grown deadlier; ambushes of Iraq’s budding security forces are increasingly successful; the marginal stability that presently exists is being further threatened by the […]

Chaos in the City. Architecture, Modernism and Peak Oil Production – James Kunstler in Interview

Some people seem to take pleasure in boasting about how long it takes them to drive to work. Like the Yorkshire men in the Monty Python sketch, they get up half an hour before going to bed the night before in order to arrive at work on time in the morning. They live, for the […]

Hungary’s Referendum on Dual Citizenship: A Small Victory for Europeanism

As the European Union consolidates its expansion into Eastern Europe, its Western European core is forced to confront the consequences of its past as a competitive nation-state system. The modern European state system was grafted onto Eastern Europe at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries with the collapse of the […]

Imagine Sarajevo

When students were asked to express their hopes and dreams for the future on canvas, they painted motorways. They wanted fast and effective escape routes. When the brushes were handed to children from the orphanage, they refused to use colour. All their painting was done in black These and many other illustrative responses from Sarajevo's […]

Dispelling the myth. The realities of organ trafficking. Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes in interview.

“Part of it is to get out from under the idea that this is all mythical” says Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes, speaking from the headquarters of Organs Watch, an organisation founded in 1999, operating out of the University of California, and with a research presence in over a dozen countries . Indeed, the myths surrounding organ […]

EU finally to say ‘Yes’ to Turkey?

The decision by the European Commission to recommend the EU open accession negotiations with Turkey is a momentous one. It has been a long time coming. The Turkish application for membership was first lodged back in 1963. Over the past decade Turkey has watched thirteen countries negotiate with and then join the EU whilst it […]

Sinister Nexus – Berlusconi and the culture of corruption. David Lane in interview.

David Lane's book Berlusconi's Shadow was to originally have been titled The Sinister Nexus, until a pragmatic intervention from the publishers put Silvio Berlusconi firmly in the spotlight. It was a reasonable change, as Berlusconi is most certainly the central character of the book, but the original title reveals the ambition of the book. &ldquoI […]

The Best Democracy Money can Buy. Greg Palast in interview.

&ldquoThe more it changes the more it stays the same” says Greg Palast, this cold and wet Saturday three days before one of the most hotly contested elections in American History. Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money can Buy was the journalist who broke the story about the illegal removal of thousands of voters […]