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Declaring Crime to be a Public Health Emergency: Trinidad & Tobago Out Front

Maximilian C. Forte , July 22nd, 2022

When it should be that the declaration of a public health emergency is itself the crime. “There are efforts being made to ensure that countries respond in the…


Focaalblog: New Times? Confronting the Escalating Crises of Global Capitalism

Focaal Web Editor , July 5th, 2022

Karl Polanyi Research Center for Global Social Studies and the Commission on Global Transformations and Marxian Anthropology – IUAES, in cooperation with the Working Group for Public Sociology…


Day 3 of A Citizens’ Hearing: Examining Canada’s Covid Response

Maximilian C. Forte , July 1st, 2022

The final day of hearings focused on family law in the context of courts that simply uphold, without any question, state doctrine on the Covid so-called “vaccines” and…


Day 2 of A Citizens’ Hearing: Examining Canada’s Covid Response

Maximilian C. Forte , June 29th, 2022

The Citizens’ Hearing is, “an independent inquiry into Canada’s response to Covid-19. We will hear evidence from scientists, legal experts, and healthcare providers, as well as test…


Day 1 of A Citizens’ Hearing: Examining Canada’s Covid Response

Maximilian C. Forte , June 27th, 2022

From Wednesday, June 22, through Friday, June 24, 2022, a combined effort by the Canadian Covid Care Alliance and Fearless Canada, brought three full days of testimonies that were stre…


Introducing: “Disaster X”

Maximilian C. Forte , June 26th, 2022

Disaster X is a new publication, that is tied to this site: it is available on Substack. Here I just want to briefly introduce the material that already…


Multispecies Anarchism in the Postnuclear World

Anibal Garcia Arregui , April 1st, 2022

Connect the dots between “state”, “imperialism”, and “war”. Add “leaders”, “testosterone” and “nukes”. Look at the picture and tell me anarchism was a bad idea. In effect, as…

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Street Affects in Kashmir

Bushra Punjabi , January 11th, 2022

This piece offers an ‘inside-out’ perspective on everyday life in a militarized space. As a researcher and a Kashmiri, the writer is struggling to document the ordinary-everyday lives…

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Roshan de Silva-Wijeyeratne and James Taylor: State and crisis in Sri Lanka and Thailand: Hearing but not listening in the Theravāda Buddhist world

focaal_admin , December 20th, 2021

Although historically and geographically diverse, but sharing religious cultural roots, contemporary Sri Lanka and Thailand are both characterised by authoritarianism. This parallel cannot be explain…


#PoliticalEngagements: Introduction

Fuad Musallam , September 20th, 2021

Ethnography and Political Engagement This Thematic Thread emerged from a workshop organised (online) at the LSE in February 2021, entitled “In the moment and after the fact: Ethnographic…


Statement of Non-Compliance with Mandatory Vaccination in Canadian Universities

Maximilian C. Forte , August 21st, 2021

First it was not even a university, but Seneca College. Then it was the University of Ottawa. Then Carleton University, the University of Western Ontario, and the University…


On Quebec and its “Vaccine Passport”

Maximilian C. Forte , August 5th, 2021

Since the Government of Quebec under Premier François Legault decided to jump the gun today and announced the coming of “vaccine” certification on September 1st, possibly in response…


The Pandemic Narrative and the War Against the People: Day 2 of an Online Interdisciplinary Symposium

Maximilian C. Forte , August 1st, 2021

Friday, July 30, 2021 was Day #2 of an online international and interdisciplinary symposium organized by Doctors for Covid Ethics (see the report for Day #1). The symposium…


War between good citizens and bad citizens: tools for today’s totalitarianism in Brazil and the Philippines

Cecilia Pe Lero , July 30th, 2021

On May 6, 2021, on the heels of Brazil’s deadliest month since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, special police forces in Rio de Janeiro killed 28 people…


The False Pandemic and the Great Reset: Day 1 of an Online Interdisciplinary Symposium

Maximilian C. Forte , July 30th, 2021

A brief note before the main content for this report: since last publishing to this site I have been occupied with preparing a long and detailed series of…


ResonanceCast #2: Incitement and Coups

Jastinder Kaur , July 30th, 2021

Podcast with Jastinder Kaur and Daniel White, moderated by Ian M. Cook   Allegra Lab · ResonanceCast 2: Incitement And Coups   Referenced articles: Towards an Anthropology of…


Incitement! Incremental Theory for an Imminent Fascism


Maximilian C. Forte , June 6th, 2021

In Part 1 we ended with the documentary’s discussion of the type of business model that has been created around COVID-19, or to match the title of the…



Maximilian C. Forte , June 5th, 2021

On March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization announced that COVID-19’s spread was now a pandemic, and on March 13, 2020, when here in Quebec a total…


Abram Lutes: Anatomy of an Autogolpe: On the consolidation of Nayib Bukele’s power in El Salvador

focaal_admin , May 26th, 2021

For the first time since El Salvador’s mid-20th century military dictatorship, a single political party dominates both the legislative and executive branches of the government, and by all…


Authoritarian vernaculars of the right to truth. Exhuming mass graves in Rwanda and Burundi

Astrid Jamar , May 3rd, 2021

Astrid Jamar (SOAS) and Laura Major (University of Strathclyde) will present on ‘Authoritarian vernaculars of the right to truth. Exhuming mass graves in Rwanda and Burundi’. Gerhard A…


Aliki Angelidou: “It is not the police that enters the universities, but democracy”: Greek universities as spearhead of an authoritarian turn

focaal_admin , March 18th, 2021

On February 22nd police forces entered the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, heavily beating many students, arresting 31 of them, and teargasing all those present, including…


Imagining the #PostCoronaUniversity in Brazil

Claiton da Silva , June 29th, 2020

Frequently, we Brazilian scholars have received concerned questions from foreign colleagues asking what the h… is happening in Brazil. In fact, the situation in the country since June…


Allegro vivace… the Italian laboratory, for better or for worse

Alessandro Monsutti , April 7th, 2020

This little essay was conceived wandering in the Swiss countryside. I’m on sabbatical leave and my whole work and travel program has been disrupted by the measures taken…