AboutI am a recent anthropology PhD and writer who studies digital media and politics in the former USSR. I write a regular column for Al Jazeera and contribute to Foreign Policy and other publications.
- "Once the social contract is shredded, once the deal is off, only suckers still play by the rules." guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun… 7 hours ago
Monthly Archives: September 2012
For Al Jazeera, I examine recent controversies over freedom of speech: The battle lines of free speech are often drawn over the banal. One strategy of those who seek to minimise the argument of the offended party is to scoff … Continue reading
In my latest Al Jazeera column, I take on the misguided use of the phrase ‘the Muslim world’ to describe the very small number of Muslims participating in violent action against the West: It is time to retire the phrase … Continue reading
I have received a lot of emails and comments from Azerbaijanis critical of my Al Jazeera article on Ramil Safarov, The axe murderer who became a Facebook hero. Most of them were from Azerbaijanis saying that Safarov should be considered … Continue reading
For Al Jazeera, I write about the strange, sad case of Ramil Safarov, the Azerbaijani officer who murdered an Armenian officer at a NATO camp in Hungary in 2004, was sentenced to prison in 2006, and was extradited last week … Continue reading
The same week my article The Closing of American Academia appeared in Al Jazeera, three other anthropologists published works criticizing labor conditions in the discipline. The American Anthropological Association responded with a blog post dividing our articles into “two camps”: one … Continue reading