Lecturer in Criminology, University of Ulster, and Executive Board, International State Crime Initiative
Kristian Lasslett is currently Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Ulster and a member of the International State Crime Initiative’s Executive Board. He is editor of the State Crime Testimony Project and joint editor-in-chief of State Crime. Kristian has conducted extensive fieldwork in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the United States, and has published papers on state crime and criminological theory in leading international journals. His first book State Crime on the Margins of Empire (Pluto Press) is forthcoming. Presently Kristian is carrying out research on land grabbing, corruption and civil society in Papua New Guinea.
UKIP is not a protest party or indeed an anti-establishment beachhead, it is simply a zany sibling of the two political wings of neoliberal rule. As a result, UKIP will not offer working class voters substantive answers to contemporary dilemmas.
The consensus among the programme's critics is that the music-icon organised several hours of tiresome leftist drivel - the word left has been echoed again and again. Behind this criticism is a stance that is both dangerous and ingenious at the same time.
Over the coming days and weeks, plenty will be said on Chavez. Some analysis will be fair and well researched; other accounts will pass through the distorting lens of Western interests. As the case of Suharto demonstrates, this lens can play optical tricks, indeed millions can be wiped from the record.
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When Julian Assange and Wikileaks released a cache of US government cables in 2010, Australia's prime minister, Julia Gillard, denounced the leak in the strongest terms. Fast forward three years, and it would appear the Australian government has had a road to Damascus experience.
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