The Notting Hill Carnival Remembers Grenfell Tower

August 26, 2019

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon in Ladbroke Grove, West London. The Grenfell community has been preparing to welcome over a million people to the Notting Hill Carnival on August 25-26. I am sitting with Grenfell community leader and musician Niles Hailstones in a cafe across the street from...

Grenfell Tower: A Symbol of All That is Wrong?

June 22, 2017

The Grenfell Tower fire exposes deep inequality in Britain. “Sometimes there is a news story that has a power that reaches beyond the material facts.” This is how British comedian-turned-activist Russell Brand opens his Trews segment on the Grenfell Tower disaster. “The image of a burning...

The World This Week: A Tale of Two Kensingtons

June 18, 2017

In North Kensington, a tower block on fire brings into stark focus increasing inequalities of the UK’s Thatcherite state. This week, two unconventional young men took charge in Europe. After his victory at the presidential polls, the 39-year-old Emmanuel Macron led La République en Marche,...

Yes, the Grenfell Tower Fire is Political

June 17, 2017

No one party is responsible for the disaster in London: local or national, Labour or Conservative — they all are. One of the key functions of the state is to protect its citizens. Much of the debate in the United Kingdom’s recent general election focused on the government’s role in...