Investigations, campaigns and reportage

Military conflict in Ukraine 

Stop calling warmongers “anti-war activists”. An open letter to members of the Stop the War coalition. October 2016.

War in Ukraine and the trade unions. A talk I gave at the Book branch of the NUJ in September 2014.

The Gongadze investigation

Investigation into the death of the Ukrainian journalist Gyorgy Gongadze. I authored or co-authored four reports on the case, published by the International Federation of Journalists and other NGOs. Downloadable here:  no. 1, no. 2, no. 3 and no. 4.

Ukraine in the 1990s

Fighting Back in Ukraine: a worker who took on the bureaucrats and bosses, a pamphlet I published in 1997 together with Oleg Dubrovskii, a factory worker and militant activist based in Dnepropetrovsk, is now available on the libcom site here. The pamphlet is mainly an extended interview with Oleg about his activism, from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Felix Pirani (my dad)

My dad Felix, who died on 31 December 2015 aged 87, was a mathematician (a specialist in relativity theory) and a passionate believer in social justice. Here’s an obituary in the Guardian and one in the Telegraph.

Here is an article from the American Physical Society journal (11 February 2016) describing the discovery of gravitational waves, and my dad’s contribution to the science that paved the way for it.

Here is a copy of an interview he gave to the New Scientist on 11 February 1971, Activism With Feeling.

Palestine

Don’t censor Nigel Kennedy. A letter to the BBC, 20 August 2013.

Reports on the oil industry

Shell in Nigeria – oil and gas reserves crisis and political risks: shared concerns for investors and producer-communities. A briefing to Shell shareholders, June 2004. Read about it, and download it here.

Behind the mask of corporate social responsibility: Shell in Nigeria – Christian Aid report, January 2004. I contributed the case study on Shell in Nigeria to this report. Downloadable here.

The UK miners’ strike

Polmaise: The Fight For A Pit, by John McCormack, is republished on line here in March 2015. John was the pit delegate at Polmaise, whose miners played a leading role in the fight against mine closures in Scotland from 1982, which fed into the national strike of 1984-85. I “ghost wrote” the book, first published in 1989.

Reviews, comments and reportage

I turned down a date with gorgeous George. February 2017

Obituary of Ngo Van, Vietnamese revolutionary (written with Hilary Horrocks) – Revolutionary History web site, January 2005

Russian workers find their voice again – Labour News Network, March 2000

Unsung genius among great modern Russian novelists: Vasili Grossman – The Jewish Chronicle, 17 February 2000

Articles about oil and business 

“Cracking the new Atlantic triangle”, Variant magazine, Spring 2007. Downloadable here

“Better to leave the oil in the ground” – Emerging Markets, 18 September 2006

Women in the driving seat in Russian journalism – The Journalist, March 2006

Wolfowitz angers France with rankings – ­ Emerging Markets, 22 September 2005

Commodity banks relish Chinese domestic market ­ – Metal Bulletin, 16 November 2004

Now or never for big metals projects – Project Finance magazine, October 2004

The Trotskyist movement in the 1970-80s

The break up of the WRP – from the horse’s mouth

Healy was not “framed”: he was a serial sexual and emotional abuser

Facts About G. Healy and his Followers (facsimile of leaflet published in 1986)

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