AidCoin: a revolution in humanitarian financing

Introduction The World Humanitarian Summit has opened up a space for debate in the humanitarian sector. Questions about how humanitarian action is financed — where the money comes from, the channels through which it goes, and the way in which it is finally disbursed — have been the focus…

Time under water

You think of these migraines as something outside yourself. When you wake from that afternoon hibernation, you think to yourself: “Is it gone yet?” No, it hasn’t gone yet. It rides you like guilt, bearing you down. It throbs and writhes just beneath the skin…

Es-Tu, Charlie?

I’m deeply sorry for those killed in the attack on Charlie Hebdo and its aftermath, and for the pain of their families and friends. I have to say these things in advance of anything else I write, because – well, because those are the things…

Horse Phantoms

A couple of months ago, I published Four Species of Ghost, a knife crime on the body of psycho-geography, in Kamenzind Beograd Issue 5. Four Species is partly an homage to Iain Sinclair, whose work has been hugely influential in how I understand the city…

Writing off Iraq

This month the White Review published my non fiction piece Every Night is like a Disco: Iraq, 2003, which only took me 11 years to write. I had it in notes, in my head, for that whole time; I always intended to write something, especially…

Your Berlin is a Wonderland

Thanks to the Wonderland crew, I spent last week in Berlin touring a cross-section of the city’s most Berlin-ish urban developments. Berlin isn’t the city it was – the relentless teeth of global capital and recession angst have really started to bite in the last…

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ImprovE @ Bivsi

15. Oktobar 2014. Bivši Bar. ImprovE 2.22. Fight night. ROUND 1: Gastarbeiter vs Stang. ROUND 2: Lobotune vs Filtercutter. ROUND 3: Emily joins us on accordion. VERDICT: We all shake hands and part as friends. We got your recording of Round 1 right here. Post-production: Igor…

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Scene V. Dunsinane. Within the castle.

I originally submitted The tiger waiting on the shore to Nature magazine because I’d been enjoying the Nature Futures podcast. This week Nature selected the story for the podcast, and I had the pleasure of listening to Noah Baker read it. I have no idea…

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Danas Mirabilis

And so it came to pass that Aeon and Nature both published one of my pieces on the same day. The Humanitarian Future was difficult. The original article was trying to be three things: a potted history of the modern humanitarian sector, an outline of…