In the Media

The following list does not consist of articles that I have written for the media, but rather those instances where I have been interviewed or otherwise quoted, for print, radio, and television, and cases where articles of mine have been translated and/or reproduced by other media organizations.

2017. Slouching Towards Sirte was featured in two consecutive interviews with the publisher–Robin Philpot of Baraka Books (Montreal)–on RT's "Watching the Hawks". You can see the individual videos on RT for November 29 and November 30, or see the combination of the two interviews below:

2017. Cited by: Zero Hedge, "Libya’s Slave Auctions and African Genocide: What Hillary Knew" (November 15), and reppublished on

2017. Cited by: John Wight, "US Military Deaths in Niger: Who, What Is AFRICOM?" Sputnik News, October 23.

2017. Cited by: Yves Engler, "NDP differences on international policy need to be debated,", April 2.

2016. Interviewed for "WikiLeaks’ Motivations Aren’t What You Think," Huffington Post, August 4.

2015. Interviewed for Shadow War in the Sahara, 2014, by Roberto Coen and Eric Nadler. Documentary, 52 min. Paris: Crescendo Films, released in 2015 (with participation of CNC, support by Media programme of EU; co-produced with Transformer Films and ARTE). See extracts below:

Guerre de l'hombre au Sahara – Teaser from Transformer Films on Vimeo.

2015. History Watch Project–Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean: Memory, Identity, and the Politics of History. Interviewed by Dr. Audra Diptee of Carleton University. ("In this podcast, Dr. Maximilian Forte of Concordia University is in conversation with Dr. Audra A. Diptee of the History Watch Project. Dr. Forte discusses memory, identity, and the politics of history as it relates to the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean") March 31. Go to this page, or try the soundcloud below.

2013. Interviewed by Phil Taylor of The Taylor Report (University of Toronto, CIUT 89.5 FM). ("Phil gets to interview Maximillian C. Forte on his new book, "Slouching Towards Sirte." He also comments on the applicability of his book to Syria and Mali.") January 28. Click here for the podcast and program information, or listen using the player below.

2013. Program information: "The NATO mission in Libya back in 2011 was very popular. But is everyone convinced with a democratic Libya? The Political Bouillon asks Dr. Maximilian C. Forte what he thinks about this new Libya." January 20.

2012. Interviewed by Scotty Reid, Black Talk Radio News ("interview with Dr. Maximilian C. Forte. He works in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Concordia University and has a new book out titled Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO's War on Libya and Africa. The book looks at among other things, the overthrow of the Gaddafi government in Libya, the lies told to achieve this and the racist aftermath), December 14. Apologies: the audio quality is not the best–you can either listen to the file below, or on YouTube:

2012. Interviewed by Brendan Stone, CFMU 93.3 FM, Unusual Sources” (Maximilian C. Forte does not let us forget about what happened in Libya – from the propaganda build-up to the NATO intervention to the punishing aftermath. His new book, Slouching Towards Sirte, serves as both an investigation and a warning: what happened to Libya can happen elsewhere), December 12. Click here for the podcast and program information, or listen here and here, or simply listen to the file below:

2012. Interviewed by Brendan Stone, CFMU 93.3 FM, Unusual Sources” (As calls for military intervention in Syria multiply, Maximilian Forte takes us back to the devastation left behind in Libya, site of the previous intervention. Has enough of the world learned from Libya to stop an attack on Syria?), February 14. Click here for the podcast, or download the file and program information with supporting articles, or listen below:

2012. Interviewed on RT (Russia Today) “Cross Talk” with Peter Lavelle, for a half-hour of debate on February 1: “Syrious Rebels” dealing with rebels and protesters in Syria, civil war, “democracy,” the role of the UN, geopolitics, foreign policy, intervention, and imperialism in seeking regime change. From RT's description of the episode (with the original video): “Will the international community resort to force in Syria? What if Assad stays in power for much longer than most experts predict? And will Syrians be able to topple the Assad government without foreign interference? Is Syria the next Libya or will it follow its own unique path? CrossTalking with Marwa Daoudy, Maximilian Forte and David Pollock on Feb. 1.”

2011. Interviewed by Pedro Gatos, KOOP 91.7 FM (Austin, Texas), for the hour-long “Bringing Light Into Darkness” show on Monday, 19 December, 6:00-7:00pm. (Dealing with the myths used to justify and rationalize the war against Libya, the consequences of foreign military intervention, the purposes of the intervention, the logic of responsibility to protect [R2P], comparisons between the wars against Iraq and Libya, and the war crimes and crimes against humanity executed by our forces with impunity). No podcast is available.

2011. Interviewed by Michael Slate, Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM (Los Angeles), 98.7 FM (Santa Barbara), “The Michael Slate Show” (“Maximilian Forte on 'A Victory for the Libyan People?: The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya.' Since Colonel Gaddafi has lost his military hold in the war against NATO and the insurgents/rebels/new regime, numerous talking heads have taken to celebrating this war as a 'success'. They believe this is a 'victory of the Libyan people' and that we should all be celebrating”), 16 September, podcast temporarily available for download here, or listen below:

2011. Interviewed by Denis Rancourt, CHUO 89.1 FM (Ottawa), “5 O'Clock Train” (“about…criticisms of the UN Security Council, NATO, R2P doctrine, war crimes in Libya, and more”–also featuring a selection of songs to accompany the interview), 15 September, podcast on the Internet archive, here, or listen below:

2011. Interviewed by  Riaz Sayani-Mulji and Ryan Sparrow, CFMU 93.3 FM, “Progressive Voices” (“…on NATO's war in Libya and whether this was a popular uprising against Gaddafi, the identities of the Libyan rebels, Western media coverage of the war, Libya's place in the greater politics of Africa and the Middle East, and more”), 25 August. Podcast on, or listen below.

Also here:

2011. Cited by Jay Tavare, "Divide and Conquer," The Huffington Post, 24 August.

2011. Interviewed by Brendan Stone, CFMU 93.3 FM, Unusual Sources” (on “left-wing” imperialism, the Euston Manifesto, civilizational anxiety, “humanitarian” interventionism, exporting “freedom” and “democracy,” social and economic rights, the war in Libya, understanding the many faces of Muammar Gaddafi, demonization and angelization, consumer society), 24 August. Click here for the podcast, or listen below. Also reproduced on Investigating the New Imperialism as "Military Colonization: The Return of the NATO/Cruise Missile Left."

2011. Interviewed by Phil Taylor, CIUT 89.5 FM, “The Taylor Report” (on liberal imperialism, “humanitarian” interventionism, human rights, and the media), 15 August. Click here  for the podcast, or listen below.

2011. Interviewed by Brendan Stone, CFMU 93.3 FM, “Unusual Sources” (on Libya, race, mercenaries, and the media), 27 April. The podcast is also available here, and here, or listen below.

2010. Interviewed by War News Radio for “Leaked,” 29 October. Click to listen below.

2010. My article from CounterPunch, “A War on Wikileaks,” used as one of the bases for an article in Venezuela’s Correo del Orinoco, “EEUU amenaza a los soldados que busquen consultar los documentos – El Pentágono pretende callar a Wikileaks,” 17 August.

2010. Interviewed for “Coverage of the G20 proved Twitter’s news edge,” by Antonia Zerbisias, The Star, July 11.

2010. Interviewed by War News Radio for “The Human Terrain,” June 18. Transcript. Click to listen below.

2010. Interviewed for “Building Heroes: Professors protest Project Hero as military PR ploy,” by Cameron Fenton, The Dominion, 31 May.

2010. Reproduction of article on AFRICOM, “SCRATs: AFRICOM after the Human Terrain System,” in The Accra Mail of Ghana, 02 June, and in Modern Ghana, June1.

2010. Interviewed on Al Jazeera Arabic, In Depth, Monday, 19 April 2010.

2010. Interviewed for “The Ethnography of an Air-Strike: Canada’s military academics in the Afghan war and at home,” by Cameron Fenton, The Dominion, 12 April.

2010. Zero Anthropology was featured in Public Anthropology Reviews: “Blogging Anthropology: Savage Minds, Zero Anthropology, and AAA Blogs,” by David H. Price, American Anthropologist, 112 (1) March 2010, pages 140-142 (available here and here).

2009. Reproduction and translation into Arabic of my article, “America’s Iranian Twitter Revolution,” on Al Jazeera, June 28.

2009. Interviewed for “Date line: #IranElection: Have Twitter and social media been co-opted to replace a more conventional attack on Iran,” by Amira Howeidy, Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt), Issue No. 953, 25 June – 1 July.

  • The above article was translated into Arabic, and published in Lebanon’s newspaper, As-Safir on June 26.

  • Also translated into Spanish, and published in Cuba’s CubaDebate as "Twitter, del miedo y las ilusiones," on 19 January, 2010.

2009. Quoted by and interview request from Farah Stockman, Boston Globe, for “Anthropologist’s War Death Reverberates,” Boston Globe, 12 February.

2008. Derek Walcott’s response “metaphors of Caribbean historical consciousness” on the BBC, 24 December.

2008. Interviewed by Hamida Ghafour, The National (United Arab Emirates), for “Use of Social Scientists in War Sparks Controversy,” The National, Saturday, 29 November, p. 20.

2008. “A Brief Overview of the History of Arima’s Indigenous People,” Newsday (Trinidad & Tobago), Tuesday, 14 October, Section B, p. 23.

2008. Interviewed by Maria Glod for “Military's Social Science Grants Raise Alarm,” The Washington Post, Sunday, 3 August, p. A05.

2006. One hour interview on “Indigenous Resurgence in the Caribbean,” on The Nightwolf Show, hosted by Jay Winter Nightwolf, WPFW Pacifica Radio, 89.3 FM, Washington DC; Sunday, August 6, 8:00-9:00pm–available for listening below:

About Maximilian Forte

Anthropologist focusing on imperialism, neoliberalism, militarization, "humanitarian intervention," decolonization, Indigenous movements, and other topics in Political Anthropology. In addition, he teaches courses on visual anthropology, media ethnographies, and cultural imperialism. He is a full Professor in the Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. Please direct comments and inquiries to