'Breaking' the news cycle…
Throughout his 17-year career, Dr. Nafeez Ahmed has broken exclusive investigative stories on major international security issues encompassing foreign policy, terrorism, national security, the environment, and business.
His work has been published in The Guardian, VICE, Independent on Sunday, The Independent, The Scotsman, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Quartz, New York Observer, The New Statesman, Prospect, Le Monde diplomatique, Raw Story, New Internationalist, Huffington Post UK, Al-Arabiya English, AlterNet, The Ecologist, and Asia Times, among other places.
In 2014, Nafeez's Guardian blog, Earth insight, where he covered the geopolitics of the environment, was terminated because he reported the role of Gaza's offshore gas resources in motivating Israeli military interventions there. The full story of that experience is available here in an article titled, 'Palestine is not an environment story.'
Since 2015, he has focused on running the crowdfunded investigative journalism platform, INSURGE intelligence. Using the website Patreon.com, INSURGE is funded entirely by readers through subscription-based micro-payments. He is currently developing INSURGE into a global intelligence platform and social network for coordinated action.
Since 2015, INSURGE has published over 100 original long-form investigations, covering climate change, energy challenges, food crises, political corruption, national security, foreign policy, and beyond.
INSURGE’s approach is not to cover what others are already reporting, but to do original reporting that produces exclusive stories, along with new insights into what’s really driving the headlines. This relentless approach has frequently impacted the mainstream news cycle, and reached millions of people worldwide.
Exclusive stories broken by INSURGE have been covered by USA Today, Global Post, The Guardian, Salon, The Independent, Washington Post, The Metro, The Week, Daily Star, News Corp's news.com.au, Forward, Forbes, Business Insider, Think Progress, Clean Technica, Discovery News, Channel 4 News, Columbia Journalism Review, Gigaom, Ha’aretz, El-Horizonte (Mexico broadsheet), Contra Magazine (Germany), Rubikon News (Germany), Rebelion (Spain), Delo (Slovenia broadsheet), EnviroNews, Der Standard (Austria broadsheet) Al-Jazeera English, Future Zone, Science Post (France), and the German national press including Die Welt, News.de, General Anzeiger, FOCUS Online, WAZ (Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung), Hamburger Abendblatt, Ostthuringer Zeitung, Junge Welt, German TV news channel n-TV, and Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten.
Nafeez's pioneering investigative work challenging government narratives around international terrorism has impacted official inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic.
Nafeez's first book, The War on Freedom, which critically investigated the Bush administration's narrative of events before and after 9/11, is archived in the ‘9/11 Commission Materials’ Special Collection at the US National Archives in Washington DC – it was among 99 books made available to each 9/11 Commissioner of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States to use during their investigations. It was also the first book used by members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee to help set the lines of inquiry for the 9/11 Commission. In 2005, Nafeez testified in US Congress on his investigative work on Western sponsorship of Islamist militant groups for geopolitical purposes. That testimony was televised nationally on C-SPAN, and can be read via the Congressional Record.
His fourth book, The London Bombings, was launched in the House of Lords by Lord Rea and supported by two 7/7 survivors, John Tulloch and Rachel North. The London Bombings was the basis of Nafeez's special 7/7 investigative report sponsored and launched by Britain's leading human rights law firm, Garden Court Chambers, with the support of Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. The report became mandatory reading for all legal counsel in the Coroner's Inquest into the London Bombings of 7 July 2005.
In 2015, Nafeez won the Project Censored Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for his Guardian story on the energy politics of the Ukraine crisis.
The previous year he won another Project Censored Award for his first ever Guardian article covering the heightened risk of civil unrest due to climate-induced food crises.
Nafeez's media appearances include BBC Newsnight, BBC's The Big Questions, BBC News 24, BBC World Today, BBC World News with George Alagiah, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Asian Network, Channel 4 News, Sky News, CNN, ABC News (Australia), FOX News with Sean Hannity, Bloomberg, PBS Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, Radio New Zealand, and many others worldwide.
Nafeez once had a verbal spat with the late Christopher Hitchens on the pages of Vanity Fair about Gore Vidal. This culminated in Nafeez's widely-shared longread take-down of Hitchens in the Independent on Sunday.