Chris Floyd is an American journalist now based in Great Britain. He is the UK correspondent for Truthout.org. For 10 years, he wrote the weekly Global Eye political column for The Moscow Times and St. Petersburg Times. His writings also appear in The Nation, Columbia Journalism Review, The Baltimore Chronicle, The Bergen Record and elsewhere around the world. His book, Empire Burlesque, is published by Expathos Books.
His report, Into the Dark: The Pentagon Plan to Foment Terrorism, was chosen as one of ProjectCensored's Top 25 Stories of2002/2003. His pieces have been anthologized in Media Democracy in Action: Censored 2004 and his work attracts a wide international audience, particularly in Europe, North America, and Australia. His columns are regularly featured on many other sites on the internet at sites including ICH, Lewrockwell.com, Bradblog, Salon, Counterpunch, Democratic Underground, The Smirking Chimp, Booman Tribune, William Bowles, Political Cortex and many more.
His career began in the hills and valleys of Tennessee and down in the piney swamps of southern Mississippi, covering moonshine raids, shotgun murders, drug-running evangelists, racial conflicts, the economic ravages of the Reagan Administration, and the relentless, turbulent campaign of the Religious Right to gain political power and cultural dominance throughout the "heartland." He returned to his home ground in the late 1990s, where he won awards for his coverage of a deadly hostage shootout and a bloody melee between county officials – swapping charges of corruption and adultery – at a school board meeting.
Floyd spent several years in the depths of the military-industrial complex, working for a security-restricted federal research laboratory on projects dealing with energy conservation, global warming, space travel, transportation, robotics, artificial intelligence and military logistics. On the side, he published fiction and poetry in various now-forgotten journals and taught Russian literature at the University of Tennessee. Later, he annotated Shakespeare, 19th century British poetry and American literature for a start-up company producing multi-media CD editions of literary works for colleges and schools.
In 1994, he made his way to Russia, where he joined the Moscow Times, an English-language daily and one of the first independent newspapers of the post-Soviet era. There he spent two years – the high casino of the tumultuous Yeltsin era – and began writing the "Global Eye" column, which he continued after returning to the United States in 1996. He was also the Times' movie reviewer from 1996 to 2000.
From 1998 to 2000, Floyd, a writer for over 20 years, was the editor of Science & Spirit, an Oxford quarterly journal dealing with the contentious relationship between science and religion. His work there included interviews with such thinkers as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, Frans de Waal, V.S. Ramachandran and other contributors from around the world including Islamic scientists, Jewish theologians, militant atheists, Nobel Prize-winning physicists, as well as authors such as Freeman Dyson, Paul Davies, Lisa Jardine, A.N. Wilson, John Polkinghorne.
"I'm a longtime fan of Floyd's writing. He combines literary flair, historical awareness and opinions I agree with."
Jonathan Schwarz of 'A Tiny Revolution'.
"Once again I have the pleasure of introducing one of my favorite writers for a spot of guest blogging. An American journalist living in London [England], whose column on world affairs, "Global Eye", is published weekly in The Moscow Times, proprietor of the excellent blog Empire Burlesque, and a good friend of both The BRAD BLOG and The Whispering Campaign."
Chris Floyd's writing is unsurpassable. I advise everybody to get his book Empire Burlesque, in which he delivers the most searing, eloquent AND informative indictment of the Bush regime!
Paul in the Netherlands
Chris Floyd's writing reminds me of Jonathan Swift's 'Modest Proposal' on English colonialist murder of the colonized Irish.