Theresa May: Last Woman Standing

[published in CounterPunch, 15 July, 2016] For all the talk from both Brexit and Lexit about the undemocratic nature of the European Union, one would hardly recognise the taciturn silence from both groups as Theresa May stepped up on Wednesday to take over as Great Britain’s next…

Of Cannibals: The Chilcot Report and Never-Ending War

[published in CounterPunch, 14 May, 2016] Michel de Montaigne once described the ceremonies of the Tupinambá in Brazil in his celebrated essay, “Of Cannibals” (1580) wherein he compares the cannibalism of these people to the 16th century barbarism within Europe: I find that there is nothing barbarous…

Xenophobia in the UK

[published in CounterPunch, 1 July, 2016] One of the first times I experienced serious xenophobia in the UK was when a car, which had made an illegal turn, almost hit me on my bike. I shouted at him. He heard my accent. Then followed me and shouted…