Crazy in Port-au-Prince

[published in CounterPunch, 9 January, 2015] There are days when the tap tap comes and goes regularly; other days when you are left waiting for hours as people shove by, pushing one another, jumping onto the empty tap tap. Men can be the most brutal and in order to jump…

“J.C. Duvalier, Bon Retour!”

[published in CounterPunch, 7 October, 2014] This is an extract from Julian Vigo’s latest book to be released this month, Earthquake in Haiti: The Pornography of Poverty and the Politics of Development (Baobab Tree Books, 2015). A graffiti inscription which crossed my path—quite literally—in the Delmas region of Port-au-Prince…

Dispelling Fictions and Disrupting Hashtags

[published in CounterPunch, 25 August, 2016] Last week there was a hashtag assault on gender critical women called #TERFweek enacted by a handful of transgender activists on the Internet which resulted in the usual series of straw man arguments and fictions crafted about anyone who writes critiques of gender. The usual…