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…

Cyber Trolls and the Ineluctability of Online Abuse

[published in Medium, 24 March, 2016] On 7 February, 2016 NYMag.com published Jesse Singal’s phenomenally researched and written piece, “How the Fight Over Transgender Kids Got a Leading Sex Researcher Fired,” which details the mishandling of an investigation and the defamation of the target of this…