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…

Panopticism and Pre-Emptive Discipline in the UK

[published in CounterPunch, 19 September, 2014] The Panopticon functions as a kind of laboratory of power.  Thanks to its mechanisms of observation, it gains in efficiency and in the ability to penetrate into men’s behaviour; knowledge follows the advances of power, discovering new object of knowledge over…