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…

A Brief Genealogy of Disappearance and Murder

[published in CounterPunch, 23 November, 2015] The notion of disappearance has existed throughout time involving the absence of an individual or group of people and can be found throughout historical tales and literature.  Originally disappearance took place during the Roman Empire as a means of discursive disappearance:  damnatio memoriae (literally…

An Afternoon With Harry Belafonte

[Part of this interview was published with The Huffington Post, 17 October, 2012] I caught up Harry Belafonte at a press conference at the Locarno Film Festival.  Mr. Belafonte spoke eloquently about the very important role that art plays in politics, his roots in social activism, music…