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…

Islamophobia and the Aegis of Freedom of Speech

[published in CounterPunch, 12 May, 2015] In 2002, I would meet up with two friends, a couple, for frequent dinners in New York.  My friends had this theatrical side of their relationship where they would “critique” conservative ideologies employing the effect and tone of certain comedy…

Biopower and Security

[published in CounterPunch, 27 February, 2015] In The History of Sexuality: The Will to Knowledge (L’histoire de la sexualité, La volonté de savoir), Michel Foucault defines biopower as the practices engaged by the modern state to effect an “an explosion of numerous and diverse techniques for achieving the…