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…

Anti-Terrorist Surveillance and the Enemy Within

[published in CounterPunch, 27 February, 2015] Just over a year after September 11, 2001 the Metropolitan Transport Authority of New York City ran the series of ads, “If you see something, say something,” forewarning subway commuters of abandoned bags or rucksacks left under subway platform or…

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…