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…

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…