The Investigatory Powers Bill and Privacy Protections in the UK

[published in CounterPunch, 11 March, 2016] Since writing about the threat of iPhone privacy in the US and the UK in January, political lines have been drawn with Mark Zuckerberg siding with Apple and Bill Gates standing with the FBI in this ongoing debate. But how private is the…

The Fueling of Xenophobia and New Economic Tests for UK Residence

[published in CounterPunch, 22 January, 2016] In 2012 it was announced that the UK government was planning to limit migration to those outside the EU uniquely to those individuals earning more than £35,000. This pay threshold was to be the first time that the British government…

The Trap of (In)Visibility and the Erasure of Difference

[published in CounterPunch, 15 January, 2016] One of the best articles I read in 2015 was Adolph Reed’s “From Jenner to Dolezal” wherein Reed critiques the language of identity politics in this year’s almost coetaneous “outings” of Bruce Jenner and Rachel Dolezal. Reed’s critique takes to task…