Julian Vigo
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Julian Vigo is a scholar, filmmaker, artist, permaculturalist, dj, yogi, and human rights consultant. A specialist in contemporary ethnography, cultural studies, cinema, postcolonial theory, and media and gender studies, she has taught at universities across the world and writes for writes for Truthout, CounterPunch, HK01, a-n, and n.paradoxa. Her latest book is Earthquake in Haiti: The Pornography of Poverty and the Politics of Development (2015). For other articles written by Julian Vigo see: Medium, Endoplasm, and OneWorld. Julian Vigo's portal is lubellule.com and she can be reached at julian.vigo@gmail.com.

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A Holiday from Labour Madness

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2016 | (18:09)

As the Labour Party is continues its total meltdown that rivals any Shonda Rhimes production (actually, at this point I think it outdoes Rhimes), many mere mortals are considering a holiday from the everyday of their work and this utter political mess.  I have been educating myself as...

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School's Out For Summer - Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2016 | (13:44)

For those with children this week marks the end of the school year which brings much excitement to children around the country, but economic worry to many of those parents who struggle to find places and even to afford holiday childcare over the next six weeks.  This is an...

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On Leslie Jones and Racism as Usual: Another Chapter of Twitter Depravity

(0) Comments | Posted 20 July 2016 | (13:10)

It is hardly surprising that Black Lives Matter is a cultural and social imperative after the slew of media reports of black men and women being gunned down in the streets and being murdered at the hands of police officers in the USA.  It would be a...

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A Serpent's Egg Redux: Labour and the Disconnect with the Working Class

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2016 | (09:57)

For much of the past ten days I have been engaged in a series of online and real-life discussions with complete strangers, friends, friends of FaceBook friends, and so forth over the political crises in the United Kingdom.  Where one conversation ends another begins in one long somnambulant push to understand what...

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The UK's Xenophobia Problem

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2016 | (20:10)

Sayeeda Warsi has recently left the leave campaign over xenophobic tactics citing her reasons to the BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday: "Because day after day what are we hearing? The refugees are coming, the rapists are coming, the Turks are coming." Warsi continued, "This kind of nudge-nudge,...

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Green Transport in the Age Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2016 | (23:32)

Hydrogen fuel cell automobiles have been slow to make it from testing to the retail market with heated disagreements as to fuel cell sustainability as a viable ecological option to petrol or electricity-based fuels.  The first such car debuted in 2008 with the production of the Honda FCX...

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Legal Debates on Decryption and "Contents of the Mind"

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2016 | (18:52)

On 25 February, Magistrate Alicia G Rosenburg signed the first ever seizure warrant for a fingerprint to unlock the iPhone of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan in Los Angeles. This move came as a surprise to privacy and security advocates since FBI Director James Comey has been actively complaining about encryption...

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Racism in Sentencing From Stanford to London

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2016 | (08:24)

Nostradamus is reputed to have foretold the atrocities of Hitler, the atomic bomb, the even the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.  But reading through his quatrains one can see that like astrology, these predictions are so loosely worded such that any major world event might fit into...

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On 'Bad' Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2016 | (00:13)

Before having children, nobody warned me about the crazy strangers offering unsolicited advice about your own children. I have now heard of and experienced much of this madness with all my children, my first experience while standing at a bus stand on Tottenham Court Road a few years ago.  A...

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Star Academy: Hague, Jolie, and the LSE

(0) Comments | Posted 27 May 2016 | (08:39)

As a scholar with years of teaching experience plus research, public lectures, grants, as well as a body of academic publications to show for my years in academia, I was seriously distressed to learn about the London School of Economics appointment of Angelina Jolie and former foreign secretary William Hague...

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For Trayvon

(1) Comments | Posted 23 May 2016 | (00:13)

"My tongue will tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break."

--The Taming of the Shrew

I just read the BBC article about the sale of the gun that killed Trayvon Martin, sold for $250,000.  And my heart sank. My heart sank for Trayvon...

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The Death of the Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted 11 May 2016 | (13:52)

Paolo Friere, a twentieth century Brazilian educator and leader theorist of critical pedagogy is best known for his work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed wherein he necessitates that conscientização  (critical consciousness) be incorporated into the educational system, thus creating a liberating education.  Friere's concept of critical consciousness  is a liberating...

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Horoscopes and the Modern Subject

(0) Comments | Posted 27 April 2016 | (18:54)

Newspaper astrology dates back to the 17th century with William Lilly deemed the first in this field.  However, R.H. Naylor, a prominent British astrologer in the early 20th century, is widely considered the father of sun sign astrology (a simplified form of astrology) beginning his predictions in Britain's Sunday...

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Next to Godliness?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2016 | (19:38)

Contrary to popular belief, it is said that pigs are the cleanest animals on earth, a notion which makes me question where  the expression "filthy pig" originated.  Yet, I have noticed over the years, that many humans tend towards the disorganised, if not entirely filthy.

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The Failure of Prevent: "Protecting" Children From Radicalisation

(0) Comments | Posted 15 April 2016 | (11:46)

The UK's Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has been actively working to educate parents and educators about radicalisation and extremism in the hopes of protecting children in a campaign entitled "educate.against.hate". This comes in tandem with the Home Office's guidance on "Protecting Children From Radicalisation" and "The Prevent Duty"...

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Iceland's Ecological Changes and Geological Disasters

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2016 | (13:12)

Over the past few weeks in Iceland there has been increased volcanic activity from Öræfajökull to Katla and Bárðarbunga volcanos.  While Öræfajökull would not be a major eruption, Katla poses a great html">threat to the region according to many experts.  Jón Frímann tracks the volcanic and minor earthquake...

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The Era of Working for Free

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2016 | (07:51)

I remember from the mid 1990s while teaching at New York University I started receiving approximately a half dozen requests each year to write letters for students who were entering internships. I would always discuss the proposed internship with the student asking them what it entailed and more directly, if...

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On Biorhythms, Validation, and the Sense of Community

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2016 | (17:35)

Who remembers biorhythms?  I do.  I was about nine when biorhythm was all the rage, peaking in the mid to late 1970s in North America.  Conterminous to a society which sported mood rings, cowl necks, platform shoes, culottes and feathered hair, biorhythms took hold of North America.  Briefly biorhythms is...

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Technology and the Loss of Time

(1) Comments | Posted 22 March 2016 | (14:06)

In recent months I have begun to notice in precise detail to what extent the Internet and information technology has helped me manage my time and to what degree this technology has inhaled a huge chunk out of my life.

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The De-Commodification of Death and Funeral Rites

(0) Comments | Posted 4 March 2016 | (12:03)

Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one and who is also the person in charge of funeral arrangements can relate to the feeling of having to compartmentalise emotions on the one hand, while on the other, having to retain a clear, logical grasp on reality and...

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