Michael Taussig

Michael Taussig teaches anthropology at Columbia and writes regularly on Colombia. His books include My Cocaine Museum and Law in a Lawless Land.

Diary: in Colombia

Michael Taussig, 5 October 2006

‘All that is left of a person is their name,’ Olivia Mostacilla told me during my month in Colombia, the first time I’d been back in two years. She wasn’t referring to the paramilitary massacres, which have stopped in the past few months because of the on-going ‘demobilisation’ of the paras organised by President Uribe’s government, but to the craze...


Vote Uribe!

5 October 2006

While I am certainly relieved to hear that Malcolm Deas’s housekeeper was cared for by the Colombian public health system, I can’t help but wonder if her good fortune in this regard might have owed something to Deas’s connections with the president, whose neo-liberal policies have brought an already weak system to breaking point (Letters, 2 November).As for plastic surgery, I think of it as a...

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