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  • Broken Promise: The Otolith Group on Pan-Africanism and African Liberation

    Delfina Foundation in London recently hosted a talk with The Otolith Group, an artist duo comprised of Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, and guest speaker Tamar Garb. Curator Grant Watson moderated the event.

  • Today in History: U.S. Still Not Party to Convention on Child Rights

    Today marks an important anniversary in the history of children’s rights. On November 20th, 1989 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). To date, 194 countries are party to the convention. This leaves all but two countries: Somalia and the United States.

  • And Yet, I Grew

    The winner of the 2012 Kundiman Prize, Split is Cathy Linh Che’s debut collection of poetry. Split unflinchingly delves into trauma, interweaving Che’s own experiences with that of her family during the Vietnam War. Rejecting apathy, irony, and the poetics of erasure – that which worries the state of contemporary poetry – she writes with open vulnerability. Split does not shy away from that which terrifies us; these poems look trauma straight in the eye, with a bravery that allows for tears.

  • In Damascus: Film by Waref Abu Quba

    In Damascus is a four-minute short that merely shows a slice of life in the city. It captures people walking, façades of old buildings, iron doors, shadows of trees, clouds kissing steeples, city lights and calligraphy carved into walls. Filmmaker Waref Abu Quba’s style captures the aesthetics of nostalgia itself due to the way in which images filter and flit across the screen – languorous, soft, full of flux and a kind of bittersweet joy.

  • State Sanctioned Anti-Black Violence and the Deadening of Black Womanhood

    It’s been harder than usual to ignore the devaluing of black womanhood in America. From video footage of a black woman getting knocked out by her famous spouse to the case of ten black women allegedly raped and assaulted by a police officer in Oklahoma to the revelation that 64,000 black women are currently missing in the country—the fact is black women in the US are suffering.

  • Stateless in Ukraine

    For a small community of ethnic Turks who have lived peacefully in Ukraine for twenty-five years, the current conflict is allowing the dream of a distant homeland to resurface. “With this war, Ukrainians have nowhere to go. But we do,” says Makhmud Manmedov, who manages a Turkish café in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. Somewhat amusingly called “Big Shef” in English, the restaurant could easily be mistaken for sitting on a quiet Istanbul side street. Men sporting thick moustaches enthusiastically smoke on its patio, drinking sugary tea out of small glasses shaped like tulips.

  • Ring In The New

    Was I ever young enough to want to go out on New Year’s Eve? Or even to want to just stay up until midnight so that the new year wouldn’t catch me unawares? I have an occasional memory of venturing out on the T, or subway, as a graduate student, to see the ice sculptures in downtown Boston with my indomitable friend Lucilia, who made a point of resisting the winter inclination to hibernate.

  • Today in History: The Death of Yasser Arafat

    Ten years ago today, the news reports announced the death of Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). After spending two years essentially incarcerated by Israeli forces in his Ramallah compound, Arafat was airlifted to France on a French government jet and fell into a coma at the Hôpital d'instruction des armées Percy in Clamart, a suburb of Paris. He died shortly thereafter.

  • Conflict Kitchen closes over Palestinian cuisine

    The controversy over Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian iteration advanced by pro-Israel institutions demonstrates why initiatives like Conflict Kitchen are so important.

  • Treating Ebola

    The only headstone in the group burial site just outside the Ebola treatment center in Guéckédou, Guinea, honors the grave of a Guinean nurse, one of the scores of local West African medical personnel on the front lines fighting the epidemic - and one of two dozen Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff who have contracted the virus while treating patients.