• Leaders’ Summit on Refugees: Can we avoid losing more generations?

    Preethi Nallu

    As President Obama headed to the U.N. headquarters in New York yesterday, his last planned visit in his current capacity as head of state, he was highly cognizant of the meeting's significance. His opening remarks were somber, given the New York Declaration that was given at the UN Summit For Refugees and Migrants on September 19 - feeble in its tone, vague in its wording and most importantly not legally binding.

  • Artwork by Ermias Ekube

    Ermias Ekube

    A seeing person reads two main things on the street, suggests Ermias Ekube: road signs and human faces. The former, he describes as some of the simplest symbols that an urban-dweller can read—the latter, among the most expressive and expansive. Ekube plays with the juxtaposition of these elements in some of his latest bodies of work, which he says present an exercise in questioning.

  • A Portrait of War: Returning Home to Yemen

    Ahmed Hezam Al-Yemeni

    Peace Direct’s local peace building expert for Yemen (and previous Warscapes contributor), Ahmed Al-Yemeni, recently returned home after 12 months in exile abroad. In this harrowing dispatch, he describes the trail of devastation he followed from Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, all the way to his family village.

    Travelling to Sana'a  

  • Susan Abulhawa: Art and politics are not mutually exclusive

    Jessica Rohan Susan Abulhawa

    Award-winning writer Susan Abulhawa is the author of Mornings in Jenin and The Blue Between Sky and Water. She is the founder of the NGO Playgrounds for Palestine. In the interview below, Abulhawa reflects on the case of Dareen Tatour, the Palestinian poet arrested for incitement who is currently under house arrest.

  • Poetry is simply Dareen, and Dareen is poetry

    Jessica Rohan Dareen Tatour

    Editor's note: Dareen Tatour's trial scheduled for September 6th could not proceed due to the lack of an Arabic translator for Dareen's testimoney. Her trial resumes in November.

  • Literature must imagine natural disaster, Amitav Ghosh asserts

    Deepali Srivastava

    Amitav Ghosh’s latest non-fiction The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable sets him apart from writers like Naomi Klein and Sunita Narain who have ably argued for making capitalism less resource-intensive and consumerist in order to save our planet. In Ghosh’s assessment, merely transforming our economic system won’t solve a crisis that is intertwined with the world order.

  • Ethiopian Bloggers: Forced into Exile

    Ismail Einashe

    “I wanted to break down the fear. I wanted independent media in Ethiopia.” This, said Endalkachew Chala, is why he co-founded Ethiopia’s Zone 9, a bloggers’ collective that saw six of its members jailed in April 2014, along with three other journalists. 

  • Open Letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    Kashmir Scholars Action Group

    Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
    Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
    Palais Wilson
    52 rue des Pâquis
    CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland.

    Re: Urgent action needed to end state violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir

  • Imprisoned Palestinian Poet Dareen Tatour

    Dareen Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence based on a poem posted to Youtube.
    She is one of over 400 Palestinians arrested in the last year for their expressions of resistance to the Israeli Occupation over social media.

    Video by Jewish Voice for Peace


  • A Poet Behind Bars

    Dareen Tatour

    In prison, I met people
    too numerous to count
    Killer and criminal,
    thief and liar,
    the honest and those who disbelieve,
    the lost and confused,
    the wretched and the hungry.

    Then, the sick of my homeland,
    born out of pain,
    refused to go along with injustice
    until they became children whose innocence was violated.
    The world’s compulsion left them stunned.
    They grew older.