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  • Unfound Reason: Six “Flash Reportages”

    Foreword by Editor

    “We understand we can’t repeat what God tells us.”

    These six “flash reportages” by Nathalie Handal offer us new ways to think about both poetry and journalistic documentation. The project began, she writes, “as a personal account of my relationship to the island of Hispaniola—Haiti and the Dominican Republic—and moved to the voices I encountered because they were louder than mine.”  

  • A Good Cause or a Clear Conscience?

    On August 7, the United States re-engaged in Iraq. The sudden air strikes make one thing clear: that the US has no idea what to do about the mess it made of Iraq.

  • Civilians, Combatants, and Histories of International Law

    Originally published in Critical Legal Thinking

    In Gaza and elsewhere, those who politically support anti-occupation politics are easily cast as un-civilian.

  • Fashion and Rape Culture

    Fashion's penchant for glamorizing horrible things reached new lows this week. Mumbai fashion photographer Raj Shetye's latest series, entitled "The Wrong Turn," depicts a woman being harassed and groped on a bus, evoking the brutal 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a bus in New Delhi. The outrage from the public was immediate.

  • Letter to the Americans

    You know as well as I do that a people under occupation will

    be unhappy, that parents will fear for the lives of their precious children,

    especially when there is NOWHERE TO HIDE.

     

    You know as well as I do that a husband’s memory of his wife forced to

    deliver their child at a checkpoint will not be a happy one. You know as

    well as I do that the form of her unborn child beaten to death in the womb

     

    will never leave a mother’s mind. And you know as well as I do that a girl will

  • Argentina's Madres: A Bridge to History

    In Argentina, when we find ourselves referring to Madres with capital M we unequivocally mean the mothers of the desaparecidos; the disappeared, those abducted, to never be seen again, during Argentina’s last dictatorship between 1976 and 1983. The Madres, mostly housewives, who described themselves as Argentinean mothers searching for their children, are a group of women who on the 22nd of August of 1979 came to be recognized as Las Madres de Plaza de Mayo.

  • Has the American Dream Been Achieved at the Expense of the American Negro?

    On February 18th, 1965 James Baldwin debated against William Buckley in a historical debate at the Cambridge Union on the motion "Has the American Dream Been Achieved at the Expense of the American Negro."

     

  • Dalit Plants

    • Treelogy: Plant Life in a State of Emergency

    Going unnoticed is one of the happy thrills of being small. The adjectives arrive in four letter words: tiny, puny, the like. When one is being affectionate, even kind, you are called ‘petite’. At one time or the other, depending on the size of the shoes I was wearing, I have been called all of these. Even when I was far too young to know that smallness was a lack I’d have to bear with faultless guilt all my life, I knew intuitively that being tiny rarely brought dividends.

  • James Baldwin: The Turkish Decade

    James Baldwin often journeyed to Turkey to escape the pressures of 1960's America, where his status as both black and gay, in combination with his rising celebrity during that time, heaped pressure on the young writer. Sedat Pakay's Bearing Witness from Another Place contains photographs and essays by noted scholars and writers who use Baldwin's time in Turkey to try to understand the author as a person.