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  • The Trump-Brexit status quo and the monstrous realism of dystopia

    Michael Paye

     

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  • After Trump, we need identity politics more than ever

    Pawel Wargan

    Among the most dangerous of apologists are those who, with intellectual vigor and good intention, call for the dismantling of the safeguards of equality in the interest of appeasement. 

    The latest incarnation of this thinking appeared a few weeks ago with Mark Lilla's article “The End of Identity Liberalism" in The New York Times

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  • Rwanda and the Sorrow of Surviving

    Alexander Dawson

    With simple elegance, Scholastique Mukasonga etches a dedication at the beginning of Cockroaches that ensures the subjects of her memoir, the victims of the Rwandan genocide, will not be forgotten. Poetically structured into three verses, Mukasonga alludes to the voices she recollects throughout her narrative through the use of white space separating each verse of the dedication.

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  • From Standing Rock to Jharkhand: India and the Global Energy Crisis

    Matthew Shutzer

    It’s not just repressive policing that connects climate struggles, but global policy frameworks that have privatized the earth’s resources. 

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  • A Century in Defiance

    Ikram Ullah

    It has been 141 days since Kashmiris have stood up, most recently, against the tyranny of the Indian occupation in Kashmir. We have faced bullets, pellets, tear smoke shells and newly introduced Pelargonic Acid Vinyl Amine (PAVA) shells. We have been attacked in our homes, on the streets, in playgrounds, mosques and inside ambulances and hospitals. Our women and men, kids as young as five years old, and elders as old as seventy-five, have been subjected to brutal torture by the Indian police and para-military troopers.

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  • Fight or Flight: Conference of the Birds and the Modern Relevance of Sufi Parable

    Mary von Aue

    It was during the final run of Conference of the Birds, the most recent NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ play, that rebel-held Aleppo lost their last functioning hospital. While birds glided across the stage in Manhattan, chirping an adaptation of Farid ud-Din Attar’s classic Sufi poem, Russia-led airstrikes destroyed five hospitals in one weekend, killing dozens and leaving at least 250,000 people without access to medical care.

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  • Queerness and The Universal Crutch

    Stanimir Panayotov

    When Duke University Press announced that their Series Q would be officially terminated in 2012, there was already a sense that the methodologies of “queering” were overabundant in the academy. Q was inaugurated in 1993 with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick'sTendencies and spans over 40 volumes of works devoted to intersections of sexuality, cultural studies, gender, and social theory approached from a queer perspective.

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  • Reflections on the Trump Presidency, Racism, and Hatred

    Andrew Ryder

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    Why does the election of Donald Trump feel so different, given that in political history there is always continuity as well as discontinuity? He appears the antipode to Barack Obama, to such a degree that it seemed impossible that a country that solidly elected Obama twice could subsequently put Trump in office. I know Obama’s character and persona were iconic and largely cosmetic, but it is still a shock, on a symbolic level, in so many ways.

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  • Trump and White Narcissism

    Rajeev Balasubramanyam

    While President elect Donald Trump was giving his victory speech, my attention fell a few inches to his right onto the small, lily-white boy in a dark suit and silver tie. He, the 10 year old Barron Trump, son of Donald and Melania, was fidgeting, swaying, and seemed awkward, self-conscious, as though he would rather be anywhere than on that stage in front of the entire world. In a moment now going viral on YouTube, a member of the audience yelled out, ‘Kill Obama!’ and, while Trump did not even blink, the 10 year old Barron flinched in shock and, one presumes, fear.

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  • Thinking Justice Beyond Impunity: HRW and Colombia

    Christiane Wilke

    One of the most counterintuitive sights in the referendum on Colombia’s historic peace agreement between the government and FARC rebels was a coalition between Human Rights Watch (HRW) and former President Álvaro Uribe in favor of a “no” vote.

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