• The U.S. Extends a Hand to the New Cuba: Normalized Relations in the Age of Economic Overhaul

    In an effort to understand the consequences of the recent historic shift in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, it's useful to examine the complex web of laws, presidential decrees, and exceptions that have characterized the U.S. trade embargo against the island.

  • If shore, then traffic

    Editor's Introduction

    Najwa Ali’s poem, “If shore, then traffic” seems to apply itself to the reader just at that point where perception divorces itself from reality, where the horror of an experience that cannot be located by its perceiver creates vertigo precisely because reality must be redefined. 

  • Spectacle as Camouflage

    "A Typical Negro" is the title of a 1962 newspaper article narrating the story of an enslaved man, Gordon, and his escape from slavery to freedom. Gordon was presented to the readers of Harper’s Weekly on the anniversary of American independence, 4 July 1863, as the "typical negro" and the archetypal figure of suffering--the talisman of the white abolitionist movement.

  • Clicktivism versus the State: How #illridewithyou and other hashtags contribute to a culture of solidarity

    Compelling critiques on the #illridewithyou hashtag that trended on Twitter after the Sydney cafe siege have flooded the internet over the past few days. The tag began as an offer from Australians on public transportation to ride alongside and support Muslims, who (justifiably) feared backlash due to hostage-taker Man Haron Monis’ religious affiliation.

  • Representing the Unrepresentable: Contemporary “Sri Lankan” Art

    “Serendipity Revealed” is an exhibition of modern art from Sri Lanka currently showing at Brunei Gallery in the heart of London. It is an exhibition that, in its own words, tries to tell Sri Lanka’s untold stories through the island’s “foremost and emerging contemporary artists.” Annoushka Hempel, the exhibit’s London-born curator — and who I assume is not Sri Lankan — presents the country’s diverse arts scenes as having thrived in the shadows of war despite little international recognition. 

  • Sun, Sea, and Sex in a Time of War and Terror

    Most people who move to Malindi, a small, sleepy resort town on Kenya’s coast, are exiles of one sort or another. The Italians, who form a sizeable proportion of the population, are escaping from the stifling routine and order of Europe. Some, they say, are fugitives, evading the law in their own country. The British pensioners who live here are running away from the cold and the prospect of spending old age in a miserable home for the elderly in Britain.

  • Where is The Digital Generation Headed?

    It is rare to read an academic work written with such soulful passion and perspective that it virtually borders on being a bluntly honest diatribe. Many of these sorts of texts are now seemingly being written by professors, teachers, independent scholars, or op-ed writers who are seriously concerned with the deterioration of America’s education system.

  • #TortureReport and the Media Circus

    The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's executive summary on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation program has been met with outrage across the media. The report's revelations of post-9/11 torture, deception, and its pages of redacted names, dates, and places are all equally distressing.

  • Torturer sees himself as tortured: Eric Fair's narcissistic tales of repentance

    One day after the release of the Senate report on CIA's torture programs, the New York Times ran an Op-Ed by Army veteran Eric Fair entitled “I Can’t be Forgiven for Abu Ghraib.” Fair, who has been publishing doleful public confessions of his participation in the Abu Ghraib torture program for years, draws a pathetic picture of himself as a still-repenting and increasingly wise character in a post-Iraq American landscape.

  • Che Guevara's speech at the United Nations from 50 years ago still relevant today

    On December 11th, 1964, now 50 years ago, Che Guevara addressed the United Nations in New York. His main concern that day was "peaceful co-existence" between various countries, people, economic and social systems. This "peaceful co-existence" was being constantly thwarted by imperialist aggression and these histories remained marred by colonial scars.