• Not a Boys' Club Anymore: A List of Female-Centric Comics

    Comics are bigger than ever, both in our mainstream pop culture and in the world of literature, literary criticism and academia. As someone who grew up in a house full of comics – and grew to love them – this is awesome news!

  • Guinea-Bissau, Aftermaths

    At the docks of Pidjiguti in the capital Bissau, where the workers’ massacre that ignited the revolution in 1959 took place, the military were constantly parading back and forth. The tension of the coup d’état of April 2012 was still in the air. And with a Navy battalion on one end, and the main quarters of the Army commander not that far away either, there was a sense of control that seemed to subdue the legacies and spirits of revolution in the banality and tediousness of the everyday.

  • A Nuclear Threat without a Nukes Program

    This winter, to the surprise and relief of many, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to a concentration of 20 percent as part of an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries (United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, plus Germany). The figure is significant.

  • ‘...These Ghosts Rise Up’

    Independent director Richard Ledes’ documentary Golden Dawn, NYC  was released two days before the start of this year’s World Cup games. As football fans donned regalia representing their favorite country, Ledes’ latest project offers a more ambivalent perspective toward displays of nationalistic identification.

  • Where is Um Hana tonight?

    Where is Um Hana tonight? The tanks rolled into Beit Lahiya weeks ago, the air exploding around them. At first I pictured her and her four bright daughters huddled in the stairwell or the pantry. I’ve been holding on to an image of her singing to them, braiding and rebraiding their sleek hair, making up rhymes and word-games to distract them from the faceless destruction rampaging through their streets, while the dust and smoke choke the doves in their rooftop cote and smother the flowering basil. Now watching the news even that bittersweet image becomes implausible.

  • A Conversation with Angela Davis and Noura Erakat

    In light of the extreme levels of violence in Gaza, here is a poignant conversation between political activist, scholar, and author and Black Power leader Angela Davis and activist, writer and Human Rights attorney Noura Erakat at the Peace Works 2014 Conference Keynote. 
    "Mass Incarceration in the U.S. & Palestine"
    Washington Center for the Performing Arts
    April 19, 2014 - Olympia, WA

  • Burning the Witches

    Originally published in Countercurrents

    Bihurama Ganju, a resident of Gurunjuli village along the Assam-Arunchal border was beaten to death on 3rd July by the villagers for allegedly practicing witchcraft. The villagers believed the practice to be the real cause behind the long spell of diseased faced by them, and though the 40 involved have been arrested by the police, this incident is simply one in a hundred similar alleged ‘witchcraft’ lynching that goes on in the area.

  • The Rise and Fall of Africa's First Narco-State? Hope, Change and Renewal in Guinea-Bissau

    The last elections in Guinea-Bissau were charged with great expectations both nationally and internationally. After being postponed several times they were finally held in April and May. Amid continuous political instability, state structures being coopted by trafficking networks, and constant military interference in public affairs, the 2014 election represented an attempt to finally reestablish political legitimacy, regain hope and incite renewal.

  • Don't Lean In, Fight Back

    Two months ago I wrote a farewell op-ed for my school's newspaper, The Herald. The piece was addressed to Harold Washington College's class of 2014 and City Colleges of Chicago students in general. In it I explained my decision to boycott my own graduation in protest of the individual chosen as our commencement ceremony speaker, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.

  • The Kissing Places

    It’s a white building in a city of brown and gray. The mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, is made of white marble. It rises up, domed and pristine, in the middle of a park known as Bagh-e-Jinnah, or the garden of Jinnah. It is not a green garden, for that is an elusive color in beige Karachi, but it has patches of vegetation. Closer to the building, there are sometimes even flowers. Rising up from a marble platform, the mausoleum is flanked on each of its four sides by cadets of the Pakistan military.