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.
Preethi Nallu September 23, 2016Topics:Region: Ermias Ekube September 20, 2016
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.Topics:Region:
Ahmed Hezam Al-Yemeni September 15, 2016
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'aTopics:Region:
Jessica Rohan Susan Abulhawa September 9, 2016
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.Topics:Region:
Jessica Rohan Dareen Tatour September 9, 2016
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.Topics:Region:
Deepali Srivastava September 8, 2016
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.Topics:Region:
Ismail Einashe September 8, 2016
“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.Topics:Region:
Kashmir Scholars Action Group September 1, 2016
Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
52 rue des Pâquis
CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland.
Re: Urgent action needed to end state violence in Indian-controlled KashmirTopics:Region:
Imprisoned Palestinian Poet Dareen TatourSeptember 1, 2016
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 PeaceTopics:Region:
Dareen Tatour September 1, 2016
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.Topics:Region: