• Two Poems by Two Poets on the Subject of Being Ruled and Flowers

    Stephen Byrne, Chandra Gurung



    Chandra Gurung


    The rulers,
    Covering their filthy feet
    With different design of shoes
    Feel secure.

    The shoes also
    Having got to live under the ruler’s feet
    Regard themselves fortunate.
    They attain great pleasure
    In being at their boss’ service
    And being their blind followers
    Intone the names of their masters.

    These rulers,
    In assurance of the courtier shoes
    Don’t pay heed to anyone.
    In the hands of abettor shoes
    Fear none.
    And slam kick
    Upon tender dreams.

  • #Olympics2016: Not just about the athletes

    Asiya Haouchine

    With the Rio Olympics in full swing and news about countless human rights violations connected to the recent building of sports stadiums spilling out, the August 1972 decision to ban Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from the Olympic games comes to mind. 1972 was a particularly difficult year and remembered for the horror of the Munich Massacre.

  • The Confession: Living the War on Terror

    Gareth Davies

    Moazzam Begg has become somewhat of a household name in the British campaign against extraordinary renditions and for the rights of detainees held on terror charges. Begg, a British Muslim, first entered the media spotlight in 2002 when he was arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of terrorism and sent to Bagram, Afghanistan, and then on to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he was detained without charges until 2005. Recently, Begg entered the spotlight again after being arrested just two years ago for allegedly attending a terrorist training camp in Syria and “facilitating terrorism” from the UK.

  • Kashmir’s Bitter New Generation

    Riyaz Wani

    As Kashmir tips into turmoil following the death of the popular militant commander Burhan Wani, a new angry Kashmiri generation has taken over and staked claim to the leadership of the 26-year-old separatist campaign against India’s rule. This generation is angry, bitter and ready to renew the armed struggle, which has been on a steady decline since 9/11 and down to just around 150 militants now. But this is changing.

  • Beyond the Killing in Kashmir

    Masarat Alam Nawaz Gul Qanungo

    Masarat Alam, one of the most influential separatist leaders in Kashmir, was in prison on July 8th, when the current wave of deadly clashes broke out between Indian security forces and mostly unarmed protesters. The spark, this time, was the killing of Burhan Wani, the charismatic 21-year-old commander of the Hizb ul Mujahideen, Kashmir’s only surviving indigenous armed rebel group, along with two of his associates in a raid by Indian forces.  

  • Books inside books: An infinite history of modern Libya

    Marcia Lynx Qualey

    Hisham Matar’s new memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between is several books at once, depending on which way you hold it to the light. Any text depends on the light a reader’s gaze lends it. Yet The Return is particularly, dazzlingly multiple: memoir, geography, biography, journalism, literary criticism, and dark historical thriller.

  • A Day of Creativity for Ashraf Fayadh

    Ashraf Fayadh Mona Kareem Marcia Lynx Qualey

    Asmaa Azaizeh and Ala Azzam perform the poem "A Hoarseness in the River's Flow" by Ashraf Fayadh, translated by Mona Kareem below. 

  • Textbook Racism; a canon of division in Israeli education

    Nurit Peled-Elhanan Ambreen Agha

    Nurit Peled-Elhanan is an Israeli academic, activist, and a laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and the Freedom of Thought awarded by the European Parliament.

  • Slow-Motion "Social Death" in the Kashmir Valley

    Preethi Nallu

    Over the first week of July, Mr. and Mrs. Hyder Ghulam Bhat were confronted with a difficult decision. They had to call off their daughter's wedding. 

    "We regret to inform that due to prevailing circumstances in the Valley, the marriage ceremony of our daughter is hereby postponed," their announcement in the local paper read.

    The "prevailing circumstances" referred to deadly fighting that broke out on July 8 in the Indian administered part of Kashmir, where they live.

  • The Guantánamo Diarist is Cleared for Release!

    Michael Bronner

    “What do you mean by ‘tea and sugar?’” the American interrogators wanted to know.

    Armed with an intelligence phone intercept in which the phrase “tea and sugar” was uttered by a then-30-something Mauritanian electrical engineer named Mohamedou Ould Slahi during a conversation with a friend, the military intelligence officers – who now had Slahi shackled to the floor in a wooden hutch at Guantánamo – were convinced he was speaking in code, “tea and sugar” some sort of encrypted directives in a terrorist plot.