• Tierra Caliente Aflame: Part II

    The second installment of a three-part investigative series. Photographs by Nathaniel Parish Flannery.

    On the Road with the Vigilantes...

    March 22, 2014 — The truck is from Texas, but the swagger is all Mexican. It’s a late-model Ford super cab pickup, gleaming white in the parking lot outside the Apatzingán lime bazaar in Mexico’s west-central Michoacán state. The decal on the body reads:

  • Colombia's Fog of War

    Recent fighting in which soldiers from the Colombian Army were killed in the province of Cauca seems to have placed the current peace process between the FARC and the Colombian government in jeopardy.

  • Has the magic gone out of Africa's largest film festival?

    I enjoyed attending this year’s Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou or FESPACO) in Burkina Faso. Ouaga is a laid-back city with decent places to eat and nice people on every corner. There is little of the stress found in other big cities with their hectic downtowns and glittering nightlife.

  • A Warscapes event with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

    African Literature...Says Who? The Last 50 Years with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

  • Stuart Hall's Colonial Redux

    In a group exhibition at Toronto’s Power Plant art gallery, perspectives on Western imperialism and their uncomfortable legacies come to the fore. The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding, on display until May 18th, uses Stuart Hall’s communication theory to highlight contested histories and the distortion of narratives and meanings by personal interpretation.

  • A Beautiful Death

    From a political and philosophical perspective, there is still much to flesh out conceptually on the importance of theatre, especially regarding the ways we might interrogate contemporary spectacles of violence through the lens of theatricality, performativity and the audience as witness.

  • Revisiting Charlie Hebdo: Students in Pakistan Respond

    When people in the US and Europe think of Peshawar, Pakistan, they perceive it as a hub of religiosity and extremism. Such a perception is understandable given Peshawar’s proximity to the geostrategic center of the War on Terror. But this proximity does not mean that the city’s population, or a large demographic of its population, have fallen prey to religiosity and extremism, or that they cannot be expected to show empathy for the victims of senseless violence. I teach an undergraduate political science class at the University of Peshawar.

  • Samira Negrouche: The Rhythm of Algiers