#ForaTemer: Some Anthropological Notes on Credos and Carnaval
You Seen That Post-Truth They Have Now? Or Why I Don't Laugh at ‘Alternative Fact’ Jokes
To the exclusion of the unconvinced, the lefty heil serves as a way of ensuring everyone in the room is on the same page. I say Fora Temer, you say Fora Temer: we thus recognize our mutual cool leftiness and can be friends.
Between Wu-Tang, Fairuz, and Borders: Syrian Rappers in Diapsora
We can thank enterprising Dutchman Peter Minuit who ‘bought’ the isle of Manhattan from its inhabitants in 1626, for setting the going rate for white folks’ truth: a few bales of cloth and a handful of beads.
Orientalism and the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations
Talking about those early days of torture and detention, in the track Hell Broke Loose, the wall theme returns: “I’m running away from justice, riding on the wheel, slamming into the walls of the nation like a screw,” referring to the infamous torture device of choice for the Syrian regime, the dulab (the tire).
They who did not participate have no honour
What we need are forms of organizing which exceed and override the nation-state, state-violence, warfare, imperialism, capitalism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, colonialism and so forth. These are the issues that the nuclear negotiation cannot, nor desires, to take into consideration.
On the possibility of a Rainbow
At 7:30PM it was already getting dark. Since we lived in the area, we just had to leave our houses. We had hidden the masks on the route on the side of a church and we had written slogans on the wall like, “May the regime fall,” “Freedom,” and “Free Syria.”
Decolonising Heritage in Syria: Revolution and Bosra al-Sham
The location was beyond gorgeous: purple turquoise mountains, enormous dragonflies, caterpillar-scorpions, and not a village in sight. Yet from the start, Lioness knew something was wrong: the ground was covered in bullet shells.
In Turkey We Need to Develop our own Language to Express our Problems
The amphitheater is once again facilitating what it used to facilitate during its heydays, namely, notions of collective identity formation, participatory social spectacle and politicized popular assemblies.
When the West is Inspired and 30 Years On, Sharbat Bibi is Still a Refugee
It has become impossible to express our most basic desire to protect our elected representatives from arrest without appealing for the mercy of glassy eyed Brussels bureaucrats, or stroking their tender egos and whispering words of love to their uncompassionate ears.
Writing off the Left: a Trial by Fire
If convicted, Sharbat will face up to fourteen years in prison and a fine between three to five thousand dollars. Sharbat Bibi, for seventeen years known only as the Afghan Girl, has “inspired” so many in the West. How such inspiration is useful is lost on me, when Sharbat Bibi and her children still live as refugees in poverty.
Palmyra and the Political History of Archaeology in Syria: from Colonialists to Nationalists
Max Blumenthal can never again fault one supporter of Israel's aggression against Palestinians
Forgive Us Our Sins but not Theirs: On Kundiman
When tears are wept for the destruction of 'Roman' antiquity (the temple is dedicated to a Near Eastern god), there is no thought to the destruction of Syrian Islamic history which is taking place simultaneously.
Colombian Peace Deal Signed: But Who is it for?
Every few years I find myself in a spell of being unable to read fiction. A lot of the time I think it’s all frivolous, self-indulgent bullshit, anyway, trying at once to create worlds while most often disengaging from the one we live in.
Deliveroo strike: Black and brown people real victims of the gig economy
This agreement alone cannot bring peace to Colombia. The treaty simply falls short of amending the parasitic structure of the Colombian economy.
Salam Neighbor: Come Visit Zaatari and See Authentic, Real-Life Syrian Refugees!
The Deliveroo strike is of critical importance in the global struggle against the injustices of the corporate economy.
From Gezi to the Coup: The Epidemic of Intellectual Laziness
Travel to the edge of war and immerse yourself into the lives of Syrian refugees!
The details of the coup attempt of July 15th are slowly starting to emerge.