Temer is Fora: Corruption and Memes More Effective in Bringing Down Regimes than Slogans and Protest?
Opening the Neighborhood Gate: Homswood Rattles Power Behind Syria’s Television Industry Pt 2
The grim reality is that it wasn’t #ForaTemer or popular action which took down a corrupt president, but the greed of a businessman. Some question why the media empire Globo, which had supported Temer’s presidency and ignored all opposition, took a major political U-turn on May 17th, with the National News’ main newscaster and editor William Bonner (pronounced ‘Bó-ner’) already calling him the ‘ex’-president. Some just call it a political bet, but some say that it’s a great scheme to keep the Temer’s right-wing policies in place with a new face.
Notes from an Anarchist About the Iranian Election
Dandachi is straightforward about how most of his critique of Syrian Drama today stems from the patronizing way viewers are treated without respect, understood as unable to identify the most basic technical faults, or expected to snore through hours of poorly written scripts (as he aptly put it, as a mazhariya, a flower vase).
Between Ignorance and Malice: 'Anti-Establishment' Journalism on Afghanistan
Just like in the recent French elections, it is irresponsible to abstain from voting when faced with a choice between a predictably non-ideological technocratic candidate and a vociferously belligerent conservatism. Those at the receiving end of state violence do not have the luxury to hold their breath until bohemian intellectuals establish their global mutualist anarcho-syndicalist ecotopia.
Opening the Neighborhood Gate: Homswood Rattles Power Behind Syria’s Television Industry
After four decades of violence and 16 years into the current US led War on Terror - Afghans are used to being sidelined and ignored while their homeland continues to be used as a testing ground by the world's super powers and terrorist organizations alike.
#ForaTemer: Some Anthropological Notes on Credos and Carnaval
The Bashar era did not only usher in a new understanding of the value of using television dramas and comedies to their own benefit – it created a new understanding within media producers themselves. In interviews and elsewhere, many of Syria’s directors explained what their modus operandi became since Bashar took the helm: a tanwiri or “enlightenment” mission, seeking to enlighten the “backwards masses.” Even comedy shows explain their work based on this premise.
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 Diaspora
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.
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.