Musa Mansa is a Pakistani-American artist who believes that musical innovation and political engagement have to go together. We spoke to him about how he translated his experiences of racism in the US into hiphop.Read More
The ability to assume expert knowledge is the logic of white supremacy which prioritizes an orientalist viewpoint over the lived reality of those who suffer.
As to what kind of Iran the movement wants to see, that is unclear for the moment. Adopting the language of “regime change” would make the movement even more vulnerable to the kind of accusations of foreign imperial involvement Khatami and other establishment figures voiced.Read More
As in every settler colonial state, Israel is appropriating Palestinian art and culture and serving it back again to Palestinians, stripped of any signs of identity and belonging. This is where Manjm wants to provide its independent, unapologetic and authentic art and culture.Read More
The protests presently gripping Iran are proving as difficult for the mainstream media to
pigeonhole as they are for the Iranian state to pin back. Dynamic and evolving, they defy easy
explanations and go-to conspiracy theories.
And what greater peace than the peace that comes with the prince of peace? It is very rational and very moral if viewed through the standards by which evangelicals see the world of a leader and how they envision the future.Read More
Throughout my life, I have learnt that not everything that happens in Zimbabwe is because of white people. White folk, however have yet to learn that not everything that happens in Zimbabwe is because of them.Read More
Jahriyya followers continue to hold the view that it is their particularly loud and melodious chanting that sets them apart from other Sufi and non-Sufi Muslims in China. At times the significance of sound even surpasses that of textual learning in assessing the position of a Sufi in the spiritual hierarchy.Read More
To many like Alaa who have witnessed the brutality of the Assad regime first hand, what is happening in Syria is not just a war, but a revolution. He chuckles, visibly proud of the fact that the uninitiated eyes of Turkish art dealers can not locate the 'war' in his pictures. "How could it not be there, yani?" he muses. "It is a part of me."Read More
Regarding those meetings with other organizations, quite often I would head to a meeting and find a foreigner, usually from a Western nation who had just arrived in the West Bank, but would be the “knowledgeable” resource person I was supposed to look for to gain insight into the current situation. I sat with one expert lauded by a previous team for her knowledge on local communities only to be told by those in said local communities that she barely interacted with them and kept a ‘healthy’ distance when it came to village visits. Yet these “gatekeepers” are deemed better resource persons than the people they supposedly represent.Read More
We're Afghans - we've been killing colonizers since our history began. Not only that, we've been taking down their empires with them.Read More
Stories of jinn and especially possession by jinn serve to quell spiritual and social aberration amongst believers by reinforcing authority of religious doctrine.Read More
Although major media outlets tend to portray Islam as a hindrance to women’s emancipation, to these women, Islam offers them agency that their local culture denies.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More