Notes from an Anarchist About the Iranian Election
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.
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.