15 October, 2021

House Arrest

  Claire Berlinski   I knew this lock­down busi­ness was seri­ous when they can­celled my con­vo­ca­tion. I had a con­vo­ca­tion—a summons—to renew my carte de séjour. I had been told to present myself at exact­ly 8:35 a.m. at the Pré­fec­ture de Police in the IVe arrondisse­ment on March 16th, 2020. The annu­al con­vo­ca­tion at…

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15 October, 2021,

The New Politics of Exclusion: Gaza as Prologue

Ivar Ekeland and Sara Roy   A new kind of pol­i­tics is emerg­ing in West­ern democ­ra­cies, per­haps best char­ac­ter­ized by frag­men­ta­tion. The polit­i­cal debate is increas­ing­ly dig­i­tal, visu­al, and incoherent—without struc­ture or boundaries—and there­fore tran­si­to­ry and ephemer­al. The his­to­ri­an Mar­tin Con­way argues1 that the long­stand­ing polit­i­cal con­tract between the citizen—who vot­ed,…

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15 October, 2021

Guantánamo Voices: True Accounts From the World’s Most Infamous Prison

Excerpt from Guan­tá­namo Voic­es: True Accounts From the World’s Most Infa­mous Prison A graph­ic nov­el, edit­ed by Sarah Mirk, with an intro­duc­tion by Omar El Akkad Abrams Comi­cArts (June 2020) ISBN 9781419746901   Sarah Mirk   First let’s talk about lan­guage — is Guan­tá­namo a prison? The lan­guage we use to describe our…

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15 October, 2021

The Untold Story of Zakaria Zubeidi

  Zakaria Zubei­di is not just a sin­gle per­son but a whole gen­er­a­tion of Pales­tini­ans in the West Bank who are caught up in an impos­si­ble dilem­ma, hav­ing to choose between a painful, but real, strug­gle for free­dom and polit­i­cal com­pro­mis­es, which, in Zakaria’s own words, “have achieved nothing.”   …

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15 October, 2021

The Passion of Evangelina | fiction

  Anthoney Dimos              Before mid­night, on Novem­ber 17, police offi­cer Pav­los Pet­ros found Evan­geli­na Christodoula­ki, a col­lege stu­dent, from the vil­lage of Kateri­ni in Sfakia on the island of Crete, hang­ing by a belt from a light fix­ture on the ceil­ing of the sound­proof deten­tion cen­ter. It was his…

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15 October, 2021

Poetry: Mohammed El-Kurd’s “Rifqa” Reviewed

  Rifqa, poems by Mohammed el-Kurd Hay­mar­ket Books (Sept. 2021) ISBN: 9781642595864   India Hixon Radfar Poet Mohammed El-Kurd often plays by pair­ing his words, thus dou­bling or halv­ing their mean­ings. He is him­self a twin. You could eas­i­ly miss it. Three short lines hold the sto­ry: “I /and my…

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15 October, 2021

Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, Infamous Symbols of US Human Rights Violations

Lawyers Beyond Bor­ders, Advanc­ing Inter­na­tion­al Human Rights Through Local Laws and Courts By Maria Armoudian Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Press (Sept 2021) ISBN 9780472132560   Mischa Geracoulis “The human rights cas­es in these pages are among the most unlike­ly ones slat­ed for victory.” Dis­man­tled in a man­ner more dic­ta­to­r­i­al than demo­c­ra­t­ic by…

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15 October, 2021

The Story of Jericho Sheikh Daoud and His Beloved Mansaf

  Fadi Kattan When I think about food and incar­cer­a­tion, the sto­ries of the late Pales­tin­ian com­mu­ni­ty leader, Daoud Iriqat imme­di­ate­ly come to mind. He was always a les­son in opti­mism and per­se­ver­ance, car­ry­ing his polit­i­cal ideals high and proud through the shift­ing sands of our region­al history. Spend­ing long…

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15 September, 2021

Displaced: From Beirut to Los Angeles to Beirut

Ara Oshagan I am walk­ing along the nar­row and labyrinthine Armen­ian neigh­bor­hoods of Bourj Ham­moud in Beirut—spaces with names like Nor (new) Marash, Nor Sis, Nor Yoz­gat. These are the name­sakes of towns that hear­ken back to a dis­tant past, to places and lands from which these com­mu­ni­ties, my com­mu­ni­ties…

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15 September, 2021

Hasteem, We Are Here: The Collective for Black Iranians

  Twelve Gates Arts and the Col­lec­tive for Black Ira­ni­ans are host­ing “Has­teem: We Are Here” from Sep­tem­ber 3–24, 2021.   Maryam Sophia Jahanbin Con­tent warn­ing: enslave­ment, land and labor acknowledgement. Con­sis­tent with their desire to uplift South and West Asian dias­poric artis­tic voic­es, Twelve Gates Arts (12G), a gallery in Philadel­phia,…

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