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 the…

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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

Prison Letters From a Free Spirit on Slow Death Row

Excerpts from Pen Pal: Prison Let­ters From a Free Spir­it on Slow Death Row Tiyo Attal­lah Salah-El, edit­ed by Paul Alan Smith Or Books (Sept. 2020) ISBN 9781682193044   Tiyo Attal­lah Salah-El died in 2018 on “Slow Death Row” while serv­ing 43 years of a life sen­tence in a prison sys­tem he detest­ed…

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