Activism

Towards Critical Solidarity

In SASI's (South Asia Solidarity Initiative) previous two special columns to SAMAR, members focused on campaigns on POSCO, ‘Land Grabs and Corporate Steel’ and the pressing problem of Kashmir, ‘Of Silences, Suffering and Solidarity: Facing South Asia’s “Original Sin.”’  In this column, published on MLK Day, SASI activists raise some questions and tensions in solidarity politics itself.

Voices Of Resistance 10: Arts and 9/11

A reflection on SAPAC's visual arts exhibit and performance event, Voices of Resistance 10:Revision

Swagistani: A Review of Chee Malabar's Burning Tire Artisan

With the underground explosion of Das Racist & the BBC Asian Network-supported BURBAN (Brown Urban) scene in the UK, Chee Malabar attempts to hold down the fort for earnest desi rap stateside with his latest offering Burning Tire Artisan. His dedication to the game is apparent and his commitment to the cause evident, waving both Himalayan Project and Oblique Brown flags since the days when the Karmacy Movement was relevant to somebody; CM shows no signs of slowing down. 

Enemy Alien

After the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government adopted a policy of singling out and deporting all deportable persons in the United States from Muslim and Arab countries. Caught up in this dragnet, Palestinian activist Farouk Abdel-Muhti was arrested and detained for two years before a court ordered his release.

The Decade in American Islamophobia

To me, 9/11 took a city I love and broke my heart. As a turning point in American history, this moment took the racial diversity in New York City and quickly turned that complexity into suspicion, scapegoating, and racism – heralding the Age of Terror in which Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism are widespread.

Disappeared Men and Searching Women: Human Rights and Mourning in Kashmir

Ather Zia documents how women who live with shadows of disappeared loved ones organize around human rights.  Her work chronicles the Kashmir conflict’s gendered violences that shape how these women continue to resist Indian militarism. 

The Summers of Discontent

In this photo essay reflecting on his return to Kashmir as a journalist, Talal Ansari animates some of the more recent returns to calls for independence.  He guides us from the early years of the conflict through the contemporary and renewed protest against state violence, asking rhetorically what it means  to value and support certain social movements over others after the Arab Spring.

Reflections from the Valley of Controlled Chaos

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din gives us vignettes of his cultural work in Kashmir against the brutal terrain of violent conflict that are simultaneously hopeful and melancholic.  He points to promulgation of the word “normalcy” as a way to deny the distinct and jarring contrasts in Kashmiri life. 

 

Erasures and Resistance: What Peter King’s Hearing Said. And What It Didn’t.

Representative Peter King’s (R-NY) first hearing on the radicalization of American Muslim communities exemplified the right wing’s ongoing commitment to constructing the idea of a radical, threatening Islam.  The hearing also exposed what is, at best, liberal acquiescence, and, at worst, liberal partnership in that dangerous agenda.   Most profoundly, the hearing made clear the extent to which the war on terror has robbed public discourse of any meaningful vocabulary for contesting the universe in which Islam poses legitimate concern for the American public.

No Country for Good Men

There is an alarming trend in India of arresting and detaining without bail human rights activists that challenge state authority. The unjust imprisonment of Dr Binayak Sen is the latest example.

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