Militarism & War

The Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour: Building Our Movement, One Story At A Time

Anirvan Chatterjee takes us on a tour of Berkeley’s radical South Asian American history, and argues that historical memory is one of the key inspirations for contemporary political movements

Circles of Gender Justice

Dear Readers,

Gendered violence plays a pervasive and significant role in the lives of modern women around the globe. In that vein, we present a special issue on women’s responses and activism against gender-based violence in South Asian and South Asian diasporic communities.

Reinforcing Demands for Gender Justice: The War Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh

In 2010, the Bangladesh Government, led by Sheikh Hasina, set up the International Crimes Tribunal and charged as many as 12 individuals for participating and assisting in war crimes and crimes against humanity during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan. The tribunals not only address the worst rape concentration camps in history; they also reveal the inner struggles of a society as it faces demands for gender justice, along with secularism and social justice.  Unnoticed by most of the world, there is a revolution happening here.

Ather Zia / Abode of the God? / Four corners of extreme pain

As a people living under an occupation which is camouflaged within a patina of democratic set-up and draconian laws, there is a constant erasure of our bodies, memories and identities. We are inflicted with active forgetting in order to survive. At the border where the direct gaze of prose is constricted with barbed wires of multiple coercions, poetry spurts forth. Poetry makes one a witness, rather than just an archivist. One’s life-blood, all that is political and emotional; lived, remaining, and forgotten coagulates into a poem.

YaliniDream / Safety Zones / Salted Wounds

I entered Sri Lankan Tamil politics simply by telling my own story and listening to family and community stories. My earliest childhood memories were of Jaffna (Yalpannam), Sri Lanka—the place after whom I was named. My bedtime stories were of the struggle of Tamil people. Of gatherings tear gassed. Of riots. And of my parents along with the rest of our community, standing up for our rights.

Long-Distance Radicalism: In Conversation with SAMAR’s Virtual Editorial Collective

Anantha Sudhakar's "Long-Distance Radicalism: In Conversation with SAMAR’s Virtual Editorial Collective," provides a glimpse of SAMAR's volunteer editorial collective, which has sustained the magazine over the past 20 years and contextualizes SAMAR within South Asian Diasporic progressive activism.

'There are No Rules Here:' A Visitor's Guide to Guantanamo and the Military Commissions

In 2006, two attorneys observed military commissions for four weeks in Guantanamo Bay.  We revisit their conclusions that the detentions and legal process afforded the detainees held there harm the U.S.'s already diminishing reputation as a leader of human rights.

Voices Of Resistance 10: Arts and 9/11

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

Tonight in Kashmir

Late at night, alone but not in silence, in the capital city of Kashmir

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