Race

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.

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.

Here's Our Labor. Now How About Our Lives?

The Karma of Brown Folk and Passport Photos

The Trouble with Free Speech

"Free speech is neither an invention of the Western world nor is the Muslim world necessarily at odds with it. The key is to realize the weight that a "progressive" Muslim voice has in this discourse."

Wedding and War in Galilee

A view of the emerging India-Israel-US axis, from a wedding in Palestine with Israeli helicopters whirring above, to Indian towns filled with Israeli soldiers looking for Shanti, to deportations and surveillance in the U.S.

Rotten Coconuts and Other Strange Fruits

A slice of hip hop from the west coast

Crimes of Speech

"The infamous George Allen "macaca" comment is part of a long history of offensive speech. The words, though, are only the tip of the iceberg, walking the talk is the real challenge for politicians."

A Brick in the United Front

A report from South Asians Against Police Brutality and Racism

Skinny Candidates With Funny Names

The recent election of Bobby Jindal to governor of Louisiana and Barack Obama's presidential candidacy explores the relevance of race, ethnicity, and South Asian-American issues in the American Race/Ethnicity nexus.

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