These books were suggested reading for new Black Panther Party members in 1968 but remain important today.  The Autobiography of Malcolm X The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon I Speak of Freedom by Kwame Nkrumah The Lost Cities of Africa by Basil Davidson The Other America by Michael Harrington Nat Turner’s Slave Rebellion: Including the 1831Read More →

Suchitra Vijayan: As Black as Resistance, Finding the Conditions for Liberation by William C. Anderson (author); Zoé Samudzi (author); Mariame Kaba (foreword) Race and the Making of American Political Science by Jessica Blatt The Importance of being uncivil Wherever there’s resistance to injustice and inequality, the powers that be ask usRead More →

In its 2003 verdict, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) found Rwandan journalists Ferdinand Nahimana and Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza guilty of genocide, incitement to genocide, conspiracy, and crimes against humanity. The case against Nahimana and Barayagwiza raised important questions regarding the role of the media and their social accountability. ForRead More →

This week Suchitra Vijayan spoke to Dr Anna Feigenbaum, who is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Storytelling at Bournemouth University. Her work focuses on communication and social justice. She is a co-author of Protest Camps with Fabian Frenzel and Patrick McCurdy (Zed 2013), author of Tear Gas (Verso 2017) and the forthcoming Data Storytelling Workbook (Routeldge 2020).Read More →

After having spent six years as a digital journalist and social media strategist, Ema Anis now offers communication consultancy to non-profit organizations working for justice and education. On the side, she utilizes her interest in art, design, and photography to highlight social issues that irk her most — classism beingRead More →

Lynchings destroy the notion of community. Each act of violence renders the subsequent act of violence inevitable and more heinous. We should be worried about these events, and not relegate them to ‘apolitical’ acts of disciplinary violence aimed at ‘alleged criminals’. Lynchings are predominantly discipline and punish projects, directed atRead More →

Lynching is not just punishment without due process; it is punishment where no crime exists. The mob exists mainly in having a defense against reason. The most blatant of its tyranny is to reduce all history to the violence it can dispense.The mob is not spontaneous. It is always assembled and organized for a kill.The mob is not irrational. It is rendered useful because it is profitable to kill. Lynching is an act of belonging, claiming authority through racial, religious and casteist violence. Read More →

Francesca Recchia Arundhati Roy, In What Language Does Rain Fall Over Tormented Cities? Parvaiz Bukhari J&K: A Viral Whatsapp Video Carries Delhi’s Brutal Message To Kashmir’s New-Age Rebels  Ashraf Ghani, I Will Negotiate With the Taliban Anywhere  Mujib Mashal, A Grass-Roots Afghan Peace Movement Grows, Step by Step  Asim RafiquiRead More →

by Dr. Nicholas Powers Dr. Nicholas Powers discusses the poetics of return from slave narratives to Wakanda. The theme of homecoming reappears throughout the history of the African Diaspora. In slave narratives, it borrowed the language of the sublime. Today, it is a cinematic reunification with a fictional Afro-Futurist utopiaRead More →

The water pipe has many names.In the balkans it is called a ‘lula‘ or ‘lulava’. In Egypt and the Persian Gulf it is often referred to as a ‘shishe’. In Iran it is called a ‘ganja’ pronounced as ‘ghelyoon’. In India and Pakistan it is called a ‘huqqa’. In the Palestinian Territories, the Levant, Iraq, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Israel, it is called by the beautiful name of ‘narghile’–a word that has its roots in sanskrit. But I doubt if it has ever been called a weapon of deRead More →

(Photograph: The death of Fabienne Cherisma, from the series Haiti, 2010, © Nathan Weber/NBW Photo.)

“The disaster ruins everything, all the while leaving everything intact. …Remembrance of the disaster which could be the gentlest want of foresight.” -­‐ Maurice Blanchot, The Writing of Disaster It had been a few weeks since the earthquake. The dusty port town of Léogâne, Haiti was the epicentre. Nearly everyRead More →