The Week on Sunday (weekly)

  • Appeals for calm in the wake of such a verdict raise the question of what calm there can possibly be in a place where such a verdict is possible. Parents of black boys are not likely to feel calm. Partners of black men are not likely to feel calm. Children with black fathers are not likely to feel calm. Those who now fear violent social disorder must ask themselves whose interests are served by a violent social order in which young black men can be thus slain and discarded.

    tags: Trayvon_Martin

  • The most damning element here is not that George Zimmerman was found not guilty: it’s the bitter knowledge that Trayvon Martin was found guilty. During his cross examination of Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, the defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked if she was avoiding the idea that her son had done something to cause his own death. During closing arguments, the defense informed the jury that Martin was armed because he weaponized a sidewalk and used it bludgeon to Zimmerman. During his post-verdict press conference, O’Mara said that, were his client black, he would never have been charged. At the defense’s table, and in the precincts far beyond it where donors have stepped forward to contribute funds to underwrite their efforts, there is a sense that George Zimmerman was the victim.

    tags: Trayvon_Martin

  • Ciro Bustos’s memoir Che Wants to See You tries to kill the myth that he sold out Che Guevara. (Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian)

    Ciro Bustos was 26 and at his in-laws’ house for a barbecue one spring Sunday in 1958 when he first heard the voice. It belonged to a fellow Argentinian, a doctor four years his senior who was fighting alongside Fidel Castro in the mountains of south-eastern Cuba.

    As he listened to the radio, the young artist was struck by the contrast between the grandiloquence of the Cuban and the quiet, almost apologetic tones of the Argentinian.

    “The way Che spoke, the way he answered questions, was totally different from Castro,” says Ciro, whose recollection of the broadcast has not been blunted by the intervening half-century.

    tags: Che Bolivia Cuba

  • I do not want to call it the Trayvon Martin trial, because as writer Kima Jones noted on Twitter, it is George Zimmerman who is on trial here. In our supposedly post-racial now, we find ourselves stuck in staggered temporalities of a racist past that is not dead, not even past.

    tags: Trayvon_Martin

  • In Haiti, people wear T-shirts bearing unlikely English messages: “We’re the 2% who don’t care,” says one; a respectable-looking grandmother dons a T-shirt emblazoned with “Crack is Whack!”; a little boy without shoes or pants wears a “Save Darfur” T-shirt; while training an illegal militia, a tough former army lieutenant sports a “Varsity Cheerleader” T-shirt.
    The absurd messages on these garments–by-products of globalization–are often lost in translation for Haitians, but the crueler irony is that decades of neo-liberal measures have pushed Haiti to expand its apparel industry to export T-shirts to US markets. Garments are then branded with various designs, sold, consumed, discarded, and shipped back to Haiti, along with other used clothes, for resale in local markets, undercutting and decimating Haitian tailors and their trade in traditional-style clothing.

    tags: Haiti garment_factory Used_Clothing

  • n the last few days more details have come to light about Israel’s operation to deport African asylum seekers back to the continent, to whichever country wants to take them in exchange for “benefit packages.” On Tuesday Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth published an article in Hebrew, followed by a slightly different English version on its website revealing that the Israeli government is about to close a deal with at least three African countries to provide them with the “benefits packages” in exchange to absorbing thousands of asylum seekers from Africa who currently reside in Israel. Israel’s chief negotiator for the talks was the former senior Mossad official, Hagai Hadas, appointed by the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    tags: Israel immigrants African_Refugees Deportation

  • On May 2, 2013, the FBI placed Assata Shakur on its Most Wanted Terrorist list and, with the help of the New Jersey state police, has increased its reward to $2 million for information leading to her arrest. According to the FBI’s website, individuals placed on the list “remain wanted in connection with their alleged crimes until such time as the charges are dropped or when credible physical evidence is obtained, which proves with 100% accuracy, that they are deceased.”[1]

    tags: terror resistance AssataShukur surveillance Drones

  • Writer Joyce Carol Oates ignited a Twitter controversy on Friday when she wrote a series of tweets linking Islam to the prevalence of sexual assaults in Egypt. Oates’ tweets compelled several prominent writers and novelists to respond to her rant and we’ve compiled the best tweets below. For more in-depth coverage of the discussion, be sure to read Anita Felicelli’s new post for The Aerogram and check out Sana Saeed’s essay for The Guardian.

    tags: islamophobia Egypt SexualViolence

  • Tales of Tenderness and Power (144) is a collection of twenty-one short stories by the South African-born Botswana writer Bessie Head published posthumously by Heinemann African Writers Series (1989). All the stories, with the exception of three were published in various magazines prior to her demise. In this collection, the beauty and tenderness of Bessie’s writings, her keen observation, and her ability to relate her environment to occurrences in lives of the people come to the fore. She does not set out to tell a totally fictitious tale as fiction is sometimes interpreted to be; she writes about the lives of real people who lived those lives – their hardships, their aspirations, their fears, their hopes – in as direct a manner as possible. In addition, some of the stories are are not stories at all but historical, but not necessarily ancient, narratives.

    tags: bessie_head

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