Global Palestine: Contemporary Collisions
John Collins (@djleftover), author of Global Palestine (Hurst, 2011/Columbia UP, 2012), explores the global politics of violence and the representation of violence, paying particular attention to the microcosmic and prophetic location of Palestine in relation to these processes. (Image: Diego Lopez Calvin)
|Nov 30 2008||India violence: the aftermath|
The world's news media continue to cover the aftermath of the horrifying terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India during the past week. As is often the case when the world is faced with this kind of violence, the theories (including the conspiracy theories) are flying thick and fast. It will be interesting to see how the story "settles" in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, I thought I would run through a few of the responses I have been reading.
|Nov 05 2008||The Inner Dialogue: Between Euphoria and the Hard Road Ahead|
As I wake up this morning to hear the sound of the phrase "President-Elect Barack Obama" all around me, it is difficult to know how to process the range of emotions I am feeling. Many parts of me - the leftist, the internationalist, the skeptic, the critic of creeping militarization - are struggling to begin a dialogue with the other parts of me that are thrilled beyond measure at the historic result of last night's election and its profound significance for so many people both inside and outside the United States.
|Nov 01 2008||Free Gaza: War on Fishermen?|
After successfully breaking the Israeli siege of Gaza back in August, the Free Gaza movement is making good on its promise to continue calling attention to Israel's policy of punishing all Gazans for the actions of a few. Sailing in a boat called the SS Dignity, activists recently landed in Gaza again and then went on a mission to witness the harassment of Palestinian fishermen by the Israeli navy.
|Oct 23 2008||Settler colonialism 101|
In my teaching I regularly address the topic of settler colonialism, a specific type of colonization in which settlers seek to create a new society in a foreign territory through the displacement, subjugation, or elimination of the territory's indigenous population. The United States is a settler-colonial society; so are Australia, New Zealand, and Israel, to name several prominent examples. Yet you will rarely see the phrase "settler colonialism" in any major news report about any of these countries.
|Oct 04 2008||Under the Radar Again: More Electoral Dirty Tricks?|
Here we go again, mesmerized by the magic show while the real work of stealing elections goes on behind the scenes. Remember Florida in 2000? Remember Ohio in 2004? Remember those sketchy voting machines and disenfranchised voters, most of them poor and African-American? Do we really remember? Or are we about to get fleeced again?
|Oct 02 2008||Bill McKibben answers the Big Questions|
Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben recently visited St. Lawrence University as part of its Contemporary Issues Forum. While on campus, McKibben sat down with the Weave for a short interview. McKibben's responses to our five Big Questions are now available for viewing on our YouTube site and here on the Weave.
|Sep 24 2008||Thinking Like a State III: Dennis Ross and 'behavior' modification|
Having briefly addressed the rhetoric of "problems" and the issue of defining hypothetical "threats," I want to highlight one addition aspect of the "conceptual practices of power" associated with the U.S. state. In his lecture, Ambassador Dennis Ross invoked the language of behavior modification several times when referring to other nations and cultures. What is the significance of this way of framing the world?
|Sep 20 2008||Thinking Like a State II: threats and hypotheticals|
In my previous post, I examined how the language of "problems" (as in "the Pakistan problem") shaped the discourse of Geoffrey Kemp and Dennis Ross in their recent joint lecture. What else did I learn about the "conceptual practices of power" (Dorothy Smith) associated with the U.S. state? I learned that the U.S. state is more interested in speculating about possible threats than in being honest about its own actions.