Middle East

Hunting the “Out-of-Place Muslim”

The Global War on Terror’s fixation on al-Qa‘ida as a roving band of "foreign fighters" allows the U.S. to claim that it is not fighting a war on Islam, but rather helping local Muslim populations rid themselves of narrow-minded interlopers  seeking to impose a puritanical brand of the religion.  This hunt for foreign fighters animates broader attempts to monitor and control Muslim diasporas outside the "west."  At the same time, the legal impunity of other foreign fighters – namely, U.S. forces and their contractors – is pushed into the background.

The Arab World’s Forgotten Rebellions: Foreign Workers and Biopolitics in the Gulf

Both the Arab Spring and Gulf worker actions are, broadly, about dignity and justice; both challenge the status quo of unaccountable family/security-states; and both are met with ferocious responses by those states.  Yet, the Gulf worker actions are ignored. Why?

Slaughterhouse Gaza

Israel's latest attack on Gaza is part of a larger historical pattern of abuses based in hegemony, land theft, punishment and encampment of Palestinians, racist policies, aggression and paranoia and a bogus 'peace process' similar to American treaties with Native Americans.

"Gaza's ""Bigger Shoah"""

Protest demonstrations are not enough to stop a holocaust. First, let's debunk the myths around Israel and the conflict and then, move to proactive strategies that will pressure the Israeli government.

Three years on... a state of emergency

On the third anniversary of the war in Iraq, our old anti-war strategies and their underlying assumptions need to be significantly reworked and become far more pre-emptive, comprehensive, and creative.

Blogging for Lebanon

Blogs, videos, and artwork filled in the glaring gaps left by the mainstream news media during the recent invasion of Lebanon, leading to the galvanization of a global movement in support of the Lebanese, and giving us a glimpse into the different ways of using digital art and information for advocacy, awareness, and fundraising.

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.

Diversity and Struggle in the Arabian Gulf

"A history of South Asian migration to the Arabian Gulf, from the imperial days when it was linked to the British Raj to the post oil-boom frenzy of today. By carefully exploring the extended histories of South Asian migrants to the Gulf, Kanna debunks the idea of South Asians as "alien" and looks at the impact of oil in changing perceptions of South Asian migration to the region."

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