Editorial

Special Issue: The 2014 Indian elections

In response to the recent swearing in of Narenda Modi as India’s 15th prime minister, SAMAR releases this special issue which takes a deeper look at the differences between rhetoric and reality, and the connections between communalism and neoliberalism.


The Pitfalls of Language Politics in Bangladesh

A High Court ruling seeks to eliminate any distortions of the Bangla language on television or radio channels.  The ruling is absurd and dangerous and can present real challenges to the freedom of press in Bangladesh.  Part of SASI's (South Asia Solidarity Initiative) monthly series that explores current social justices issues in South Asia.  

Policing Sex

This issue on Policing Sex explores the wider context of the criminalization of homosexuality in India, as well as visions put forth to challenge heterosexism, the police state, and misogyny. 

The Art of Politics

In honor of our 20th anniversary, we wanted to share our perspectives on crafting this vibrant issue, which features poetry by Bushra Rehman, Purvi Shah, YaliniDream  and Ather Zia, along with a photo essay by Sabelo Narasimhan. Together, these pieces highlight the diversity of voices in the diaspora, ranging from Narasimhan’s visual documentation of protests against New York City’s Stop-and-Frisk policy to Rehman’s tongue-in-cheek take on break-ups.

A Letter to Our Subscribers

Wondering where the print version of SAMAR went? We explain.

On the Need for Women as Peacemaking Agents

Bringing women into the forefront of Nepal's peace process is critical to ensuring a just revisioning of the government as well as addressing the concerns of other marginalized groups.

"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.

Web 2.0-conomic Warfare and Israel-Palestine

"Zachary Wales explores the role of "Web 2.0" in promoting social justice in the Middle East and effectively responding to crises, such as the one we are witnessing in Gaza. Despite its enormous potential, he warns that as long as we stand by passive or powerless, Gaza will burn, and all we can do is watch."

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