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When humanity fails: A hopeful reminder

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by Elizabeth Sumida Huaman   When did the breath of life start to kill? As Quechua people, we are taught about the power of one’s breath. The fresh Andean air that we take in is a gift that we have been given to live in this world. Each breath is a reminder that we are…

Beautiful Damaged People

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by Abhay Flavian Xaxa   Among the doom and gloom they smile, Mistaken for idiots by the mad rational world.  The Adivasis, beautifully damaged people! On the treasures of iron, gold and diamond they sit, Poor and powerless, holding the curse of nature. The curse of loving their land , water, forest, where they prefer…

Talking Back to white “Burma Experts”

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by Chu May Paing and Than Toe Aung In December 2018, Than Toe Aung attended a talk hosted by Parami Institute (now Parami University), self-proclaimed as “Myanmar’s first private, not-for-profit liberal arts and sciences university” in Yangon. The talk featured the well-known journalist Bertil Lintner covering Burma since the era of the former military regime…

Life, War, and Everything Else

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By Roksana Bahramitash Long ago, I took refuge from a war and settled in the unceded land of Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. I now live in Tiohtià:ke, known as Montreal, and at times feel like I am an accomplice by default, with the white European settlers. ********* I left Iran, a country, where the sunflowers of my…

Selected Poems and Short Stories on Palestine

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By Najwa Juma This publication of selected unedited poems and short stories by Najwa Juma was produced in November 2023. Edited by selma banich, designed by Áron Lődi, and supported by a group of fellows of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany.

The Most Lethal Virus Is Not COVID-19

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The escalating panic and fear surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is palpable across the social spectrum. The Governor of California has ordered the entire to state to “shelter in place” for the foreseeable future, meaning we can leave home only for essential tasks. Yes, the virus is yet to be fully known and controlled; yes, the incidence of infection is increasing and cannot be predicted accurately; yes this virus causes death. And yes, we must keep washing our hands and taking other precautions and maintaining physical distance. We must also practice social solidarity. This means involving ourselves in mutual aid, supporting healthcare workers, and finding effective ways to support workers and families in precarious situations and small businesses at risk of not surviving. At the same time, must keep socializing virtually through dancing, music concerts, and other creative, inspiring, and healing, as well as fun, gatherings.

(Too) Great Expectations? On Fieldwork, Guidelines, and Ethics in Human Geography

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by Mark Anthony Arceño, Deondre Smiles, Emelie Bailey, Anurag Mazumdar, Thelma Vélez, J.P. Wilson, Kelly Yotebieng, and Kendra McSweeney   ABSTRACT This blog post engages the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) 2009 “Statement on Professional Ethics.” We argue that the Statement falls short in helping us (students) understand how we know if we are doing…

Shav-vahini Ganga | Ganga, the Carrier of Corpses | શબવાહિની ગંગા | शव-वाहिनी गंगा

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by Parul Khakhar India is going through a devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this second wave was long predicted by medical and scientific experts, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government under Prime Minister Modi boasted of how India had conquered the virus. The stories from the first wave—of thousands of migrant wage…

Demolition Politics in India: An Anti-Muslim, Anti-Dissent Strategy

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By AGITATE! Editorial Collective  In the past few months, the Indian state under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has weaponized yet another mechanism of terror as part of its virulent anti-Muslim pogrom: the demolition of Muslim homes. Since coming to power in 2014, but especially after it was reelected in the 2019 elections, the BJP…

غزہ کی خُدائی | ग़ज़ा की ख़ुदाई | Ghaza’s World

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عمران فیروز | Imran Feroze Devanagari transliteration by Gwendolyn Kirk & Abdul Aijaz | English translation by Abdul Aijaz & Gwendolyn Kirk    کہاں ہیں فرشتوں کے لشکر کے لشکر کہاں ہیں ابابیلِ کعبہ کے وعدے کہاں ہیں مجاہد کی تکبیر والے کہ قبلئہِ اولیٰ میں بچوں کے جسموں سے کرگس کے دل بوٹیاں نوچتے…

యింకో ద్వేష భక్తి గీతం! Another Ode to Hate-riotism

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original poem in Telugu by Afsar, translated into English by N. Venugopal   యింకో ద్వేష భక్తి గీతం!~అయినా ప్రేమిస్తూనే వుండమని కదా చెప్తావ్. గోడలన్నీ నెత్తుటి మరకలవుతాయ్, వీధుల్లో తల ఎత్తుకొని నడవలేను. పసిపిల్లాడి లాగు విప్పి మరీ సున్తీ పరీక్షలు చేస్తావ్. యిప్పటికీ నా పేరు కంటే నా చివరి పేరు మీదే నీ వూనిక. నేనెక్కడా లేను. నేనేమిటో యెవరికీ అక్కర్లేదు. శాసనాలు చేయక్కర్లేదు ఆదేశాలు కాగితాల మీదే…

Artwork

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by Sunil Awachar         Dr Sunil Abhiman Awachar is a poet, painter and Assistant Professor at the Department of Marathi, University of Mumbai, India. He is a full-time activist in the Dalit human rights movement. He has published four anthologies of poetry in Marathi, that include ‘Global vartamanachya kavita (2008)’ ‘Mi mahasattechya darashi katora gheun ubha…

Memory Histories: I Am Not Your Data

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By Anjali Arondekar I am not your data, nor am I your vote bank,I am not your project, or any exotic museum object,I am not the soul waiting to be harvested,Nor am I the lab where your theories are tested,I am not your cannon fodder, or the invisible worker,or your entertainment at India habitat center,I…

AGITATE! as Creative Commons: AGITATE! Editorial Collective Speaks to Nancy Sims

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This interview was compiled by Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian at the University of Minnesota for Against the Grain. It was published in the Charleston Hub on November 30, 2021. AGITATE! Editorial Collective members Keavy McFadden, Richa Nagar, Sara Musaifer, Emina Bužinkić, Nithya Rajan, Sima Shakhsari, and Samira Musleh participated in the interview. Introducing AGITATE!…

इंतिफ़ादा | Intifada | انتفادہ

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अशोक कुमार पाण्डेय Transliteration in Nastaliq by Abdul Aijaz & Gwendolyn Kirk | English translation by Richa Nagar & Medha Muskan उसने कहा मर जाना चाहिए इन सबको ग़ज़ा पर गिरना चाहिए परमाणु बम वेस्ट बैंक के लिए मशीनगनें काफ़ी हैं इतने सारे मुल्क हैं दुनिया में चलें जाएँ थोड़े-थोड़े हर मुल्क में जानवर ही…

Why the Chinese are Making a Catastrophic Mistake in Xinjiang

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by Daanish Mustafa   Malice against children is emblematic of evil in the Abrahamic religious tradition. The Old Testament tells the story of how the Pharaoh ordered the murder of every male Hebrew child born in Egypt to protect himself against the Messiah—Moses (es)—that the shamans had foretold would destroy him. Ironically, he ended up…

Some Thoughts on the U.S. Presidential Election

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by Sima Shakhsari   As we anxiously wait for the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, many who are rightly worried about the ramifications of another four years under Trump’s presidency have hoped that Trump’s removal would restore the American democracy. This hope for restoration raises several concerns, that while not particular to this…

The Black Radical Tradition Can Help Us Imagine a More Just World

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by Brian Lozenski   Thanks to Truthout and author Brian Lozenski for granting us the permission to reprint this article on AGITATE Now!. You can access the original article here, published originally on June 23, 2020. Just as quickly as protests mounted in cities and towns across the country after George Floyd joined the ever-growing…

On the Protests in Iran

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By Sima Shakhsari 23 September 2022 I got an interview request by a journalist from Switzerland and these are the questions: “My main question is why autocrats, including the Iranian regime, fear women and queer movements/activism and perceive them as a threat to their survival. Why is there a need to control women’s bodies? What…

Gaza Monologues Performed by Ellipses

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Ellipses is a member of the Marappachi Collective in Chennai, India, and Batticaloa Justice Walk in Sri Lanka. This performance of Gaza Mono-Logues was undertaken in response to the ASHTAR Theatre’s most recent Global Call for solidarity with Palestine. Ellipses speaks in Tamil with a Sri Lankan dialect, the language of a people who lived…

A friend is passing on today…

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by Janani Eswar The Gulmohar and I are losing a companion. May 5th, 2016 Until yesterday, if you looked outside where we work, you would find a beautiful mango tree on the plot next to us. In the respectful form of Tamil or Kannada, my mother tongue and the language that is spoken around me…

Women of Color Should Be the Ones Remaking U.S. Foreign Policy

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by Christine Ahn, Yifat Susskind, and Cindy Wiesner   In the 2020 presidential election, Black women, Indigenous women and people of color across the country delivered the votes to throw Donald Trump out of office. These voters want a new era in policy priorities, requiring radical change to the status quo—not just when it comes to U.S.…

Sci-Fi as Accessible Movement Building: A Review of Larissa Lai’s “The Tiger Flu”

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by Chloe Dunston The Tiger Flu is set in the year 2145, which author Larissa Lai depicts as a “time after oil” divided by factions, gender, disease, and technology. After years of greedy leadership, environmental degradation, and the exhaustion of fossil fuels, Saltwater City and its outskirts stand alone in what was formerly Vancouver, Canada.…

Woman Life Freedom: A Panel on the Protests in Iran

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Mahsa Amini, a 22-year old Kurdish-Iranian woman who died while in the custody of the Iranian Guidance Patrol, has become the symbol of the massive protests in Iran. Iranian women have been in the forefront of the protests, removing their hijabs and/or cutting their hair. In this conversation, Professors Yalda Hamidi, Minoo Moallem, and Fatemeh…

‘If I Must Die’ by Refaat Alareer, with Translations

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I woke up to the Telugu translation of Refaat Alareer’s poem ‘If I must die’ before I even saw the news of his assassination. It was yet another heartbreaking morning of waking up to the massacre in Gaza that has become the ‘everyday’ for many of us. Barely awake and in deep anguish, I translated…

In Praise of Empathy

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by Ruramisai Charumbira   If you had told me that it would take a novel pathogen, to work like a charm, drilling hard into our collective heart, making us shiver with fear and empathy, I would have called you names. If you had told me it would take a novel pathogen, to snap our eyelids…

Healthy Living

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by Jordan Starck   HYPERTENSION Righteous rage delivered me to this world as I am, a Black man. My living, here, has always been illegal, and my fight preordained    for an always-later time    when I’ll whisk the blade    away from its hiding place on my wrist. Then, with just a quick, outward thrust and a…

“She has one thousand eyes, Our Mother Goddess Maadathy”: Exploring separation and invisible labor through Leena Manimekalai’s strategic deifications

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by Drishadwati Bargi Director Leena Manimekalai’s Maadathy: An Un-Fairy Tale (2021) belongs to a historical moment when anti-caste cinema and in extension an anti-caste audience have already acquired a vibrant presence in India and the diaspora, thanks to the works of Nagaraj Manjule, Mari Selvaraj, Pa. Ranjith, Neeraj Ghaywan among others. What is perhaps unique…

For Life, When Death Crumbles

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By Sima Shakhsari Mahsa (Jina) Amini, a 22-year old Kurdish-Iranian woman, died in the hospital on September 16, 2022, three days after being arrested by the Iranian Guidance Patrol (also known as the “morality police” in English ) for her alleged “improper hijab.” Her murder became the mobilizing cry for the massive protests that have…

Gaza Monologues in the Balkans

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People and collectives across geographies, including many that are part of the AGITATE! Community took up ASHTAR Theatre’s call for solidarity with Gaza. Our comrades from the Balkans organized the translation, reading, performance and extensive sharing of Gaza Monologues on the International Day of Solidarity with Palestine, observed on Wednesday, Nov 29th. The Free Palestine…