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Food Sovereignty vs. Food Aid: Why Smallscale Farming Suffers

dvarisco , September 11th, 2022

Traditional farming in al-Ahjur, Central Highlands (photography by Daniel Martin Varisco) The early major civilizations in the Middle East and Asia with their head start several millennia ago…


Book Review: They Eat Our Sweat: Transport Labor, Corruption, and Everyday Survival in Urban Nigeria by Daniel E. Agbiboa

Rose Deller , August 22nd, 2022

In They Eat Our Sweat: Transport Labor, Corruption, and Everyday Survival in Urban Nigeria, Daniel E. Agbiboa challenges simplistic understandings of corruption by offering a captivating study of Lago…

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Tower of Babel, Saudi Style

tabsir , July 27th, 2022

the official website is https://www.neom.com/en-us Long before Abraham/Ibrahim left Ur of the Chaldees for the promised land and became the ancestral icon of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, there…


Do Children Need Special Foods?

Tina Moffat , May 25th, 2022

Ultraprocessed breakfast cereals, sometimes touted as “healthy” thanks to vitamin fortification, are one of the most popular foods targeted toward kids. Education Images/Getty Images In c…


Wahhabis in the Dustbin?

tabsir , February 23rd, 2022

This is a fascinating analysis by Hassan Hassan of the Saudi royal family trying to rewrite its past. It is available on the New/Lines website. Here is the…


Bulldozing Islamic Jeddah

tabsir , February 20th, 2022

mid-19th century view of Jeddah from Richard Burton’s travelogue The current de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, MBS, has promoted a major development scheme entitled Vision 2030. This…


Living Water, living with lively waters (part 2)

Chakad Ojani , December 2nd, 2021

In What is Water? The History of a Modern Abstraction, geographer Jamie Linton (2010: 14) describes “modern water” as the following: “an abstract, isomorphic, measurable quantity that may…


Living Water and the politics and anti-politics of water in Jordan (Part 1)

Geoffrey Hughes , December 2nd, 2021

  We are often told that Jordan is one of the most water-poor countries on the planet and it is hard not to recognize the truth of this…


Do Things Have to Be This Way?

David Graeber and David Wengrow , November 24th, 2021

[no-caption] Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images Excerpted from The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity. © 2021 by David Graeber and David Wengrow. Reprinted with permission from Farra…


5 Questions About the History of Humanity

Daniel Salas , November 23rd, 2021

Join us LIVE for a 25-minute Q&A with archaeologist and author David Wengrow to discuss his New York Times bestselling book The Dawn of Everything: A New History of…


Hannah Carlan takes the page 99 test for her dissertation

| , November 15th, 2021

As it so happens, page 99 of my dissertation is the conclusion of my first body chapter following the introduction. My dissertation, “Producing Prosperity: Language and the Labor…

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Water and Summer Heat in Alexandria

eelaswad , October 23rd, 2021

Stanley Bridge, Alexandria (© el-Sayed el-Aswad) After one year of being forced to stay indoors (April ?2020 to May 2021) due to the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic,…


Acts of Occlusion

guestauth0r , October 18th, 2021

Occlusion is a term that describes a technique of erasure. Here, I show how occlusion works specifically in International Development discourses to set the terms of morality, dominance,…

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What Does It Mean to Decolonize Heritage?

Annalisa Bolin and David Nkusi , October 6th, 2021

At the King’s Palace Museum in Nyanza District, Rwanda, tourists can visit coffee shops built in a traditional architectural style. GIZ/Martin Karenzi Most tourists visit the district of…


Ep #77 Mutual Assistance & The “Value” of the Olympics: This Month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , July 25th, 2021

The Familiar Strange · Ep #77 Mutual Assistance & The “Value” of the Olympics: This Month on TFS And we’re back! This week we’d like to introduce our…

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A wildcat doesn’t change its spots: Gold mining on Indigenous lands in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Glenn H. Shepard , June 21st, 2021

A shootout on May 10 between Yanomami Indigenous people and heavily armed illegal miners in Roraima state, Brazil, left three miners and two Yanomami children dead. Since then,…

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How Many People Lived in the Angkor Empire?

Sarah Klassen and Alison Kyra Carter , June 2nd, 2021

This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. How big were the world’s ancient cities? At its height, the world’s first…


Book Review: Mekong Dreaming: Life and Death Along a Changing River by Andrew Alan Johnson

Rose Deller , May 5th, 2021

In Mekong Dreaming: Life and Death Along a Changing River, Andrew Alan Johnson offers a new anthropological study that explores how infrastructural projects – in this case, hydropower dams…

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Mental Health in Guyana’s Prisons: a direct legacy of the country’s colonial history?

Dylan Kerrigan - Opeds/Blogs , April 26th, 2021

This oped was written by our research team from the University of Leicester and University of Guyana. The mental health of those who live and work in Guyana’s…

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Pauline Destrée: Solar for the Few: Stranded Renewables and Green Enclaves in Ghana

focaal_admin , April 9th, 2021

Africa’s Green Energy Revolution In the past ten years, calls for a “green revolution” on the African continent have cast optimistic and promising scenarios of “leapfrogging” to mass…


Why a Mexican Village’s DIY Cellphone Network Matters

Roberto J. González , March 30th, 2021

A campesino checks his cellphone while working in the fields outside of Talea de Castro, Mexico (the mountain village in the distance on the upper left). Agustine Sacha…


What Problems Does Organic Cotton Solve?

Andrew Flachs , March 10th, 2021

[no-caption] Andrew Flachs One warm afternoon several years ago, I was walking with Korianna,* a farmer in Telangana, India, when I smelled something bad. The scent of diesel…


Academic Fictions: Lettre à France

Mathilde Pasta , February 24th, 2021

English Version Paris, le 22 Décembre 2020 Chère France, Comme tu[i] le sais, j’ai assisté, sur tes recommandations, au Congrès International des Capitales du monde. Je dois admettre…


#Academic Fictions: Cape Town through Time and Space: An Experimental Poem

Carolina Earle , February 23rd, 2021

Part 1: 1921 “Poison Tea, Colonial Imports”, by an Observer    “Them nasty Malays can make it work  months after you take it”, quotes Lady Duff G.: This,…