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Antonio De Lauri: The idea of a clean and efficient war is a dangerous lie

focaal_admin , April 18th, 2022


The war in Ukraine resuscitated a certain dangerous fascination for war. Notions such as patriotism, democratic values, the right side of history, or a new fight for freedom…


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A Life of Struggle: Imam Yasin Abu Bakr

Maximilian C. Forte , October 24th, 2021


On Thursday, October 21, 2021, just after 9:00pm, Imam Yasin Abu Bakr of the Jama’at al-Muslimeen of Trinidad and Tobago, passed away at the age of 80. He…


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“Stop the Shot”: Resistance through Science, Religion, and Law

Maximilian C. Forte , August 20th, 2021


On August 4, an interesting event took place: “Stop the Shot”. This was a video press conference organized by the Truth for Health Foundation in the US, which…


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The Logic of Contesting States During a Crisis: Revelations from Uganda’s COVID-19 Fight by Jacob Katumusiime Mwine-Kyarimpa

Jacob Katumusiime Mwine-Kyarimpa , May 26th, 2021


On March 12th, 2021, students at Uganda’s Mbarara University of Science andTechnology (MUST) organised a strike. The strike, the students argued, was both a protest against online lectures…


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Whedon, Fandom, and Cancel Culture

Alissa Whitmore , May 19th, 2021


By Alissa Whitmore “A guy who goes around saying ‘I’m a feminist’ usually has an agenda that is not feminist. A guy who behaves like one, who actually…


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The masked and the unmasked

Ryan , April 12th, 2021


Standard issue mask from Kaiser Permanente. Photo: Ryan Anderson 2021. Before 2020 and COVID-19, I never thought much about masks. Now I think about them all the time….


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Felix Lussem: Alienating “facts” and uneven futures of energy transition

focaal_admin , April 7th, 2021


We are in the middle of the Rhineland’s lignite mining region, a semi-urban to rural area in the west of Germany. The landscape is considerably altered by past…


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#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,…


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Stephen Campbell: What can workers expect in post-coup Myanmar?

focaal_admin , February 3rd, 2021


International media coverage of the February 1st military coup in Myanmar has been rather consistent. The focus, overwhelmingly, has been on the detention of State Counsellor and Nobel…


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Amy Garey takes the page 99 test

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 Page 99 of my dissertation ends with a quote from a 2019 comedy festival, “KVN is, KVN lives, KVN will continue to live!” It sums up one of…


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Ida Susser: Covid, police brutality and race: are ongoing French mobilizations breaking through the class boundaries?

focaal_admin , December 3rd, 2020


On May 31, 2020, the US exploded in protest to address the super-exploitation of racism, which has uniquely scarred its history. This was followed by international demonstrations, including…


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Conformity and Resistance in Mahabad

Kameel ahmady , October 12th, 2020


Conformity and Resistance in Mahabad Media Consumption, Conformity and Resistance: A Visual Ethnography of Youth in Iranian Kurdistan English Publishing: Mehri Publication, London-UK (2020) F…


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Adam James Moore: The human cost of city upgrading in ‘pro-poor’ Medellín

focaal_admin , September 23rd, 2020


On 1st March 2018, a group of protestors blocked a dual-carriageway in front of Acevedo Metro (and Metro cable line) Station in the North of Medellín, Colombia. Those…


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Vita Peacock: The slave trader, the artist, and an empty plinth

focaal_admin , July 29th, 2020


On 7th June 2020, the bronze statue of Edward Colston in the English city of Bristol was pulled down by Black Lives Matter protesters with a rope, rolled…


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Ezgi Güler: Trans Sex Workers’ Collective Struggle in Urban Turkey

focaal_admin , July 27th, 2020


Facing family rejection and domestic violence, many transgender (trans) people leave their hometowns especially for large cities in search for greater acceptance and opportunities (Engin 2018). Due t…


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Don Nonini: Black Enslavement and Agro-industrial Capital

focaal_admin , July 3rd, 2020


Don Nonini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Insa Koch’s recent (2020) FOCAAL blog, “The Making of Modern Slavery in Austerity Britain,” reminds us that enslavement and…


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Raúl Acosta, Flávio Eiró, Insa Koch and Martijn Koster: Introduction: Urban struggles: governance, resistance, and solidarity

focaal_admin , July 1st, 2020


Raúl Acosta, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich Flávio Eiró, Radboud University Insa Koch, London School of Economics Martijn Koster, Radboud University  The global …


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Scattered Thoughts in a Crisis

Anthropology365 , June 5th, 2020


The world has taken notice that the United States of America is in crisis. In solidarity with the plight of Black Americans, protests have cropped up in many…


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Sharryn Kasmir: Prospects for Left Politics in the United States amid Coronavirus and Capitalist Crisis

focaal_admin , April 21st, 2020


Sharryn Kasmir, Hofstra University & University of Bergen Several weeks into the global pandemic, the gravity of the COVID-19-triggered economic crisis in the United States is coming into…


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Sandro Mezzadra: Politics of struggles in the time of pandemic

focaal_admin , April 9th, 2020


A prolonged wait at the pharmacy, a long queue before entering a supermarket. Experiences like this, today increasingly common, can help us to see how the spreading of…


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Interview: The Rani of Jhansi by Harleen Singh

Ian M. Cook , January 3rd, 2020


The Rani of Jhansi was and is many things to many people. In her beautifully written book The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India (Cambridge…


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Walls of Expression and Dark Murals Tourism

Chelsea Horton , November 15th, 2019


Notes on the Battle of Cable Street mural—a colorful depiction of the day anti-fascists faced down by Oswald Mosely’s Blackshirts in London’s East End. The west wall of…


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American Exceptionalism, American Innocence

Maximilian C. Forte , May 13th, 2019


Review of American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People’s History of Fake News—from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror. By Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong. Foreword…


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What Is This Lahu Thing Called Love?

Alexandra Frankel , January 28th, 2019


How pop music videos perform a simultaneously Lahu and modern identity. As the music video begins, we see a young man waiting anxiously, peering through a gate. A…


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