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The Fire These Times
117 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
78/ Pedagogies of Liberation, Gender and the Syrian Revolution (with Banah Ghadbian)
[Published a day earlier as I'm going on a writing retreat] This is a conversation with Banah Ghadbian. She’s a Syrian activist whose dissertation “Ululating from the Underground: Syrian Women’s Protests, Performances, and Pedagogies under Siege” was the subject of our conversation. As usual, we ended up talking about a lot of other things as well. Topics Discussed: Banah’s story growing up in a Syrian revolutionary family and being targeted by the regime as a result The video that Banah released on YouTube in 2011, which the Syrian regime played on state tv Her dissertation: Ululating from the Underground: Syrian Women’s Protests, Performances and Pedagogies under Siege (video summary) “How do Syrian women and youth heal from violence? How can our communities be embodied when displaced from our lands and spirits?” What is often missing from a lot of discourse regarding Syria? The chronicles of Enab Baladi + An idea called Daraya How does Banah think about the Syrian story and how it’s often misrepresented online? What the Syrian revolution already achieved Multiplicities and the entrenched ‘manliness’ of war analyses (reference to episode with Aida Hozic) Undoing the diaspora/local binary Pedagogies of liberation vs refugee/NGO industrial complex Being friends with Hala Barakat, who was murdered in September of 2017 alongside her mother Orouba Scarcity idea coming from an inherently capitalist logic The Syrian revolution and anti-blackness; intersectionality The misleading debates around ‘integration’, Alan Kurdi Talking about sectarianism Being in the dominant group at home, and in the minority in the diaspora Relevant Resources, videos and names mentioned: https://thefirethisti.me/2021/05/09/78-pedagogies-of-liberation-gender-and-the-syrian-revolution-with-banah-ghadbian/ Recommended Books Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline Paperback – November 18, 2014 by Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen by Nawara Mahfoud Zaatardiva by Suheir Hammad Homegirls and Handgrenades by Sonia Sanchez If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Music by Tarabeat.
105 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
77/ From Hong Kong to Lebanon, Basebuilding Against Authoritarianism (with Promise Li)
This is a conversation with Promise Li. He’s a US-based member of the Lausan collective and the Democratic Socialists of America doing solidarity work with Hong Kong and China’s dissident movements. Topics Discussed: Growing up in Hong Kong in the shadow of the Tiananmen Square massacre and after the UK-China handover What is Lausan? The difficulties of navigating online discourses on Hong Kong (and Lebanon, Syria etc) Rooting ourselves in democracy Translating Self-Determination Hong Kong’s water revolution (context and history) and how the Chinese Communist Party crushed it, at least for now (the national security law, ongoing crackdown etc) The globalization of the war on terror rhetoric and how ‘anti-imperialist’ governments and parties also use it. How governments and politicians learn from one another (example of Gebran Bassil in Lebanon; Saudi and Palestinian ambassadors to China; Henri Kissinger praising the CCP and vice versa, Chinese cops praising American cops; Hezbollah in Syria) What’s so different about the CCP’s oppression compared to other governments’ authoritarianism, and how western leftists don’t seem to quite grasp that (example of China and Syria) How tankies and others try and think like Xi Jinping or Bashar Al-Assad (and always fail) The multiplicity of places Reacting to the camps in Xinjiang Having a specific anger towards people who were oppressed in the past and who now oppress others (Israel, China) Identifying as Hong Konger Chinese, the complicated identities of being both Jewish and Arab, the example of Hindutva and Indian Muslims Being anti-nationalist and how that intersect in the global south The importance of including migrant domestic workers in our struggles Linking up Hong Kong with Black Lives Matters Learning from Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement What BLM could look like in Lebanon Fighting anti-Asian violence cannot include apologism for the Chinese state Resources mentioned: Preventative Policing as Community Detention in Northwest China Hong Kong’s protest movement must stop ignoring migrant workers The Hong Kong movement must stand with Black Lives Matter Fighting anti-Asian violence cannot include apologism for the Chinese state Recommended Books: China: The Revolution is Dead, Long Live the Revolution by The 70’s Collective Punching out and other writings by Martin Glaberman, edited by Staughton Lynd Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement edited by Ejeris Dixon & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
113 minutes | May 30, 2021
76/ Confronting Antisemitism on the Left: Anti-Authoritarian Perspectives (with Daniel Randall)
This is a conversation with Daniel Randall. He’s a London-based railway worker and workplace representative for the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers and a member of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty. We spoke about antisemitism on the Left as Daniel has an upcoming book on this very topic. Topics Discussed: What is left antisemitism? The ‘socialism of fools’ The difference between antisemitism and other forms of hatred The impact of Moishe Postone in our understanding of this topic Antisemitism as conspiracy theory in and of itself How it impacts discourse on Israel-Palestine The specific legacy of Stalinism on anti-Zionism Anti-Zionism without Anti-Semitism ‘Anti-Zionist Zionism’ Isaac Deutscher’s lifeboat metaphor for Israel in the 1940s Understanding how one can be both a refugee and a settler What’s wrong with saying ‘the Zionist entity’ Edward Said’s view on this The example of Hindutva The example of Lebanon The pseudo-emancipatory character of antisemitism Intersection between anti-semitism and islamophobia (‘great replacement’ conspiracy theory) How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism (reference to the essay by Erik Ward) What happened in the UK Labor Party Navigating sensitive discourses surrounding Israel-Palestine On anti-nationalism Recommended Books That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Antisemitic: Antiracist Analysis of Left Antisemitism Paperback by Steve Cohen Confronting Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century edited by Shane Burley Confronting antisemitism on the Left: arguments for socialists by Daniel Randall (forthcoming) If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Patreon is for monthly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options. If you can’t donate anything, you can still support this project by sharing with your friends and leaving a review wherever you get your podcasts! Music by Tarabeat.
68 minutes | May 23, 2021
75/ The Precariatized Mind and the Case for a Basic Income for All (with Guy Standing)
This is a conversation with Guy Standing, a Professorial Research Associate at SOAS University of London and a founding member and honorary co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), a non-governmental organisation that promotes a basic income for all. Topics Discussed: What is Universal Basic Income (UBI)/ Basic Income Why it’s so important that basic income be unconditional Towards a new class system: Precariat, Salariat, Proficients, Oligarchs, Plutocracy, Working Class, Lumpen Underclass etc What is the precariatized mind? Types of Precariats: Atavists who look to the past/Nostalgics: The migrants, the roamers, the refugees, the minorities/Progressives Towards a new politics of time How the global COVID-19 pandemic makes the case for a basic income Recommended Books The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time by Karl Polanyi The Magna Carta Manifesto: Liberties and Commons for All by Peter Linebaugh If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Patreon is for monthly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options. If you can’t donate anything, you can still support this project by sharing with your friends and leaving a review wherever you get your podcasts! Music by Tarabeat.
78 minutes | May 21, 2021
Special Episode: Palestine and Global Solidarity
This is a special episode with Sumaya Awad and Shireen Akram-Boshar. Sumaya's the co-editor of the book "Palestine: A Socialist Introduction" which Shireen contributed to. Topics Discussed: Our relationship to Palestine What triggered the recent brutalities and broader context Connecting protests in Israel-Palestine with protests in the US (Black Lives Matter especially) and globally (Arab Spring, Syrian revolution etc) Israel's ethnic cleansing projects The youth-led resistance Shifting narratives on Zionism and Israel in the USA Reviving BDS What progressives need to be paying attention to Books Recommended: Shireen: Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement Paperback by Angela Davis The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbeck Sumaya: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy Smiley's People by John le Carré Movies: Qafr Kassem by Borhan Alaouié The Feeling of Being Watched by Assia Boundaoui
11 minutes | May 19, 2021
Intervention: Majed Abusalama #GazaUnderAttack
As he was talking to me Majed Abusalama's family was being threatened with airstrikes by the Israeli state. Video interview available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE7il3GJRNI Follow: We Are Not Numbers https://wearenotnumbers.org
71 minutes | May 18, 2021
[Repost]: Wretched of the Earth: Thoughts on Syria, Palestine and Discourse
In light of what's been happening in Palestine I am re-releasing my conversation with Mohammed Sulaiman from last year. Mohammed is a Palestinian writer and researcher who grew up in Gaza and currently works at the University of South Australia. The core of our conversation was Mohammed’s two essays for Hummus For Thought: Wretched of the Earth: Thoughts on Syria, Palestine and Discourse (2016) Israel and ‘The Right to Maim’ (2017) Topics discussed: growing up in Gaza and surviving the Israeli wars and blockade; his and his partner’s difficult journey to Australia, himself via Israel and herself via Egypt; the Western Left’s failures on Syria and Bosnia as well as its relationship to Palestine; the dehumanisation of Palestinians and Syrians; Israel’s politics of domination; Israel’s ‘right to maim’ as inherent to colonial logic through Jasbir Puar’s work; and Palestinians being asked to show gratitude by self-appointed ‘saviors’. If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Patreon is for monthly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options. If you cannot donate you can still help by reviewing this podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.
140 minutes | May 16, 2021
Special Episode: A Conversation on Israel-Palestine, (Anti)Zionism and International Solidarity
A conversation with my good friend Maya Schkolne on (anti)Zionism and international solidarity. Also: having multiple identities, Jewish supremacists in Israel, erasing the Nakba, apartheid (South Africa/Israel), and more. List of resources: Jehad Abusalim's thread Gaza march leader to conscientious objectors: ‘Turn your words into weapons’ Reclaiming The PLO, Re-Engaging Youth The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History The Kahanist revenge song of a few days ago Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism Returning to Haifa by Ghassan Kanafani Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Twitter list of Palestinian writers, activists etc Sources for Updates, Resources, Info on Israel and Palestine Palestine will not be liberated in isolation: a look back at the 2011 uprisings
92 minutes | May 9, 2021
74/ The Political Economy of Car Dependence: Understanding Systems of Provision (with Giulio Mattioli & Julia Steinberger)
This is a conversation with Giulio Mattioli and Julia Steinberger about their article ‘the political economy of car dependence: A systems of provision approach‘ published in the ‘Energy Research & Social Science‘ journal. We also discussed the topics below. Topics Discussed: The five key elements of what we’re calling the ‘car-dependent transport system’: i) the automotive industry; ii) the provision of car infrastructure; iii) the political economy of urban sprawl; iv) the provision of public transport; v) cultures of car consumption The problem with focusing too much on consumption and the importance of covering the production side How where we live can influence our politics, and how suburban car-oriented lifestyles are actually subsidized by the state The importance of network planning Looking for decoupling and finding degrowth instead The problem with ‘sustainable’ growth How the car industry shows the necessity of degrowth Why more equitable societies are easier to decarbonize The problem with the argument that personal choices do not matter Dealing with climate anxiety through activism, work, research, learning How come we knew so much and did so little? Working with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) What is ecologial economics? Recommended Books Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Decolonising the Mind: the Politics of Language in African Literature by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save The World by Jason Hickel Degrowth / Postwachstum zur Einführung by Matthias Schmelzer and Andrea Vetter Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Patreon is for monthly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options. If you can’t donate anything, you can still support this project by sharing with your friends and leaving a review wherever you get your podcasts! Music by Tarabeat. Photo by Denys Nevozhai on Unsplash
92 minutes | May 2, 2021
73/ 1958: Re-imagining a Revolutionary Year in Revolutionary Times (with Jeffrey Karam)
This is a conversation with Jeffrey Karam. He’s Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Lebanese American University and an associate at Harvard’s Middle East Initiative. He’s also the editor of the book “The Middle East in 1958: Reimagining a Revolutionary Year“, the topic of our conversation. Patreon supporters have early access to this. You can become a member for as little as 1$ a month. Topics Discussed: What was so special about 1958? Its legacy in the Middle East and the world The formation of the short-lived United Arab Republic (between Egypt and Syria), the Iraq revolution, the attempted coup in Jordan, the slide towards more authoritarianism in Iran, the clash between the princes in Saudi Arabia, the collapse of the fourth republic in France etc The internationalization of the region and the role of the great powers (US, UK, France, USSR) History as non-linear, connecting different threads Authoritarianism in the region and the role of the big powers Asking ‘what ifs’ in thinking about history 1957 in Lebanon (the rigged elections with US support) and the 1958 events A look into the debates on decolonization, revolutionary nationalism, internationalism, post-colonialism, imperialism, anti-imperialism and state formation Lessons from 1958 for the present day, the example of Iraq How hope is linked to the understanding of time Upcoming book: The Lebanon Uprising of 2019: Voices from the Revolution, co-edited with Rima Majed Learning about revolutions in revolutionary times Book recommendations Coups and Revolutions: Mass Mobilization, the Egyptian Military, and the United States from Mubarak to Sisi by Amy Austin Holmes Oilcraft: The Myths of Scarcity and Security That Haunt U.S. Energy Policy by Robert Vitalis The Politics of Art Dissent and Cultural Diplomacy in Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan by Hanan Toukan The Paranoid Style in American Diplomacy Oil and Arab Nationalism in Iraq by Brandon Wolfe-Hunnicutt Winning Lebanon: Youth Politics, Populism, and the Production of Sectarian Violence, 1920–1958 by Dylan Baum Banking on the State The Financial Foundations of Lebanon by Hicham Safieddine Resources mentioned/that are relevant 07. Denying Genocide, from Halabja to Ghouta with Sabrina Azad 14. Revolution, disenchantment and the Lebanese New Left with Fadi Bardawil
112 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
72/ The Inherent Toxicity of France’s ‘Islamo-Leftism’ Obsession (with Rim-Sarah Alouane)
This is a conversation with Rim-Sarah Alouane. She’s a French legal academic, commentator, and PhD candidate in law researching religious freedom, human rights, and civil liberties in France, Europe & North America. We spoke about a recent piece she wrote entitled ‘A Spectre in France’s Public Debate: Islamo-Leftism‘ for Reset Dialogues. Topics Discussed What the fuck is ‘Islamo-leftism’ How fringe conspiracy theories are being mainstreamed in France The role of anti-American sentiments in propagating these phenomena Understanding the specificity of French laicité/secularism The youth being more comfortable with multi-culturalism, which is provoking a conservative backlash The slippery slope of what’s being normalized (including security laws) The links between antisemitism and islamophobia, in terms of political rhetoric especially The legacy of colonial thinking The personal cost of rising authoritarianism in France Recommended Books Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies by Nader Hashemi Illégitimes by Nesrine Slaoui Les Incasables by Rachid Zerrouki Episodes mentioned: 67/ Cultural Dementia: How the West Lost Its History and Risks Losing Everything Else (with David Andress) 69/ The Entrenched “Manliness” of Ethnic Power-sharing Peace Agreements (with Aida A. Hozić) If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Patreon is for monthly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options. If you can’t donate anything, you can still support this project by sharing with your friends and leaving a review wherever you get your podcasts! Music by Tarabeat.
79 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
71/ Bearing Witness to What is Lost: Lebanon’s ‘Postwar’ Hauntings (with Ely Dagher)
This is a conversation with Lebanese director Ely Dagher. He is the director of the Palme D’Or-winning Waves ’98, one of my favorite short films. He also has an upcoming feature film called The Sea Ahead. Shownotes & Movie Link: https://thefirethisti.me/2021/04/02/71-bearing-witness-to-what-is-lost-lebanons-postwar-hauntings-with-ely-dagher/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/firethesetimes YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGE68ISVDHvj6DN2Zhucblg The music is by Tarabeat.
86 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
70/ (Post)Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East (With Nader Hashemi & Danny Postel)
This is a conversation with Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel. We spoke about their book “Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East“ as well as related topics. Shownotes: https://thefirethisti.me/2021/03/31/postsectarianization-mapping-the-new-politics-of-the-middle-east-with-nader-hashemi-danny-postel/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/firethesetimes YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGE68ISVDHvj6DN2Zhucblg The music is by Tarabeat.
85 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
69/ The Entrenched “Manliness” of Ethnic Power-sharing Peace Agreements (with Aida A. Hozić)
This is a conversation with Aida A. Hozić. She is an Associate Professor of International Relations and Associate Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida, United States. Her research is situated at the intersection of political economy, cultural studies, and international security. Her current research project explores interplays between feminist art, “manly” conceptualisations of warfare, and the growth of art markets in the 21st century. A recent essay of hers, the focus of this conversation is: Dayton, WPS and the entrenched “manliness” of ethnic power-sharing peace agreements. Topics Discussed: The 1995 Dayton Accords and its context The patriarchal aspect of these accords, and what they erase The gendered impact of the accords Women Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda: background and why it matters Bosnia-Belgium comparisons Bosnia-Lebanon comparisons, including looking at ongoing impacts of Ta’if in Lebanon and Dayton in Bosnia How Bosnia influenced the 2011 Arab Spring and responses to it The multiple Syrias, multiple Bosnias What do we really mean by ‘intervention’ (Bosnia, Rwanda, Libya, Syria) The work of Walid Raad The work of Azra Hromadžić ‘Peace’ accords as ‘appeasing men who have guns’ The problem with simplistic ‘anti-imperialism’ How the EU sees Bosnia ‘Big powers’ politics Fortress Europe and the ‘Balkan Route’ The relationship between ethnic politics, the National Action Plans (NAPs), and the implementation of the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s transition How gender analysis also helps us focus on ‘who else is missing’ Recommended Books A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture by Marguerite Feitlowitz The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov The Political Economy of Violence Against Women by Jacqui True Resources I’ve mentioned: Post-War Reconstruction in Contested Cities: Comparing Urban Outcomes in Beirut and Sarajevo by Gruia Badescu Localise the Women, Peace and Security Agenda – WILPF
82 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
68/ Solarpunk, Youth Liberation and Why Revolution Needs Therapy (with Saint Andrew)
This is a conversation with Andrew, the Solarpunk Anarchist from Trinidad and Tobago behind the YouTube channel 'Saint Andrewism.' Topics Discussed What is Solarpunk? Solarpunk Anarchism? The problem with Greenwashing How to talk about the climate & problems with the climate movement Generational shifts in the climate movement The importance of intersectionality Switzerland's voting patterns and the reaction to Covid-19 (tangent on my part) Why the revolution needs therapy (Reading Ashanti Alston & bell hooks, community care and solidarity, dealing with emotional baggage in revolutionary settings) Everyone needs feminism, including men The risks of psychologizing patriarchal oppression (brought up episode 27) Mutual Aid Emotional Anarchism (brought up episodes 59/60) On social media and their limitations Growing up in Trinidad + some chat about that specific context (legacies of colonialism, colorism, patriarchy, class divides, government corruption, education system, black capitalism, crime) Some interesting Trinidad and Lebanon intersections/differences Addressing Gen-Zers as a Gen-Zer Learning from past movements' mistakes and successes The past being taboo in Lebanon Intersections between Solar Punk and Afro-Futurism The radical roots of carnival (Trinidad, Notting Hill) Discussions within anarchism Recommended Books Anarchy by Errico Malatesta The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy by Murray Bookchin If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. If you can’t donate anything, you can still support this project by sharing with your friends and leaving a review wherever you get your podcasts!
89 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
67/ Cultural Dementia: How the West Lost Its History and Risks Losing Everything Else (with David Andress)
This is a conversation with David Andress. He is a Professor of Modern History at the University of Portsmouth and is the author of the book “Cultural Dementia: How the West has Lost its History and Risks Losing Everything Else“ If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer. Patreon is for monthly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options. If you can’t donate anything, you can still support this project by sharing with your friends and leaving a review wherever you get your podcasts! Music by Tarabeat. Topics Discussed What is Cultural Dementia? And why use that term instead of Amnesia? Why focus on France, the UK and the US? The current crises in the three countries George Orwell’s reflection on the relationship between imperialism/colonialism, the UK’s welfare state and the white working class France’s Trente Glorieuses Prospects of Le Pen and the far right winning in France The ‘Brexit spirit’ Impact of Trumpism on US politics and what might come next What is neoliberalism and how is that term (mis)used? What is populism and how is that term (mis)used? Berlusconi, the five star movement and racist politics in Italy Canada, Australia and New Zealand’s specific contexts with regards to immigration and racism Cambridge Analytica The delusion of ‘socialism in one country’ The realities and delusions of Brexit (including example of CANZUK proposals and how India is excluded) Ladybird libertarians (term by Otto English) Isolationism within the British Labour Party Weaknesses within Left parties, especially Labour (Attlee, Wilson, Blair) The specificity of France and republicanism there How Melenchon and Le Pen agree on Vichy’s status as ‘not France’ Chauvinism on the Left in France The metaphor of the mansion The Rhodes Must Fall protests in the UK The ‘race question’ and white supremacy in the US The specificity of the US constitution (and how it is outdated and embeds conservatism) How history is taught (I gave the example of Lebanon) Recommended Books Priya Satia, Time’s Monster; History, Conscience and Britain’s Empire (Penguin/Allen Lane, 2020) Priyamvada Gopal, Insurgent Empire; Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent (Verso, 2019) Olivette Otele, African Europeans (Hurst, 2020) I also added: The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla Afropean: Notes from Black Europe by Johny Pitts
22 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Intervention: Anti-Fascist Solidarity in Lyon (English/Français)
A few days ago La Plume Noire library was attacked by a group of around 50-60 fascists while it was hosting a food and clothing collection for homeless people in the area. This got a bit of media attention, but it is not the first time such an attack happens. I had La Jeune Garde spokesperson Raphael Arnault on to talk about what happened exactly. He was on the scene and you may have heard his testimony shared on social media. I asked Raphael to give us some broader context on fascism in France, its specificity and what could be done to help all those fighting its rise. First part of this is in English. For French skip to around [9:30] Donation button for La Plume Noire: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=53ZEFL6TM45T2 UCL on Twitter https://twitter.com/UnionCoLib La Jeune Garde on FB https://www.facebook.com/Jeune-Garde-Lyon-189238385010025/
65 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
66/ Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine (with Dana El Kurd)
This is a conversation with Dana El Kurd. She is a Palestinian academic who specializes in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Dana works as a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies and as an assistant professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. We spoke about her most recent book “Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine” published by Hurst. Topics Discussed Authoritarianism within the Palestinian Authority (PA) The role of the US The legacy of the Oslo Accords The Arab Spring and their link to Palestine How long-term authoritarianism impacts societies Polarization and Demobilization since Oslo The relationship between the Israeli occupation and the PA The 2006 Elections The difference between PA, PNA, PLO and Fatah On NGOization The Abraham Accords Tankie rhetoric How regional authoritarians (Hezbollah, Assad, Iran) are perceived in Palestine Different generational shifts Reforming the PLO Recommended Books How Social Movements Die: Repression and Demobilization of the Republic of New Africa by Christian Davenport State of Repression: Iraq under Saddam Hussein by Lisa Blaydes Inside the Battle of Algiers: Memoir of a Woman Freedom Fighter by Zohra Drif And I mentioned: A region in revolt: Mapping the recent uprisings in North Africa and West Asia
56 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
#StopAsianHate [Repost] Sex Workers' Rights, Basebuilding and Mutual Aid (with Kate Zen)
Hey everyone, I don't usually do this but in light of recent events friends suggested that I republish this episode from July 2020. If you haven't heard, last night eight workers in massage parlors were murdered in Atlanta in the Southern region of the United States. Six of these workers were Asian-Americans. In response to the massacre, Red Canary Song, a US-based grassroots Asian sex workers coalition, tweeted: "These deaths somehow mean more because of the rise in anti-Asian violence related to COVID-19, but no mention of how they’re connected to the long policing of Asian sex work, which so many Asian Americans and those speaking up against anti-Asian hate endorse." As it happens, in July of 2020 I had interviewed Kate Zen, one of the organisers with Red Canary Song, which also organises transnationally with Asian sex workers across the diaspora in Toronto, Paris, and Hong Kong. In whatever capacity I can, I stand in solidarity with sex worker/massage parlour workers and activists everywhere in the world and my thoughts go to those who lost their lives to this hate crime. Before sharing this episode, I wanted to read out a declaration of support that is being passed around. You can find it in the description of this episode. You will also find links to donate in the description and on the Twitter account @FireTheseTimes The Declaration of Support: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSftvwRE2LEsfL24fvtygAHdqN8qHSjcImOhu_AINt6cmtstQw/viewform?fbzx=-6123717124999218342
55 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
65/Shifting Towards Climate-Just Mobility (with Anne Kretzschmar)
Today we'll be talking to Anne Kretzschmar. She’s a coordinator with the Stay Grounded network which works on a global level to reduce air traffic and build a climate-just transport system. They recently published a paper entitled ‘A Rapid and Just Transition of Aviation: Shifting towards climate-just mobility‘ which was a big part of our conversation. Topics discussed: Social and environmental costs of airport projects The problem behind ‘carbon offsetting’ Looking for just alternatives Tackling tax exemption for aviation How flying is already unjust The problem of frequent flyers Implementing actual limits (frequent flyer levee) Europe’s lack of international booking for trains Trains can also be a problem (example of Maya Train project in Mexico) Wider question of asking what kind of mobility do we need and wand and how can we distribute it in a just way Taking the topic of jobs and labor seriously Impact of COVID-19 on aviation and what might come next Degrowth Change by Design or by Disaster Green New Deal for Gatwick How ‘bailouts’ rarely actually support those most impacted by industry losses Alternative tourisms The importance of internationality and the centrality of environmental justice Supporting critical aviator workers Airport-related Injustice and Resistance map Recommended Books: Vision on Fire: Emma Goldman on the Spanish Revolution Re:Imagining Change: How to Use Story-based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World by Patrick Reinsborough and Doyle Canning A Message From the Future II: The Years of Repair by Naomi Klein video by Molly Crabapple, Opal Tometi, Avi Lewis
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