Adel Khedhri climbed the white marble steps of the Municipal Theater in downtown Tunis covered in gasoline. Blaming an economy wracked by the legacies of neoliberal authoritarianism and post-revolutionary instability, the 27-year-old fruit vendor came to follow the fiery example of Mohamed Bouazizi. “This is a young man who sells cigarettes because of unemployment—this is Tunisia, this is unemployment,” he shouted March 13 before igniting himself. Police rushed to his engulfed body on the steps of the enormous white marble Francophone building in the middle [...]
My friends Muhammed Al-Khudair, Charlie Mink and I did some work for VICE magazine in the fall, crafting a survey of Free Syrian Army and translating some video and audio interviews. The result was basically fact-checking, quote-grabbing and contextualizing for a feature about the legendary war photographer Robert King’s second foray into Syria’s conflict. At the end of the article there are a series of vignettes that Muhammad and I put together of FSA members.
Check out photographs from along the U.S./Mexico border on the New York Times’ website. Contributions from myself and colleagues, including an award-winning shot taken by collaborator Murphy Woodhouse. Most of mine are from my Instagram feed, which you can see now on the left-hand side of my blog.
In early 2003, Saddam Hussein’s regional and international allies were all warning him that an American invasion was imminent. Hussein’s reply was basically, “I know Washington’s tone is getting aggressive, but they aren’t going to try to remove me. I’m the only one in the region who is really taking the fight to the terrorists and fundamentalists. I’m the only one in the region putting real pressure on Iran. Despite our differences, they aren’t crazy! There is no way the United States [...]
Originally published on Truth-out The US is breaking deportation records, despite cost overruns, judicial inefficiency, due process and human rights violations and a Democrat in the White House. Will four more years of Obama change the immigration system built to jail or deport first, ask questions never? Rivas Aguilar stood in the federal courthouse in Tucson, Arizona, hands and feet shackled to waist, his belt and shoelaces confiscated. “With all due respect, your honor,” he said, “I don’t know where to [...]
Originally published on YourMiddleEast By Musa al-Gharbi & ST McNeil We are seeing a new phase of the Arab Spring uprisings, where protesters target monarchs instead of dictators. The dynamics in the region are against the kings and emirs, write Musa al-Gharbi and ST McNeil in this analysis. Insofar as it is helpful or accurate to understand the “Arab Spring” as a meta-movement which began with the December 17, 2010 self-immolation of Mohammad Bouazizi, we can break it into a [...]
This article originally appeared in This Week In Palestine Good news hasn’t come often to the Corrie family since March 15, 2003, when their daughter Rachel was killed by a militarised bulldozer. They have pursued justice and accountability ever since, crossing the globe demanding answers from governments and corporations complicit in her death. When the US court system failed them in 2007 in their claims against the company that built the deadly steel behemoth that crushed Rachel, the Corries sued [...]
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Read my latest on Al Jazeera -and watch the TV spot partially based on this collaboration with journaliste extraordinaire Sofiene Addala. Political turmoil has resurfaced in Tunisia, the country where the Arab Spring first began. After the ouster of former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, many took inspiration from social movements in the North African state. Today, critics say some of the repression of the past has resurfaced, with courts accused of targeting opponents of the dominant political party in [...]
Read my latest on Al Jazeera: When Tunisia’s National Constitutional Assembly published the new draft constitution, a storm broke out over its words about women. It read: “The State guaranties the protection of women rights and the promotion of their gains, as a real partner of men in the mission of the homeland building, and the roles of both should complement each other within the household … The State guaranties the extermination of all kinds of violence against women.” Thousands of [...]
This article was originally published in Al Jazeera. On July 31, some 200 Tunisians protested in front of the headquarters of the National Constitutional Assembly against a new government programme. Announced just after the state’s welfare system was scuttled, the new law would compensate about 11,000 victims of Ben Ali’s security apparatus with a package worth 750 million Tunisian dinars, or $470m, averaging payouts of $42,000. Mohammad Sudani is one of the resistance’s veterans targeted by the bill – but [...]