- Stonewall was a Wedding?
- Anti-Mother’s Day
- Looking Back at Huey Newton’s Speech in the Wake of Obama’s Announcement
- Controversial Magazine Covers
- Awesome Tapes from Africa
- Dirty Art
- From Debt to Land: via the Farm and the Forest
- Maria Bamford Interview
- My Week in America’s Rape Capitol
- Wall Street’s immunity
- Colin Powell Gets Mad at Me
- Volume 3 of the Settler Colonial Studies Journal, “Past is Present, Settler Colonialism in Palestine”
This is the problem with this whole same-sex marriage thing (okay, there are a lot of problems with it, but this is one). It’s not really about equality. Not for everyone (which is what equality means). It’s just about extending a few more “rights” to a select few people. It’s just a way of saying, “As long as you are otherwise as much like us normal people as you can possibly be, we will overlook the fact that you do icky things in bed and let you have some more rights. You’re welcome.”
It reminds me of white folks, liberal-types, who think they’re not racist because they have black friends, only their black friends have their same level of education, talk just like they do, live in houses and neighborhoods that look just like theirs, and are basically indistinguishable from them except for their skin color, which happens to be browner. They need their colored folks to be just like them, or as near as possible. Otherwise, it’s just awkward.
In fact, this whole marriage thing is a lot like whiteness. Over time, certain groups get to be added to this realm of privilege, so that other groups can always be left out of it. (see: Irish folks, Jewish folks, etc.)
- Authorities define “violence” as any restriction of capital flows
- Homeland Security Concedes Airport Body Scanner ‘Vulnerabilities’
- The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism
- What really happened at Occupy Toronto?
- The Stilted Sincerity of Mark Trail
- Understanding Francois Hollande’s Victory
- Why Isn’t Closing 40 Philadelphia Public Schools National News?
- Interview with Teju Cole
- Take up the Baton
- Mohammed Hanif’s Manto
- Supriya Nair’s ‘Here Lies Manto‘
- How Agribusiness Dominates Public Ag Research
- ‘Our Retrospective Abhorrence’; Or, ‘Jerry Building’ (1994)
[A] mere six weeks earlier, a major controversy had erupted when Saudi Arabia and the UAE both announced a ban on BlackBerries on the ground that they were physically unable to monitor the communications conducted on those devices. Since Blackberry communication data are sent directly to servers in Canada and the company which operates Blackberry — Research in Motion — refused to turn the data over to those governments, “authorities [in those two tyrannies] decided to ban Blackberry services rather than continue to allow an uncontrolled and unmonitored flow of electronic information within their borders.” As I wrote at the time: “that’s the core mindset of the Omnipotent Surveillance State: above all else, what is strictly prohibited is the ability of citizens to communicate in private; we can’t have any ‘uncontrolled and unmonitored flow of electronic information’.”
In response to that controversy, the Obama administration actuallycondemned the Saudi and UAE ban, calling it “a dangerous precedent” and a threat to “democracy, human rights and freedom of information.” Yet six weeks later, the very same Obama administration embraced exactly the same rationale — that it is intolerable for any human interaction to take place beyond the prying eyes and ears of the government — when it proposed its mandatory “backdoor access” for all forms of Internet communication. Indeed, the UAE pointed out that the U.S. — as usual — was condemning exactly that which it itself was doing
- Dead Pledges: Debt, Horror, and the Credit Crisis
- Two Faces of Austerity
- Putting the Black Studies Debate into Perspective
- The Storyteller: Saadat Hasan Manto
- When A Medieval Knight Could Marry Another Medieval Knight
- Earnin’ a Livin’ With Humiliation as a Perk
- Women in Libraries
- Here Comes OpenLeaks: How It Won’t Be WikiLeaks
- How to Write Your First Letter to Someone in Prison
- Why I don’t like the phrase “The War on Women”
- Occupy’s liberation from liberalism: the real meaning of May Day
- Occupy Cop under Attack
- MCA’s Feminist Legacy
- Blogging Sisterhood
- ‘Good Protesters’, ‘Bad Protesters’ and Lessons Learned on May Day
- The American character
Sunday Reading from longtime friend of the blog, Reclaim UC, who reminds us “Poor UC! So far from God, so close to Sacramento!”
Occupy the Farm and the Conditions of Academic Labor [be sure to check out the comments for a special visit from a UC administration's blustering, red-faced spokesman!]:
The University’s ultimatum to those farming on the Gill Tract implies that academic inquiry, in order to be free, should occur entirely within the bounds of the university, and that it should be carried out using university property, undisturbed by any thing or person not bound contractually to the UC Regents. This is a conception of the proper ‘location’ of academic research that is also reiterated every time a University employee is forced to sign a form declaring that the fruits of their academic labors – their discoveries, curricula, and lectures – are property of the UC Regents. It’s a narrow (not to mention fantastical) conception of free inquiry, which assumes that knowledge can be cordoned off from broader publics and can be wholly contained within the parameters of private ownership. According to this view of academic inquiry, the greatest threat to academic freedom is the possibility that research might be contaminated by the bodies and minds of those not affiliated with the university, whether they be squatters on university farmland, those who would freely disseminate inventions or other effects of research, or publics that would seek to give direction to professors’ research. For someone like George Breslauer, university police and administrators exist to keep such unruly elements at bay, and thus to allow academic research to be carried on in isolation.
Mark LeVine on the destruction of the UC system and why it matters: “universities, especially public universities, are the canary in the coal mine for determining the health of of society at large.”
[After being violently arrested by UCPD, t]he three were held in a small room off the atrium for about an hour. Ms Deutsch, who was able to peek around the corner, saw President Yudof walk up, shake each officer’s hand, and thank each one individually. She leaned out and asked him “What are you thanking them for?” She received no answer.
- Occupation is the gill tract’s last chance
- The Gill Tract occupation and the international land reclamation movement
- Occupy the Farm: Democracy for land grant universities?
University officials are considering a plan to raise tuition by 6 percent this fall if the state doesn’t increase funding by $125 million for 2012-13.
Administrators say the 10-campus system would need to consider a mid-year tuition increase in the “range of double digits” or make drastic campus cuts if voters don’t pass Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax plan in November.
- How to support Jasper, the final member of the Sproul 13 still facing charges from Nov. 9
- Drop the Charges against the Davis Dozen
- Asian American Studies Faculty Support the Davis Dozen
- University of California Files Lawsuit Against 14 Alleged Occupy the Farm Members
- Protest, policing, and the UC Regents’ Committee on Finance
- May Day and the General Strike in a Time of Precarity
- Stop snitching: A flowchart
Sunday Reading from the great Bint Battuta:
- The history of the Tamil printed book
- On the Nuban, a traditional Afro-Emirati dance
- Albert Cossery: Egypt’s Wayward Son (+ excerpt from Albert Cossery’s “The Colors of Infamy”)
- “We Indians can do magic with a rectangular piece of cloth”
- Adeni Indians: 200 years of integration
- Short story by Mihkel Mutt: “Internal Emigrant”
- A day in the life of an Egyptian violinist
- Fast Forward to the Past: Cultural Institutions, Urban Development, and Regional Cinema in the Gulf Today
- Riyaaz, saadhana, taiyyari: life practices
- Amos Tutuola’s son Yinka talks about his father
- A Fight
- Indian muleteers in France
- Are the Rich Worth a Damn or a Daam?
- “From the Inside, From the Heart”: Type Designer Nadine Chahine
- Thoughts on Haydarpaşa Station
And last but not least, the fall of the republic, from Frank Pasquale:
- Paid so much for doing so little.
- The emerging law of whistleblowing; pending legislation.
- Stanford prof’s cautionary letter to JPM in June, 2011.
- Wall Street’s DOJ.
- Workplace news: precarity embraced; surveillance intensified.
- Policy elite laments “nation of spoiled brats.”
- Prescribing austerity from a $4 million mansion.
- King Leopold’s accountant. “For a salary of between £75,000 and £200,000, tax accountants destroy £47 in value, for every pound they generate.”