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Two Tongues

Victoria Marie Page. 11.01.2017.

je suis, from two tongues
Intertwined
the native and the mother
the mother or truer to say the child
tongue – the language I was born
speaking
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Intersectionality as Dangerous Work: Race, Gender and the Presidential Elections

Rachele Megna. 26.11.16.

Intersectionality is a legal strategy developed by K. Crenshaw in 1989 to highlight and change the discriminatory legal framework governing the American social justice system. It draws its theoretical framework from the black feminist trajectory born out of the anti-slavery movement. Crenshaw analyses a number of different court cases in the US in which the violent, discriminatory experiences of black women are systematically unrecognized, furthering the marginalization of this social constituency. Continue reading “Intersectionality as Dangerous Work: Race, Gender and the Presidential Elections”

Revolution

Rachele Megna 17.11.16.

“The current amazement that the things we are experiencing are ‘still’ possible in the twentieth century is not philosophical. This amazement is not the beginning of knowledge–unless it is the knowledge that the view of history which gives rise to it is untenable.” – Walter Benjamin

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Normalizing Relations with Cuba is a Difficult Dance

Sarah Silverblatt-Buser 09.06.16.

Guest post: this article originally appeared on the Aspen Institute website.

Aprovechar was one of the first words our group of 12 American study abroad students discussed while anxiously anticipating our 4 a.m. wakeup for the next day’s 45-minute flight to Havana, Cuba. “To take advantage, to make use of, to harness” are direct translations of a multipurpose verb that means much more in a country slowly suffocated by a messy 54-year embargo (or “blockade” as it’s still called in Cuba).

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‘Terror’ Today and Hannah Arendt’s ‘Totalitarianism’

Victoria Marie Page. 16.01.2016

Terror – a feeling of extreme fear. A person who uses extreme fear for political purposes – a terrorist. These definitions are conceptually broad yet contextually narrow. A “terrorist”, a Muslim – “Arab” in origin, potentially born on European soil, but “radicalised” in the Middle East – this is the embodied image that the media and politicians espouse. Continue reading “‘Terror’ Today and Hannah Arendt’s ‘Totalitarianism’”

The Philippines’ Legacy of Impunity and its Affinity for Dictators

Mariel Bianca 16.01.2016

There truly is nothing like the lead up to the Philippine Presidential Elections. On November 26, Rodrigo Duterte finally announced his candidacy for President. For months, Duterte has played coy with the public on whether or not he would officially join the Presidential race. Continue reading “The Philippines’ Legacy of Impunity and its Affinity for Dictators”

“Brocialism” Strikes Back: A case from Italian trade unions

Roberta Patellaro 16.01.2016

As a leftist feministX, I have always maintained a specific drive towards workers’ rights and class struggle. I feel like I have duly done all my homework carefully reading anything from Marx to Trotsky, to Rosa Luxemburg, to the highest strategists of Italian communism, from Gramsci to Berlinguer. Continue reading ““Brocialism” Strikes Back: A case from Italian trade unions”

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