What bothers me about Slumdog Millionaire

This article was first published on February 16, 2017 on my blog about my time in New Delhi.  The opening scene shows Jamal Malik. He is hanging from the ceiling, drool dripping from his mouth, and he is chained.The so-called police officer is electroshocking him to unconsciousness - apparently Jamal cheated in the famous show … Continue reading What bothers me about Slumdog Millionaire

A Political Culture Like a Bare-Knuckle Fight

This article was originally published on the website of The Hague Peace Projects as part of a 3-article series on the upcoming Bangladesh elections on December 30. Bangladesh until 1991 was a military regime (1). The traces of such former militarization are ever-present in society and crystallize through the need to stay in power that … Continue reading A Political Culture Like a Bare-Knuckle Fight

A Tribute to Nasser Zefzafi and the Rif

The following article was originally published on the website of The Hague Peace Projects. I interviewed a colleague, who had been involved with nominating Nasser Zefzafi. Her accounts are my primary source. The cover picture was taken by her colleague. Officially, Nasser Zefzafi was convicted for separatism; documents of his jailing condemn him for being … Continue reading A Tribute to Nasser Zefzafi and the Rif