To the suicidal kid and pellet gun victim from Kashmir

Trigger Warning: Torture, Terrorism, Police Violence, Suicide I honestly don't know how to name this blog post. For the past few days, I've been reading bits and pieces of a report by the Association of the Parents of Disappeared Persons, a loose organization based in Indian-occupied Kashmir. This particular report is about pellet guns used … Continue reading To the suicidal kid and pellet gun victim from Kashmir

343 Days of Internet Shutdown in Kashmir – How Proportionate is it?

Today, I was browsing through Wikipedia. I do that a lot these days – given all the negative news around, I want to find stories about positive developments, recent discoveries, or the de-escalation of conflicts, and Wikipedia’s snowballing through the hyperlinks gets a reader to interesting corners of the internet. What I’m sharing now is … Continue reading 343 Days of Internet Shutdown in Kashmir – How Proportionate is it?

Why Seek Inner Peace? The Concept of Transformative Sprituality

This is a transcript of a lecture by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of the concept of Non-Violent Communication. Find the exact passage at 33:25. When have this transformative spirituality, we need to integrate it with political consciousness. We need to really understand how the structures are working that are oppressing us. We have to … Continue reading Why Seek Inner Peace? The Concept of Transformative Sprituality

Why “young refugee men are so violent”

I submitted this commentary today as an assignment for my class Psychosocial Issues in Forced Migration at the American University in Cairo. I have not yet received a grade for it, but want to share it nonetheless. When citizens become refugees, changes in life circumstances almost by default lead to a disruption of identity and … Continue reading Why “young refugee men are so violent”

Kashmir: A Facade and Lost Legitimacy

The current treatment of Kashmiris, mainly Kashmiri Muslims, is a sign that should alert all of us, that should shake all of us awake. Maybe we are willing to buy the propaganda that people in the valley are happy. But if the people in the valley are indeed happy, then why the restrictions? Why are the telephone lines restricted? What are the reasons for the internet still being banned? I argue that the means employed by the Indian government signal to the residents of Kashmir that it is either too impatient to find a better strategy, or that it is too unwilling to resort to less violent strategies. While there may be two sides to the story, we cannot afford to miss the warning signs. Oppression, typically, does not manifest through an evil-doer admitting to want to oppress someone. Oppression does not become manifest by just listening to the words said, but by interpreting the deeds and the body language. They will indicate the speaker’s true intentions.

Why? – A Tribute to Avijit Roy and Bangladesh

Bengali-American author Avijit Roy lost his life on February 26th, 2015, in the streets of Dhaka after he was attacked with a machete. I recorded this piece as an attempt to be a cornerstone, a point of orientation, to grab hold of the many facets of the political and societal chaos Bangladesh has come to … Continue reading Why? – A Tribute to Avijit Roy and Bangladesh

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

Another letter to a German Member of the European Parliament

Ein weiterer Brief an Europaparliamentsabgeordnete, auf den ich keine Antwort erhielt. Sehr geehrtx X, mein Name ist Alena Kahle und ich bin Studentin in Internationalem Recht. Kürzlich stand ich in Nordfrankreich nahe Dunkirk auf der Autobahn im Stau. Rechts von mir sah ich eine Art Zeltlager aufgebaut, und Wagen mit der Aufschrift "CRS" fuhr gerade ein. Obwohl … Continue reading Another letter to a German Member of the European Parliament