Ariel Dorfman: Christopher Columbus in Iraq

    This is a re-post, which I have never done before, but “Columbus Day” demands it (and it is what inspired the essay coming next). The poem is from Chilean poet, Ariel Dorfman, set in Iraq and the Caribbean in 1492. By Ariel Dorfman, 10 April 2003 Christopher Columbus has words from the other […]

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Encircling Empire: Report #1, 03-11 September 2010

EE: Report #1, 03—11 September 2010 Encircling Empire Reports is a selection of essays, blog posts, and news reports covering a given time period, which can usually be glimpsed in raw form at zero.collected. They are intended to be useful for those interested in: ● contemporary and critical political anthropology ● public anthropology ● imperialism […]

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Beloved Discordia

Discordia Ben Addelman, Samir Mallal, 2004, 68 min 40 s On September 9, 2002, a scheduled appearance by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked heated debate at Montreal’s Concordia University. By the end of the day, the “Concordia riot” has made international news, from CNN to Al-Jazeera. This film documents the fallout from that […]

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“Deep Obeah,” by Roi Kwabena

This is my animation of a musical spoken word poem by my late friend and collaborator, Dr. Roi Kwabena. The piece is titled “Deep Obeah” and is perhaps the most musical and most sung of the pieces that he produced and that made its way onto his Y42K album. Also, so far this is the […]

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Here is not “West India”: Roi Kwabena

A production of “West India,” a musical spoken poem of my late friend and collaborator, Dr. Roi Kwabena, from his Y42K album. This video plays on the weight of Eurocentric constructions of Caribbean history and identity, a zone where hegemonic European and American fantasies were played out. In response, Kwabena calls for a reclamation of […]

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Contemporary Colonial Scholarship and the Spreading Human Terrain System: AGS Bowman Expeditions, Zapotec Indians, and onto the Caribbean

(1) From Grassroots International via InfoShop News: “The Union of Organizations of the Sierra Juarez of Oaxaca (UNOSJO) – a longtime partner of Grassroots International based in Mexico – denounced a recently conducted study in the Zapotec region by U.S. geography scholar Peter Herlihy. Prof. Herlihy failed to mention that he received funding from the […]

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Ethnographic Wining: A German in Trinidad

Of course, it’s Monday Morning Madness again, and on this blog when “we” (readers, correspondents, myself) are not laying intellectualized explosive devices on the highway of imperialized knowledge, we’re wining! This is probably the fourth time that wining has been the subject of a post, and this time it comes thanks to a German comedian, […]

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Another Caribbean musician “endorses” Obama

This is definitely a trend now, for Caribbean musicians to sing their praises of Barack Obama. For example, see this previous post on this blog, as well the one previous to that. The latest entry is from King Short Shirt (Stanley Humphreys) titled simply, “Barack We Love You.” (I have to be frank, this is […]

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Fidel: Obama, the “Empire’s Hypocrite” (1.4)

Not all is cheerful on the Caribbean front for Senator Barack Obama, someone who has gained the public support, memorialized in reggae and calypso tunes (as featured on this blog), by some prominent artists in the region. Writing in Granma‘s edition for Monday, 26 May, 2008, in a column titled, “The empire’s hypocritical politics” — […]

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KOBO•TOWN: The Promise of Independence

SING OUT, SHOUT OUT forty years ago today independence came our way welcomed by our struggling songs it came but would not stay and we, wanting to believe, let ourselves be deceived by the well-groomed speech of ambitious men who time proved to be thieves but the years went by and nothing came new flag, […]

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