Category Archives: The Arts

Six Landscapes: “Look Up” To See The Secret State

The Other Night Sky

“The Other Night Sky” is a project to track and photograph classified American satellites, space debris, and other obscure objects in Earth orbit. The project uses observational data produced by an international network of amateur “satellite observers to calculate the position and timing of overhead transits which are photographed with telescopes and large-format cameras and other imaging devices.

Secret State In this talk, artist Trevor Paglen discusses his work attempting to “see” the various aspects of the secret state. In examples ranging from tracking spy satellites to foraging through the bureaucratic refuse of CIA front companies, Paglen will discuss methods used to identify a… Trevor Paglen’s work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary…more »

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Damascus Evolves Into A Hub Of Mideast Art

Painting by Hala al-Faisal

Maybe it was the sight of a television crew filming tuxedo-clad waiters as they maneuvered around the gallery with alcoholic drinks. Maybe it was the glimpse of the fashionable young woman in designer jeans and the ostentatious Fendi handbag. Or maybe it was simply the impressive canvases of colorful abstract paintings and the throng of…more »

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Defining The BattleField, Wherever It Is: Counterinsurgency Against Black Boys

Photo by stefanolunardi/

If You Have To Tell Your Kids This Stuff, Then You Probably Aren’t A White Person According to the U.S. Census, 63% of Americans are white. Which means 37% of our country probably at some point has to deal with this horrifying fact. At two minutes in, he nails it. Please help spread the word.

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Nothing Is Normal About An Occupation, Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing…

Spoken word poet, Remi Kanazi.

Normalize This! Remi Kanazi is a Palestinian-American performance poet and human rights activist based in New York City. His work is launched from a platform of humanism not nationalism. According to Remi,”I’m not a nationalist, I’m not an ethnocentrist. This isn’t about me being a Palestinian or me being an Arab. It’s about a system…more »

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A No-Party System, The No-State Solution


Z the People and El-Far3i Jam Session in Amman, Jordan It is an election year. In the name of patriotism, candidates sponsored by weapons manufacturers leverage our fears to justify controlling the media, assassinating foreign leaders and civilians, suspending the right to free speech, eroding civil liberties and funding more prison* and border walls. Musicians…more »

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‘Tears’ Of Gaza,’ A Documentary Of Human Misery

Rhizome Intermedia
A scene from the documentary "Tears of Gaza."

Brief Lives, Violently Extinguished New York Times Critics’ Choice A brutally uncompromising blast of outrage, Vibeke Lokkeberg’s “Tears of Gaza” is less a documentary than a collage of suffering. Dropping us smack in the middle of the Israeli attacks on Gaza in the winter of 2008-9, the film tramples politics beneath the raw weight of…more »

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Humanity Embraced

Woman holds wounded relative during Yemen protests.

Arab Spring Shot Wins World Press Photo Award “A thin man rests his head on the shoulder of a burqa-clad woman, the pair collapsed together against a wall,” Kerri McDonald writes on the New York Times Lens blog. “The expression on her face can’t be seen. But her body language–right arm wrapped tightly around his…more »

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‘We Teach Life, Sir’

spoken-word by Rafeef Ziadah

Speak out by Rafeef Ziadah, London. Introduction by Debra Ellis One of Toronto’s most captivating spoken word artists is Rafeef Ziadah, a third-generation Palestinian refugee and community organizer. Rafeef Ziadah received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut album, Hadeel, featuring music from other notable Toronto musicians…more »

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Because We Refuse To End In Violence

American Muslim

March 28, 2003 Following the events of 9/11 the FBI created an Arab American Advisory Committee after hate crimes against people perceived to be “Arab” or “Muslim” increased by 1700%. 1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim This film is the 2010 recipient of the Grand Prize award for LinkTV’s One Chicago, One Nation film competition. Using…more »

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