May 27, 2016 I will be your witness. I will bear witness the way I was taught, the way I understand witness-bearing. As a perpetrator. Because I am a beneficiary of the system that steals from your body, and delivers to mine. I see my future. That soon I will be cannibalized, too. That doctors … Continue reading Your Witness
I learned of Wiesel’s death through Facebook, and immediately went searching in my old file drawer for a photograph. The photo shows my face, very young and fresh, between the faces of Elie Wiesel and Oprah. I had written an essay for a contest in which we were asked to apply the story of Night … Continue reading Remembering Elie Wiesel, Who Inspired Me To Write About Palestine
While Israel increases its use of arbitrary arrest and detention as a tool of political repression against Palestinians, the British corporation G4S is continuing to profit from its contracts with the Israeli prison system. So why is the United Nations one of the firm’s customers? Six Palestinian human rights organizations recently wrote to UN Secretary … Continue reading Why Does UN Hire G4S, Accomplice To Israeli Torture?
November 4, 2014 "This is community land" says a man herding his cows in this valley. "They have plans" says a farmer about the cement factory being built in this valley. "They are building there, and there, and soon our land will be surrounded. They promised electricity and benefits, but it never came." "Come, let … Continue reading Reparation Journey In Iraq
The Existentialization of Difference: Why Have The Yazidi People Survived? You have asked me: "Why and how have the Yazidi people survived so long? Why are they just now being threatened?" What important questions. I have had the privilege of working with displaced Yazidi who have suffered unprecedented violence, and lost many family members in … Continue reading Existentializing Difference
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees In early September, I accompanied an Iraqi friend to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Amman, Jordan to help register him officially as a refugee. It was a bittersweet day: my friend had reached safety, but he was now registering as a stateless person. I trusted … Continue reading Why Is The United Nations Doing Business With G4S, Notorious Prison Supplier?
Dear Friends, I am writing from Jordan (heading to Northern Iraq this week) with an urgent request for support. Below that request, you will find a more detailed update of our work over the past year. Urgent Request: Please feel free to forward to your friends. Our medical contacts in Iraq have issued an urgent … Continue reading Kali Rubaii's Urgent Request: Medical Support For Internally Displaced Iraqis
It was on bloody feet that I arrived in Palestine. When I was seven, I tromped through the oily jungles of Central and South America, not fully realizing the arches of civil war implicating my blue American passport in its weave. I handed over the document as a currency of empire. Why I didn’t feel … Continue reading Blackfeet
When Americans forget the stark realities of war, we do a disservice to our veterans, as well as victims whose lives were lost in U.S. military campaigns A Documentary: Fear Not the Path of Truth Ross Caputi’s film chronicles his time as a Marine in the 2nd siege of Fallujah, and investigates the legacy of … Continue reading On Memorial Day, What We Choose To Remember And What We Forget
On April 2, 2014, UCSC Union Leader Josh Brahinsky peacefully attempted to exercise his legal right to picket. After announcing his affiliation and intention to officers, he then tried to comply with their orders by walking away. Instead, UC Berkeley officers in riot gear arrested him with unnecessary force, while UCSC Chief of Police Nader … Continue reading Appeal to UCSC Administration To Stay Human