Documentary Graphic Novels on the Middle East as Pedagogical Tools

The following post was originally published on my book review blog The Wandering Eye. You can read the original article here. For a class paper I wrote last December, I researched graphic novel representations of social and political issues in the Middle East. For my project I chose three graphic novels (Baddawi, Waltz with Bashir, and Palestine), … Continue reading Documentary Graphic Novels on the Middle East as Pedagogical Tools

Israel Unveiled

A Review of Goliath by Max Blumenthal Although the state would like the international public to believe it embodies the underdog “David” archetype from the “David and Goliath” trope, constantly under attack from a savage and massive enemy, in reality Israel’s state policies towards minorities and rampant racism and xenophobia position it as the overbearing and tyrannical … Continue reading Israel Unveiled

The Prison State

How Egyptian Governance has Devolved into Tyranny On August 14, 2013, Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as the photojournalist Shawkan, had joined street protestors in Cairo's Rabaa Square to document the now infamous sit-in. As police and security forces brutally dispersed the crowd, killing hundreds and marking the event as the bloodiest encounter in Egypt’s modern … Continue reading The Prison State

Destruction of an Ancient City: The Demolition of Kashgar

Last year for a class presentation on current events in Central Asia, a friend and I decided to investigate the protracted devastation of the ancient city of Kashgar. Kashgar, which not many people have heard of, is an historic city in northwestern China, home to one of China's minority ethnic groups, the Uighurs. In fact … Continue reading Destruction of an Ancient City: The Demolition of Kashgar