For each episode, our guest will be asked to choose five pieces or items that have influenced their intellectual life and their work. These five items can be books, art, music, poetry, photographs, performance, a person, an event, or an experience. The choices then become the basis of a free-flowingRead More →

The Question of Palestine, Edward Said After The Last Sky, Edward Said Blood & Religion, Jonathan Cook Disappearing Palestine, Jonathan Cook Refugees of the Revolution, Diana Allan The Battle For Justice In Palestine, Ali Abunimah Sacred Landscape, Meron Benevisti The Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sands Palestine Ltd, ToufikRead More →

I have publicly and on this forum very explicitly argued against the strange ‘disappearance’ of black/brown bodies that are the actual targets and victims of our ‘liberal’ state policies of surveillance, entrapment, drone assassinations, renditions and indefinite detention. I recently argued: “Western visual journalism, and visual artists, have erased the actualRead More →

Francesca Recchia Gowhar Geelani, Hajin: The Kashmir town that is a ‘militant hub’ Torture of Kashmiri inmates at Tihar: Mirwaiz appeals UNHR, Amnesty, ICRC to intervene Mujib Mashal, In Her Film About Afghan Life, the Woman Slaps Back  Claire Dederer, What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?Read More →

Produced in collaboration with Sohail Yafat and Rimmel Mohydin of Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), “17 And Sentenced To Die” tells the story of a JPP investigator’s efforts to get to the truth behind a young man’s indictment for murder. Saad Sarfraz Sheikh worked with me as an assistant and second camera.Read More →

Our guest for this podcast is Indian photographer Ronny Sen(1986). A free roving conversation, we talk about the influence of Left politics, of an early life spent lost in drugs, and the ways in which the city of Calcutta, music, family and politics influences his work. In the early 90’s, RonnyRead More →

Trinh T. Minh-ha’s 1989 documentary Surname Viet, Given Name Nam.

Francesca Recchia Video: An empire built on playing house: how imagination can change your situation  The Dangers of Forcing Gender Equality in Afghanistan  The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi  Britain’s colonial crimes deserve a lasting memorial. Here’s why Welcome to the graveyard of rare books, also knownRead More →

Asim Rafiqui “Why Great Art Is Always A Political One” This is a stunning documentary by Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar– very unique in its structure and arrangement, that features Narayan Surve and the artist Sudhir Patwardhan. It places them squarely in the period of working-class struggles and concerns,Read More →

Asim Rafiqui “How To Decolonise Your School” “Neocolonialism Is Enabled By Debt” “Institutional Amnesia As Journalism” “The Frankfurt School Done In A Non-Frankfurt School Way” “Where The Monsters Live” “The Habits Of The White Man Burden As A Signifier Of Our Sophistication” “Academic Creativity And Silencing Of Narratives” “Our ManRead More →

Francesca Recchia Andrew Whitehead, Why Kashmir is still ensnared in conflict after 70 years  There can be no solution under the shadow of the gun: Interview with Dineshwar Sharma  Sarnath Banerjee, The Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers. Penguin Books, 2007. How a selfie cracked Da’ish in K-P Suchitra Vijayan Two NewRead More →