The water pipe has many names.In the balkans it is called a ‘lula‘ or ‘lulava’. In Egypt and the Persian Gulf it is often referred to as a ‘shishe’. In Iran it is called a ‘ganja’ pronounced as ‘ghelyoon’. In India and Pakistan it is called a ‘huqqa’. In the Palestinian Territories, the Levant, Iraq, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Israel, it is called by the beautiful name of ‘narghile’–a word that has its roots in sanskrit. But I doubt if it has ever been called a weapon of deRead More →

As hundreds of thousands of Pushtun speak out and march against the violence of the Pakistani state, and that of its imperial backers, some pieces I wrote earlier against the brutalisation and demonisation of the Pushtuns, and against the indiscriminate and brutal wars we have inflicted upon them.Read More →

As hundreds of thousands of Pushtun speak out and march against the violence of the Pakistani state, and that of its imperial backers, some pieces I wrote earlier against the brutalisation and demonisation of the Pushtuns, and against the indiscriminate and brutal wars we have inflicted upon them.Read More →

Welcome to the new year, and with a conversation with one of NOOR Images newest members, Arko Datto. Arko s a mathematician and a physicist by education, and a photographer by choice. We met for the first time  in 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Our conversation wanders in to some surprisingRead 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 →