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Student protests grow in US universities

November 20, 2011


I blogged a couple of weeks ago about a new form of student protest to emerge in the Philippines and noted how difficult it can be for police to move a dead-weight body. Rather than attempt to do so, campus police at University of California, Davis, resorted to pepper spraying peacefully sitting student protestors. The […]

Banning a song, violating memories

September 17, 2011


The ban by a South African court on a liberation song raises questions not only about freedom of expression (and its limits) but also about how a post-colonial society remembers past struggles against tyranny. The white-dominated civil rights group AgriForum had brought the case in the Equality Court against Julius Malema, the leader of the […]

Why the surprise? PR consultancies and oppressive regimes

September 7, 2011


Al-Jazeera’s Listening Post this week and other media outlets have made much of the employment of PR Consultants like the Washington-based Qorvis Communications and the London-based Bell Pottinger by the governments in Yemen, Syria and Bahrain to address their bad image in the west. But why should this be surprising? The surprise is as much […]

Dangerous humour – the silencing of cartoonists

August 31, 2011


Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat has been badly beaten and had his hands broken after lampooning the Assad regime. Earlier this year his Libyan counterpart Kais al-Hilali was shot while caricaturing Qaddafi on a wall in Benghazi. Twenty-five years ago the Palestinian Naji al-Ali – creator of the character Handhala, child witness in the Palestinian refugee […]