Remember “Making the World Safe for Democracy?”

Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio’s 15 November 2014 episode and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Listen to the full interview:

 

“So I’m standing there on the bridge in Sarajevo where the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand happened. It’s June 28th, 2014—the exact 100th anniversary of the assassination—and ISIS is live-tweeting their invasion from Syria into Iraq. Under the hashtag #SykesPicotOver.”

Chuck Mertz: This week we honor the anniversary of World War I ending on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was supposed to be the “war to end all wars.” Instead, the peace that ended hostilities wound up being the peace to end all peace. Especially in the Middle East.

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Offener Brief an die Mutter von Rémi Fraisse

3. November 2014

Ich schreibe Ihnen diesen Brief zu einer Zeit, in der gewaltsame Proteste in Paris verdammt und friedliche Sit-ins gepriesen werden.

Ich habe meinen Bruder verloren unter Bedingungen, die denen ähnlich sind, in denen Sie Ihren Sohn verloren haben. Mein Bruder, der sich so sehr um meine Mutter gekümmert hatte, hat uns verlassen und wird nicht wiederkommen. Der Verlust meines Bruders hat mir einen immensen Schmerz zugefügt, den ich jedes Mal wieder spüre, wenn der Staat tötet. „Wo die Gefahr wächst, wächst das Rettende auch“, hat jemand gesagt. Jedes Mal wenn der Staat tötet, ist auch eine Gelegenheit, ihn zu stoppen, ihn zu zwingen, sich zu ändern, und allen anderen die verlorene Würde wiederzugeben. Continue reading Offener Brief an die Mutter von Rémi Fraisse

Ferguson is Not Unique

Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio’s 5 September 2014 episode and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Listen to the whole interview:

 

“It’s not so much a question of whether the media should be there or not. The media should just do a good job. We should be respectful of residents’ privacy and dignity and should practice basic research before writing something up.”

Chuck Mertz: One of the most recent additions to our team of irregular correspondents is Sarah Kendzior. We’re proud to have gotten her as a correspondent. Sarah, good morning!

Sarah Kendzior: Good morning, how are you?

CM: Good! Sarah Kendzior is a St. Louis-based columnist for Al Jazeera English and the Chronicle of Higher Education, but her writing is popping up everywhere, including her most recent work at Politico.com: After Ferguson, St. Louis’s Decaying Black Suburbs Are About to Be Forgotten. Again.

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After Gezi: Erdoğan And Political Struggle In Turkey

Political struggles over the future of Turkey have left the country profoundly divided. Former Prime Minister, now President, Tayyip Erdogan, has fueled growing polarization through his authoritarian response to protests, his large-scale urban development projects, his religious social conservatism, and most recently, through his complicity in the Islamic State’s war against the Kurdish people in Northern Syria.

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You Are Not A Loan

Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio’s 4 October 2014 episode and printed with permission. Edited for space and readability. Listen to the full interview:

“If the Department of Education is operating mostly like a debt collector it’s going to think mostly like a debt collector rather than somebody that supervises an education system.”

Chuck Mertz: The college school year has begun. What better time to tell incoming and returning students that university education can be a scam? And now the Too Big To Fail banks have done to colleges what they did to the subprime housing market. If you remember, that didn’t end up so great. Maybe it’s time to strike debt.

Third year NYU law student Luke Herrine is a member of Strike Debt, where he is part of the writing team. Good morning, Luke.

Luke Herrine: Hi, Chuck. Good to be here.

CM: Great to have you on the show. Luke co-wrote the piece The Public Option for Higher Education at Dissent magazine. His colleagues at Strike Debt, economic anthropologist and UCLA assistant professor Hannah Appel and past This is Hell! guest Astra Taylor posted the TomDispatch story this week Education With a Debt Sentence: For-Profit Colleges as American Dream-Crushers and Factories of Debt. Continue reading You Are Not A Loan

Look Toward Kobanê

The Travel Account of a Karakök Autonome Activist (Part 1)

AntiNote: Since the battle for Kobanê started making headlines last month, and before that if we may say so, the AWC has been conferring with our invaluable comrades close to both the Syrian revolution and the Rojava struggle and trying to determine how best to present these topics here.

Complicating matters, of course, is that news out of Kobanê in particular changes minute to minute—first, the fall of the city was inevitable, then it turned into a lasting siege; then all at once ISIS fighters were in retreat and the battle “over.” But the siege continues, and continues to confound: the roles and statements of the Turkish, American, and many other states shift constantly; people continue to scrape across the Turkish-Syrian border near Kobanê, in both directions; the situation is exquisitely fluid. Continue reading Look Toward Kobanê

Köln: “Hier marschiert der nationale Widerstand”

Der rechts anpolitisierte Stammtischdeutsche braucht nicht viel, um zur Tat zu schreiten. Ein klares Feindbild, ein paar Dosen Bier und einige Kameraden mit ähnlicher Gesinnung, und schon kann´s losgehen. Als imaginierter Gegner durfte diesmal der „Salafist“ herhalten, den die „Hooligans gegen Salafisten“ (HoGeSa) als den für die Unbill des deutschen Volkes verantwortlichen Schädling ausgemacht haben. Dass mit „Salafist“ einfach „Ausländer“ gemeint war, konnte man schon im Vorfeld in diversen Foren der Promillekreuzritter nachlesen. Also auf nach Köln. Continue reading Köln: “Hier marschiert der nationale Widerstand”

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