Exposing the Show Trial Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

Assange’s first extradition hearing took place in London over several weeks from February to September 2020.  A decision regarding his extradition is expected to be handed down in the New Year – on January 4, 2021. By Elizabeth LeierPublished in Volume 1, Issue 5 of The SparkplugDecember 2020 This hearing is the culmination of a… Continue reading Exposing the Show Trial Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange

On Bhopal, Memory & Theatre with Rahul Varma & Rohan Kulkarni

An email exchange with Montreal-based playwright and theatre director Rahul Varma and Rohan Kulkarni, a Toronto-based theatre critic and professor. LK: It’s been 36 years since the Bhopal tragedy. What is the significance of marking the Bhopal disaster for you, and what do you think about the way the disaster has been retained in public… Continue reading On Bhopal, Memory & Theatre with Rahul Varma & Rohan Kulkarni

Of what use is memory?

The Union Carbide gas explosion in Bhopal still lingers, 36 years later. Though occurring all too frequently, few industrial tragedies have imprinted so strongly on international struggles against multinational corporations as the gas explosion in Bhopal. By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 4 of The SparkplugDecember 2020 A persistent ghost On December 2, 1984… Continue reading Of what use is memory?

Who’s Entitled?

Diamond Mining and Internal Displacement in Botswana By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 1 of The Sparkplug Diamonds are forever—so begins the brand statement of any generic diamond company leaning in on the mythological status of deep time and the alchemical compression of history.   From encrusting royal jewelry, to the consumer rite of… Continue reading Who’s Entitled?