The Trenches between Languages and Nation-building

This inaugural issue of The Sparkplug reflects on the impact of mining on displacement, land division and the loss of language. Languages are living fields of experience, embodying the eternal human challenge of being liberated through communication, and restricted by finite terms. The shades and tones of innumerable human languages are precious, conveying to us entirely new… Continue reading The Trenches between Languages and Nation-building

Acceptable Censorship: The extradition farce and media silence on Julian Assange

When do we ever hear about “responsible journalism”? When is morality ever evoked as the guiding tenet of this work? The reference to “disobedient, moral journalism” at the top of the printed issue is borrowed from John Pilger’s article this past September, “The Stalinist Trial of Julian Assange”. Pilger invokes “the exceptions, the dissidents …… Continue reading Acceptable Censorship: The extradition farce and media silence on Julian Assange

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?