The Meaning of Words (or, Democracy by Any Other Name)

The previous issue of The Sparkplug examined the impacts of neo-colonial extractivism and nation-building on the disappearance of Botswana’s Indigenous Khoisan languages. The current issue picks up this thread from a different angle: the disappearance of speech itself under Eritrea’s despotic regime, which has plunged the country’s youngest generations into a brutally imposed silence. This issue welcomes… Continue reading The Meaning of Words (or, Democracy by Any Other Name)

A glimpse at the current state of affairs in Eritrea

A conversation with Abraham T. Zere Published in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 LK: One of the most flouted achievements in Eritrea’s recent history was the rapprochement between Eritrea and Ethiopia on July 9, 2018. Two years have since passed. How would you characterize the developments between 2019 and 2020? AZ: Dashed… Continue reading A glimpse at the current state of affairs in Eritrea

Canada lifts sanctions against Eritrea, human rights abuses continue

Canada’s lifting of sanctions against Eritrea amid glaring human rights abuses and collusion with Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen reveals how international sanctions act as hollow instruments of coercion. By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 Open for business Receiving little public attention, Canada officially repealed its sanctions1 against Eritrea… Continue reading Canada lifts sanctions against Eritrea, human rights abuses continue

Anecdotes of Indefinite Anarchy

ABRAHAM T. ZEREFebruary 2018 The first edition of this small collection of Zere’s writing is printed on cut-off book-paper (rescued trash from Pierre Filion’s Montréal-based press “Les Éditions du Silence”). Folded using a basalt stone spat up by the Øresund at Amager Strandpark in Copenhagen. Covers are a brilliant yellow paper made of recycled kitchen gloves,… Continue reading Anecdotes of Indefinite Anarchy