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)

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in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 Open for business Receiving little public attention, Canada officially repealed its sanctions1 against Eritrea… Continue reading Canada lifts sanctions against Eritrea, human rights abuses continue

The Modernist Arches of Asmara

A GREEN VIOLIN SPECIAL OBJECTJune 2018 The Modernist Arches of Asmara is a special edition poster (11.5 x 16.5″) designed in accompaniment to Abraham T. Zere’s collection, Anecdotes of Indefinite Anarchy: Dispatches from Eritrea. Poster uses drawings selected from covers for Abraham T. Zere’s chapbook. The images are selected from 286 renditions based on the… Continue reading The Modernist Arches of Asmara

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