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

Eritrea: Forget “rights” and speak of duties and responsibilities

The concept of “rights” doesn’t meaningfully exist in the state vocabulary of today’s Eritrea. The idea has been replaced by “duty and responsibility.” By Abraham T. ZereOriginally published by PEN International for Human Rights Day 2019.Published in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 The state media apparatus constantly pounds into citizens the need… Continue reading Eritrea: Forget “rights” and speak of duties and responsibilities

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in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 Open for business Receiving little public attention, Canada officially repealed its sanctions1 against Eritrea… Continue reading Canada lifts sanctions against Eritrea, human rights abuses continue

On repression, neoliberal reforms, and disenfranchisement in Kashmir

A conversation with Nandita Haksar Published in Volume 1, Issue 3 of The SparkplugOctober 2020 LK: Let’s start with the galvanizing moment when Jammu and Kashmir was stripped by India of its special status, protections, and statehood in August 2019. Through your book, The Many Faces of Kashmiri Nationalism, you consider the historic resilience of… Continue reading On repression, neoliberal reforms, and disenfranchisement in Kashmir

Seeds of Alienation

The politics of exclusion in Kashmir’s independence movement By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 3 of The SparkplugOctober 2020 “Festering wounds we Kashmiris bear, fleeing tyranny from all sidesWe have witnessed nothing but pillaging of our abodesOur own joined strangers in marauding our own … When we greet spring and autumn with the same… Continue reading Seeds of Alienation