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in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 Open for business Receiving little public attention, Canada officially repealed its sanctions1 against Eritrea… Continue reading Canada lifts sanctions against Eritrea, human rights abuses continue

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

The Spoils of War

A decade after publication, what have we really learned from the Afghan and Iraq War Diaries? By Lital KhaikinPublished in Volume 1, Issue 5 of The SparkplugDecember 2020 “Dead Bastards” What has changed about the memory of the wrongfully murdered civilians in Iraq since the words of a US Air force crew resounded around the… Continue reading The Spoils of War

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?

A Draft for Asinabka

LITAL KHAIKINSummer 2017Originally published with continent. (2015) About A narrative mirror of appropriation and erasure reveals the rhetoric of legal and public discourse around Windmill’s corporate ZIBI development on unceded Algonquin land. A vision of a nation sold – rivers dammed, water privatised, the sacred disremembered, the rich honoured. A project of documentary and archival reconstruction,… Continue reading A Draft for Asinabka