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in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The SparkplugJuly 2020 Open for business Receiving little public attention, Canada officially repealed its sanctions1 against Eritrea… Continue reading Canada lifts sanctions against Eritrea, human rights abuses continue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

Unofficial fragments from THE GANGRENENovember 2018 First published as La Gangrène in France on June 16, 1959 (Jérôme Lindon, Éditions de Minuit) Republished in New York in 1960 (Lyle Stuart, translated from French to English by Robert Silvers) “This is a simple, dispassionate account by seven Algerian intellectuals of the most damnable tortures ever endured… Continue reading The Gangrene, unofficial fragments

Ahn Hak-sŏp #4

DON MEE CHOISeptember 2018 “Mr. Ahn was a political prisoner from 1953 to 1995. He currently lives in a farming village within the Civilian Control Zone, on the South Korean side of the DMZ. The CCZ was created by a U.S. Army commander after the Korean War in 1954, and it remained relatively vacant till… Continue reading Ahn Hak-sŏp #4